XLR8R is hands down my favorite electronic music blog on the internetr. Their content and curation is very fresh, cutting-edge, and spot on with their reviews. Today they released their top 100 free downloads as one complete 1.1 GB zip file. Don’t sleep on this one.
Sunday Girl - Where Is My Mind (Florian Paetzold Remix) [free download in 320!]
This is an emotive and blissful remix of a cover of The Pixies’ signature track, ”Where Is My Mind.” British pop singer Sunday Girl provides a mellow rendition of the original on the piano, and then Florian Paetzold gives the cover much more depth by layering a simple deep house beat with chillingly beautiful vocals. When I heard first heard this one on the Dennis Besta - Wechselbad Der Gefühle Teil 2 podcast (mellow, highly recommended), I had to stop what I was doing and do some trackspotting until I found this gem. This remix definitely does the original justice, hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
SOHN - The Wheel (Distinction Remix) [free download in 320 goodness via his SoundCloud!!]
UK producer Distinction (/dɪˈstɪŋkʃən/) takes SOHN's upbeat and bouncy jam “The Wheel” and gives it a moody makeover. I love how clear and pronounced the vocals start out in this remix, and by the minute mark the listener is immersed in a melancholic, chopped and screwed world with a deep trapped out bass. It is truly a beautiful remix of an already magnificent track, and I suggest that you go and grab the free download above and play in your headphones some hazy and reflective evening.
Joywave - Tongues (ft. Kopps) (RAC Remix) [download]
A nice, upbeat remix by RAC with a fun sound. Uplifting, with that classic RAC tempo. Grab that free download via Soundcloud. Boo boo boo boo boom.
John Talabot & Pional - Destiny (Dubtool Remix) [download]
A nice little dub brought to you by John Talabot and Pional, with a free download to boot. This stripped down version maintains the melancholic and moody atmosphere perfectly while bringing the dubbed out echoing vocals to a climax.
Lou Van - Save My Soul Now [download]
Some awesome deep house from Danish producer Lou Van. Lucky for us, he’s giving away this track for free via his Facebook page, so I have linked you to the direct download, gratis, above! I enjoy his use of the soulful vocal, and I absolutely love the section around [2:45]… it has me hooked for sure. Give it a spin.
MaG - Freedom [download]
Normally I don’t post too much hip-hop, but this caught my eye this morning as I was browsing through new music. RCRD LBL sent me an email of a free album download by this new rapper MaG, and in their words… “Ambitious, declarative and sprawling, MaG smashes through the rap wall and announces his presence as a refreshing new voice in New York hip-hop with the release of his new LP freedom." He has a good rhythm, and his lyrics flow smoothly with a clean beat.
Four Tet - 0181 (album) [download]
Kieran Hebdan, better known as Four Tet just released a free album today, “0181” that is a mix of trippy, dreamy, and jazzy electronic beats. This album was compiled in 2012 but includes sounds created between 1997-2001. The jazzy little bit at [19:30] is currently tickling my eardrums, and reminds me a lot of Bonobo's Black Sands. Enjoy!
San Franciscans, if I were you I would RSVP for this free party on Treasure Island on September 30th at 5:30 PM. Its being put on by Vice and Jansport, and one of my absolute favorites of the year, Father John Misty (of Fleet Foxes) will be playing, along with The Dodos, Geographer, and White Fence. If I were in town, I would be there in a second! So I hope one of you sees this and attends this awesome free show. Somebody go and report back so I can live vicariously while I’m in France :)
Hot Chip - Look At Where We Are (Major Lazer Remix) [download]
Not usually a huuuge trap fan (or Diplo fan for that matter) but I do like Major Lazer and Hot Chip and this song tickles my fancy. Get it for free today while its still up!
Suzanne Kraft - Jus U [download]
Laid back, summer disco groove by Suzanne Kraft. I saw Suzanne a little while ago at some party over at Public Works, and he did a great job of bringing that disco warmth to the floor. Enjoy this free track from Friends of Friends new sister label, Young Adults. Props again to XLR8R for always bringing the freshest of jams to light.
Julio Bashmore - Troglodytes [download]
Julio Bashmore takes you back… way back, where the only thing that existed were troglodytes. Cave men. Cave women. Troglodytes. Some real deal caveman house, and a free release too. This track is a fun and funky choon, with the signature Bashmore beat. Get involved, and download the free release while you’re at it!
James Blake has given his fans a free download of his album with his LP being performed live. Tracklist below. Download the album, James Blake - Live Album (2012) here. He was definitely one of my favorite live acts I saw last year. Free James Blake, hooray! Enjoy. *Note - I uploaded the album so you can download it directly from me, apparently Jimmy B took it off of his mediafire. Holla!
01. Unluck (Live)
02. The Wilhelm Scream (Live)
03. I Never Learnt To Share (Live)
04. Lindisfarne (Live)
05. Limit To Your Love (Live)
06. Give Me My Month (Live)
07. To Care (Like You) (Live)
08. Anti-War Dub (Live)
09. Klavierwerke (Live)
10. CMYK (Live)
11. Once We All Agree (Live)
12. A Case Of You (Live)
13. Enough Thunder (Live)
14. Love What Happened Here (Live)
15. Tep And The Logic (Live)