Hello, it’s Wednesday and it’s the February of the week, so here’s a couple of tracks to help you take it easy (like The Eagles said):
Hey, remember last week when everyone went ballistic over the new David Bowie song? I didn’t, I was in a coma.
Anyways, the good people from Simian Ghost have released a cover of David Bowie‘s classic ‘Be my wife’. And it’s free. Don’t say we don’t give you free* stuff. Enjoy!
*Actually, it’s the band giving it away, so we are still a bunch of pricks.
Hey up! Here’s a few MP3s we’ve received for you, lovely people, feel free to nick away!
DJ Shadow & Irn Mnky – ‘I Gotta Rokk’ - Kudos if you recognise the samples! I’m pretty sure ‘Voodoo people’ and ‘Robot rock’ are there. Check out the scratch skill!
Heart of Hearts – ‘Unbound’ – The breezy folk & electronica mixture works quite well, resulting in a swanky lil’ track. Their new album, My Society, is out now!
Rupert Stroud – ‘No peace of mind’ – You know? Sometimes I feel these tracks seem to find me just when I feel in certain moods (milky moods!). One for you acoustic lovers.
Gizeh Records have been kind enough to offer a brand new sampler for you! If you like music of the ethereal and dreamy disposition, you can’t go wrong with this. Check this lovely track by Sleepingdog while you download the sampler.
A couple of months ago, on a very crucial day for this site (allegedly), we reviewed a superb compilation of heavy rock called New Heavy Sounds Volume 2. Amongst some of the brutally rocking bands, there was one called Black Moth (which somehow didn’t get mentioned in the review, so I’ll fire myself).
Anyways, the good people of Black Moth have their very own debút album coming out on May7th, 2012 and now they are offering this track called ‘Chicken shit’. Start your Monday on a good groove!
It’s Wednesday and you know what that means: the weekend is at equal distances and your wallet is at its weakest. What to do? Well, you can always come here and get your fix of free music, because we shall be giving you a track every week. God, bands and PR people willing.
This week song is a 2 for 1. Why? Because it’s lent and that means you get more and you indulge yourself in stuff. Did I mention I failed at Catholic school?
First, we have Team Morale, who give us some ‘Pillow Talk’. Now, now, we know this is the sorta title that would mean a bit of “nudge nudge wink wink” shenanigans, but instead it’s some electronica for you dancey heads that still rave like that messenger dude from Spaced. Man, he was funny.
The song? Oh, it sounds like :
And you can get it here if you please, geeze!
Second, we have Shades of Jade, who go for that funky, soul heavy feeling that makes you wish you had sideburns and drove a lowrider. Some pop rock give it a catchier side while the pipes go out for a good workout.
The album was released on St. Valentine’s and their next gig is at Nambucca (in London)
Whoa! It feels like it was barely a couple of months ago (43 days, but who is counting?) that we brought you not one but two awesome mix cds from bands that might be unknown, but golly gee willickers, they are good. Especially Wet Nuns (they bribed us). (more…)
What? You thought we only were going to do one free mix cd this year?
Aw hell naw. We took a cue from The Smashing Pumpkins (the first band to release a free album on the Internet, check it!) and we just neg’ed the cover and got more awesome bands to donate tracks. Since the previous one was based on a Mexican festivity, why not make this second one based on a British one?
Yes, Boxing Day, a mystery to anyone who isn’t British or who just wasn’t paying attention in school. I think I fit both bills (I was in Catholic school…).
Anywho, we have 14 excellent tracks for you on this glorious December 26th. Why is it glorious? Well, it’s a bank holiday and you’ve got a Doctor Who special to look for. Unless you’re in Mexico like me, so no bank holiday nor a silly dude on a blue box.
Enough complaining, it’s boxing day, so get some leftovers and let’s have a recce of what waits for you in this mix cd.
Ladies first and we have none other than Anna Kashfi and her dreamy music. Out of the water has that element of otherworldly nostalgia that gives her music so much atmosphere. This track is part of the Seasonalia compilation that Little Red Rabbit Records are giving away.
Funny enough, Conquering Animal Sound do have that special atmosphere-thick music. The sounds of a thousand thoughts and daydreams, flying likes wasps through your mind and soul. They also feature on a free compilation (which we do endorse it thoroughly).
We love Dead Sons. Both on record and live, they deliver a desert rock that’s both heavy on the retro and on the harder hitting emotions, all wrapped up lovingly in an organ-fuelled atmosphere. If you missed ‘Junk room’ the first time around, now it’s the time.
Speaking of retro and atmosphere, Dust on the Breakers made an EP on 2010 that touched so many emotions that the hangover still resonates with the saddest sounds (check ‘Frontiers’…). We managed to squeeze a lovely track from them and for that we will drive around the block on my mom’s Datsun, 8-track blastin’ through…
Straight up from México we’ve got Ewor. Rap and hip hop might not be the first thing you think of when you hear the term Mexican music, but we reckon he is unto something…Do check his soundcloud, two very good albums are waiting for you.
Jay Leighton does some acoustic loveliness and slowly but surely is getting some good attention. First time we caught him was in Manchester, playing with the likes of Les Shelleys and Gregory & The Hawk. A recent tour in the Continent with Lamb (legends!) and a new album in 2012 are something to brag about too.
Likes Lions delivered an EP of Math Rock and syncopation. If that weren’t enough to get your attention, you’ve got one of Basement Cat’s many minions on the front cover. We reckon they made a deal with said feline to create this music. Hail Kitteh!
If you ever need some heavy psychedelic riffs clashing with Jazz, Mega Aquarians and their interdimensional rock is your poison. Two guys, a shitload of amps and a drumkit equal a sound that travels from the Inner Planes to the Outer Planes with a couple of Celestials working as groupies.
obLONG have been making a racket for a couple of years in Sheffield. Louder than what you might expect, there’s no big tricks or gimmicks to their sound, just the right combination of talent, composition and brickloads of energy on their ever so lively shows. Their new stuff is being produced by Midas-like Ross Orton.
Repomen are the band you’ve never heard about but that’s been making noise for 20 years and a cornucopia of EPs. Taking their name from one of the best films of all times (shame on you if you haven’t seen it), their punkish sounds are sometimes baggy, sometimes straight up punk and always a holler. They’ve got a new EP, go check it out!
It’s a hard thing trying to ignore the elephant in the room at every gig by The Unfortunate Incident. Whether it’s the stylish guitar case, the fantastic bass line or the self-defeating, dark humoured lyrics, they always give their best on stage, even when sometimes it feels like it’s a “man and his dog” gig and the man’s off to the toilet. Let’s hope they are around in 2012, because the changes from Rock, Country and Punk they do are always good. ‘Stopgap’ is one of the slower, sad ones from their Fool (free!) EP and it’s here because, heck, it’s very raw, honest and fitting with the season.
Speaking of raw feelings, there’s nothing but honesty in the music of The Whiskey Priest. Basing its sound on a very introspective flavour of country rock and folk, this is the baby of multi-instrumentalist (and owner of an awesome beard) Seth Woods, who plays songs that touch both memories and the emotions that seep through every pore of your body.
Hanging on that analogy (a bit yucky, eeeew!), Sad Accordions is… Seth Woods and friends. Again, honest feelings and poetic thoughts on life are the name of the game, but whereas the sound of The Whiskey Priest is more acoustic and solemn, Sad Accordions goes for a very expansive palette of sounds. The synth breakdown in ‘Savage’ is simply beautiful and we just had to include this song in the compilation. Let’s hope we hear more from this band in 2012.
Last but not least, we’ve got Oxo Foxo, who got a lot of good karma points from their participation on G2 Studio‘s album in a day (which we reviewed). A very fitting track for the snowy winter atmosphere, this is just another tantalising slice of what this band promises to bring to the table.
…and that’s it. Again: thank the artists. We are just the people sweet-talking them into giving tracks for free, they are the ones with the artistic talent. Go check them out, drop them a line and become fans of them.
Oh, and spread the gospel. Happy holidays and thanks for a good year, dear readers.
Now…. DOWNLOAD ! :D
Some say that the cold shiver on your neck indicates the presence of a ghost. Some say that a riot needs not a reason, but only the manpower to happen. What happens when several ghosts breath down your neck?
Fuck if I know, but here’s Ghost Riots , an electro house band from México doing some rather dance-heavy tunes (under the fidget /dirty dubstep flag – filthy manwhores). They have just released an EP called Bulletdodger (out on Never stop music) and they kindly offer the first single, ‘Bulletdodger’. So blag away.
Hamster Jelly! No, wait, that’s a different flashback. Was it because of the glass onions I had on my curry? Anyways, August Actually are an indie pop band from Nottingham, which isn’t actually a bad place. I know y’all like bandying the “Shottingham” joke around, but that’s older than Jimmy Saville.
But back to August Actually… They do wave the flag of pop, but there’s this tinge of folk (all about that sweet banjo) and although a bit moody, there should be a light at the end of the tunnel. Sure, it might be a train from Beeston that’ll probably flatten you like Mr. Toad (R.I.P. you petrolhead) but, hey, it’s something, right?
So, August Actually and the thoughtful, introspective ‘I can’t promise you forever’ for a “pay what you want” price. If you don’t want/can’t pay but download, hey, recommend it to your friends!
Drenge are from Castleton although they have been doing the rounds in Sheffield playing everywhere they can get themselves to play. After opening for the always entertaining (and rocking) Wet Nuns in late January, they have been on a hectic schedule, playing as much as they can (while running away from ASBO-wielding neighbours).
They also do a handmade zine (called Blood and Milk ) that they give for free at their gigs as a “little thank you for the people who came to see us” (or so said lead singer Eoin Loveless). Filled with jokes, a lot of self-deprecating humour and a few musings about life and everything about it (42), these zines are a labour of love (one edition was hand stapled, that is, no stapler, so they pushed the staples with their fingers. That’s dedication.)
Anyhoos, here’s ‘Blood & Milk’.
Not exactly a new band, but surely an excellent live band, Skeletons and the Empty Pockets (who will change names soon) are from Rotherham & Sheffield and play…well, God knows what they are playing but I like it.
First time I heard them (back in the Harley), they made me think of that Disney cartoon with the dancing skeletons in the graveyard. Dunno why. Then I listened to them on the Too Pure compilation of 7″ and loved what I heard (pay attention to ‘In the woods’).
They recently rocked out the O2 Academy during Tramlines 2011 and between having a drummer that will achieve escape velocity (he jumps without missing a beat, talented bugger!), a guitar and bass player doing a talent tug of war, a semiquiet keyboard player who adds thick atmospheres and an excessively charming lead singer, Skeletons and the Empty Pockets offer a grand old time. Here’s ‘In the woods’.
Do visit their Soundcloud, as there’s a couple more free tracks there. Totally worth your time.
Skeletons and the empty pockets
A proof that creative worlds can coexist instead of colliding, Decibully delivers as many varied tunes as there are members in their band. The sexiest, vintage, harmonious tunes. This is a taste of real music democracy immersed in moog textures.
They sadly are no longer with us as they have embarked into newer adventures (which will bring exciting results, of that we are sure). Heck, we had a chat with Ryan Weber a while ago for his project Eric & Magill.
So, without any further ado, here’s the newest and last (sniff sniff) album by Decibully. Listen to it and if you like it, it’s pay what you want.We reviewed it, by the way…
There’s celestial music and then there’s music with the sky (and the stars) as the driving force. Papercutz have paired with soundscaper Pleq and are offering for free this chillout (and sometimes chilling) track titled ‘Neptunian Moons’, which will be part of a compilation called Celestial Summer.
It’s Friday, so instead of wondering if you should seat in a certain part of the car or declaring that you are in love only on this day of the week, chillax to this track. Best of all? It’s goddamned gratis. Click, ya skint freeloaders, it’s Poland meets Portugal (via music). Brigado and dzień dobry!
Blacklisters. The name reminds me that I can’t show my mug in a couple of clubs in Sheffield (it wasn’t my fault). It also reminds me that you can have a sense of humour (although a bit sordid, but that’s cool) while rocking out and scaring a few vicars.
This band consists of Billy Mason Wood (vocals), Dan Beesley (guitar), Owen Griffits (bass) and Alistair Stobbart (drums). We know for a fact that Sheffield (alabama) own Wet Nuns like these fellas, which is already a guarantee of rockness. Add to this the fact that they have just signed with Brew Records and opened for Melt Banana (yeah!) and Rolo Tomassi (fuck yeah!) .
Here’s ‘Swords’, you guys. While you listen to Owen do some cool bass shenanigans, you can check our review of their split 10″ EP (with fellow rockers Castrovalva, Dolphin and Hawk Eyes).
The Monicans, the band who flew from afar to take the city by storm (although sneakily). After travelling from the dark territories (no, not Mexico City) and living in a van while touring England, the band settled down in Sheffield (a city they have mentioned they like a lot) and decided to go for a grungy output filled with haunting sounds, a grungy vocal delivery, healthy use of eBow, a driven bass and a very solid drumming.
Like a good day (i.e. raining) in Seattle, the psychedelic metal of Mega Aquarians can be on the “grunge” side of the scale, but when all is said and done (and the amps overloaded), they pack a hell of a punchy show. It’s only two dudes going Tasmanian devil on their respective instruments (drums, guitar) but sound like a proper demolition squad.
Here’s a free download, called ‘Special Beast’. You can see them live at The Washington during Tramlines (Friday 22).
The Phoenix Experiment – Cut you down
Psychedelic music is ripe for a resurgence, specially when it oozes a lot of tripping atmospheres for your listening pleasure (all about the organ noodling). Witness The Phoenix Experiment and their new track (for free, natch), ‘Cut you down’.
Pass the Doritos, I’m quitting salvia and patchouli. This here trippy track is yours for free (something they plan to do for the foreseeable future) and let’s hope they keep the rocking guitar around for their next number.
The brainchild of Portugal-representing Bruno Miguel, Papercutz is now a group proper, delighting fans of electronica, ambient and sweet remixes with ethereal voices and a healthy mixture of live instruments and samples.
Between releasing their own stuff, they do dabble in doing some remixes and today, they have kindly donated this remix of Sun Glitters’ ‘Love me’. Check their soundcloud (link provided in the “links” section) for more stuff!
An ensemble of musicians with a few years of experience, Last Harbour are part of Little Red Rabbit Records, a Manchester based label with some outstanding acts (check Fuzzy Lights and Anna Kashfi too!).
With several instruments intertwining seamlessly and driven by lead vocalist Kevin Craig’s scary, sombre voice, Last Harbour are the musical equivalent of a gothic novel. They recently released an EP (review) and are recording a new album in a mid-19th century church in Manchester. This is awesome.
Also, they do their own artwork, with techniques like woodcutting and screen printing. It’s true! We did interview their lead singer a while ago (link) and now, well, they’ve gracefully donated this track.
You can download a free sampler from the lovely artists that Little Red Rabbit Records has here.