Seriously, you unwashed masses better appreciate the fact that this is the umpteenth Friday in a row i’ve opted to stay indoors at HQ to bring you a bunch of new music freebies as opposed to hanging out at the comic book store or other nerdly pursuits. i really an a hell of a guy. You’d try to marry me if you could. You ain’t gots to lie, Craig.
To kick things off, i finally got my hands on a copy of Mt. Kimbie’s Crooks and Lovers. Hot damn, this thing is good. For fans of smoothly glitchy, softstep (that’s right, i’m coming up with a new genre classification, bitches!!!), you are going to love this one. Plus, it’s got one of my two favorite CD covers so far this year.
Proving that the 80s synth sound has not been fully exhausted, Soft Metals has this bedroom pop track that seemingly would appeal to anyone sporting a Flock of Seagulls, Wigwam slouch socks and/or fluorescent, tiger-striped bandannas. Not that i would know anything about that. Also, thank god for there not being cell phone cameras back in the 80s.
Sure, this whole surf sound revivalism has been fun. Same for the girl group thing. But i can’t be the only one who has been waiting for the sound to grunge itself up a tad. Enter Grass Widow. Kind of like the Raveonettes, only different. Regardless, i’m digging this track on a Friday.
One of my favorite folk-girl bands, The Be Good Tanyas, has their frontwoman step to the fore on her latest solo affair, Firecracker. Frazey Ford (how cool a name is that?) brings the heat banjos and ooh ooh ooh backing vocals, then turns the heat to simmer with some burbling keys, on lead single, “Firecracker.”
Well, it wouldn’t be a Free Music Friday without some hip hop thrown in for good measure. Fortunately, we’ve got a new banger from Orland’s own Prolific. i’d actually heard this one making the rounds before they reached out to us, but i like it then and am happy to share it now. Sampling one of Nina Simone’s finest, “Spell on You,” displays some adroit lyricism and oh so smooth flow. It’s the juxtaposition of the faster drum beat and the slower strings that keeps throwing me for a loop, though.
And to conclude on a similar note of hip-hop-itude while throwing in a charitable component, there’s a new CD out raising money to help protect and empower Congolese women called Raise Hope for Congo. Compiled by former KCRW Music Director, Nic Harcourt, the album includes the likes of Bat For Lashes, Imaad Wasif, Konono No 1, Damien Rice, Amadou & Mariam, Norah Jones and Mos Def. You can stream the whole thing here, though we’ve got Mos Def’s track for your downloading pleasure. Or you can just go straight to the source and donate here.