March 12, 2012


Free Music: Of Montreal, Dexys Midnight Runners & More

David Wolff - Patrick/WireImage
David Wolff - Patrick/WireImage

Of Montreal: “Feminine Effects”
Georgia's slinky, psychedelic glam-rock outfit dialed down the camp level for their Record Store Day 7” split with Deerhoof. It's a well-crafted, vaguely twangy piano ballad that recalls their early lo-fi gems.

Dexys Midnight Runners: “Nowhere Is Home”
The Brits behind the evergreen classic “Come On Eileen” might be remembered as a one hit wonder, but they were actually a totally legit band that expertly melded blue-eyed soul, Celtic influences, New Wave and good times rock 'n’ roll. That’s why you should actually be excited about their first new album in 27 years and its promising lead single. [Stereogum]

SBTRKT: “Surely”
Whether you wanna call the masked UK DJ’s music “future garage” or “post-dubstep,” one thing is apparent—he knows his way into that electronic sweet spot. This bonus track to last year’s release is comparatively subdued, but you can expect a melee when he plays Austin later this week.

Gunplay: Bogata Rich
The latest buzzing MC from Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group has an absolutely bonkers mixtape out. To compound the craziness, the rapper himself directed a music video for one of the songs, which finds Gunplay hunting down a man after banging his girlfriend. As the Church Lady would say, “Isn’t that special?” [The Fader]

Waka Flocka ft. Trey Songz: “I Don’t Really Care”
He’s “throwing money in the air like [he] don’t really care” and he’s got “Versace on his ass.” With Songz adeptly crooning the hook, Waka Flocka is free to let loose over the menacing banger, which is probably the hottest track to come from a PETA activist in years. [Prefix]

Casimer & Casimir: “Retiree”
Synth-pop usually isn’t this warm and inviting, but the full-bodied soundscape crafted by this Chicago duo is like a soft, electro blanket for the ears.

Chromatics: “Back from the Grave”
“Mother, father, lover / Hero, pleasure, other,” sings wispy frontwoman Ruth Radelet over a retro-futuristic synth-laden tune. Hard to believe a band that started out punk now claims the obscure subgenre “Italo Disco” as their primary influence. [CoS]