Viva la Mix! #12: Downloads from Santigold, Fever Ray, Modest Mouse, and Mew


The latest Viva Radio broadcast featured psych-folk freak outs, mixtape mash-ups marrying the L.E.S. to the Dirty South, and a danceable take on Swedish domestic life. Culling our favorite cuts from the show, Viva la Mix is back again to hook you up with 11 of the best new tracks you’ll find online. Click through for downloads from our last Viva Radio playlist, and be sure to check back and listen to the show itself — we update every week.

1. The Rural Alberta Advantage – “Don’t Haunt This Place” Toronto-bred spazz-rockers the Rural Alberta Advantage mine the erratic tropes of skewed Canadian pop acts, while simultaneously mimicking the lo-fi buzz of American indie institution Neutral Milk Hotel. [Download MP3] via I Pick My Nose

2. Santigold (Feat. Andre 3000 & Bun B) – “You’ll Find A Way Player” Terry Urban mashes up “You’ll Find A Way” with UGK’s “Int’l Player’s Anthem (I Choose You)” and the resulting track is way more fun than it has any right to be. [Download MP3] via The Burning Ear

3. The Very Best – “Warm Heart of Africa” The Very Best have covered Vampire Weekend’s “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” so it’s not totally surprising that Ezra Koenig would team up with them for a guest appearance, but sometimes obvious ideas are still good ones, and for now this is the best thing any member of Vampire Weekend has ever been involved with, with that time Koenig joining Fucked Up for their 12 hour long show coming in at a close second. [Download MP3] via Gorilla vs. Bear

4. Fever Ray – “Triangle Walks (Rex the Dog Radio Edit)” This promo-only remix by Rex the Dog is really fun, but seriously who is this guy in the lyrics standing outside Karin Dreijer Andersson’s window eating berries? That would be so creepy. [Download MP3] via Prefix

5. Real Estate – “Green River” The B-Side to Real Estate’s “Fake Blues” 7”, is like Cliff Notes for lo-fi beach-pop, condensing all the essential elements of this year’s favorite trend into a mere 1:57. [Download MP3] via Gorilla vs. Bear

6. Modest Mouse – “Autumn Beds” No it’s not exactly a return to form, but after the trauma inflicted by the last crop of singles Modest Mouse unleashed upon us, we should be thankful they’re once again writing songs as eminently palatable as “Autumn Beds.” [Download MP3] via I Guess I’m Floating

7. Black Moth Super Rainbow – “Twin Of Myself (The Go! Team Remix)” It’s amazing what the addition of a strong rhythm, a few train whistles, and a dash of horns will do; it’s like suddenly Black Moth Super Rainbow music is actually as fun as their band name. [Download MP3] via Stereogum

8. Lusine – “Two Dots” It’s just layers of vocals falling all over themselves over a coolly detached synthesizer and the barest semblance of a dance beat, but it’s utterly hypnotic. [Download MP3] via Music Snitch

9. Radical Sons – “I’m So Sick Of The 21st Century” Radical Sons have written a song about how all contemporary music is insincere and terrible, except the track itself is none of those things so you guys just totally contradicted yourselves. [Download MP3] via The Culture Of Me

10. Mew – “Introducing Palace Players” The first thing you notice is the guitar work, which commendably emulates the spastic funk of Andy Gill, but it’s like Mew accidentally mixed it into a song that was intended for chart success. [Download MP3] via We All Want Someone To Shout For

11. Ganglians – “Valiant Brave” Opening with three didgeridoo blasts that sound like a call to arms, “Valiant Brave” assembles the members of Ganglians for an unhinged tribal-psych jam performance as primal and epic as anything you’ll hear all year. [Download MP3] via Stereogum