10 Free MP3s You Need to Download This Week: Death Grips, oOoOO


It’s Friday, and we’re back with another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness, both from around the web and from our own servers. This week there’s evil, brutal hip hop from Death Grips, hitherto-unreleased tracks from oOoOO and Julia Holter, new stuff from bands on two of our favorite labels (Wierd and DFA), an entire Lil B album, and plenty more. In other words, there’s a heap of interesting sounds awaiting you after the jump, and since they won’t cost a penny or land you an RIAA lawsuit, as your attorneys we advise you to start downloading immediately.

Death Grips — “I’ve Seen Footage” A friend of Flavorpill recently opined on Facebook that not “getting” Death Grips in 2012 is like not getting Throbbing Gristle back in the 1970s. We’re not sure we’d go that far, but we’re certainly enamored of Death Grips’ head-punching take on hip hop — “I’ve Seen Footage” is off their upcoming album Money Store and is available via Bedwetting Cosmonaut.

oOoOO — “CoachBagg” We’re delighted about the return of oOoOO, and also about scoring this outtake from the Our Love is Hurting Us EP. The track’s called “CoachBagg,” although the relevant line in the song totally sounds like “I need a coke bag” to our ears. Decide for yourself via SoundCloud (the download link is down at the bottom).

Solar Bears — “Cosmic Runner” Some pleasantly cruisy sounds from Dublin duo Solar Bears, with a chord sequence not unlike oOoOO’s “Burnout Eyes,” although this is a far more upbeat and bouncy track than that particular song. Get it via XLR8R.

Julia Holter — “A Gold Thunder” This snuck by us last week, but we’d be remiss to omit it a second time around — a previously unreleased Julia Holter track dating from August 2010. Apparently it’s “a phonetic translation into English of the sounds of the words of some Yugoslavian epic poems.” Um. It’s hosted via UK record label Compost and Height, and is available for download via this link.

The Black Lips — “Dance With You” Meanwhile, yes, VICE-approved Atlanta retro types The Black Lips still exist, although this isn’t a new song — it’s an outtake from the Arabia Mountain sessions, the sort of song that would once have ended up on a b-side and now ends up as a free download. You can get in on such freeloading action at Prefix.

RØSENKØPF — “Burning Spirits” We’re generally all for anything on consistently excellent NYC label Wierd, and their latest roster addition — local three-piece RØSENKØPF — don’t disappoint. This track is from their self-titled debut album, which is due out on May 15, and is available via Pitchfork.

Deep Time — “Clouds” Apparently Carrie Brownstein described this band on her NPR Monitor Mix blog as “haunted house surf music,” but if that makes it sound like an awful chillwave/Wavves hybrid, then rest assured, “Clouds” is better than that. To us it sounds like straight-up indie pop, without any fancy genre designations, and honestly, that’s not such a bad thing. The vocals remind us a little of Stereolab for some reason, too. Anyway, the track is up for download at Gorilla Vs Bear.

Prinzhorn Dance School — “I Want You” They’re on DFA, but despite both their label and their band name, there’s absolutely nothing dance-punky about Prinzhorn Dance School. This is a plaintive and fairly minimal guitar ballad, and we like it a lot. You can download it via DFA’s SoundCloud page.

Grimes — “Genesis” (Red Ranger Seymour Flux remix) (Legal) free downloads are getting harder and harder to find these days, but you can usually rely on at least a couple of interesting remixes surfacing during any given week. This week, we’re rather taken with this dance-y deconstruction of “Genesis” by one Jordan Rosenberg, who’s apparently a NYC-based graphic designer. Get it via Grimes’ Australian label, Remote Control Records.

Lil B — The Basedprint Vol 2 And finally, the sun came up this morning, which means it’s time for Lil B to release a new record! Brandon McCartney is an acquired taste, you might say, but if you’re partial to his ass-eatin’ schtick, then get The Basedprint Vol 2 (no, there’s no Vol 1) in its entirety right here.