10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: Purity Ring, John Cale


It’s Friday, and we’re back with another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness from around the web. This week there’s a track from proud 4AD signees Purity Ring, along with new work from Sun Kil Moon, LA Vampires, and the duo formerly known as Hype Williams. There’s also an entire album from D’Eon, a fascinating John Cale remix, yet another cover of “Some Velvet Morning,” and plenty more. In other words, there’s plenty 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.

Purity Ring — “Obedear” Freshly signed to 4AD, who seem to be on a bit of a signing spree of late — they’ve also added Grimes, Daughter, and SpaceGhostPurrp to their roster in recent months — Purity Ring will release their debut album Shrines via the iconic British label in late July. In the meantime, here’s a free MP3 from said album — get it via Pitchfork.

John Cale — “Perfection” (Actress’ Reflection mix) Among the many things we didn’t get on Record Store Day was John Cale’s remix 12″, which contained a variety of remixes of the tracks from his EP Extra Playful. Happily, at least one of the remixes therein is available for free download — this is a pretty radical, minimalist deconstruction of “Perfection,” and we like it a lot. Get it via Soundcloud.

Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland — “5” They’re apparently no longer calling themselves Hype Williams — perhaps the mega-budget ’90s hip hop video director’s lawyers had a quiet word — but Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland are still making some of the most distinctively atmospheric electronic music around. This track is from their debut for Hyperdub, entitled Black is Beautiful — it’s available via the ever-excellent 20 Jazz Funk Greats blog.

Sun Kil Moon — “That Bird Has a Broken Wing” Mark Kozelek has been a regular fixture in this feature over the last couple of months, which is A-OK with us. This week saw him release another new track from his upcoming album Under the Leaves, which is due out in late May. It’s available for free download via Stereogum.

LA Vampires by Octo Octa — “Wherever, Boy” Not Not Fun and its electronic imprint 100% Silk have been among our favorite labels over the last couple of years, and they just keep coming up with the goods. This is a straight-out dance track from label founder (and talented half of Pocahaunted) Amanda Brown — get it via Soundcloud.

Ghibli — “Winflowers” Quite apart from the fact that anyone named after Studio Ghibli immediately gets a big tick in our book, this is a fascinating track — as with the rest of Ghibli’s album Rare Pleasures, it’s created entirely via samples taken from YouTube videos. If that’s piqued your interest, get the track via XLR8R — there’s also a link to Ghibli’s Bandcamp, where you can download the entire album for free.

D’Eon — Music for Keyboards Vol. 2 The first volume of D’Eon’s Music for Keyboards project has been on high rotation at Flavorpill central for the last month, so we’re delighted to see that he’s released another entire record for free. This volume manages to trump its predecessor for sheer strangeness — as with Vol. 1, it’s a series of ambient keyboard arrangements, but this time around they’re all based on… Blink-182’s What’s My Age Again? No, wait, it’s better than it sounds! Get the entire record via Stereogum.

Cadence Weapon — “Conditioning” And while we’re on Grimes-related types (D’Eon put out a split album with the ubiquitous Claire Boucher last year), here’s a new track from Edmonton rapper and the city’s poet laureate (really) Cadence Weapon. It’s the lead single from his new album Hope in Dirt City, and it’s available for download via Pitchfork, where you can also grab a remix from, yes, Grimes.

Au Palais — “Some Velvet Morning” “Some Velvet Morning” covers are a dicey business — for every good one there’s a thoroughly questionable one to match. We’re not sure which camp this cover by Canadian duo Au Palais falls into just yet — if you fancy deciding for yourself, it’s available for download at Pitchfork.

Jonathan Boulet — “This Song Is Called Ragged” If your Friday morning needs some faux-tropical pop music, then look no further than this track by Sydney pop moppet Jonathan Boulet, who’s signed to Modular (the label that gave us The Presets and Cut Copy, and will hopefully one day give us the new Avalanches album.) Get it via The Fader.