10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: Factory Floor, Why?


It’s Friday, which means another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness from around the web. This week brings a new remix of “Two Different Ways,” the lead single from Factory Floor’s much-anticipated album on DFA, along with new tracks from Why? and Maria Minerva, an EP from Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio, a remix of Zebra Katz’ “Ima Read” (featuring Tricky!), the inevitable new Lil B mixtape, and more. Since all this action costs precisely nothing, what are you waiting for? All the download links await after the jump.

Factory Floor — “Two Different Ways” (Perc Dub mix) This track by Factory Floor has been kicking around for a while now — it was released on 12″ by DFA last year — and it’s now got its own remix EP, which dropped today (also on DFA.) This particular remix is by London-based producer Perc, and it’s dark, oppressive and pretty damn banging. Get it for free via The Fader.

Why? — “Jonathan’s Hope” Music boxes, high-pitched humming and lyrics about the mumps — no, it’s not your average hip hop track. Yoni Wolf — aka Why? — has always been an acquired taste, but if his kinda geeky indie hip hop is to your liking, then you’ll want to grab this track right here.

Zebra Katz — “Ima Read” (remix) Also not your typical hip hop track, Zebra Katz’ mighty “Ima Read” has had people going rightly bananas over the last couple of months. This remix adds Tricky to the mix, which is absolutely fine with us. Get it via Zebra Katz’ Soundcloud page.

Maria Minerva — “Fire” We’ve been pretty forthright in the past in this column about our love of all things Not Not Fun related — if you share our fondness for weird wacked-out dance/disco flavors, we suggest you grab this new Maria Minerva track forthwith.

Baio — “The Silent” and “New You” If you’re not someone who grinds their teeth at the very mentions of the word “Vampire Weekend,” then you might enjoy these two instrumentals from Chris Baio’s new solo EP. Both tracks are available right now via Stereogum, and they’re not bad (especially “New You,” which is a pleasantly evocative piece of psuedo-jungle atmospherics.)

The Music Tapes — “Playing Evening” It’s a week for acquired tastes, it seems — the not-always-easy-digestible indie that Atlanta, Georgia collective Elephant 6 have been purveying for a decade now certainly isn’t to everyone’s liking, but if you’re an E6 devotee, you’ll definitely be excited to hear that Julian Koster has a new album in the pipeline. This track is drawn from said album, which is to be entitled Mary’s Voice — you can get it via Pitchfork.

Elite Gymnastics — “Andreja 4-Ever” The Adult Swim Singles Program has been a source of much goodness for the past few weeks, and this week’s installment is, erm, a misspelled tribute to feminist critic Andrea Dworkin. If you’re intrigued, then get it here.

Sudden Weather Change — “Proper Flavor” There’s some sort of magical musical chemical in the water in Iceland, or the lobster soup, or something, because as well as being startlingly beautiful, the island nation produces a disproportionately large number of good bands. We just discovered Sudden Weather Change, who (despite a pretty terrible name) make pleasantly epic sounding music — download this track via their Soundcloud page.

The Orb — “Ball of Fire” This just snuck through after our deadline last week, so we’re including it this week because, frankly, the idea of the Orb collaborating with Lee “Scratch” Perry is all kinds of genius. Get it via Pitchfork

Lil B — Based Jam mixtape And finally, it’s not a week if there isn’t a new Lil B mixtape to download. This one finds our hero reimagining himself as a participant in dire Michael Jordan vehicle Space Jam, and you can download the thing in its entirety right here.