10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: Death Grips, Bat for Lashes


It’s Friday, which means another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness from around the web. This week there’s a new Death Grips track as the finale of Adult Swim’s Singles Program, plus instrumental angst from Xiu Xiu, Liars remixing The Twilight Sad, Flaming Lips covering King Crimson, new tracks from The Soft Moon and Bat for Lashes, and a whopping great free Ghostly Records sampler. And more! Since all this action costs precisely nothing, what are you waiting for? All the download links await after the jump.

Death Grips — “@Deathgripz” A triumphant finale to the excellent Adult Swim Singles Program. We liked Pitchfork’s rather amusing description of “@Deathgripz,” largely because philosophical allusions just aren’t drawn enough in music journalism these days: “Twitter communication and Death Grips songs both share the Hobbesian qualities of often being nasty, brutish and short.” Quite. Get nasty and brutish here.

Xiu Xiu — “Quagga” Aw, this is instrumental, so it doesn’t feature Jamie Stewart ranting about abortion and suicide and self-hatred. Still, its generally frenetic and abrasive nature belies its origin — it’s Xiu Xiu alright! Get it via Pitchfork.

The Twilight Sad — “Nil” (Liars remix) More Liars-related goodness, namely a remix of Scots indie band The Twilight Sad’s “Nil,” which is taken from the band’s upcoming remix album. You can get it in return for liking The Twilight Sad’s Facebook page — and if you want to hear the track before clicking “Like,” you can stream it here.

The Soft Moon — “Insides” Cold wave par excellence. It’s like the 1980s never ended! In a good way, of course. Get it via Stereogum.

New Fumes and Flaming Lips — “Moonchild” Apparently the latest grand Wayne Coyne idea is a complete remake of King Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King. Ye gods. Here’s what may be the first taste of the project — a cover of “Moonchild” with the assistance of Heady Fwend Daniel Huffman, aka New Fumes. Click here to get it (never fear, it doesn’t feature Amanda Palmer naked).

Bat for Lashes — “Marilyn” Lush synth-y atmospherics from Bat for Lashes’ upcoming album The Haunted Man, which is out next month. This track’s available for free via Amazon, of all places — click here to get hold of it.

Captain Murphy — “The Killing Joke” Behold: the first hip hop track to sample Michael Caine’s voice! This is two minutes of Batman-themed portentousness from the mysterious Captain Murphy — get it via Gorilla Vs Bear.

Eric Copeland — “Bowlin'” This is actually a remix of a track called “Double Reverse Psychology” from Copeland’s recent album Limbo, which he chose to retitle (rather than just calling it “Double Reverse Psychology (Remix),” presumably.) Whatever it’s called, it’s worth hearing — get it here.

Punks of Mars — “Showers of Pain” We swore never to use the word “angular” to describe music, but, well, there’s something distinctly… spiky? about the guitars on this oh-so-New-Wave track. It’s not bad at all — get it via Pitchfork.

Various Artists — Ghostly Records sampler And here’s a treat to start your weekend: a Ghostly convention to celebrate this weekend’s, um, Ghostly convention! This 12-track compilation features tracks from Com Truise, Matthew Dear, School of Seven Bells, and other luminaries from one of our favorite labels, and it’s available for free via their Soundcloud page.