10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: School of Seven Bells, Charli XCX


It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness from around the web. This week’s MP3 landscape is a pretty barren one, to be honest, but never fear, we’ve still found a bunch of stuff that’s worth your time and bandwidth: the return of School of Seven Bells, new tunes from Jonti, Captain Murphy, and Steve Hauschildt of Emeralds, weird soundtrack-y goodness from Yves Malone, Factory Floor remixing How to Destroy Angels, and a couple of cracking mixtapes for good measure. Since all this action costs precisely nothing, what are you waiting for? All the download links await after the jump.

School of Seven Bells — “Secret Days” This is from School of Seven Bells’ new EP, which is called Put Your Sad Down, and oh, if only we could. For our money, this band have never rivaled the nu-gaze pleasantries of their debut album, but this isn’t bad, a synth-driven and surprisingly bouncy three-minute slice of dream pop. Get it via Stereogum.

Jonti — “Saturday Night” Formerly known by sobriquet “Danimals,” Australian producer Jonti Danilewitz now goes by his first name alone, and is perhaps best known on this side of the Pacific for being the support act on Gotye’s recent European tour. This track’s poppy veneer disguises a pretty forlorn lyric: “Saturday night feels so cold/ When you realize you’re on your own/ So I put Pet Sounds on/ And I revel in the song.” Sigh. The track’s available via RCRD LBL.

Matt and Kim — “I Wonder” The indie dance Kim and Thurston released their fourth studio album, Lightning, last month, and if you don’t have it you can at least grab this single via KCRW’s Tune of the Day program. As with all KCRW’s downloads, it’s only up today, so be quick.

Captain Murphy — “Immaculation” The mysterious rapper returns with a cryptically titled new track, which he released via his Twitter feed earlier in the week. It’s built around a rather pretty old soul sample, features guest spots from Jeremiah Jae and Azizi Gibson, and finds the Captain promising to “take over the world with my dick.” Well. It’s also available via Pitchfork.

Steve Hauschildt — “Constant Reminders” We’ve been adoring Emeralds’ new album Just to Feel Something, so we were excited to see this new track from Steve Hauschildt surface earlier this week. “Constant Reminders” is in the same vein as the Emeralds record, but somewhat more airy and light of touch. It’s perfect for a Friday morning, and we suggest you grab it here forthwith.

AlunaGeorge — “Your Drums, Your Love” (Samo Soundboy remix) We are all for AlunaGeorge — this remix is, y’know, OK, but the song is still great. You can get downloading and decide for yourself via The Fader.

Yves Malone — “Standing on the Ruins” How can we say no to a post called “IMDB of the Soul” from our favorite music blog, the consistently excellent 20 Jazz Funk Greats? This is apparently the theme to a film called Zenith City, and it’s ace in a neo-Blade Runner-y kinda way. Get it right here.

How to Destroy Angels — “Keep It Together” (Factory Floor remix) We’re not super interested in Trent Reznor’s side project, to be honest, but we are very interested in Factory Floor, and on balance this track — which snuck out at the end of last week — is definitely worth hearing. Get it via Stereogum.

Chromatics — Running from the Sun mixtape Johnny Jewel giveth, and then Johnny Jewel giveth some more. Yay! This new Chromatics mixtape collects a bunch of unreleased material from the Kill for Love sessions, and it’s available via Mr. Jewel’s Soundcloud page.

Charli XCX — Super Ultra mixtape And finally, also on the mixtape front, here’s a whopping great mixtape from UK spooky pop moppet Charli XCX. You can grab it directly via this link.