It’s Friday, which means that our head hurts after going to the listening session for the amazing new Scott Walker album at the McKittrick Hotel last night — and also that it’s time for another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness from around the web. This week we are talking very seriously to you about the Lost Animal album, which you need to get hold of ASAP when it’s released in January, and also sharing new tracks by Widowspeak and The Faint, excellent remixes of tracks by Clinic and Mogwai, an entire new Spaceape EP, and plenty more. Since all this action costs precisely nothing, what are you waiting for? All the download links await after the jump.
Lost Animal — “Say No to Thugs” Now look, if you ever listen to us about anything, make it this. Lost Animal’s Ex-Tropical was far and away our favorite album of 2011, and it’s getting a belated US release in January via Hardly Art. This is most excellent news indeed, as is the fact that you can download the record’s first single, “Say No to Thugs,” for free right here. Get amongst it, peoples.
Clinic — “Miss You” (Peaking Lights remix) We’ve been raving about the new Clinic album Free Reign of late, so we were excited to see this remix of lead single “Miss You” by Peaking Lights, a band to whom we’re also rather partial. The remix is great, too — an extended, spacey piece that reminds us, curiously, of Serge Gainsbourg’s “Bonnie and Clyde” for some reason. Get it via RCRD LBL.
The Spaceape — Xorcism EP You may know Stephen Samuel Gordon, aka The Spaceape as the subterranean-voiced vocalist on dubstep progenitor and Hyperdub boss Kode9’s records. This is his solo debut, and as reported on Fact yesterday, the record deals with the “ongoing experience of living with a rare form of cancer, neurolymphatosis, for the last three years.” You can download the entire EP via The Quietus, and if you do so, send some best wishes Gordon’s way — he’s apparently still suffering from the condition, and we hope he recovers soon.
Mogwai — “George Square Thatcher Death Party” (Justin K. Broadrick Reshape) Mogwai have a new remix album, entitled A Wrenched Virile Lore, due out next week — it encompasses a bunch of reworked tracks from Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, and sounds like it’ll be interesting (remixers on duty include, amongst others, Zombie and Flavorpill faves The Soft Moon.) This remix of the amusingly titled “George Square Thatcher Death Party” is the first taste of the album — download it from Sub Pop here.
Widowspeak — “Ballad of the Golden Hour” Meanwhile, some gentle Mazzy Star-esque goodness from the ever-reliable Widowspeak. This is the first single from their upcoming album Almanac, and it’s beautiful. Get it via Stereogum.
The Faint — “Evil Voices” This is taken from The Faint’s upcoming tour-only 12″. Apparently you can only buy the vinyl if you go and see one of the band’s shows, but if a digital version is OK with you, then you can download the track via the fancy widget below:
Inc. — “5Days” Smooth neo-R&B? Look no further.
Ital Tek — “Discontinuum” (alternate version) Spacey, disjointed and faintly ominous — this is perfect hangover music, which is pretty much exactly where we’re at on this chilly Friday morning. Depending on how you’re feeling, this may either capture your mood or freak you the hell out, or possibly both. Anyway, grab it via RCRD LBL.
Devilman — “93” If you are feeling a bit fragile this morning, we suggest maybe bookmarking this track and saving it for later — if we’d come across it earlier in the week, we would totally have included it in our roundup of albums guaranteed to make your ears hurt. Still, if you’re up for clattering beats, eye-rolling bass and a dude shrieking in… well, we’re not really sure what language it is, head to The Quietus and get a-downloadin’.
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down — “Holy Roller” And finally, if that’s all a bit much, you may prefer this rather slick piece of acoustic pop, which finds Thao Nguyen proclaiming, “I am a woman of leisure,” over a banjo, of all things. It’s available via RCRD LBL.