10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: Atoms for Peace, Angel Haze


It’s Friday, which means that we’re eating cold pizza and drinking beer at midday, and also that it’s time for another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness from around the web. This week the Chromatics-fest continues with a cover of New Order’s “Ceremony,” and there’s also a new song from Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace project, if you’re clever enough to find the download link. Elsewhere, there’s the thoroughly welcome return of Flavorpill faves Radar Bros, a new (and relatively upbeat) Angel Haze song, pretty electronic textures from Mountains, new stuff from Beach Fossils and YACHT, Dan Deacon apeing Girl Talk, and a pretty ace mixtape from Johnny Jewel. Since all this costs precisely nothing, what are you waiting for? Click through and get a-downloadin’!

Atoms for Peace — “What the Eyeballs Did” What they did, presumably, was search for the download link for this damn track, which is apparently somewhere here, but has thus far eluded us. Go on, tell us how clever you are in the comments section.

Chromatics — “Ceremony” Remember the days when it seemed like Chromatics barely released anything? They’re a distant memory now — Johnny Jewel’s Soundcloud is a constant source of downloadable goodness, and the latest track up for grabs is this cover of the old Joy Division/New Order track “Ceremony” (a song also memorably covered by Galaxie 500.) This version is… well, it’s not revolutionary, but anything with Ruth Radelet’s voice on it is ultimately OK with us. Apparently it’s Glass Candy’s Ida No playing guitar on the track, too. You can get it via Stereogum.

Radar Bros — If We Were Banished” Yay for new Radar Bros! We are huge fans of Jim Putnam’s perpetually underrated sun-drenched melancholia, and we’re delighted to see that they’ve got a new album in the works — it’s called Eight, and is out in January. In the meantime, this lead single available for free download — as a nice lossless WAV file, no less — from the Merge Soundcloud page.

Angel Haze — Galaxy” Angel Haze’s follow-up to the harrowing masterpiece “Cleaning Out My Closet” is something of a flipside to that track, an upbeat love song that finds Raykeea Wilson singing, “It’s because of you that I believe in it/ I put my soul, I put my heart, I put my dreams in it.” Aw. It’s good to hear her sounding happy. The song’s available via Stereogum.

Mountains — “Living Lens” If you’re like us, you’ll rejoice in these quietly atmospheric Oneohtrix-esque electronic textures from Brooklyn duo Mountains — we can’t get enough of this sort of stuff at the moment. You can download this song via the band’s Soundcloud.

Beach Fossils — Careless” We are generally in favor of Beach Fossils, despite the presence of “Beach” in their name, and this is pleasantly breezy guitar pop for a Friday afternoon. Get it via Stereogum.

Dur-Dur Band — Garsore Waa Ilaah” Brian Shimkovitz’s Awesome Tapes from Africa has long been one of our favorite music blogs, and it’s been gratifying to see him expanding into releasing music via his label of the same name. This is from his next release — it’s by a Somalian group called Dur-Dur Band, and it’s from an album called Volume 5, originally recorded in 1987 and now being re-released in the US via Awesome Tapes. You can download it here.

YACHT — Second Summer” Hey, remember YACHT? They still exist, apparently, and this is their new single. Do with this information what you will.

Johnny Jewel — Black & White / A Mix for Autumn Thank God for Johnny Jewel, because as well as the above Chromatics track, he’s also given us an entire mix this week, and it’s been doing a pretty fine job of soundtracking our Friday morning. Get it via Gorilla Vs. Bear. (It features, amongst other things, the Chromatics “Ceremony” cover listed above, along with a rather lovely reinterpretation of Glass Candy’s “Digital Versicolor” under the name “Stars and Houses.”)

Dan Deacon — “Gangrimes Style” And finally, if you’ve ever wanted to hear Dan Deacon mash up “Gangnam Style” with Grimes’ “Oblivion,” look no further.