It’s Friday, which means that we’re awaiting the arrival of the latest snowpocalypse, and also that it’s time for our regular roundup of new music to get your hands on this week. This week there’s a free EP from Stars and their touring buddies, along with a bunch of interesting remixes (featuring Tame Impala, Diana and Doldrums, and others), a free Dilla-inspired beat compilation from Shigeto, new tracks from Four Tet and Leech, a pretty ace mixtape from Kilo Kish, and plenty more where that all came from. None of this will cost you a dime, so we suggest you click through and get downloading ASAP.
Stars — You Guys Are All Awesome EP
A couple of free songs from Stars? Don’t mind if we do. This EP is basically a tour sampler for Stars’ upcoming jaunt around Canada and the Midwest, and includes two tracks from the band along with one from each of their opening acts for said tour: Milo Greene, Cold Specks, and Yukon Blonde. You can grab the whole thing here.
Four Tet – “The Track I’ve Been Playing That People Keep Asking About and That Joy Used in His RA Mix and Daphni Played on Boiler Room”
And the award for Song Title of the Year goes to… Hebden, K.
Tame Impala — “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” (Chrome Canyon remix)
A suitably tripped-out reinterpretation of Tame Impala’s ubiquitous “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” from one of our favorite discoveries of last year’s CMJ Music Marathon. Result. Get it via Stereogum.
Shigeto — Beats 4 Dilla
A whacking great tribute to the late, great J Dilla from Brooklyn-based producer Zach Saginaw, aka Shigeto. There are nine tracks here, most of which were apparently finished in under an hour, and all of which evoke the intricate yet raw sounds of Dilla’s productions. We particularly like the first couple of beats, which feature co-production from Skywlkr, but they’re all worth hearing. You can download the whole lot via XLR8R.
Leech — “Tusks”
Leech is Audraglint supremo Brian Foote’s musical outlet, but he’s releasing this debut EP via the consistently excellent LA label 100% Silk. This track certainly fits the 100% Silk aesthetic to a tee — it’s liquid, minimalist neo-house, more suitable for the warm afterglow of a beach party than a blizzard. Get it via Pitchfork.
Diana — “Born Again” (remixes)
It’s often fascinating listening to radically different remixes of the same song. So it goes with this three-song remix EP by Canadian four-piece Diana — it offers three different reinterpretations of their track “Diana,” encompassing abstract ambience from Flavorpill favorite Heathered Pearls, late-night elegance from Doldrums, and a Phoenix-esque groove from Luke Lalonde. You can get all three here.
Doldrums — “She Is the Wave” (Black Dice remix)
And speaking of Doldrums, here’s a rather deranged remix of one of their tracks — namely the already rather out-there “She Is the Wave” — courtesy of Brooklyn experimental veterans Black Dice. You can download both the original and the remix via Self-Titled.
Afrika Psuedobrutisms — Sea EP
One of our favorite jobs for this feature is heading to the Chocolate Grinder section of Tiny Mix Tapes and seeing what weird shit they’ve come up with this week. We have no idea who or what Afrika Psuedobrutisms are, but the name was enough to get us intrigued, and the music sounds like picking up several radio stations from the future simultaneously, a strange stew of experimental sounds, curious samples, and atmospheric textures. If we had to make a comparison, we’d say it’s vaguely reminiscent of some of Hype Williams’ work, but you should just download it and come up with your own descriptions.
Kilo Kish — k+ (mixtape)
We rather liked Floridian rapper Kilo Kish’s appropriately named Flatbush Zombies collaboration “Creepwave” when we heard it a couple of weeks back, and as such we’ve been looking forward to hearing her mixtape. Well, such mixtape has arrived, and the whole thing is available for free download right here. Woo and, indeed, hoo.
Black Dave — “Muthafuck My Enemies”
And finally, while we’re on hip hop, here’s a drawling, ominous, and decidedly catchy anti-hater anthem from Harlem rapper Black Dave, who’s also collaborated with Flatbush Zombies in the past. This track features production by Muta Beatz and is available for free download from RCRD LBL.