Even Prince is getting involved!
Having recovered from our festival exertions – see elsewhere on hotpress.com for filmic evidence of what we got up to at Forbidden Fruit — Free Music Friday has once again forensically scoured the 'net for the best tunes, streams, vids and trailers that money can't buy because they're gratis.
Our favourite FMF thing this week is 'None But I', the new track gracing The Frames' 25th anniversary 'Best Of', Longitude, which drops on June 26 and also includes reconfigured versions of 'Revelate' and 'Fitzcarraldo'. Cop an earful at here.
You can luxuriate as well in the free American radio download session from Genevieve, one of the stars of this year's SXSW festivities in Texas who's very much of the don't bore us, get to the chorus pop persuasion.
American NPR also wants you to meet Frank Fairfield, a "young man with an old musical soul" whose warm-toned banjo pickin' has our cockles well and truly warmed.
This week's free (but you're welcome to tip) Noise Trade swag includes a full-length album introduction to Arizonan alt. folkers Tow'rs; all 74 of the tunes Matthew Perryman Jones has conjured up during his first decade of laying bare his soul, and a Summer Night Out tour sampler from that mistress of leftfield pop, Ingrid Michaelson.
To the streams now and[link]www.npr.org/series/98679384/first-listen[/link] has new albums from The Deslondes, Franz Ferdinand/Sparks hybrid FFS, Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard and Dawes plus an awesome Arthur Russell rarities collection from the '80s; [link]3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/albums.html[/link] is the go-to place for Danny & The Champions Of The World, Sharon Van Etten, Jose Padilla, Rolo Tomassi, Daughn Gibson, Todd Tobias, Young Kato and Tricky's chum Francesca Belmonte who peddles a similar brand of darkly atmospheric hip hop; Leftfield and HERBERT await visitors to [link]www.theguardian.com/music/series/album-streams[/link] while "provocateur and multimedia artist" Jenny Hval is lurking with considerable intent at [link]www.nytimes.com/interactive/arts/music/pressplay.html?_r=3&[/link]
If your browser is suitably up to date you can have your mind blown by this 360 video for Avicii's 'Waiting For Love'. We're coming around to Nile Rodgers' way of thinking, which is that the Marlay Park-bound Swedish DJ is a bit of a pop colossus!
Chance The Rapper pulls the production strings as his backing band, Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, release the super smooth Surf. Stream one of the standouts, 'Miracle', below and then get the whole thing free from iTunes.
"The cross-genre pinnacle between metal and electronica" reads the promotional blurb accompanying The Glitch Mob's muscular remix of Metallica's 'Lords Of Summer' and, well, they've got a point. Officially sanctioned by both camps, it'll not only annoy the neighbours but also kill their lawn.
A late convert to SoundCloud, Prince (not pictured, that's Dave Chappelle doing a damn good impression) has a May 2015 live version of 'U Got The Look', a Dance Rally 4 Peace Paisley Park mash-up and new tune 'Baltimore' streaming. All of which sound mighty fine!
While Forbidden Fruit, Slane, Salmon Leap and Life kept the home festival fires burning last weekend, some seriously big acts descended on Barcelona for Primavera Sound. Among them were a bang in form Damien Rice, Forbidden Fruit standouts Run The Jewels, the Electric Picnic-bound Ride and Belle & Sebastian, Caribou who are in for Longitude and Interpol. Watch their sets below:
Also pleasing our retinas greatly this week is the Rudimental vid for 'Never Let You Go', which trails their We The Generation long-player out on September 15.
Pretty damn tasty too is Christopher Owens' homemade promo for 'To Take Care Of Myself Again', the lead single from new album Chrissybaby Forever, which you can try before you buy below.
Recorded last year, Declan McKenna's 'Brazil' has extra cadence now that that enemy of the beautiful game Sepp Blatter has slung his FIFA hook. From London but with plenty of Irish blood coursing through his veins, the 16-year-old is a seriously hot property at the moment.
The Flaming Lips comprehensively nailed 'Good Vibrations' earlier this year as part of Brian Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Life And Music Of Brian Wilson. Here's the documentary evidence...
Coming soon to a DVD/digital platform near you is We Are Twisted F*cking Sister, a documentary account of how Dee Snider & Co. comprehensively kicked people's asses in the '80s. We still have extremely fond memories of the time they appeared on the same Dalymount Park bill as Anvil, Motörhead and a naff version of Black Sabbath fronted by Ian Gillan who shouldn't have been let within a trillion miles of 'Paranoid'.
Finally, today sees Shooting For Socrates hitting discerning cinema screens. The Norn Iron 1986 World Cup footie film scores straight from the kick-off with the Wonder Villains giving 'Alternative Ulster' a fizzy pop makeover.
And that's your Free Music Friday lot for another week. We're off to wash our bobble hats and oil our rattles in readiness for Ireland v England on Sunday, which we hope will make headlines for all the right footballing reasons. In the meantime keep those lovely links coming to @stuartclark66
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