- 02 Oct 15
Beth Ditto does Bowie, Run The Jewels get catty and more...
Being of an English persuasion – we've apologised before for that! – Free Music Friday is hoping for a rugby miracle tomorrow as we look to give Australia a tonking. We'd like a footballing one too on Sunday as Everton to try to end their wretched run against them lot from the other side of Stanley Park.
To soundtrack what we hope will be a glorious sporting weekend we've assembled another quality array of streams, downloads, vids and trailers from all manner of far-flung places.
Beth Ditto treats us to a stunning cover of David Bowie's 'Moonage Daydream', which coincides with the Girls Rock Camp Foundation recreating of eight classic album covers including Mr. B's Aladdin Sane. 'Moonage Daydream' was of course on The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust but, hey, let's not split hairs.
Along with Tegan and Sara and Kathleen Hanna, Ditto is a board member of the foundation which encourages young girls in their musical endeavours. Bag yourself a copy at [link]dropbox.com/s/czj87zh71jl4wz6/Moonage Daydream.mp3?dl=0[/link]
The former Gossip singer also took to the catwalk as part of Marc Jacobs' New York Fashion Week show, and looked her usual ace self.
There's another quality crop of freebies – but don't be shy about tipping – from the Noise Trade stable. From Columbus, Ohio come Saintseneca whose muscular cover of Lucinda Williams' 'Passionate Kisses' is particularly to our liking; a six-tracker from Brooklyn big music types Alberta Cross who drop their third self-titled album on October 16, and Saint John who are one of the acts looking to fill the void left by The Civil Wars.
Another of our favourite FMF things this week is the session Odd Future associates The Internet treated American NPR to. Lead by the remarkable Syd The Kid, this is jazzy hip hop of the highest order.
NPR are also in the thick of the week's streaming action with newbies from legendary French DJ and producer St. Germain; Protomartyr who have a bit of a Fall thing going on; Kris Kristofferson's wonderfully weathered keyboard-playing pal Donnie Fritts who's taking centre-stage for once, and Duncan Sheik, a seasoned popsmith whose eighth album, Legerdemain, is easily his best to date.
Our Dutch [link]3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/albums.html[/link] pals chip in with Peaches, Joe Bonamassa, Doe Paoro, The World Of Dust, Metric, Kylesa and in case you haven't already heard/bought it Glen Hansard's fabulous Didn't He Ramble while [link]www.theguardian.com/music/series/album-streams[/link] can sort you out with John Grant – it's an absolute pearler! – and Hey Colossus.
Generous chap that he is, Kaytranada is giving away a whopping eight new tracks all of which are very much to our liking. The Haitian-born, Canadian-domiciled producer, DJ and performer played a late night blinder at Electric Picnic and will hopefully be back for a headlining turn in due course.
Shankhill hip hoppers Dah Jevu have released a powerful new video for 'Incubus', one of the tunes that so enthralled the Guinness Amplify judges last year and bagged the lads some free studio time. It's dark, funky and guaranteed to have you moshing round the living-room by the time it gets to the Rage Against The Machine-like climax.
Staying in The Pale and Bitter Rocc directs the video which accompanies the new Flynn Johnson single, 'Feel Alright'. Perfect feelgood fare for the Indian Summer we're having.
Following on from their Forbidden Fruit stormer, Run The Jewels treat us to a free download album fashioned from cat sounds. Yep, you read that right, Meow The Jewels, finds such heavyweights as Dan The Automator, Zola Jesus, Just Blaze, Snoop Dogg, Boots, Alchemist, Zack de la Rocha, Portishead's Geoff Barrow and Massive Attack's 3D contributing to tunes such as 'Meowpurrdy', 'Pawfluffer', 'All Meow Life' and 'Paw Due Respect', which all contain real, honest to God feline samples. Bag yourselves a copy at [link]daylightcurfew.com/collections/run-the-jewels-collection[/link]
A David Holmes re-working of 'The Girl With The X-Ray Eyes' is one of the cuts featuring on Noel Gallagher's Where The City Meets The Sky: Chasing Yesterday The Remixes. Holmer enlisted a kiddies' choir to completely transform the original. Also featuring quality reworkings from Andrew Weatherall, Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve, Psychemagick, Toy Drum and Massive Attack's 3D, it's available as a coloured (one blue, one pink) 2xLP from Noel's website or, somewhat less excitingly, iTunes. Meanwhile, the lead track from Holmes' Unloved project's debut EP, 'Guilty Of Love', drops on October 16. We were treated to a sneak preview of the whole album recently and it's a stunner!
Daft Punk have premiered the official trailer for Daft Punk Unchained, a joint BBC and Canal + documentary looking at the men behind the masks, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. With Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Kanye West, Paul Williams and Pete Tong among the contributors, it looks quite the Gallic electrofest.
Hozier's American love affair continues with a return trip to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where new single 'Jackie & Wilson' was performed with trademark gusto.
There's also a video featuring footage from his summer festival activities including his Longitude headliner, and Slane where he was on warming up duties for the Foos.
Our Wexford producer pal, New Machine, strikes again with this banging tune from hotshot London spitter Kojey Radical. When not crouched over a mixing-desk, Mr. M part of the Maverick Sabre and Plan B bands.
And that's your Free Music Friday lot for another week. Once the sport's finished, we'll be getting our Hard Working Class heroes on – see elsewhere on hotpress.com for the 15 showcasing acts you really have to see and keep those links coming to @stuartclark66