The exam has been thoroughly defeated, so now I have free time again. Hooray. And since the last update rather embarrassingly failed to pan out properly (and since I'm up and have nothing better to do), here's the first of several posts pointing you to free music elsewhere on the web, mostly on label and artist sites. So, anyway:
. Talented downtempo beatsmith, sort of affiliated with Anticon
, and with some great releases on Bully Records
(whose website hasn't been updated in a while, unfortunately). His site has three unreleased tracks, a version of "Rain Men" from an out-of-print single, and "Heckles from the Peanut Gallery" from his Left Handed Straw
Buy Left Handed Straw
(Direct from Controller 7- it's cheaper than buying from Amazon, he'll sign it for you, and this way he sees a significantly larger profit from the sale of his music.)
of Zero 7's "Somersault" featuring MF Doom. DM's been all over the mainstream press after the Grey Album
controversy (and to a lesser extent his collaboration with Jemini for the Ghetto Pop Life
album), and MF Doom is possibly the most popular "underground" rapper in the world right now. Zero 7 are, unfortunately, kind of boring, but DM takes the soporific original and makes it into something else entirely by dropping in hard drum breaks and Doom spreads his usual laid-back, gravel-voiced delivery over the top.
. A Bush cutup by Chris Morris, in the style of his infamous Archbishop of Canterbury cutup. With accompanying video and Osymyso remix. It's worth tracking down the original Bushwhacked- Warp have taken down their mirror of it, but it can be pretty easily found on Soulseek. And be sure to get Adrian Sutton
's orchestral remix while you're at it- it's been taken down from his site, but is also Soulseek-able. While you're at his site, though, check out the warped background music he did for Morris' short film My Wrongs #8245-8249 & 117
. None of this stuff is particularly new- Osymyso was, along with Freelance Hellraiser, Richard X, 2 Many DJ's, and Donna Summer, one of the most visible mash-up artists back when the music press was starved for novelty and pounced upon a fairly basic aspect of DJ culture and...where was I? Oh yes, the music. It's very good, and you should download it. Especially the aptly-named "Puckish Mix," the slightly disturbing "Fiver to Bigwig" (currently on Amon Tobin's Solid Steel
live mix album), and "Intro-inspection," a twelve-minute piece stitched together out of the intros to various pop songs. Where else are you likely to hear "Safety Dance," "Lust for Life" and "My Generation" all playing at the same time and not sounding like complete ass? Or "Sweet Dreams," "Song 2" and "Blue Monday"?
Airborn Audio, the newest permutation of the late, lamented Antipop Consortium, have set up shop here
. Click "music" to download their song "Inside the Globe." I kind of miss Beans, but M. Sayyid was my favorite of the Antipop crew so I'm not too upset...
And now to squeeze in two hours of sleep before my flight. Hooray.
This week's Boomkat update has clips of the two B-sides
on Rjd2's Europe-only "Exotic Talk" 12" single ("The Move" and "Get Off My Spaceship Bitch" [heh]). Those of you (like me) who prefer things digital (or without ridiculous exchange rates and shipping costs) can wait, since www.rjd2.net
is supposed to put them up for download in mp3 sometime soon. And, just as exciting, some clips from Amon Tobin's Solid Steel mix
A helpful (though anonymous) reader has kindly pointed out that Warp does
still have "Bushwhacked 1" up for download right here
. Which pretty conclusively proves that I shouldn't do this so late at night/early in the morning. But anyway, download! Enjoy!
More anonymous help- the hilarious Adrian Sutton orchestral mix of "Bushwhacked" can be had here
(warning: direct link to mp3), via Cook'd and Bomb'd
. Be sure to dig around there, too, as they've got tons of goodness- mp3s of On the Hour
, Blue Jam
, and Morris' Radio 1 show, as well as his two Breezeblock DJ sets. And the infamous Richard Geefe hoax columns
, which later inspired the "Suicide Journalist" sketch on Blue Jam