The Cheapskate: The Month In Free Tracks

The Freemium economic philosophy seems to be establishing as the way to go in the world of music. Each week there is more and more top notch material given away. This week’s selection begins with the welcome return to shape of electronic titans UNDERWORLD, who take advantage of the fact British electronic music from the nineties is back in trend. The band is offering their surprisingly catchy comeback single ‘Scribble’ in exchange for your mailing details.

Another of the ongoing retro trends is the revisiting of the C-86 British indie sounds, and no one has done it with more tuneful charm and accuracy than THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART. The four piece from Brooklyn are giving away their brand new single ‘Say No To Love’ and its B-side ‘Lost Saint’ one month ahead of its physical release. At the same time, they have launched a video for their former track ‘Higher Than The Stars’.

And hotly tipped for glory US youngsters THE DRUMS have just released their eponymous debut album surrounded by rave reviews. A remix of their latest single ‘Forever & Ever Amen’ by British indie legends St. Etienne is been offered as a freebie for their growing number of fans.

The world renowned Daytrotter sessions added two new artist to their illustrious list of performers: British energetic rock trio MALE BONDING and Brooklyn popsters TWIN SISTERS. Both recordings are available for everyone to download at Daytrotter’s webpage.

The latest FOUR TET album was a welcomed recovery of Kieran Hebden’s top form and the most recent track taken off from is ‘Angel Echoes’ as remixed by CARIBOU. More electronic artists who return: MATTHEW DEAR premieres his new album under his real name with first taster ‘I Can Feel’ and Dubstep star Kode 9 is responsible for the latest FACT mix. One of his new tracks, ‘You Down Wash’ is also available as a free download.

Exploring more indie ground, JOSE GONZALEZ reignites one of his past projects, the band JUNIP, and offers a krautrock infused 4-track EP anticipating the arrival of their first work in the autumn. Portland trio MENOMENA keep on teasing about their imminent comeback by offering another track ‘Five Little Rooms’; Classic rock revivalists BLACK MOUNTAIN gave away their new single ‘Old Fangs’ and Sub Pop’s all-girl garage band DUM DUM GIRLS were also in generous mood by making their last two singles available gratis.

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