Free Download: The Cool Kids – “Delivery Man”

Mountain Dew has a free mp3 download from their “Green Label Sound” website of Chicago’s buzzworthy hip hop duo The Cool Kids. The track “Delivery Man” has sparse drums and an organ hook flowing under lyrics that remind me of De La Soul or Black Eyed Peas at times. Fun and funky.

According to the PR, Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks met on MySpace.

Click Here to Download “Delivery Man”

Cut Copy Offer Up “Hearts on Fire” Acapella for Remixers

Cut CopyOne of my summer soundtrack albums is Aussie band Cut Copy‘s new album In Ghost Colours. Produced by onetime UNKLE member and DFA Records head Tim Goldsworthy it’s an excellent pastiche of 80’s Synthpop acts drawing from New Order, Human League, and even clubby techno inspiration.

Already the album– which was released in March– has had a number of really great singles and remixes done. Cut Copy announced on their MySpace page that they would like to extend the opportunity to their fans as well, so they’ve provided the vocal acapella to the dancy “Hearts on Fire” track. With it’s four-on-the-floor beat it is a pretty likely mashup candidate, I think. From the blog:

for all you folks who like having fun with these things. Go nuts, but if you want to do anything commercial with it, ask us first, and let us hear it. Who knows? It might even get picked up for official release. Actually – we’re excited to hear all uses, commercial or not, so send them on!

Send all mixes, mashups, muzak, etc. to: info@punkdafunk.com or to one of the fine folks at your local Modular office.

Click Here for Cut Copy’s MySpace Page

Click Here for the mp3 of the acapella (Sendspace Link Alert) (The AIFF file is here)

Free Download: The Black Keys Cover Beefheart

The Black Keys have made available for a short time a FREE download of a song they recorded this week at “Dan’s House” on their MySpace Page. Their cover of Zappa-BFF Captain Beefheart’s “I’m Glad” from their 1967 debut Safe As Milk was recorded on Thursday and made available on Friday! The track will be available for one week (May 9th) and then removed (hopefully with another Free gem like this one!!). Although with a pedigree like Beefheart, you might expect crazy dadaist freakouts, this song is a bluesy soulful slow dance with a great psychedelic buzzing guitar solo in the bridge.

By the way, if you haven’t bought the Dangermouse-plus-Black Keys effort Attack and Release you should. The reviewers on Amazon are very mixed about this album since it is more “produced” than their last albums, but I really like it. I think it was a good idea for this two-piece to let some outside influence in.

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