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02 September 2011

Free Music Friday - September 2, 2011

"Welcome to September," the free music fairy says. This free music is a groovy, fresh fantastic mix of tunes you've never heard before. So please, jump into to this pool of recommended novelty songs and enjoy.

1. The Weeknd - Thursday
This week I'm recommending the new mixtape by The Weeknd, Thursday. Following a mere five months after their debut (and Polaris Prize-nominated) House of Balloons, Thursday brings us more of the same: a a voice straight out of commercial R&B backed by dark, haunting music that's head-bobbingly infectious.

You can download both Thursday as well as House of Balloons (which I recommended a few weeks ago) for free at

-Contributed by OLR Music Guru Andrew McNair

2. Old Wives' Tale - "Josephine" (click to stream or right click to save as)

Transforming post-college angst into distorted bass lines, disco beats, ripping guitars, and lyrics referencing alter-egos, heart-breaking love affairs, and one-night stands, this dynamic duo offers "Josephine" as a taster. Download it, perhaps pick up their debut album Younger Limbs and follow these Miami rockers as they rip it up here.

3. Toro y Moi - "All Alone" (free mp3 with email)
"Chillwave" recording artist Chazwick Bundick, who is better known as Toro y Moi, has dropped his latest single, which you can download here. This one is a groovy dancefloor mix with inviting layers of synth and guitar, a preview of the soon-to-be-released Freaking Out EP. Anticipate more where that came from here.

4. Founds - "Holograms" (free download from Bandcamp)

Strung together like a spiderweb of hypnotic, eclectic and intriguing sounds, this dream-pop electronic song by Brisbane sextet is as alluring as the title suggests. Not quite one thing or another, this song is an ethereal and magnetic whirlpool telling of the group's experimental streak. Follow Founds here.

5. Sachin Raj - 33.33 (free album download from Bandcamp)

Multi-instrumentalist Sachin Raj sings and plays guitar, bass, accordion, xylophone, organ, banjo and sarod in this truly pretty folk compilation perfect for hazy afternoons spent in dreamy cobwebs of the imagination. Out June 2011, the whole album is available to download for free, which I highly suggest.

-Nancy Woo


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