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Episode 6: Goin' Up Country
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Lauren Laverne

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    Hi everyone,

    Just making sure those of you who've book-marked this page aren't wondering 'where's my free music?' Don't fear, it's now in a new place and easier to use and it's all here: http://bbc.in/1sgJ5DR

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    Every now and then, a band just needs to change its name in order to establish its new course: The Quarrymen into The Beatles, The Rain into Oasis, Liberty into Liberty X. Joining that list is Temple Songs – played several times on this show - who’ve changed their name to Pink Teens. 

    Download Pink Teens - More Than I Can Bear

    In celebration of this change, the will be releasing a 9-track EP “Good Luck, Pink Teens”, from which More Than I Can Bear is taken. Fans of the former will be pleased that the psyche-tinged shoe gaze remain, with lead singer Jolan Lewis just having a knack for finding great melodies amongst the wealth of sound behind him. They play Bleach in Brighton tonight. Download now, watch tonight = Tuesday.

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    Today’s MPFree is a beautiful and mellow track to soothe you into your Monday morning by L.A. based band Dive Index.

    Download Pattern Pieces - Dive Index

    Spearheaded by composer and producer Will Thomas, Dive Index is a collaboration of artists such as vocalists Simone White, who features on Pattern Pieces. Dive Index use a unique combination of electronic and acoustic sounds to make deeply layered music.

    Pattern Pieces is partnered with the song A Person To Hide With, which features Isaiah Gage on vocals, and is also available as a free download. Will describes the two songs as “lyrically…portray[ing] an intimate, one-on-one conversation.”

    Dive Index's fourth album Lost In The Pressure was released on 30th September 2014 via Neutral Music Records.

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    Today’s MPFree goes global with a stunner from African musicians Tamikrest, discovered in the same Glitterbeat Records vaults which gave us Wednesday’s ‘Robot Dub’ track (Be Ki Don by Schneider TM).

    Download Djanegh Etoumast by Tamikrest

    Recent winners of the ‘Best Group’ award at the Songlines Music Awards, Tamikrest are formed of artists from Mali, Niger and Algeria who aim to open up ‘new paths between desert blues and Western rock.’

    As a band originating from the Sahara comparisons to fellow Saharan musicians Tinariwen are inevitable, but Tamikrest carve their own niche...

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    It’s time to get your dancing shoes on as listener Olivia McLearon has chosen a cracking disco playlist to get you ready for the weekend. Remember, you can send your party tunes to us (as many tracks as you like) to lauren.music@bbc.co.uk and it could be you sitting in the hot seat next week. Here's Olivia to tell all:

    "After hearing yet another excellent Desert Island Disco I couldn't resist sending my selection in. I've found it really hard to narrow it down to 16 (which I know is still too many!), but I hope you like them. They all contain very happy memories for me and my friends,...

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    Today’s MPFree is a mesmerising demo from the woman of the moment – the very cool Jessie Ware.

    Download Jessie Ware - 12

    South Londoner Jessie recorded the track “12” last year at the Red Bull Studio in London. Robin Hannibal, who is part of the Danish group Quadron, co-wrote and produced the song. Jessie released her second album Tough Love on 13th October. Even though “12” didn’t make it onto the new album Jessie tells us all to “play it late and go kiss someone x”.  

    Jessie released her beautiful debut record “Devotion” in 2011 and went on to be nominated for the...

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    The MPFree picks up the pace a little today with “minimalist head-smashing garage rock that's going to get you jumping up and down on your desk”.

    Download Bass Drum of Death – For Blood

    Their self-titled second album was released last year, and received quite a level of rotation on this show – certainly one to add to your collection if it’s currently missing. Now the Oxford, Mississippi duo return with their third outing, RIP THIS. A possible commentary on the state of the industry, or just an instruction, or even sarcasm, we’re not quite sure but ‘For Blood’ is the...

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    Today's Memory Tape comes from listener Liv Siddall and, in a way, she's perfected the art of the Memory Tape. It was made for her by boyfriend-from-the-past who thought it might be a good idea to romanticise the gesture of giving her mixtape even more. C'mon, we've all been there! Remember you can send your Memory Tape to us anytime you like: lauren.6music@bbc.co.uk. Here's Liv to tell all:

    "When I was 15 my boyfriend at the time made me a cd and sprayed it with his Jean Paul Gaultier eau de toilette. I played it so often that it eventually wore out, but I can still remember the tracklist...

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    Onwards we roll to the second free download of the week, and it’s a bit of a banger this one. Nemone sits in for Lauren today, and she’s bringing her Electric Ladyland-vibes to the show with this reworking of a classic by German producer Jolie Noir.

    Download Jolie Noir – White Lines

    Katja aka Jolie Noir is based in Nuremberg and started DJing when she was just 18. Having grown up around 80s and early 90s hip hop, she now takes her love of the genre squarely to the dance floors with this 4/4 reworking of Grandmaster Flash’s White Lines. It’s a subtle remapping, but when...

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    Welcome one and all to the returning MPFree. Following last week’s triumphant 6 Music Live gigs down at that there Maida Vale, there simply wasn’t room to squeeze the free download in. But now it’s back, bigger than ever, and with an absolute wonder to wash away the blues of the rainy week ahead. 

    Download Tan Vampires - Paper Cranes

    Tan Vampires are a sextet from Dover, New Hampshire, USA for fans of “Radiohead, Wilco, Local Natives, and Neil Young.” Personally, we see more My Morning Jacket and it’s a marching wave of brass, woodland folk and forlorn lyrics. They formed in...

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