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  1. MPFree: HolloH - Laying Awake

    Friday 1 August 2014, 10:42

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    It’s Friday, it’s Friday, let’s do the conga, it’s Friday! Just in case you hadn’t noticed, it’s Friday and it’s always a great, great day when we get to give you some free music. Today’s choice late night dance floor filler comes from Toronto’s HolloH, and they’re taking us fully into the dark of the night.

    Download HolloH - Laying Awake

    HolloH is duo Nicholas Spencer and Parker Nowlan who are releasing their self-titled six track EP next week via the Rare Beef label, and this is a tasty morsel from it. Apparently this is the most house-like track on the EP and moody just ain’t the word. This really sounds like Jamie XX and Daniel Avery are having a DJ face off at 4 in the morning, in a basement club, and there’s lots of red lighting, and it’s quite hot. Anyway, be sure to start you weekend with it.

  2. Desert Island Disco: Resolutely Retro

    Friday 1 August 2014, 09:46

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    Today's castaway is Andreas Frangou from West Wittering, and he's taking us back to a time of perms, flares and sideburns. Who wouldn't want to be on this island? Here's Andreas to tell all:

    "I love the Desert Island Disco, and here is what I would take to my Desert Island dance floor, resolutely retro!

    1. You and Music, Donald Byrd 1973, Blackbird? Very retro, but to me still has that freshness to it, and the beginnings of acid jazz?

    2. Sho Nuff Groove: Harvey Mason, Earthmover 1976. This track is real funky and dancy, the rest of the album is serious jazz/rock/funk. The music I was raised on (I have older brothers so was brain washed) Very rare vinyl too.

    3. Dancing In Outer Space: Atmosfear. This was the first 12 inch I never bought! Let me explain, 1978, my form tutor Mr Wallis (Hackney Downs School) had a sound system and played this end of year do. I loved it, but could only remember the sleeve design, and bought the wrong single because it had the same sleeve what a nana!

    4. Gwen Guthrie: Seventh Heaven 1982, produced by Sly and Robbie. unusual but original sounding track, first heard it 1983, danced to it in a small sweaty club in Soho.

    5. RockIt: Herbie Hancock. 1983? Head Hunters...

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  3. MPFree: The Megaphonic Thrift – Bergen Revels

    Thursday 31 July 2014, 10:40

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    Today’s MPFree comes from Norwegian four-piece The Megaphonic Thrift, who’ve been described as a “masterclass in sonic terrorism”. 

    Download The Megaphonic Thrift – Bergen Revels

    Seeing as we had David Quantick / Lord Tarquin’s Memory Tape on the show yesterday, we thought we’d keep the shoegaze vibe going some more with Bergen Revels. It’s taken from the band’s third album 'Sun Stare Sound' released 30th September, on Datarock's Yap label. If you’re unaware of Datarock’s oeuvre, then be sure to check Fa-Fa-Fa – ooh pioneers of electro nu-rave / those boys were. But download it quickly, as it’s not around for long.

  4. MPFree: Menace Beach - Lowtalkin'

    Wednesday 30 July 2014, 10:47

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    Wednesday's MPFree download comes from Leeds duo Menace Beach. They released their EP Lowtalker earlier this year and now they’re back with more, a double-A sided single featuring two new tracks 'Tennis Court' and 'Lowtalkin''. The latter being today's Mpfree download. You can get this before its official release on 1st September via Memphis Industries. 

    Download Menace Beach – Lowtalkin’ 

    Hailing for some of the greatest indie-fuzzed pop bands, including Pulled Apart By Horses and Sky Larkin, as well as Hookworms leading man on guitar – there’s no wonder why Menace Beach’s debut...

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  5. Memory Tapes: Memoirs Of A Shoe Gazing Gentleman

    Wednesday 30 July 2014, 10:23

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    Today we have an extra special Memory Tape from music writer, critic and journalist David Quantick, who takes us down Memory Lane with a Shoe-Gazing theme tape! You may remember David wrote a column called Memoirs of a Shoe Gazing Gentleman in the NME as Lord Tarquin back in the 90s. Let him guide through this tape filled with nostalgia and shoe-gaze splendour!

    "OK - this tape collects my memories of Shoe-Gazing and the music that reminds me of that era from when I wrote the NME column Memoirs Of A Shoe Gazing Gentlemen by Lord Tarquin i.e. me.  

    It begins with Melt by Siouxsie And The Banshees...

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  6. MPFree: Erland & The Carnival - Daughter

    Tuesday 29 July 2014, 10:45

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    Today’s MPFree comes from Erland & The Carnival. Erland being Erland Cooper a young fellow from Orkney, and The Carnival being multri-instrumentalist Simon Tong of The Verve, The Good The Bad and The Queen and Gorillaz. A decade after forming they return in excellent form with their third record, ‘Closing Time’. This stunning track ‘Daughter’ is taken from the record.

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     Released from the album on 25th August, this is a bit of a steal well it is because it’s FREE! Recorded in Damon Albarn's studio13 with previous Erland & The Carnival engineer Steve Sedgewick and mixed by London Grammar producer Tim Bran this album is expected to be crammed with sting arrangements and and stunning impassioned vocals.

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  7. MPFree: Lost Midas - Archetype Forgotten

    Monday 28 July 2014, 10:40

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    Today’s free download comes from somebody we’ve had our eye on for quite some time now, and they’ve finally arrived with more material in their cache. 

    Download Lost Midas - Archetype Forgotten

    Lost Midas' debut album Off the Course is out this week and it’s been a while in coming – unless we’re just very impatient, which is a distinct possibility. The first track we heard of Boston born Jason Trikakis was the incredible track Love Undone (feat. Taylor O'Donnell), which featured previously as an MPFree don’t you know. This time he’s still bringing his summertime vibes – noticing the influence that LA living has on him now – to a squelchy, laidback number which recreates the flowing of the waves and escorts you to a land of seagulls, piers and sun cream. 

    Lost Midas

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  8. MPFree: Black Rivers – The Ship

    Friday 25 July 2014, 10:41

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    Today’s MPFree comes from the remaining two-thirds of Doves, the Williams brothers Jez and Andy. And it feels like the brothers are revisiting their days as Sub Sub.

    Download Black Rivers – The Ship

    Following the success of Kingdom of Rust, the band decided to take a break; Jimi Goodwin went solo, guitarist Jez plunged himself into electronic music and drummer Andy formed a new band with some friends. Jez said about Black Rivers: ““Some bands are rooted in the reality of the here and now,” says Jez. “I suppose we’ve always been about escapism: searching for something. That’s the...

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  9. Desert Island Disco: Get Up Offa That Thing

    Friday 25 July 2014, 08:50

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    Today's castaway is Alacoque Davey in Northern Ireland, and she enjoys a proper get-down boogie! Remember to send your Desert Island Disco party tracks to: lauren.6music@bbc.co.uk. That's exactly what Alacoque did:

    "I'm sending you my Desert Island Disco choices and would love it if you could play them on your show. Me and the kids will be listening now that we're off school for the summer holidays - in Northern Ireland we get 8 weeks!!

    Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street

    Curtis Mayfield – Get Down

    Sly and the Family Stone – Underdog

    Grace Jones – Pull up to the Bumper

    Sugarhill Gang – Rapper's Delight

    Maceo and The Macks – Cross the Tracks

    Diana Ross – I'm Coming Out

    MIchael Jackson – Workin Day and Night / Off The Wall /

    James Brown – Papa Don't Take No Mess / Get Up Offa That Thing / Honky Tonk

    Love it all!!!

    Alacoque x"

     

    Desert Island Disco

     

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  10. MPFree: Crooked Hands - Freefall

    Thursday 24 July 2014, 10:41

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    Today’s free download comes from Crooked Hands. And we just seemed to find them a little too late.

    Download Crooked Hands - Freefall

    Crooked Hands are a Newcastle / Glasgow five-piece, who just never quite got the attention they deserved. The harmonies, the wall of sound, the late-night indie feel of their work is all available on the five-track Penitentiary EP, available to download for free. That’s the good news, the bad news is the band are no more. They said: “You can So we have been sitting on this for quite some time but feel that it's time to let everybody know - we have decided not to continue as a band anymore. Personal circumstances have made it too difficult for us to hold the band together.” Shame, but this is cracking set of tunes to leave behind. 

    Crooked Hands

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