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  1. MPFree: Fossa - Five Days

    Tuesday 23 September 2014, 10:30

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    Another day, another free download. Today’s free music comes courtesy of London quartet Fossa, a band who wear their influences on their sleeve.  

    Download Fossa - Five Days

    Louis, Tom, Will and Joseph are currently, and unbelievably, unsigned but this track is taken from their debut EP Sea of Skies out now. They officially formed last year, although Tom and Louis (whose dad was a jazz musician) met when they were just 14 and started writing music straight away. Will’s the electronic wiz and Joseph played in jazz and guitar bands and orchestras. So when you listen to this track you hear each of those different influences fusing together to create something that feels like an amalgamation of Wild Beasts, Alt-J and Radiohead. No bad thing in our book. 

     

    Fossa

  2. MPFree: Rodrigo Amarante - Mon Nom

    Monday 22 September 2014, 10:31

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    Today’s free musical gift comes from Brazilian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rodrigo Amarante.

    Download Rodrigo Amarante - Mon Nom

    Best known for his work with Los Hermanos and Little Joy, his mellifluous sounds maintain a deep route in his home culture, while reaching out into the realms of electronic soundscapes that take in and soothe the soul.

    This is his latest track from Cavalo, his debut full-length album.  For those who don’t speak French, don’t fear – his dynamic sound transcends the language he's singing in. For those who do, you’ll enjoy a rich lyricism which considers what it is to have roots and what it means to be lost in a foreign place.

    Want to see him live? He can be found playing with Angel Oslen at the following venues (and not all his songs are in French!):

    Tonight - 22/09 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (UK)

    23/09 Gorilla, Manchester (UK)

    24/09 The Cluny, Newcastle (UK)

    25/09 Electric Ballroom, London (UK)

  3. MPFree: Jack Cheshire - Gyroscope

    Friday 19 September 2014, 10:42

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    Today’s MPFree comes to you courtesy of Somerset lad, Jack Cheshire.

    Download Jack Cheshire - Gyroscope

    This mind-bending tune from Jack’s third album, ‘Long Mind Hotel’, spins out surf guitar, serpentine vocals and mellifluous double bass in his signature style of psychedelic folk. Vocally, he takes influence from Nick Drake, and lyrically he prefers things allusive and tense – tipping into meaning while steering dead clear of cheesy rhymes.

    To hear Jack’s expansive sound pictures played out live on stage, head down to the Kings Place, London, tonight to see him play the last set in the album’s tour.

  4. Desert Island Disco: Spread The Love

    Friday 19 September 2014, 09:49

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    Today's Desert Island Disco castaway is Huey Hunter from Paisley, and he's getting all into his groove!:

    "Hi there, I'm an avid listener / dancer to this fantastic show and feel the time is now right to drop my tunes on you.

    I'm a child of the late 70s/early 80s, and as such, Disco is my first love - this is evident from my playlist, but there's also Northern Soul, Motown, Pop, Electronic, Eurodisco and Miscellaneous Eclectic tunes in there too.

    I've compiled a Spotify playlist: #MyDesertIslandDisco, but as I’m a Glasgow cabbie and not tech savvy (that wasn't meant to rhyme, but I’m kinda chuffed...

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  5. MPFree:Gardens + Villa-Love Affair (Swift Demo)

    Thursday 18 September 2014, 10:56

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    Gardens & Villa gift to you today’s MPFree.

    Download Gardens + Villa-Love Affair (Swift Demo)

    It hails from their Televisor EP – a collection of demos, early musical sketches and visions, which the band have decided to package up into a musical present to their fans.

    In February 2012, the band popped by Richard Swift’s National Freedom studio.  What resulted has been described as "a fun and frenzied recording, undertaken during professional hysterics."

    The idea was simple: to conduct psychological experiments based on Carl Jung’s ‘Liber Novus’ – and well, see what happened.  After...

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  6. Memory Tape: The Why-I-Wanted-To-Play-In-A-Band Mixtape

    Wednesday 17 September 2014, 09:44

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    Today's Memory Tapes comes all the Norway and listener Oliver Kersbergen:

    The Why-I-Wanted-To-Play-In-A-Band Mixtape

    This was late 80`s when Heavy metal was what most kids my age listened to, but that never exited me. Luckily my dad owned a record store and I was able to seek out older stuff, which to me seemed way more cool. Also, finding unknown bands by judging them from the covers at the local library was always brilliant.

    Side A:

    1) No More Heroes - The Stranglers

    They were my favourite band and i found it so interesting how they managed to sound so mean yet very musically sophisticated.

    2) Dead...

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  7. MPFree: Zola Blood - Meridian (Applescal Remix)

    Tuesday 16 September 2014, 10:40

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    Today’s MPFree hails all the way from Hackney Wick. 

    Download Zola Blood - Meridian (Applescal Remix)

    Zola Blood was born in October last year, after a few months of sharing dodgy iPhone recordings between friends Matt (vocals/guitar), Ed (Synth), Sam (drums) and Rob (guitar).  The foursome found a little box studio out in Hackney Wick and have been writing, recording and getting electronic out there ever since.

     They channel Trentemoller, Jon Hopkin, Arthur Russell and Caribou.  And when Berlin based super-producer Applescal got hold of their latest track, Meridian, a head-spinning remix emerged...

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  8. MPFree: babyWolf - Barcelona

    Monday 15 September 2014, 10:40

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    Today’s MPfree is a melange of mellow Monday beats to get your week settled into a good groove.

    Download babyWolf - Barcelona...2014

    Robin 12Tree is the electronic genius behind the collaborative project, BabyWolf.  We championed his slamming track, 'Sugamomma', at Christmas.  Since then, he’s been locked down in the studio with collaborator, Ghetto Bardot, from the beginning of the year.  Ghetto Bardot, a.k.a. Barbara Alcindor (ex-French Affair singer), has previously worked with the likes of the Secret Sundays, King Rock and Jumping Jack Frost.

    This track will be the first release on their...

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  9. MPFree: Little May - Dust

    Friday 12 September 2014, 10:45

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    Today’s free download is a lovely slice of wist, dolloped with some pretty impressive percussive production and vocal harmonies that will make you melt. 

    Download Little May - Dust

    Little May is a trio from Sydney - Liz Drummond, Hannah Field and Annie Hamilton. They’ve not been around for long as their debut track 'Boardwalks' appeared on the scene last year. That was followed by single 'Hide', and now we have ‘Dust’. It’s taken from the EP of the same name – which is out 10th October – and as well as featuring all three singles, will showcase two previously unheard tracks ‘Midnight...

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  10. Desert Island Disco: Natasha & Farmer's Shameless Classics

    Friday 12 September 2014, 08:50

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    Fridays are just a great day aren't they really! There's music, love and laughter and it's all courtesy of Desert Island Disco and, more importantly, the listeners! Today's tracks of magical mystery comes from listener Natasha Karol - she just dropped us an email: lauren.6music@bbc.co.uk don't you know - and she enjoys a good dance with her bestie, Farmer. 

    "Me and my friend Farmer enjoyed putting together the list below for your Desert Island Disco section, which we love listening to on a Friday. I hope you enjoy our selection. These are the songs that soundtrack our shared dancing memories. Through...

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