This week in music has been just as much about the news than it has about the actual music, and that’s okay. Sometimes it’s good to be able to step back and realize that this art we are constantly consuming is made by people, and the experiences of those people inevitably shapes what we end up hearing. A lot of people hold strongly onto the view that “it’s all about the music,” but it’s almost impossible not to acknowledge the people making it.
But for our 10 Free Songs feature, it really is all about the music. So sit back and check out some new (and free) songs. Here’s this week’s batch of freebies.
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Frank Ocean – “Sweet Life”
Turning the attention back to the music, here’s Frank Ocean’s “Sweet Life.”
Theophilus London – “Dance Hall Days”
Theophilus London is not your typical rapper. When some artists try to stretch things too far outside of the hip-hop realm, it can get messy. Theo, however, is at his best when he combines some new wave flavor, and his take on Wang Chung’s “Dance Hall Days” is the perfect way for him to show that side off.
Theo’s Rose Island Vol. 1 mixtape is out now.
Maths Time Joy – “Closure”
“Closure” includes some of the experimental creativity of influences like Burial and James Blake and smooths it out for a buttery, sexy sound. This is the first we’ve heard from Maths Time Joy, but we’ll be on the lookout after this one. Download it here.
Childish Gambino ft. Prodigy – “Body”
Despite the fact that Royalty was only released earlier in the week, Childish Gambino decided to share yet another track with us. This one’s got Mobb Deep’s Prodigy on it.
Curren$y ft. Young Jeezy, Big K.R.I.T, & Lil Wayne – “Jet Life”
Young Jeezy, Big K.R.I.T., and Lil Wayne jump on the remix of Curren$y’s “Jet Life,” from Spitta’s most recent album, The Stoned Immaculate.
Sole – “Young Sole”
An alternative interpretation to the bitches/designers/bottles summer anthem.
Royal Bangs – “Slow Cathedral Melt (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix)”
Dr Rosen Rosen takes Royal Bangs’ “Slow Cathedral Melt” and turns the song on its head.
Oddisee – “The Need Superficial”
The rapper/producer has been around for a while, but he’s really picking up buzz now, and the new music keeps flowing. If you’re still not familiar, check out Oddisee’s 15 Essential Songs.
Kami De Chukwu & Joey Purp – “Still A Live”
The intersection where rock and rap meets often has the potential to get messy, but Kami de Chukwu and Joey Purp show that it can be done in a clean, well-executed manner.
Ro Ransom – “Deadman Wonderland”
Ro Ransom’s Ransomnia is out now, so check out this big cut fueled by a crazy M.I.A. sample and get a feel for what this young rapper’s about.