Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington have recently joined forces under the name DARKSIDE to release a self-titled EP through Jaar’s label Clown and Sunset. After seeing the EP pop up on Gorilla vs. Bear, and discussing the EP and how it should be pressed on vinyl with the folks over at I Guess I’m Floating, I can say that this is one of the “must listen” EPs of 2011.
It is very rare that I listen to EP on repeat over and over again for a day or two, but the DARKSIDE EP is definitely an exception. Overall, the EP has an airy feel, which gives Jaar and Harrington some room to breath with their creation. The guitars are delicate, the vocals are haunting, and the bass rhythms create an instant groove that you cannot get out of until three tracks come to their end.
You can listen to the entire EP here
Manu Chao‘s “Clandestino” is such a gorgeous track. That being said, here is some background info of the performance:
“While in Arizona, Manu Chao visited the perimeter fence of the notorious jail facility known as ‘Tent City’, which was conceived by Sheriff Arpaio, and where inmates are forced to suffer degrading treatment and to endure the extreme temperature range of the desert by living outside in tents.
Manu Chao, along with bandmate Madjid Fahem, serenaded the walls of the jail with a heartfelt rendition of his song ‘Clandestino’. This version was captured on film by filmmaker Alex Rivera, whose work strives to draw attention to the Latin-American community in the US.” [via]
The folk trio Good Old War have had their single “Tell Me” remixed by The Optimist (aka David Embree.)
A house/dubstep version of a folk song? Don’t mind if I do!
The Rapture’s In The Grace Of Your Love is currently one of our favorite albums of 2011. Check out Thunder & Co.’s remix of the single ”How Deep Is Your Love”, which takes the original on a funkier ride.
Source: SoundCloud / Thunder & Co.
Pretty Lights teams up with BitTorrent to share FREE music worldwide
If you have attended a music festival in the United States over the last year or two, odds are you have experienced Pretty Lights or heard about his music and live show. His unique soulful electronic music has spread like wildfire through the blogosphere and has resulted in a massive U.S. fanbase, which is evidenced by the large number of sold out tour dates.
Today, Pretty Lights has teamed up with the technology behemoth BitTorrent to release a media bundle that contains PL’s Glowing In The Darkest Night EP, Making Up A Changing Mind EP, Spilling Over Every Side EP, along with a video of his Bonnaroo performance, and a bonus single “I Know The Truth.” Even though Pretty Lights has been giving away his music free of charge for years through his website, the project with BitTorrent will allow him to share his creativity with ”over 100 million music enthusiasts in 165 countries.” [via]
“I began offering my music as a free download with the release of my first album because I’ve always supported the sharing of digital media, including my own creations.” said Smith from his current Australian tour. “I’ve experienced the benefits firsthand of letting anyone and everyone download my music at no charge, which is, primarily, a momentous growth in the attendance of my live shows. I believe that the recipe for my success has been three fold. One, producing fresh and original soulful music. Two, continuing to always invest back in the production of my live show/experience. And three, pushing the envelope in the way that I distribute my music online to new listeners. The third is why I’m so excited to be partnering with BitTorrent.” [via]
DOWNLOAD :: Pretty Lights’ BitTorrent Media Bundle