The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Curly Castro, The Head and The Heart, Josh Jones

 

Curly Castro | Photo by Laura Lynn | www.facebook.com/llwphotography

Curly Castro | Photo by Laura Lynn | www.facebook.com/llwphotography

This week’s Key Studio Session brought local MC Curly Castro into the studio.  The exceptionally expansive session of six tracks and six banter breaks bridges the duality of modern day hip hop: Castro has the rare ability to be both hype man and activist, alternating between the two.  He was joined by fellow Philly producer Zilla Rocca, who Castro worked with on last year’s Wu Tang Pulp tribute project.  Stream and download “West Indian Rum” below and check out the full session here.

Following his debut single “Away,” new Philly rapper JustXSudan has shared another new track called “A Couple Wishes.”  Where “Away” served to introduce himself to his new audience, “A Couple Wishes” takes JustXSudan’s listeners into the reality of his everyday environment.  Stream and download the song below and keep an ear out for Sudan’s debut record.

The Head and The Heart will release their second record Let’s Be Still on October 15th, making a stop in Philadelphia to support the album at Union Transfer on November 8th and 9th.  ”Shake,” the lead single from the LP, is a strong return to form for the Seattle folk pop six piece.  The song is structurally surprising with a bridge of syncopation and lyrics that explore the nature of missed connections.  Stream and download the track below and get tickets for the XPN Welcomes shows here.

Folkadelphia welcomed The Fantastic Imagination to the studio for a live session.  Like their name suggests, the Philadelphia-based folk troupe works in the canon of fiction and metaphors to dig at the universal truths that we all combat.  Stories of knights and battles and magic weave through majestic instrumental compositions, giving listeners a sometimes much-needed respite from reality.  Listen to “Good Knight, Sweet Dreams” below and get the full set here.

Univox‘s Josh Jones released a couple of tracks on his own in June, called “This Body Grows Back” and “All I Think About.”  The demos play into the Philly based rock band’s reflective and vulnerable side that doesn’t often come through on the full-band numbers, but is always present in some way.  Take a listen to demos of the tracks below and then download them via Jones’s Bandcamp here.