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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Khari Mateen, Plow United, Diplo

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Local musician / producer Khari Mateen tossed in a cover of George Gershwin’s “Summertime” to celebrate the season.  Mateen gives the Porgy & Bess aria a funky make-over with staccato string parts and chunky beats.  Fun fact – the lyrics to “Summertime” were written by DuBose Heyward, a relative of local singer-songwriter Heyward Howkins.  Stream and download the cover below.

Two Folkadelphia Sessions this week – first up, an endearing acoustic performance by Laura Stevenson, followed by a rocking & rolling set from Brooklyn’s Plates of Cake.  The spectrum of music represented by these two sessions is Folkadelphia’s mission in action, i.e. presenting a braod definition of what it means to be “folk music.”  Stream and download two tracks below and dig in to the rest here.

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Download a new remix by Major Lazer (playing Mad Decent Block Party 7/27)

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Electronic dancehall party starters Major Lazer just dropped a free remix of “The Fog” by Machel Montano. Spearheaded by Diplo, the EDM group released its new album, Free the Universe, in April and featured a ridiculous variety of artists, from Ezra Koenig to Bruno Mars to dancehall artists like Busy Signal. Major Lazer is embarking on a nationwide tour headlining the Mad Decent Block Parties. The very first Mad Decent Block Party was in Philadelphia (when the label was still based in Philly), and the day-long event returns to Penn’s Landing on July 27th. You can find more information here.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. The Districts, Mavis Staples, Birdie Busch and more)

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Miles Davis would have celebrated his 87th birthday on Sunday.  Check out some live footage of the legendary trumpet player’s 1970 show at the old Electric Factory [link]

Diplo curated a summer playlist featuring James Blake, Daft Punk, Laura Mvula and more for Vulture [link]

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week is Mavis Staples‘ cover of the Funkadelic track “Can You Get to That” [link]

Singer-songwriter / fiddler Sara Watkins recorded a session for Folkadelphia [link]

Birdie Busch will be releasing her recent PledgeMusic-funded album on vinyl and donating proceeds to the IHM Literacy Center in West Philadelphia [link]

Dock Street Beer Run announces the line-up for their June 9th 5k / music festival event, including On the Water, Norwegian Arms and Post Sun Times [link]

Sonja Sofia is profiled in the latest installment of Kettle Pot Tracks’ On the Hill series [link]

Local power rockers Lantern unveiled a new song called “Evil Eye” and the cover art for their upcoming LP Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach [link]

Watch a video of The Districts performing at The Porch at 30th Street Station yesterday for XPN’s Philly Local Busker series [link]

Folk duo Arborea shared a new video for their song “Pale Horse Phantasm”; they’ll be at the Highwire Gallery on June 9th for a Folkadelphia Presents show [link]

The Photon Band is back with a new album and a show at Johnny Brenda’s on July 6th [link]

Newish Philly outfit Divers were the subject of this week’s Key Studio Session [link]

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Just Announced: Mad Decent Block Party happening on 7/27

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The first wave of announcements for Mad Decent’s annual Block Party have begun rolling in from Diplo’s camp, and the touring event will hit its hometown of Philly on July 27th.  No line-up has been made public yet but based on previous years it’s sure to be a colorful mix of hip hop, electronica and experimental genre mash-ups.  Check out the announcement video below and then stream Diplo’s “Express Yourself” featuring Nicky Da B and remixed by DJ Mustard.

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Download Major Lazer’s “Lazer Strikes Back Vol. 3″

lazervol3DJ and producer Diplo’s Major Lazer releases its new album Free The Universe on April 15th on Secretly Canadian Records. Major Lazer tweeted a download link to the latest in their Lazer Strikes Back remix EP’s. Download volume three here.

Download volume 2 here.
Download volume 1 here.

Volume 3 tracklist:
1. Major Lazer & Flux Pavilion – Jah No Partial (Vato Gonzalez Remix)
2. Major Lazer – Get Free feat. Amber of Dirty Projectors (Avicii Edit)
3. Major Lazer – Get Free feat. Amber of Dirty Projectors (CAMO UFOs Remix)
4. No Doubt – Settle Down (Major Lazer Remix)

 

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