The Week’s Best MP3s, incl. Jamie Lidell, Waxahatchee, Helado Negro

05302012_jamielidellJamie Lidell helped us kick off a new feature called XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with his funky number “Do Yourself a Faver.”  The British electro-soul musician / producer released a self-titled album in mid-February and will be in town on April 14th for a show at Union Transfer with Empress Of and Ludwig Persik.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Download “Do Yourself a Faver” in exchange for your email address below.

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Watch the new Shaking Through episode with Helado Negro, curated by Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen

HNEcuadorean / Brooklyn artist Helado Negro, aka Roberto Lange, accepted  Weathervane Music‘s Shaking Through challenge for this month’s episode, curated by Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen.  With Lange’s extensive gear collection paired with generous synth contributions from Moog Music, the session turned into a two-day experiment informed by the musician’s background in visual arts.  Approaching the recording experience from this standpoint resulted in “Mitad del Mundo,” a song that is as three-dimensional in layers and production as its namesake is in form.  From the Shaking Through website:

Spanish for “The Middle Of The World”, Helado Negro’s “Mitad Del Mundo” was born out of Lange’s childhood memories. “I feel like a lot of the songs that I have are almost like patch cables… like I’m patching in one end of a memory, and these non-chronological experiences come together to make up my lyrics.”

Watch the episode with Helado Negro below, and then download “Mitad del Mundo” here.  Helado Negro will be at the North Star Bar on March 23rd in support of his upcoming record Invisible Life, which you can stream here via SPIN.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

Shaking Through: Helado Negro from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.