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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Rodrigo y Gabriela, Elegant Animals, Railroad Earth and more

 

Photo via facebook.com/rodgab
Photo via facebook.com/rodgab

On Thursday WXPN announced the 25 acts that will take part in this year’s XPoNential Music Festival – among the list of artists are “dueling Spanish guitarists” Rodrigo y Gabriela.  Get a preview of the duo’s forthcoming LP 9 Dead Alive by downloading “The Soundmaker” below.

Railroad Earth bounded into the Folkadelphia studios for this week’s session, bringing an arsenal of songs that prove their musical sum is greater than any labeled parts.  The New Jersey band has released seven full-lengths, including a new one called Last of the Outlaws.  Stream and download the acoustic session below.

Philly band Elegant Animals are this week’s featured Key Studio Session subject, a five-piece that blurs the lines between electronica, R&B and rock.  They performed two songs from a 2012 debut Spectrum Nocturnal and a pair from this month’s Carnivora.  Take a listen to “Carnivora” below and get the full set here.

New York outfit Spottiswoode & His Enemies released a new album called English Dream, touching on pop and rock with a piano foundation.  You can stream and download “No Time for Love” off of the record below, and catch the band live at World Cafe Live at The Queen on May 1st.

Pulling work by beatmakers from all over the country for their compilation Oddiology, Philadelphia production pair ILL Clinton and John E Cab (Us Natives) have put together an instrumental work of art.  Stream “War Chant” by New Jersey’s Expo below and get the full album here.

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Review: Us Natives’ Oddiology

Artwork courtesy of the artist
Artwork courtesy of the artist

Local production duo ILL Clinton and John E. Cab have joined forces as Us Natives to create a super-compilation of instrumental tracks crafted by beatmakers all over the country for Oddiology. No rappers, just beats and it’s pretty impressive.

Opening track “War Chant” by Expo is half lullaby (thanks to a Fiona Apple sample) and half dubstep tribal chant as the title suggests and definitely has a Kanye West “Power” vibe to it. HLX’s “Black/White Mute” sounds like something a Southern rapper would want to have screwed and chopped as an outro to a song or maybe even an interlude. The pace picks up with John E. Cab whose track “How Ya Been” is designed to suit the best of hard-hitting flows and the electric guitar solo brings some grit and genre-bending edge to the table. Hirass goes for drama and cinematic vibes with “Werewolf” which opens up quietly only to expand into intergalactic territory.

You could almost hear Eminem having a “Berzerk”-esque lyrical fit on Carl Kavorkian’s hard rock instrumental “Slap Dance Extravaganza”. Coldplay lovers will certainly enjoy “Ambitions of Ruling the World” which features a loop of Chris Martin singing “when I ruled the world” from the band’s hit “Viva la Vida”. The rest of the record turns to soul (Drone Jones’ “Trouble”) and even minimalist delivery suited for a Drake-like ( think “Successful” or “Pound Cake”) flow on Krooked Smilez’ “Somewhere Else”.

Overall, this compilation’s fresh and exciting instrumentals are indicative of the fact that the music can speak volumes alone even without a single word spoken or sung.

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Listen to a new Us Natives track “Popeye Doyle;” new album coming in December

Philadelphia experimental hip-hop pair Us Natives have released a hypnotic new track, “Popeye Doyle.”  Us Natives is the brainchild of Ill Clinton and John E. Cab. The song is the first single from their forthcoming album, Used Vinyl Review II, which is scheduled for release December 12thUsed Vinyl Review II is the follow-up to their debut album, Used Vinyl Review, which came out last April. Check out “Popeye Doyle” below.

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