Welcome to the first installment of Thank Friday It’s Free! The idea behind this, in case you didn’t know, was to post loads of tunes, remixes, edits and mixes that are currently available to download online for free. So, without further ado, let’s meet this week’s players!
Kicking things off for us is the Left/Right remix of ‘Gosh’ by Jamie XX. The track is the opener of his critically acclaimed album, and came accompanied by a brilliant video which you have to see. Seriously. Go watch it now, then come back here and tell me you didn’t like it. Anyway, Left/Right have done a brilliant job of remixing -dare I say bettering? – this already cracking tune. By removing a bit of the fine polish applied by Jamie XX, adding a heavier bass line and chopping it up a bit, it’s definitely one you’ll be glad to have in your musical arsenal!
Check out Left/Right’s soundcloud page as there’s a ton of tracks on there that are available for free d/l.
Up next, we’re staying in the world of remixes but moving to the land of drum and bass and breakbeats where Phibes rules with a funky fist of fury! Comprised of a brother duo from SW England, the Phibes vibe is definitely inspired by the Deekline and Ed Solo school of thought: old school drum and bass / breaks sound with a crunchy beat and extra-wobble for good measure. Winners of the 2014 Subsound Krafty Kuts 10 minute mix competition and owners of a number 1 hit in the Juno charts, Phibes are definitely ones to keep an eye on for the future. You heard it hear first!
…see what I did there? I’m not sorry.
This next track comes courtesy of Culprate X Tru Fonix with whom we move swiftly on to wobbly wonky territory of bass house. The UK duo have an EP coming out on the 16/02/16 on Jakwob’s Boomting Recordings label, home to Rationale, Ghost Poet, Youngman, Kano and Etherwood to name but a few! Can’t wait to get my grubby mitts on that EP! In the meantime, here’s ‘One’, a taster of what’s to come.
Moving on! The following track is by Guildford based producers Barely Royal. Charles Broom & Wil Bradbury who met at the ACM Music College in Guildford at the end of 2014. Having listened to a few of their mixes and tracks that they’ve produced, I have high hopes for these guys!
We now glide along seamlessly into hip-hop. More precisely into Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sadman’s yard. The two rappers paired up last year to create their album ‘Lice’ which they then released for free…that’s right. An entire album available to you for the princely sum of zilch. Zero. Nada. It’s been my go to album recently when in need of some hip-hop lovin’ and is set to remain that way for the visible future. They use their samples brilliantly, with Aesop’s not-so-dulcet immediately recognisable flow lending itself well to the generally aggressive melodies. A brilliant album that you didn’t realise you needed!
Finally, I will end this first edition of TFIF with an hour long high-tech minimal mix, lovingly created by none other than Boris Brejcha. Boris is an absolute master producer. Without wanting to sound too cliched, his tracks are like mini stories or adventures that he takes you on, all while proving that minimal is anything but boring! I have to admit, I’m a relatively new convert to techno, but this is the man that has made me embrace it. with the number of times I’ve streamed his brilliant YouTube videos for his mixes, he might as well have moved in as his face is constantly around the house on one screen or another!
Well that is your lot for this week people! I hope you’ve enjoyed the music, and that now your music collection has grown slightly. I will push to get this feature out on a weekly basis, however I have a few exciting projects that I’m working on and may not be able to achieve that. So for now, the next TFIF is due on the 27th of February. If you have any tracks that you feel need to be put up here, or have any kind of feedback for me, please feel free to leave a comment below, or tweet me @sebhodgkiss and I’ll see what I can do! As always, share the love, spread the word and most importantly: keep raving!