I’ve been really pleased to discover a lot of new music recently. Importantly, it’s been great to be able to download this music for free. While MySpace, Facebook, Soundcloud and Bandcamp all allow the listener to stream music it becoming increasingly common to go to these sites and find acts giving away tracks as free downloads. So, I’ve decided to pass on to you dear reader the ones that I have recently discovered as well as ones from acts I’m more associated with.
I’m not reviewing the tracks, just pointing you in the direction of some great new music that you might want to transfer to your music playing device. Not all tracks are available free, so in some cases you'll need to buy, but you can listen for free.
Aerials Up - Superglue
Heading to T In The Park this year, as they did in 2010 when they headlined the BBC Introducing Stage. Superglue is from their EP, Superglue! Listen for free, then go and buy it.
Augusta Fireball - Slapped About
Debut Album out this year from Ali and Tony. Here's the brilliant video for Slapped About.
Alex Cornish - Always A Way
From Alex's forthcoming album. His third. It's going to be great. Checkout the other free downloads on his site, including a brilliant version of Sweet Child O Mine.
Alan R Davison - Anything/Everything
This is an old Underbelly song that Alan still plays a lot. This is a rather sublime acoustic version. Alan is currently recording his debut album, due for release this summer. It's going to be a biggy!
Boycotts - A Lesson In Gravity
Just announced as playing the T Break Stage at this years T In The Park. This track is from their debut EP which was recorded at Chem19 Studios with Andy Miller.
Dropkick - 59 Free tracks
The Dripcock boys have always been very generous with their free music. New Album "Time Cuts The Ties" is out now, and the boys headed out to Madrid to play some gigs to launch the 13 track album. There are 59 free tracks on their website. I've struggled to pick just the one.
Found do this sort of thing really well. Up until March this year they did Found Free Friday's, which was pretty much self explanatory. I've picked out the Found remix of King Creosote's opening track from the Bombshell album in 2007. Thanks to DJ Si at Acoustic Edinburgh for alerting me to this.
GoGoBot - Do You Remember
Bursting onto the Scottish music scene with a strident mix of synth anthems with a pounding rock base and infectious pop melodies, GoGoBot have proven to be a refreshingly difficult band to pigeon hole. To mark their arrival, GoGoBot will be releasing six singles over 2011 from the ‘See Saw Series’.
Iain Morrison - The Sky Throws You
I'm a huge fan of Iain's music and have followed him since discovering Crash My Model Car back in 2007. Checkout their back catalogue on iTunes. The Sky Throws You from his album "Haunted Bird" will be released on the 6th June accompanied by 2 B-Sides re-mixed by Calamateur.
The Deadly Winters - Tura Mae
Already picking up loads of airplay and coverage including on BBC Introducing, Jim Gellatly's Weekly Podcast, Amazing Radio, Get Ready To Rock Radio and Gill Mills New Music Matters, Tura Mae was the free taster track from their debut Album. Go follow the journey....
The Mars Patrol - Shake it Up
Another band heading to T In The Park this year to play the BBC Introducing stage. Shake It Up is out now and absolutely FREE for you to download. The single comes with two b-sides, including acoustic and lounge versions of the song.
We See Lights - I Hope You Like The Smiths
This is backed with a tremendous video. You can get the track free from Bandcamp. But watch the video. Helpfully, here it is for you all.