The Brothers of Chico Dusty (Big Boi vs. The Black Keys)

Who doesn’t love a good mash-up record?

Over Christmas the little known DJ Wick-It the Instigator (aka Andrew Owsley) introduced us to The Brothers of Chico Dusty. The project pits together tracks from the Black Keys’ Brothers album and Big Boi’s Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.

The end results are really quite impressive, feels remarkably organic with nothing sounding out of place. Let this be DJ Wick-It’s formal introduction.

You can grab it for FREE from SoundCloud. Here’s two fine reasons to below!

Wick-It The Instigator – You Ain’t The Next DJ

Wick-It The Instigator – Black Bug

Free ‘Chemikal Underground’ Label Sampler

There’s been quite a few record label samplers floating about as 2010 draws to an end. Not to be out done seminal Scottish indie label Chemikal Underground has done the very same and dropped a free MP3 sampler from their roster.

The excellent 16-track compilation includes tracks from MogwaiThe Phantom Band, Panico, Radar Bros and lots more from Chemikal Undergrounds catalogue. It get’s a definite thumbs up! There’s a lot of great stuff on here that would have gone unnoticed.

It’s available to download for FREE from here. Here’s a couple of excellent reasons why you should!

 Radar Bros. – Breathing Again

The Phantom Band – Left Hand Wave

 Sister Vanilla – What Goes Around

 Panico – Bright Lights

Gorillaz Release New Album ‘The Fall’

As promised, Damon Albarn released the new Gorillaz album The Fall on Christmas day. The album was recorded using an iPad while on tour in North America over 32 days. Essentially it’s a diary to the said tour – hence the track titles ‘Detroit’, ‘Phoner To Arizona’ and ‘Bobby In Phoenix’.

It’s a pretty chilled and relaxing listen. Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Bobby Womack and others pitch in but it’s Albarn’s vocals, instrumentation and a serious dose of synths which takes centre stage.

It’s available to stream or to download via the fan club.

Here’s the video for ‘Phoner to Arizona’ and ‘Detroit’.

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 Gorillaz – Detroit via wewanttobeyoung

Domino Records Release Free 2010 Compilation

Domino Records have decided to sign off 2010 with a little festive cheer in the shape of a free MP3 sampler of their releases in 2010.

The excellent 14-track compilation includes tracks from Villagers, Steve Mason, Clinic, The FallThese New Puritans and lots more from Domino’s cataloge this year.

It’s available stream or download for free from www.dominorecordco.com. Here’s three very good reasons why you should!

Tracklisting after the jump.

The Fall – Bury Pts. 1 + 3 via Musicmule

Steve Mason – All Come Down via Niallb

These New Puritans – Orion via LukeLewis

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Maverick Sabre – ‘The Travelling Man’

So, where to begin? Michael Stafford aka Maverick Sabre is a young London-born and Irish-raised musician who I discovered in Nialler9‘s list of the ‘Best Irish Music Downloads‘ in Day & Night Magazine.

This guy is astonishingly good. He recently released his debut record Travelling Man Mixtape for free via bandcamp. It’s a brilliant blend of Grime, Reggae, Electro, Dub Step and Hip Hop, although it isn’t genre specific it’s very fresh and substantive. Lyrically it’s deep and insightful, delivered with a raspy confidence as he tackles everything from heartache to the socio-political issues of everyday modern life.

Expect to hear much more from this guy in 2011.

Maverick Sabre – Run to the Roof via Nialler9

Maverick Sabre – Slow Down via Hoodcelebritys

Introducing: AdultRock

Gavin Elsted has been receiving some well deserved plaudits for his We Are Losers side-project of late but he’s also been busy with some solo electronic/remix work under the moniker of AdultRock.

The mercurial Mr. Elsted has released a rather exceptional EP which flew completely under the radar of most. It’s undeniably chilled, laid-back electro, brimming with superfluous ambient beats and chilled-out grooves.

You should probably check out the Barry Gruff May Mix he did in ,yes, May. Anyway, there’s a free 4-track EP available from Bandcamp.

AdultRock – Hermione

AdultRock – Adventures Pt 2

New White Denim Album ‘Last Days of Summer’ For Free

Last Day of Summer is the aptly-titled new record from Austin’s White Denim released last week. The band have been busy in the studio this summer laying tracks for their un-titled third studio album, this from the same session serves as a stopgap until album number three arrives.

Musically Last Day of Summer is a bit brighter, breezier and mellower than what has gone before. It was released via their website for free or you can send a donation to help the band pay for the cost of upcoming tours and the third album.

Download the album here.

White Denim – Champ

White Denim – Out Get