There were too many great mp3s this week. We had some trouble narrowing it down to 10 slots, but we’re confident we found the highlights. This week’s countdown offers up a stint of somber jams, with a few burst of energy sprinkled in the mix. Throw on your fall jacket and get cozy with this mix.
10. Autre Ne Veut & Fennesz – “Alive”
In tandem with their five-year anniversary festival, Mexican Summer will also release a limited-edition, hardcover book illustrating the label’s successes through photos and artist contributions. “Alive” brings together two experimental artists under the same roof to contribute a dreamy, passionate offering to this celebration. Fennesz’s atmospheric electronics provide lush dynamics in every movement, ranging from sweeps of symphonic strings to utter ruckus. The vocals from Autre Ne Veut’s Arthur Ashin are a bit calmer, more sensual, leaving off the aggressive performance highlighted on this year’s Anxiety. Be sure to grab a copy of this piece of history to hear more, including contributions from Spiritualized and Ariel Pink. –Sam Willett
9. Radical Dads – “Creature Out”
Following up on their recent record, Rapid Reality, Radical Dads dropped a new 7” earlier this week via EAU Records. The usually spazzy Brooklyn trio opt for a more controlled, spacious song with the A-side, “Creature Out”. Frontwoman Lindsay Baker is still howling her sardonic lyrics, but she’s harnessing a better sense of melody and sounds more confident as a vocalist. Instead of being buried in the mix, like on Rapid Reality, her pipes are front-and-center here. –Jon Hadusek
8. Porches. – “Townie Blunt Guts”
With its off-kilter guitars and out-of-key vocals, Porches. channel the ambivalence of the ‘90s on “Townie Blunt Guts”. Fans of Sebadoh’s sloppier tracks will find something to cling to here, whether it be the crunching power chords or half-assed delivery of singer Aaron Maine. This song will be included on a split 7″ with LVL UP that is out this month on Birdtapes, a small New York label that’s becoming a go-to for this kind of lo-fi pop. –Jon Hadusek