And me being me, obviously I don't mean happiness and love and boring stuff like that. I mean stuff that is good, that is usually not free but for whatever reason - the reason does not need to be explained - it is now free. THOSE ARE THE BEST THINGS.
I can't be the only person on the planet who walks into a supermarket and only leaves with a bag of items that were on offer, regardless of whether or not I needed them. What follows is like that, but in an audible rather than edible format. Which is almost as good.
I've put together a list of things that I have posted on What If I Had A Music Blog between January and June that have all been free. Everything that features from hereon in was obtained entirely legitimately yet with absolutely no cost. THE GREATEST.
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Everything in this section can be found in this sweet little Dropbox link - I may or may not adjust this link/file-hosting at some point.
Dae Zhen - B SidesI love Dae Zhen. This B Sides EP came a little bit out of nowhere for me back in March, and it just so happened that I was in the right place at the right time to take notice of it's release. I've said this a billion times but I'm really into Dae Zhen's vocals, like on the chorus of 'Everything Is Everything', they're refreshing and genuinely good unlike a lot of other hip hop floating about. The following track on the EP 'Cliche' is a stark contrast to 'Everything Is Everything's #chillvibes with a much more straight up hip hop feel. There are a couple of subtle lyrical references on B Sides to lyrics on Dae Zhen 'Women & Wordplay' album which he released last year which is also totally free and you can get here. I love things like this, references that make you feel like you're in an elite club because you sort of half think you understand where they're coming from. I'm really stoked for a Dae Zhen release that I'm actually forced to pay for, he really deserves my money, and yours too. [Download B-Sides]
The Autumn Ravine - A Little SleepI'll be honest, The Autumn Ravine make straight up rock music and it's defintitely not groundbreaking stuff. But this Kent quartet have the potential to be huuuge. 'A Little Sleep' is a perfect example of what this band are capable of. I can't explain or describe why I want to back this song so much, I don't know what it is but it's just refreshing to hear an objectively good and, for want of a much better word, simple rock song. The single also comes with B side 'I Won't Hold You Down' which is unfortunately not as good, but it's not bad, it's just not as good, and that's a shame but it's okay, everything is okay because 'A Little Sleep' is incredible. [Download A Little Sleep]
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Leks Rivers - Parlour GamesI'm not even sure what genre to begin to describe Leks Rivers as being mildly related to. I guess 'Parlour Games' is kind of electronic but R'n'B but loads of other stuff. And things that you can't just slot into boxes or whatever are the best right? I think the coolest thing about this too is it's something I'd typically expect to come out of someone in the US, opposed to a guy in his early 20s from London. Anyway, this is free, and sick, and Leks Rivers is someone I'm excited about. [Download Parlour Games]
Teischa - Couldn't Care Less and Trick of the LightI think 'Couldn't Care Less' is the track I've posted most recently out of everything featured here. Two really nice pure alt/pop tracks from young Australian Teischa. 'Couldn't Care Less' has one of the catchiest hooks I think I've heard this year, one of those tracks that you just want to stick on repeat for the rest of ever. 'Trick of the Light' is a further showcase of Teischa's songwriting finesse and her stunning vocals. [Download 'Couldn't Care Less' and 'Trick of the Light']
Things That Are Also Free
or a debut, this release is pretty stunning, especially as it is what it is, a nice bit of pop RnB. There isn't a bad track by any means but the title track and 'The City' are definitely standouts for me. I guess it's just time to sit back and patiently await some new material...
I hope this has been nice and insightful. I'd hope to see you all back here for another instalment in about six months time!