Adult Swim & Ghostly International “Ghostly Swim 2”

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As with everything else, the maxim of “you get what you pay for” generally holds true with regards to free internet music compilations. And so it is a relatively rare thing to come across something as expertly curated Ghostly Swim 2.

Of course Adult Swim isn’t your ordinary player in the music game. The beloved cable cartoon network-turned-indie-media-empire has been dabbling in music for a while now, and their typically free compilations seem to have been getting better and better. For this round, which arrived just in time to stuff our proverbial stockings, AS up has hooked up once again with venerable Michigan-based Ghostly International. The sequel to 2008’s free compilation is deeper and headier than its predecessor. It’s a  heady jaunt deep into the realm of ambient techno, with a first class selection of tunes featuring contributions from Ghostly mainstays like Shigeto and Feral, but there are a host of unknowns, whose track really shine.


Grab it here

Garage Swim


Let’s all thank the good folks at Adult Swim, not just for their quality television programing, but also for continuing to hook up some great tunes for nothing. Garage Swim, which features tracks from DECIBELity favorites such as Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips and King Tuff, follows in the same vein as earlier Adult Swim comps like The Singles Program, {Unclassified}, and African Swim.  Grab it while it’s hot.

01 Bass Drum of Death: “Dregs”
02 Apache Dropout: “Constant Plaything”
03 Thee Oh Sees: “Devil Again”
04 King Tuff: “She’s on Fire” [ft. Gap Dream]
05 JEFF the Brotherhood: “Melting Place”
06 Black Lips: “Cruising”
07 King Khan and the Gris Gris: “Discreate Disguise”
08 Mikal Cronin: “Better Man”
09 Mind Spiders: “They Lie”
10 Cheap Time: “Kill the Light”
11 King Louie’s Missing Monuments: “Covered in Ice”
12 OBN IIIs: “A Good Lover”
13 The Gories: “On the Run”
14 King Khan: “Strange Ways”
15 Weekend: “Teal Kia”

Download the whole compilation here and be sure to check out the promotional documentaries for King Tuff and Mikal Cronin.

Adult Swim & Scion A/V Present: “[unclassified]”

Yes! If you like future-garage, UK funky, post-dubstep, transnational-juke, ghetto-tech, art-core, or whatever you wanna call the shit that’s poppin’ right now in the world of bass music, then you’re gonna want this compilation. Brand new and exclusive stuff from Some of the biggest and brightest in the game right now including Burial, Zomby, SBTRK, Kode9, and Actress.

Cheers to Adult Swim for hooking up such a dope comp for free!

Ikonika – “World On Mute”
xxxy – “Kerpow”
Untold – “Peaky”
Geiom – “Pure Bristle”
Ginz – “Chrome”
Lukid – “Running from the Demons”
Geeneus feat. Riko, Wiley, and Breeze – “Knife & Gun (Dusk & Blackdown 2-Step Mix feat. Farrah)”
SBTRKT – “Golddigger”
Starkey – “Eris”
Actress – “Murder Plaza”
Zomby – “Hexagons”
Dauwd – “Ikopol”
Boxcutter – “Waiting For The Lights”
Babe Rainbow feat. Ashley Webber – “Give You Time”
Burial – “Street Halo”
Kode9 – “Just Inside”
Pinch – “Blow Out the Candle”
Cooly G – “R U Listening”


Holy Ghost! – Some Children f. Michael McDonald

Nick Milhiser and Alex Frankel aka Holy Ghost! are a New York based, electro pop DJ duo, who pump out the discotheque jams and have been for sometime, but with their self titled, full length debut album only released just earlier this year.  As the DFA Records frontrunners to replace former dance music grandmasters LCD Soundsystem, they have had some pressure put on them to go from almost zero to huge in less than a year.  They have handled this pressure quite well and released some pretty well received, popular dancefloor worthy tracks.  The most recent of which is a remix of the final track on the album and it is a dope one for sure, if for no other reason then that it features former Doobie Bro and Steely Dan member Michael McDonald

This track is a sent from boogie heaven, party song and Michael McDonald‘s deep familiar smooth vocals really sealing this sweet deal. What sweetens it even more is (that I think) it is part of the Adult Swim singles program (mentioned in an earlier post and well worth checking out) which means it comes with a kick ass animated short for the song. Downloads below and enjoy the cyclops ex Doobie Bro!

Holy Ghost! – Some Children (feat. Michael McDonald)

Holy Ghost! – Say My Name (Right click)

Holy Ghost! – Wait & See (CFCF Remix) (Right click)

LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls (Holy Ghost! Remix)

And get a free Holy Ghost! Remix Album here. (Courtesy DFA)

Oh and one more thing Holy Ghost! is on tour with the IDentity electronic music festival which is a touring event featuring DJ Shadow, Rusko, Kaskade, Crystal Method and many more.  It is currently going all over the world so check dates here

This video is a bonus for the Dads out there. (It stars Holy Ghost!‘s dads instead of them hehe..)

Ford & Lopatin – New Album “Channel Pressure” + Adult Swim Singles

Games was a group consisting of the Brooklyn based duo (pictured above) consisting of Joel Ford (left) of Tigercity (one of my personal favs) and Daniel Lopatin (right) of Oneohtrix Point Never (possibly recently relocated to Asheville…).  Games released one EP That We Play back in September of 2010 and it was a great vintage 80’s synth jazz sounding record including the hit Strawberry Skies (video featured below). I think the name Games had some legal issues or something or maybe it was too unsearchable and so they changed the name of the project to simply their last names Ford & Lopatin.  This past week Ford & Lopatin released their full length LP Channel Pressure on Software an offshoot of Mexican Summer.

The album Channel Pressure is mixed by Prefuse 73 and feels like an escape backwards in time to the eighties era of happy, synth pop with high pitched tweaked out singing.  The album is a sci-fi futuristic journey where you find yourself dancing on a neon lighted spaceship filled with brightly colored robots.  My favorite standout tracks are The Voices, Emergency Room and Too Much MIDI (Please Forgive Me).

The last of the songs mentioned above was recently featured as the first release by the Adult Swim Singles Program which released some great tracks last year by The Cults, LCD Soundsystem, Black Lips, Washed Out and more.  And this year they plan to release even more tracks over the summer from the likes of Best Coast, The Rapture, How To Dress Well and many more.  You can get all these tracks for free over at Adult Swim.

   (Right click to download)

Ford & Lopatin – Too Much MIDI (Please Forgive Me) (Courtesy Adult Swim)

Ford & Lopatin – Emergency Room

Games – Strawberry Skies (feat. Laurel Halo)

And if you want more free music including some pretty good mixtapes go to their SoundCloud here.

Here’s some of their older music to get a sense where the Ford & Lopatin sound came:

Tigercity – Are You Sensation

Oneohtrix Point Never – Nobody Here

And here is some crazy videos:

One more thing Ford & Lopatin are playing a few nearby fests later this year including Hopscotch in Raleigh and Moogfest in Asheville. Line ups for both festivals are up and both are probably worth checking out I know I’ll be there.