February’s best free downloads

Connan Mockasin, Darkside, Shlohmo and more star in our round-up of the month’s best free tracks.

Connan Mockasin in the studio.
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Lapalux – Lonesum Tnite

February 14 isn’t just a hallmark holiday, it’s now a busy day for artists looking to share the love by giving away free tracks. Hudson Mohawke continued his Slowjam series of mixes, now on its seventh edition. De La Soul made all of their albums available for free for a limited time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of 3 Feet High and Rising. London’s Lapalux, meanwhile, went in for this sadder and much creepier cover of the song made famous by Elvis.

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The Juan Maclean – Get Down (With My Love)

DFA’s Juan Maclean returns with the final song in his “dance trilogy” (see last year’s You Are My Destiny and Feel Like Movin’ for the complete set). With help from LCD Soundsystem’s formidable Nancy Whang, Get Down (With My Love) is a ridiculously fun mash of disco and house keys that needs to be in a playlist alongside Get Lucky, Beyonce’s Blow and Azari & III’s Reckless With Your Love.

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Darkside – Things Behind The Sun (feat. Tamara)

Nestled in Darkside guitarist Dave Harrington’s podcast for Modular (called the Modcast, obviously) is this previously unreleased cover of Nick Drake’s Things Behind The Sun. Tamara, a vocalist who performed with Harrington on a remix of the Nicholas Jaar song Why Didn’t You Save Me, doesn’t wander far from the bare, beautiful original, but as Darkside tend to make happen, there’s a new air of alluring strangeness here. The full mix contains tracks including his remix of Empress Of's Realize You single and a cover of John Scofield’s Holidays.

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Connan Mockasin – I Wanna Roll With You (DPTRCLB’s Spring Breeze Edit)

If his live shows and albums so far are anything to go by, Connan Mockasin is going to be one of those musicians who in 25 years (or even sooner) achieves proper cult status. How many artists nowadays are writing concept albums (about tragic love affairs between men and dolphins) that still manage to be as fun as the New Zealand artist’s 2013 record Caramel? I Wanna Roll With You is one of the highlights from said record, and is given a spring in its glam, gooey step with this edit from Departure Club.

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Gobby – Hidden Temple

NYC’s UNO – who’ve put out three Gobby releases so far – say, “trying to define Gobby is besides the point,” and it’s hard not to agree. This a skittering brighter and lighter side of what he does, coming on like the sunnier moments of Four Tet’s Everything Ecstatic but then, just to keep that definition waiting a little longer, switching into fast-clicking video game noise. This free download teases a three-track release of the grandly titled The Films: A Lucid Nightmare, coming soon.

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Shlohmo & Jeremih – No More

The first track from a collaborative EP (due March) from LA producer and RBMA tutor Shlohmo and Chicago's Birthday Sex singer Jeremih cements the latter’s rep as being as good for the dancefloor as the bedroom. Shlohmo provides twisting beats and Jeremih is on point, imploring in an increasingly manipulated robotic falsetto “I don’t want to wait, no more”. For other Jeremih dancefloor smashes try this much-heard-in-clubs Akito edit and Shlohmo’s own edit of F**k You All The Time until the full EP drops.

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Californian laptop musician, Shlohmo
Shlohmo at RBMA NYC 2013© Tony Blasko/Red Bull Content Pool