Happy Friday, and Happy 2015, folks! It’s the first Freeloader Friday of the New Year. Can you believe an entire year’s passed us by? Neither can I. But here’s to a fresh start and your first dose of music to come in the next year!
We begin this year’s Freeloader goodness with quite the array of track premieres. Torche starts us off with yet another thrashing head-banger. If the others leading up to this one weren’t enough, this one will absolutely rock you — mind, body and soul. Speaking of Soul, the Queen of Rhythm and Blues Sharon Jones and her Dap-Kings have just put out a previously unrecorded track from this year’s Give The People What They Want (which just so happens to be in the running for best R&B album at this year’s Grammys). It’s pure Jazz, electric, Funky Soul that’ll have you dancing around in no time at all. In the same vein, Red Baraat have their own danceable track. This one’s not so much Soul as it is Romping Groove, complete with worldly Percussion and dramatic Brass.
On to a completely different sound, Johan Agebjorn (yep, of Sally Shapiro) has a delectable ditty that focuses hard on the 80s keyboard sound. One might even go so far as to compare it to something used in a Twin Peaks soundtrack — think overly melancholic suspense in a satirical kind of way. Wildhoney follows up with mellow, dreamlike Shoegaze. If their upcoming album follows suit, next Tuesday can’t get here fast enough!
To round out this most excellent track listing, there’s a powerfully riveting track from Red Pill in which he raps his frustrations on the Eric Garner, Michael Brown and other recent crime cases. And finally, Lost Boy ? sends us all on our merry way with a perfectly Punked Indie Pop jam that, unlike its title would have you believe, has absolutely nothing to do with the future. Nope, it’s a turn-on and tune-out kinda track.
That does it for this week, folks! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy this first list of 2015.
Torche: “Annihilation Affair” track premiere via Pitchfork
Restarter out February 24 on Relapse Records
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: “Little Boys With Shiny Toys” track premiere via Billboard
Give The People What They Want out now on Daptone Records
Red Baraat: “Bhangra Pirates” track premiere via NPR
Gaadi of Truth out January 20th on Sinj Records
Johan Agebjörn: “The Boy Who Thought It Was A Good Idea To Cry” (ft. Sally Shapiro) track premiere via Stereogum
Notes out February 10 on Paper Bag Records
Wildhoney: “Sleep Through It” track premiere via Noisey
Sleep Through It out January 13 on Deranged Records
Red Pill: “All Of Us” track premiere via Potholes in My Blog
All Of Us out now on Mello Music Group
Lost Boy ?: “About the Future” track premiere via Stereogum
Canned out March 31 on PaperCup Music