Pixtape is our roundup of the best new downloads from the month of September.
1. Lower Dens “Silver and Blue”
This is actually older material from singer Jana Hunter, but she’s formally reintroduced it as a Lower Dens song. On the surface it doesn’t seem to be a love song, but there’s something hopeful and loving in it, which is a pretty refreshing realization.
Download track via The 405
2. The Pass “Trap of Mirrors”
Catchy, energetic pop from the Kentucky band’s aptly-titled debut album BURST. Do people still use the term radio friendly? That’s what this is, and there’s a lot more to come from this band.
Download track via Pretty Much Amazing
3. Burial and Kode9 BBC Radio 1 mix
The opening takes a few minutes to get into anything serious, but this dark mix for Mary Anne Hobb’s final BBC Radio 1 show is rewarding a little deeper in.
Download track via Gorilla vs Bear
4. Dumbo Gets Mad “Electric Prawn”
Like something out of a late 1960s carnival-themed surf movie, this cheeky track from the Italian band has plenty going on to warrant repeat listens.
Download track via The Needle Drop
5. Saroos “Yukoma”
Ambient and uplifting, this is a great electronic track from the German group featuring members of LaliPuna, The Notwist and Iso68.
Download track via XLR8R
6. The Hundred in the Hands “Gigantic Tom Tom”
Earnestly happy and quirky, this track passes in full without a trace of irony, which makes us wonder if it’s a trick question in song form. There’s even a surprising guitar solo.
Download track via Kick Kick Snare
7. Kanye West “G.O.O.D. Friday”
Last month’s “Monster” was probably the best of Kanye’s star-studded weekly releases so far, but this month’s honors go to “G.O.O.D. Friday” featuring Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Common, Big Sean and Charlie Wilson.
Download track via Consequence of Sound
8. British Sea Power “Zeus”
The title track from their upcoming EP, “Zeus” starts out with a hurried tempo followed by some interesting moments that build in intensity. Their next LP is due January 2011.
Download track via One Thirty BPM
9. White Denim “If You’re Changing”
From their EP Last Day of Summer, the band lilts along before a time change and a seemingly abrupt ending–these Austin boys keep listeners guessing. Download the entire EP for free at their website.
Download track via Rollo & Grady
10. The Soft Pack “Gagdad”
Yep, bands still write songs longer than two and a half or three minutes. The San Diego indie rock band doubles that in a track worth listening as long.
Download track via the FADER