US: “Triple Plays”
New to the iTMS, 3 for 2 “Triple Plays”: buy a 2-track bundle for $1.98, get a third track free. Let’s get this sorted out right from the get-go. We at iTunes have decided there’s nothing wrong with a little free music now and then. Our Single of the Week and Discovery Download features have shown that to be true. Now we’re offering you a free track whenever you buy one of the bundles offered below. For our initial launch of this feature, we’re focusing on Hip-Hop. Just pay for two of the tracks and get the third one free. Sound good? Good.
US: The Storm by The Procussions
Inspired by the “Golden Age” of hip-hop in the ’90s (starring groups like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest), this Los-Angeles-by-way-of-Colorado act has taken that blueprint and moved on to create something new. Their organic hip-hop calls to mind friends and co-conspirators Talib Kweli and Aceyalone. “The Storm” is our free Single of the Week.
US: Love Found Me by DecembeRadio
These Virginian newbies crank it up like your older brother used to, with the top down and the riffs blazing down the highway. “Love Found Me” is hard rock paradise with a spiritual message underneath. Give it a chance and turn it up — it’s our free Discovery Download.
Australia: Real Luv by Blak Genius featuring DL
This week, get something a little different from your friends at iTunes. Blak Genius burst onto the Australian hip-hop scene earlier this year with the catchy “Show Me What You Workin’ With.” Our Single of the Week, “Real Luv”, is lifted from this dynamic artist’s debut album, The Prophecy. It’s a rap-meets-R&B crossover track that features the soulful melodies of DL and proves Blak Genius’ talent, appeal, and versatility.
Canada: Kick Up The Dust by Blood Meridian
While it would be hard for most humans to conjure up the type of violence and madness Cormac McCarthy gets into in his novel Blood Meridian, the Vancouver band does its best to live up to its namesake. Led by Matthew Camirand (Black Mountain), this dirge-like blues ‘n’ booze number is a rallying cry for debauchery, sung by a man who sounds like he’s on his last legs. No doubt this is our free Single of the Week.
UK: Slo Fuzz by Sol Seppy
Fans of ’90s dream-rockers Sparklehorse might recognize the voice of Sophie Michalitsianos, who was with the group for two of their most acclaimed releases. Michalitsianos returns under the guise of Sol Seppy, and it sounds like she’s trudging through the bottom of the ocean, conducting pop symphonies in slow motion. The gelatinous haze of this free Single of the Week feels like bliss to us.
France: Royce featuring Robust/Girls On Bikes (Featuring Robust)
Né à Chicago, le groupe Royce s’attaque aux problèmes d’actualité (les filles en moto) avec un mélange de douces mélodies de rock indé et de rythmes issus du hip-hop de la vieille école. Alliant innocence jubilante et rythmiques studieuses, « Girls on Bikes » exploite un nouveau filon dans le monde de la pop. C’est également notre Single gratuit de la semaine.