Free Music Friday! Mikky Ekko, Chrome Canyon, The Cyclist, West End Motel

Mikky Ekko

MP3: "Pull Me Down" -

John Stephen Sudduth, aka Mikky Ekko, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, son of a tar plant manager. Around age 7 his father became a preacher and relocated the family to Mississippi, moving frequently from small town to small town. Surrounded by southern gospel, poverty and the resilient past of the deep south, the roots of his own music began taking shape.

Chrome Canyon

MP3: "Memories of a Scientist" (Matthewdavid remix) -

Enter Chrome Canyon. If we can indeed recover yesterday's fantasy of what tomorrow would (should) be, then Chrome Canyon is the temporal technician for the job. The solo project of New York artist Morgan Z, Chrome Canyon creates analog synth-powered epics that move between eras past and ages imagined to create the perfect score for an alternate now.

Paper + Plastick

MP3: Paper + Plastick Fall Sampler -

Paper + Plastick Records has released a free label sampler for the fall. The sampler includes 14 songs from recent or future P+P releases and can be downloaded in the Paper + Plastick Records webstore. Check out songs from bands like We Are the Union, Nightmare Of You, Punchline, Larry and His Flask and Red City Radio.

The Cyclist

MP3: "Visions" -

Dual Form is a 53-minute dive into the musical other, a place where freedom of form meets depth of vision, where the old world rhythms meet new world means, and where your labels - wonky, lo-fi, ambient, body music, nerd shit, beat scene, No Wave, pysch, pop - begin to fall apart. Leaving Records is one of Los Angeles' best, a hand-curated cassette label whose international reach belies its boutique status and DIY style.

West End Motel

MP3: "Only Time Can Tell" -

Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds is receiving praise for his side project West End Motel's newest release Only Time Can Tell, out now on Warner Bros/ADA.