In an age of $2.49 singles, it’s common to wish for an occasional free, lawful handout. If you’re someone who falls into this category, you’re in luck: we’re now bringing you the best of legal free downloads each and every week. Everything from originals, remixes, bootlegs, mashups, and DJ tools is fair game, so your libraries and sets will be packed for months to come. Check through our Soundcloud set below for links to all of our picks.
The 2 Fresh remix of DallasK’s “Aliens” serves up some ambient trap sounds, full of reverb and 808s, while Major Lazer and Jack Beats go head-to-head to deliver vocal sputters and bounce on “Knock You Down.” For those in need of a lounge fix, the Cut Snake remix of Kylie Minogue’s “Skirt” is full of smoky bass and low-pitched vocals. Little Boots reinterprets her alt-pop gem “Motorways” into an atmospheric disco-drenched voyage that wouldn’t sound out of place in any underground discotheque.
Conversely, the SikDuo have used the soulful vocals of Steve Edwards to turn Bob Sinclar’s “World Hold On” into a big room house banger with throbbing bass and massive synths. “Dream of Love” is a love letter from Fear of Tigers to 80s electro pop classics with lush analog synth work. America’s Best DJ 2013 nominee A-Trak adds some ambient electro to Phoenix’s “Trying to Be Cool” in his remix of the French rock band’s track.
Headband’s edit of the Oliver remix of “Inside” meshes highly-pitched Adele vocals with lo-fi techno in an unexpectedly fresh way, just as The Hood Internet use Ciara’s “Body Party” vocals to reinterpret the glitchy disco house of Treasure Finger’s “Cloud Life.” If you’re interested in making your own mashups, Calvin Harris has posted the acapella of his collaboration with Ellie Goulding “I Need Your Love,” available as well.
If you find any outstanding free tracks, remixes, bootlegs, or mashups, tweet them to @DJTimesMag using #FreePlayThursday. We’ll feature our favorites every week, so make sure to check back next Thursday!