The Three Songs You Need to Download This Week

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There’s a lot of music online–more than most people have time to keep up with. That’s why you’ve got us. Every week, we’ll point you toward three excellent new downloads or videos from chart-topping stars, cult favorites and unknown geniuses.

1. The first, self-titled mixtape by The Very Best–the collaboration between Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and London-based producers Etienne Tron and Johan Karlberg–has reportedly been downloaded over a million times. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve heard from them, but they released a second mixtape, Super Mom, on Mother’s Day. Besides a couple of new original songs, it includes Very Best-ified versions of tracks including LCD Soundsystem’s “I Can Change,” Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” and, er, Billy Idol’s “Eyes Without a Face.” It’s available as a free download from their own site (in exchange for an email address).

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2. The buzz artist of the week is EMA (a.k.a. Erika M. Anderson), whose debut album Past Life Martyred Saints is a blood-raw confessional that handcuffs dreamy, strummy tunes to caustic drones and punishingly dark lyrics. The whole album is streaming over at Spinner, but if you want a single-song taste, there’s a video for “Milkman” at Pitchfork TV.

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3. This one isn’t a particular song or artist’s work–it’s a 10,000-song collection of 78 RPM records at your fingertips. The National Jukebox is a new project from the Library of Congress: a massive collection of recordings made before 1925, all available for free streaming. So far, it only draws on the Victor Talking Machine Company (and the plan is for it to expand to cover recordings from other Sony-owned labels, although it’d be nice to go even beyond that). Particularly fun: the playlist feature, which allows you to queue up a string of thematically grouped songs.