|Round One: Fight! (Just Kidding)|
Looking back on 2011, I posted my top five hip-hop albums of the year
for Heard Mentality readers to check out. Had the scope been broader to include more albums and different genres, I definitely would have shown love to a lot of artists featured on Nacional Records
most recent iTunes
download card. The Latin Alternative
label is giving away 24 songs released last year for free featuring musicians like Diego Garcia
, Hello Seahorse!
, Latin Bitman
and Ana Tijoux
(whose superb album La Bala
dropped worldwide yesterday). If those names ring familiar, it's because I've covered and interviewed them last year for the Weekly
as the links go to show.
Always a good introduction to artists folks may or may not be in the know about, the downloads also include tracks from Venezuela's Latin Grammy nominated La Vida Bohème
, Pacha Massive
, ChocQuib Town
, Jarabe de Palo
, The Pinker Tones
and so much more. Check the streaming player below to sample the offerings of what amounts to a double-album's worth of material and follow the download link if you like what you hear:
In the past, Nacional Records used to distribute their annual iTunes free giveaways as physical cards with a password code, but are changing up their approach. (They've also gone greener by digitizing their review copies to us humble music journalists). This year, the label has teamed up with MTV Tr3s
to offer the collection of free songs completely online, in part to promote the weekly music video show La Hora Nacional
hosted by label founder Tomas Cookman
on the channel.
Take them up on the offer quick though as the download code expires in less than a week's time on January 31. If you come across this post after that date, my apologies for being assed out. Better luck next year!