Update! 1/21/2013: Added PeepShow and On the Go
I was listening to KROQ today on the way home from work and I heard about Converse’s 3 Artists, One Song concept. It’s simple. Take three different bands/ artists, put them in a studio and have them produce an original song together. Then they release the songs for free on their blog. Yes, this is Converse, the shoe company.
So, without further ado, check out the songs. First, there’s a collaboration between Gorillaz, Andre 3000 of Outkast, and James Murphy called “DoYaThing”. Click the link here to download the song for free, or stream it from the site.
The next collaboration is “I’m a Goner” by Matt & Kim, Andrew W.K. and Soulja Boy. Check it out here.
Then there’s the combination of Kid Cudi, Vampire Weekend’s lead singer Rostam Batmanglij, and Bethany Cosentino from Best Coast. Their collaboration is called “All Summer” and you can find a live stream, free download and music video right here.
There’s also this track from Paloma Faith, Graham Coxon, and Bill Ryder, entitled “Desire”, complete with a trippy music video involving an octopus. Seriously, check it out.
Then, from the UK, we have a collaboration among former Joy Division Guitarist/vocalist Bernard Sumner and up-and-coming UK artists Hot Chip and Hot City. Check out “Didn’t Know What Love Was” here for a taste of British dance pop.
Thanks to Zach for pointing out one I missed, the teaming of Santigold, Pharrell Williams and Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas for “My Drive Thru”, which can be found here.
Then there is “Warrior” the newest release, from Kimbra (probably best known as the female voice on Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”), Foster The People’s Mark Foster, and DJ A-Trak. I found out about this one on Spotify. Here is the link to the track.
“PeepShow” comes to us from Korean artists Jaurim, Aziatix & Idiotape. The song combines rap, indie and electronic genres to create a catchy, unique sound. Check out the track here.
Converse employees are not exempt from the mix. Converse heard respective demos from artists/employees Julie G., McWolf and Shane Willz and flew them out to its studio to meet and record the track entitled “On the Go.” Hear the track right here.
So, thank Converse for some very interesting free, original music and bringing together artists that you might not expect to be hanging out together. Check out the links and I’ll be sure to let you know the next time I stumble upon some really cool music.