Our friend at MP3.com have partnered with RCRD LBL to bring you a great mix of new music each week, called RCRD LBL Essentials.

For the third installment of RCRD LBL Essentials, MP3.com presents you with music from white-hot artists like [mp3com-artist]The Drums[/mp3com-artist], [mp3com-artist]Rewards[/mp3com-artist],[mp3com-artist] Lianne la Havas[/mp3com-artist], [mp3com-artist]Owen[/mp3com-artist] and more! 

[mp3com-artist]Rewards[/mp3com-artist] is one man band Aaron Pfenning, who made a name for himself with the Brooklyn-via-Colorado electronic group [mp3com-artist]Chairlift[/mp3com-artist]. Now working on his own, Pfenning was recently signed New York’s own DFA label.

On his first single for them, “Equal Dreams (feat. [mp3com-artist]Solange Knowles[/mp3com-artist])” he does his label proud a textbook example of the tight, downtown-disco strut that DFA does so well. Teaming up with the versatile [mp3com-artist]Solange Knowles[/mp3com-artist], who has also worked with acts like [mp3com-artist]Of Montreal[/mp3com-artist], [mp3com-artist]Dirty Projectors[/mp3com-artist] and [mp3com-artist]Twin Shadow[/mp3com-artist], is a great move, her airy vocals meshing well with his instrumentals.

Another one of the real standouts from the recent deluge of Brooklyn based bands, [mp3com-artist]The Drums[/mp3com-artist] are irresitably catchy. Melding post-punk and 50’s style pop, they make smart, fun pop songs.  Their new album, Portamento is a bit darker than their first album or the EP that started it all Summertime! Fortunately, however, their glum lyrics don’t feel too weighty as they move along at a brisk pace over the bouncey tempo of their tracks.

 Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas

The rest of RCRD LBL Essentials Vol. 3 gives you a variety of other genres, with some singer-songwriter action from [mp3com-artist]Owen[/mp3com-artist] and the quickly-rising [mp3com-artist]Lianne La Havas[/mp3com-artist] (currently on tour with [mp3com-artist]Bon Iver[/mp3com-artist]), an ambient instrumental track from [mp3com-artist]Apparat[/mp3com-artist], some good ol’ garage rock from [mp3com-artist]Bleached[/mp3com-artist] and many others!

Check it out and let us know which songs are your favorites.

Get the free download of RCRD LBL Essentials Vol. 3 at MP3.com!

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