Caught in the Net: 'Dirty Money' pays dividends


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The most infectious song I heard all week is the new track by long-running New York Afrobeat crew Antibalas.

The song called "Dirty Money" is the second to be taken from the Brooklyn 12 piece ensemble's forthcoming self-titled album due on 6 August. The track is streaming at It doesn't stray far from the aforementioned Afrobeat template – it could be right out of the Fela Kuti playbook – but it rightly bounces along full of swaggering horns and sweet guitar lines. The first track – "Sare Kon Kon (Redux)" can be found on SoundCloud, too, at

Sundappled sounds of 'High Summer'

Swedish dream pop duo jj have a new EP out. The five-track digital EP High Summer is free and can be downloaded from the website of the band's Gothenburg record label at As the title suggests, it's a collection of tracks full of hazy, sun-dappled soundscapes, with some lovely poptones and vague/mournful vocals mingling in amongst them.

Practice makes for perfect radio

The website of America's National Public Radio remains, as ever, a treasure trove of interesting music. My latest discovery on its site is the In Practice series featuring videos of classical musicians practising. In the latest (, acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk brings the cameras into his small Manhattan apartment/studio where he works on the etudes of Gyorgy Ligeti. Sort of like a highbrow Cribs.

A massive mixtape of freestyle hip-hop

Sometimes hip-hop albums are too long, with quality sacrificed to quantity. Californian rapper Lil B has taken things to absurd levels. Known for his prodigious output of mixtapes, he recently offered up a "best of" mixtape of previous tracks. Called the 848 Song Based Freestyle Mixtape – although it really only contains 855 songs – it can be downloaded for free at It will take up almost 5GB of memory on your computer. Helpfully, the No Highs Tumblr also went to the trouble of compiling a tracklist –