On the June 15th, EBM gods Front 242 are releasing First Moment, a free 2-track download. The release is a statement about digital sound quality (or lack thereof). Register at Alfa Matrix and then choose the format you want the release in. Your options are:
MP3 192 kbps
MP3 320 kbps
Free Lossless Audio Codec (Flac) - for PC
M4A Apple Lossless - for Mac
The band is hoping to draw attention to the often poor quality of music downloads by letting listeners hear the difference for themselves. Sign up to receive the download at Alfa Matrix.
Sigur Rós are releasing their fifth studio album, Með Suð I Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust, on the June 23rd. This album features one track in English and production from Grammy-winner Flood.
Franz Ferdinand are finishing up their third studio album, due out in October. The band says the album will have plenty of African influences. You can listen to streaming excerpts right now on the band’s official site.
Three 6 Mafia are back with their ninth studio album, Last 2 Walk. The album was set to be released in late 2006, but was pushed back several times due to various complications. Last 2 Walk features guests such as Akon and Lil John, among others. Look for it on June 24th.
Club favorite Combichrist is busy as always, set to release the 9-track Frost EP on July 8th, which will precede the fourth studio album due out later this year. You can listen to the first single off the EP, “Sent To Destroy”, right now exclusively on vampirefreaks.com.
On July 7th, post-punk band Wire is releasing releasing their 11th studio album, Object 47. The album gets it’s name from being the 47th release in the Wire discography. You can download the first single from the album, “One of Us”, right now on the band’s official website.