Label of the Week: Sub Pop Records

Label of the Week

Sub Pop was the small, independent, Seattle record label that kick-started Nirvana‘s career, along with the careers of Mudhoney, the Afghan Whigs, Soundgarden and many others.

Founded in 1988, Sub Pop initially was associated with the early ’90s grunge scene. Since then, its roster has diversified tremendously, and it now boasts bands as varied as the lovely electronic-music of Dntel and Washed Out to experimental-hip-hop from Shabazz Palaces.

With so much content to pick through, below are three free MP3s from the Sub Pop Records site we think you should carry around in your iPod. Happy downloading!

Washed Out (Photo Credit: Sub Pop Records)

28 year-old Atlanta-based songwriter and producer Ernest Greene aka Washed Out makes delicate-electronic pop music that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s romantic, heady and addictive for those who love the “glossy melodies of  ’80s synth-pop.”

Washed Out – Amor Fati (MP3)

Washed Out – Eyes Be Closed (MP3)

Shabazz Palaces (Photo Credit: Sub Pop Records)

Led by Palaceer Lazaro aka Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, formerly of the alt-rap trio Digable Planets, this Seattle hip-hop collective doesn’t quite capture the same bouncy spirit found in the jazz-soul influenced sounds of Digable Planets. Instead you’ll find his next-level of rapping creating more of journey for its listener, rather than a groove. If you like your music with a sci-fi touch (think Company Flow), then this is a hip-hop artist to keep an eye on.

Shabazz Palaces – an echo from the hosts that profess infinitum (MP3)

Low (Photo Credit: Sub Pop Records)

Slow-core trio Low were perhaps the slowest of the so-called “slowcore” bands — “delicate, austere, and hypnotic!” They have a new album out called C’mon, and like everything they’ve released it swims in loveliness.

Low – Especially Me (MP3)

Low – Try To Sleep (MP3)