RCRD LBL Essentials Vol. 3 featuring The Drums, Rewards, Owen and more!

RCRD LBL Essentials

For our third installment of RCRD LBL Essentials, MP3.com would like to present you with some music from white hot artists like The Drums, Rewards, Lianne la Havas, Owen and more! Click through to check out the playlist.

Rewards is one man band Aaron Pfenning, who made a name for himself with the Brooklyn-via-Colorado electronic group Chairlift. Now working on his own, Pfenning was recently signed New York’s own DFA label.  On his first single for them, “Equal Dreams (feat. Solange Knowles)” he does his label proud a textbook example of the tight, downtown-disco strut that DFA does so well. Teaming up with the versatile Solange Knowles, who has also worked with acts like Of Montreal, Dirty Projectors and Twin Shadow, 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, The Drums 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.

The rest of RCRD LBL Essentials Vol. III gives you a variety of other genres, with some singer-songwriter action from Owen and the quickly-rising Lianne La Havas, an ambient instrumental track from Apparat, some good ol’ garage rock from Bleached and many others! Check it out and let us know which songs are your favorites  in the comments.

For more free music be sure to check out our other RCRD LBL Essentials  and our Free MP3 of the Day Series.

More on The Drums:

The Drums live on last.fm Discover