Round One: Fight! (Just Kidding)
Round One: Fight! (Just Kidding)

Nacional Records 24 Song Giveaway!

Looking back on 2011, I posted my top five hip-hop albums of the year for Heard Mentality readers to check out. Had the scope been broader to include more albums and different genres, I definitely would have shown love to a lot of artists featured on Nacional Records most recent iTunes download card. The Latin Alternative label is giving away 24 songs released last year for free featuring musicians like Diego Garcia, Hello Seahorse!, Latin Bitman and Ana Tijoux (whose superb album La Bala dropped worldwide yesterday). If those names ring familiar, it's because I've covered and interviewed them last year for the Weekly as the links go to show.

Always a good introduction to artists folks may or may not be in the know about, the downloads also include tracks from Venezuela's Latin Grammy nominated

La Vida Bohème


Pacha Massive


ChocQuib Town


Jarabe de Palo


The Pinker Tones

and so much more. Check the streaming player below to sample the offerings of what amounts to a double-album's worth of material and follow the download link if you like what you hear:

In the past, Nacional Records used to distribute their annual iTunes free giveaways as physical cards with a password code, but are changing up their approach. (They've also gone greener by digitizing their review copies to us humble music journalists). This year, the label has teamed up with

MTV Tr3s

to offer the collection of free songs completely online, in part to promote the weekly music video show

La Hora Nacional

hosted by label founder

Tomas Cookman

on the channel.

Take them up on the offer quick though as the download code expires in less than a week's time on January 31. If you come across this post after that date, my apologies for being assed out. Better luck next year!


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