If IDM or glitch-hop or electro are your thing -- and really, even if they're not -- then you should check out Adult Swim's "Ghostly Swim" compilation featuring unreleased tracks from indie label Ghostly International and sponsored by Toyota. It's pretty much exactly what my muddy Monday brain needs right now (Sample it after the jump).
The after-hours hub within Cartoon Network has been engaged with several music projects over the years, but according to Billboard.biz, this is the first with Ghostly, which is home to big-name electronic artists like The Chap and Matthew Dear. Head on over to the microsite and sample/download tracks a la carte or download the whole thing, complete with artwork. We had some issues with the site in Firefox and the download was unbelievably slow, but you've got two months to snatch it before it disappears.
By any standard, free or not, it's a pretty solid collection of all-new material. Stand-outs include Mux Mool's album-closing "Night Court," which fuses cowbells with sliced-up guitar chords, and The Chap's mesmerizing and perplexing "Carlos Walter Wendy Stanley." Although Adult Swim paid for recording and other costs to produce the album, the master and publishing rights will be held by Ghostly, who may choose to give it a traditional CD release later in the year.