Sokio – [2009] Columbia Remixes

Columbian Tech House remixes. Close to 90 minutes of danceable tracks.

Both mainstream and exotic titles got themselves caught in the blender of remix artist Sokio, who took up the task to add special flavours to other artists’ works. The result sounds both refreshing and familiar: Continue reading “Sokio – [2009] Columbia Remixes”

Various Artists – [2017] Music for Sputnik-1 Vol. 1

Oldschool future sounds. Slight similarities with the original Blade Runner soundtrack.

To celebrate the 60th birthday of the first satellite in space, this compilation contains 10 tracks from mostly Russian artists with retro sounds, effects, aiming for space-themed instrumental tracks. Overall, I like the result very much: Continue reading “Various Artists – [2017] Music for Sputnik-1 Vol. 1”

Various Artists – [2017] Dark Of Winter: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Exceptionally broad movie soundtrack. Cool credit punch songs, mystical and disturbing ambient tracks live side by side.

Netlabel blocSonic again manages to surprise me by the breadth of their roster. This compilation, a soundtrack (you may have guessed), covers a wide range of genres from rock to experimental ambient. If you are not looking for dance music, but an exceptional release to feed to your ears, look no further than this. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2017] Dark Of Winter: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”

Various Artists – [2012] mix-toor presents: This is material music

Massive music extravaganza. There is a lot of hip hop bonanza going on in 46 tracks.

Most of the tracks are not exactly pop music chart worthy, but then… the music that achieves this feat tends to be of varied quality at best. While I cannot wholeheartedly endorse front to back listening, except you are adventurous, there are many gems tugged tightly between more experimental pieces. I therefore divert from my usual self-limitation of only presenting two tracks, and instead link you to several reasons for recommending this oeuvre: Continue reading “Various Artists – [2012] mix-toor presents: This is material music”

Various Artists – [2016] Enough Records Mixtape for CC Europe Meeting

Four hours of alternative, high-quality music. Careful selection, beautiful arrangement.

This item takes some time to digest. It contains so many different genres, tracks, artists, backstories. It is hard to hear back to back, but rather eaten in chunks. For this review, I therefore provide you with possibly interesting entry points. I hope there is something for everyone: Continue reading “Various Artists – [2016] Enough Records Mixtape for CC Europe Meeting”

Various Artists – [2017] Digital Decade

Fat psy-tech compilation. Tiny speakers need not apply 😉

Netlabel Digital Diamonds celebrates its tenth birthday. The artists mainly produce psychadelic techno and trance. This celebratory compilation features 10 remixes of noteworthy tracks. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2017] Digital Decade”

Various Artists – [2016] Toucan Music Presents 2016

Excellent trance mix. Toucan Music is one of the household names for well-produced electronic dance music in the Creative Commons scene. It has been releasing free music as a netlabel for more than ten years now, and its annual mixes never fail to impress. Last year’s mix contains 20 tracks. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2016] Toucan Music Presents 2016”

Various Artists – [2009] Music From All Around The World

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Timeless introductory drug for to-become Creative Commons addicts. This is less of a review and more of a SHOUT-OUT to make you GET. THIS. RELEASE. 17 good to excellent tracks have been gathered. They show both how diverse (and enjoyable) from 2009 and earlier is. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2009] Music From All Around The World”

Various Artists – [2012] Braaahhlitz Compilation

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This excellent compilation is a product of the well-developed German netlabel aaahh-records. Well-developed means that while they still release free music under Creative Commons licenses (aaahhwoo!) the label self-identifies as a “festival curators” nowadays. For me, they are one of the longest-standing publishers of consistent high-quality “analogue” music out in the net. This album features 8 partly folky, acoustic recordings of an artistic weekend in Bralitz. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2012] Braaahhlitz Compilation”

Various Artists – [2009] Netaudio 2009 – Acroplane and The Centrifuge

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Classic netaudio sampler. Nowadays, netlabel Acroplane release new albums on Bandcamp. Unfortunately, they did not move all their releases there. Fortunately, their back catalogue is archived at my favourite well-known place. This compilation has 18 diverse tracks from chiptunes over breakcore to glitchy IDM. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2009] Netaudio 2009 – Acroplane and The Centrifuge”

Various Artists – [2009] ccMixter

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Anthological compilation of radio-ready music from ccMixter. ccMixter is a site like Soundcloud, but much older and – as the name implies – founded around the idea of Creative Commons music and remixing. This compilation has its roots as playlist from a ccMixter developer. It bundles some of the less underground tracks on the platform. I just cite the release notes, followed by my usual two picks: Continue reading “Various Artists – [2009] ccMixter”

Various Artists – [2013] Fusion Compilation 8

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Experimental Trip hop compilation. From the Fusion netlabel comes this showcase of a sampler. A range of electronic styles are united on this buffet. Expect to get surprised by the slightly experimental tracks. The production is excellent throughout all featured artists. Two tracks that span the spectrum of this release are in the preview below: Continue reading “Various Artists – [2013] Fusion Compilation 8”

Various Artists – [2012] netBloc Vol. 40: AAIR Attack

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It’s great when an awesome compilation of first-class free music makes to its 40th release. Few similar projects have managed to see their 10th release. The happier I am to be able to write this review. For now over 5 years, the netlabel blocSonic has been pumping out the netBloc compilation series, in addition to a regular release schedule. Enough praise, what’s the music on this release? Continue reading “Various Artists – [2012] netBloc Vol. 40: AAIR Attack”

Various Artists – [2011] SOUNDSHOCK: FM FUNK MADDNESS!!

What happens if you let chiptune artists create Funk music? This compilation, I would say. Stuffed with citations from classic video games, this 18 track long release well states that chiptune music has evolved much since its initial days. Too broad is the span of music styles, so that the two presented tracks are only spotlights. If you like what you hear, listen on! Continue reading “Various Artists – [2011] SOUNDSHOCK: FM FUNK MADDNESS!!”

Various Artists – [2004] Intelligent Toys 2

This is my fourth review about a release from the netlabel Sutemos (these were the previous reviews). Intelligent Toys is a series of compilations with cutting-edge to avant-garde electronic music. Back in 2005 when I first downloaded them, I found them too experimental. But this time, they make a furious comeback into my music collection. Find out why…but be warned: don’t expect pop or dance music. This music needs attention to work. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2004] Intelligent Toys 2”

Various Artists – [2005] Red, Green, Blue & Other Summer Feelings

The netlabel Sutemos releases excellent electronic music since 2004. This sampler is the first I stumbled into first. It took me some time to discover the beauty of most songs; it is well hidden from the casual listener by slow and silent composition. It is best heard late in the evening in a thoughtful mood. My favourite songs come from stockfinster, whose contribution I already reviewed in his release All becomes music. So I selected two other tracks for the preview below. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2005] Red, Green, Blue & Other Summer Feelings”

Various Artists – [2011] 7

The netlabel diym specialises in exceptional music of all genres. That includes singer/songwriter, pop-rock, post-rock, but also electronica. They have released seven albums and nine compilations so far. Every release is worth your time. Today I’ll present their seventh compilation, the one that I discovered first. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2011] 7”

Various Artists – [2008] The Silent Ballet: Volume 9

The netlabel Lost Children specialises in Progressive Rock and related music genres. They offer a magnificent collection of free music compilations called The Silent Ballet. Here I present my favourite release of this series, being on the quiet and ambient side of the musical spectrum it offers. Volumes 1, 5 and 6 are my next recommendations, all with more vivid music. Like usually, you can find descriptions of my favourite songs below. Remarkable about this album is its polished production quality. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2008] The Silent Ballet: Volume 9”

The Best Creative Commons Music Moments 2010

A Best Of album representing all free music released last year… that sounds ambitious. The Phlow magazine tried it anyway. While I am hesitant that this monster compilation really includes all great tracks from last year, there are many tracks I would have missed otherwise. So as usual I selected some tracks which I think you should have heared. The complete release contains over 100 songs, so this selection by far cannot cover all genres. Continue reading “The Best Creative Commons Music Moments 2010”

Various Artists – [2008] Cologne Commons Compilation 01

Cologne Commons is an annual conference and festival for digital culture that takes place in — surprise — Cologne in Germany. Unfortunately, I have never attended so far. YouTube enabled me to watch some conference talks online. Fortunately for me as music collector, a colourful music compilation is released for each conference.

This album is the first compilation, released in March 2008. As usually, I’ll present my favourite three tracks directly in the article. The download link to the whole release follows all way down. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2008] Cologne Commons Compilation 01”