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”