Carefully crafted electronica. This is a gem from now defunct netlabel Sutemos, back from 2009. Artist stockfinster, whom I have reviewed in this blog before, is a household name in the Creative Commons scene, and for a reason. His productions occupy a quiet, warm corner somewhere between New Age ambient and IDM electronica. I like it there, so his tracks end up in my playlist regularly. Here I present two of the 13 tracks this release contains. Continue reading “stockfinster –  Dead Line”
Soundtrack-style ambient music. This album developed out of writing a score to an unnamed project. To me, the result would make the perfect fit with one of the older Civilization or Age of Empires titles. Continue reading “Esgi –  Echoes in Time”
Melodic instrumental hip hop. Soft beats and beautifully aranged samples make this album a very special and very seductive entry into the instrumental hip hop genre. The tracks are not completely free of repetitive arrangements, but they have less repetetive arrangements than this sentence contains repetitive arrangements… 😉 Continue reading “Frenic –  Lessons From The Past”
Silently impressive. Gorje Hewek is a master of deep house and similar styles. He has performed at Burning Man 2016. In this old release back at trusty netlabel Fuselab, he shows a more silent side of his craft.
Elegant monotony. Six tracks, spanning almost one hour, produced using vintage equipment, elegantly fill the air with damp synth sounds and calm beats. Be prepared for Deep House for dark moments. Continue reading “Smooth –  Vintage 02”
Cinematic electro grandeur. Located somewhere between movie trailer oomph and ambient big beat electro, there is a small Flatpad EP. Only four tracks long, it covers 30 minutes with unusual yet tasty tunes. Fat bass lines and thick beats reign supreme, but vocal samples and synth pads create some ambience. Continue reading “Point –  Flatpad EP”
Laid-back Reggae tunes. Spanish band We&Dem, according to Spanish Wikipedia article, has been founded in 2002 in pictoresque Zaragoza, Aragon. Influenced by Bob Marley, they craft solid, unsurprising Reggae tracks. 15 tracks, just short over one hour, made it into this 2007 release, which was published on Jamendo and Autoeditados, a Spanish publishing platform. Find my two recommended tracks and the download link below: Continue reading “We&Dem –  Nosotros Y Ellos”
Meditative psychadelic rock. Ok, the release notes advertise this as Pop, “without a shadow of doubt”. I tend to disagree, but what do words matter? For a change, I’ll discuss three of the release’s 7 tracks.
Continue reading “Eye –  Plays”
Instrumental progressive rock at its best. This over 10 year old album by JT Bruce contains just over one hour of meticulously produced music. No lyrics, but attention to detail throughout the 16 tracks. If you like this classic, you might also enjoy his 2015 release Vandal of Fortune (Jamendo). Continue reading “JT Bruce –  Anomalous Material”
Reference for Goa & Psy Trance compilations. Monotonous? Yes. Endless beets? Absolutely. Simplistic harmonies? Very much so! If you can with these “deficiencies” of the genre, this release will be an enjoyable ride for your ears. While the music does not offer too much detail to the conscious listener, but is great for recreational, background or serious dancing situations. Continue reading “Various Artists –  These Boots Are Made For Stomping”
A lesson in Funk remixes. This classic release by from Bulgarian netlabel Dusted Wax Kingdom showcases UK artist Frenic. His trademark is blending together vintage voice samples and funk music, served with some big beats. Continue reading “Frenic –  Present And Correct”
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 –  Music From All Around The World”
Classic(al) chiptunes. Virt is one of the great masters of this genre. Chiptunes are about taking the limited resources of old audio hardware and trying to bend the space of what is possible within these constraints. This EP (and it’s successor, FX 2.0) are soundtracks to imaginary NES (Nintendo Entertainment System, 1980s) games. And then there’s this bonus track… Continue reading “Virt –  FX EP”
Frosty minimal techno. This (by online standards) antique release at the Thinner netlabel had a big part in slowly seducing me into exploring the less danceable areas of electronic music. I wonder how this album will sound to me in 30 years. It now feels quite timeless, a bit like some tracks by Kraftwerk. Continue reading “Rktic –  Northern Lights LP”
Do not rely on the efficiency and the energy of the first title to automatically store the music of Sasha Raskin in the category electro-pop mainstream.
Quirky indie pop. Netlabel blocSonic keeps to its mission to deliver solid indie music, this time in form of swingy pop tunes. Acoustic instrumentation (drum, piano, bass, acoustic guitar) + vocals create a solid soundstage and 4 slightly eclectic songs. Continue reading “Dr. Mindflip –  Every Waking Moment”
Vintage remixes done right. Wow, simply wow. Before encountering this album, I thought that remixing old vinyl recordings necessarily leads to repetitive hip hop background tracks. But this release, presented by netlabel Dusted Wax Kingdom, fortunately breaks with this rule. Modern sounds seamlessly blend with old audio samples. Continue reading “Boogie Belgique –  Nightwalker (Vol. 1)”
Convincing downtempo trip hop. Ok, “convincing” might sound a bit too corporate for this lush piece of an album, flirting with ambient genre elements. French artist Jean Patier really knows how to turn the knobs to create deceptively simple chill out tracks. Read on for my two (from 10) favourite tracks and the release link. Continue reading “Auditive Escape –  Profound”
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 –  Netaudio 2009 – Acroplane and The Centrifuge”
Minimal downtempo goodness. Berlin artist Th.e n.d. seems to prefer quality over quantity. This EP, released 2009 at the Acustronica netlabel, only contains 3 tracks. Yet every track is distinct in style and remarkably well produced. Unconventional sound combinations and laidback tunes are the common theme. Continue reading “Th.e n.d –  Schizophrenic Birth”