Various Artists – [2011] Quaking Stars

Manifesto of a dead netlabel. Long live Starquake!

Starquake was an active netlabel from 2011 to 2015. During that time, it was dedicated to promote music by their creators and DJs in Torino, Italy. Although short-lived, their music remains an important contribution to the Creative Commons music catalogue for me. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2011] Quaking Stars”

Plusplus – [2012] Game Over

Cinematic. Folk. Much. Wow. Mostly analogue guitar instrumentals creating melancholic atmospheres.

Ok, I’m quite late to the (review) party on this one. All other netlabel blogs have covered this gem already in September 2012, when originally released. To my ears, this is a half cheesy, half treasure chest full of simple yet thoroughly enjoyable tunes. I can recommend hearing it from front to back, it’s that good. Like usual, here are two picks to get you started: Continue reading “Plusplus – [2012] Game Over”

Antethic – [2017] Ghost Shirt Society

Electronic post rock greatness. We probably all have heard those drawn-out, long, boring post rock extravaganzas with minutes of continuous distorted guitar sound carpets without sense or measure. This not one of those…

Instead, the genre is enriched by upbeat tracks, careful addition of electronic effects and ornamentation. In short: it sounds pretty fresh! Read on for my two representative picks: Continue reading “Antethic – [2017] Ghost Shirt Society”

Bebop – [2013] Scuola Benassi Deluxxx Edition

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Crispy, kicking breakbeats is what awaits you in this single on Sostanze Records from Italy. Scuola Benassi in four versions, two of which are remixes by other artists. The song itself is a forward-thrusting floor-filling breakbeat bomb (alliteration allergy, anyone?). My two favourite versions and the obligatory download link follow below. Continue reading “Bebop – [2013] Scuola Benassi Deluxxx Edition”

Ancient Lasers – [2013] You In The Future

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This joint release from the netlabels Clinical Archives and No Source features Daniel Finfer’s (almost) solo project Ancient Lasers. “Sonically the music sits comfortably somewhere between Nine Inch Nails and the Postal Service” tells us the release notes. Where does this leave us? With shoegazing, stomping, screaming post rock worth a place in my personal annals of music representative for this decade. Continue reading “Ancient Lasers – [2013] You In The Future”

Year of the Tiger – [2010] Electric / Make It Work

And another release from the (at least for me) elusive netlabel Vulpiano. It specialises in “ambient, electronic, and acoustic”. This album clearly is neither ambient nor acoustic. It is rather a furious electro pop meets Avril Lavigne (at least to my ears) voice. The result is a sweet and catchy blend that stands up to the label’s mission to “offer quality free music”. Here it comes with the same procedure as every post: 2 preview tracks and the download links. Continue reading “Year of the Tiger – [2010] Electric / Make It Work”

Stay Ali – [2008] If Only Leiner Came Back

Stay Ali are among of my favourite electronic music artists. They virtuously mix dance music with vintage game console sound (chiptunes). I already wrote a review of Vati Vati EP some years ago, which I prefer as my favourite EP.

This release is published at Superbutton, a netlabel that specialisesd in chiptunes and closely related styles. Continue reading “Stay Ali – [2008] If Only Leiner Came Back”

William Wilson – [2011] Summer Holidays and Folk Routine EP

William Wilson that is easy to listen to, but hard to describe. Take some soft alternative Rock, add small drops of Electro, Jazz, Classic at selected spots.

It is released at Lophophora Williams, a young netlabel with five releases since 2010. If you like what you hear here, look into their catalogue! Continue reading “William Wilson – [2011] Summer Holidays and Folk Routine EP”

Bachelor Machines – [2011] Fatal Error

The UK based netlabel Fwonk finally got me with this clicky, dancy house release by the Bachelor Machines. To me they sound like a younger Justice or a more mature Stay Ali. Stompy beats, chiptune aesthetics and very memorable (not to say catchy) melody lines make me like their Fatal Error. 10 tracks with over 50 minutes duration await you below, together with my recommended track. Continue reading “Bachelor Machines – [2011] Fatal Error”

Younnat – [2010] His Name Is Radar

The Japanese netlabel Bump Foot is a great source for a wide range of free music. His Name Is Radar is a very organic sounding Pop Funk release. Younnat’s other album The Duct, released in 2007 at the same netlabel, is among the Top 10 of most downloaded releases. He also has released some tracks at Kahvi on the album Radiovision. Continue reading “Younnat – [2010] His Name Is Radar”