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Sound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting free album downloads. Every edition invites you to explore various genres and artists from around the world. This edition has a focus on jazz and hip hop, a genre you know well from laid back chill out lounges and futuristic cocktail bars. The genre must be immensely popular on Bandcamp, as indicated by the many external download links.

Please be kind and support the artists by donating what you can for music you love. Nothing is more precious than passion and creation and it deserves to be rewarded. Thank you!

You are also invited to share your thoughts and post your feedback in the comments. Album submissions, suggestions, and genre requests via email [tina at makeuseof dot com] are most welcome!

L’Orange – Old Soul

Genre: instrumental, experimental, electronic, jazz, soul, ambient, beats, trip hop, hip hop

L’Orange writes on the album page: “Billie Holiday is my muse. Her creative vision and stylistic integrity have influenced both my music and my writing. When I decided to work on this project, I wanted to approach it with respect for her music. I wanted these remixes to be both inspired by and dedicated to the life and craft of one of the most innovative and soulful singers of all time. Each track is designed to represent a significant part of Billie Holiday’s life.
Old Soul is a free download from Bandcamp.

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DJ Phixion – A Land Afar

Genre: instrumental, beats, downtempo, jazzy hip hop

From his SoundCloud page: “Born in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Grew up in The Bay Area, California. Resides in The Netherlands Works mostly with samples. Open to collaboration.

A Land Afar is a free download from Bandcamp. Note the the Bandcamp page also features a MediaFire mirror.

Freddie Joachim – Getaway

Genre: instrumental, jazzy soul, soul-jazz, hip hop

From Freddie’s Homepage: “Always an avid listener and collector of hip hop, jazz, and soul music, Freddie finally began djing in ’96, which slowly progressed into recording and production, and musicianship. Since then, he has continued to produce and collaborate with many artists, as well as license music with many popular brands and companies, including DC Shoes, Nike, Adidas, Monster Energy, and more.

Getaway is a free download from Mellow Orange.

Ink – Domino Tones

Genre: alterantive, experimental, electronica, jazz, hip hop

Ink is an artist and lover of all musics from Manhattan, New York. Apparently, he believes in anonymity and hides on MySpace. Domino Tones is the latest of several releases found on Bandcamp. It is his only work for download and it’s free – get it while it’s hot!

Domino Tones is a free download from Bandcamp.

Ljones – Soul Below

Genre: instrumental, jazz, lounge, hip hop

From the album page: “I got into Hip Hop young and easily since a lot of my older cousins were teenagers during the 90s. Some even were breakers, turntablist, and taggers. I started out with breaking, but gave that up for a set of turntables. I was always interested in the beat making process since i’ve been a fan of old records but my interest really grew as i started DJing. I didn’t seriously think of making beats till after I heard Nujabes when I was about 16, Hearing his songs and the very moving melodies with the boom bap drums of the golden era, really inspired me. I worked part time jobs and bought my own MPC when I was 18 and since then I’ve been trying to make beats and find my ‘sound’.

Soul Below is a free download from MediaFire.

BadBadNotGood – BBNG

Genre: instrumental, jazz, hip hop

BadBadNotGood are Matthew A. Tavares (keys, synthesizer), Chester Hansen (electric bass & sampler), and Alex Sowinski (drums & sampler) from Toronto, Canada.

BBNG is a free download from MediaFire.

Freshtone – Flutter

Genre: instrumental, electronic, dubstep, neo, soul, house, jazz, hip hop

From the album page: “This album is my FIRST ever album or ”EP” as i have been told to say…..it took quite a while to make it as i was quite strict about how i wanted it to sound and such. Im very happy with the result and just for giggles i had to throw in the ”Dilla-Tastic” track i made a good while ago in reason ….

Flutter is a free download from Bandcamp.

The Cancel – Reply From Space

Genre: instrumental, abstract, jazz, hip hop

The Cancel is a collaboration of Ukrainian musicians Andrey Zelensky and Dimitry Fedusa.

Reply From Space is a free download from SendSpace.

Doin’ Nothin’ – In The City

Genre: instrumental, downtempo, jazzy hip hop, trip hop

Doin’ Nothin’ is a music project of an unknown artist from the Russian Federation.

In The City is a free download from Bandcamp.

Ten Million Sounds – Morning Light Compilation

Genre: instrumental, ambient, electronic, beats, chill, downtempo, jazz-hop, hip hop, compilation

From the album page: “Morning Light, the first compilation released by Ten Million Sounds, is a collection of hand-picked, chilled out tunes by talented artists across the globe.
100% of the proceeds raised by this album go directly to charity, split between two organizations: the International Justice Mission, (www.ijm.org) a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, (www.stjude.org) a leading pediatric treatment and research facility focused on researching advancements in curing catastrophic diseases and saving the lives of children.

Morning Light Compilation is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

New to Sound Sunday? Past editions of Sound Sunday are available here.

Feel free to get in touch with me [tina at makeuseof dot com] to share free material, suggestions, and feedback or simply add your comments below.

  1. vancouver hip hop
    May 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Remarkable things here. I am very happy to look your post. Thanks so much and I am taking a look ahead to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a mail?

  2. Ten Million Sounds
    February 21, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Thank you for sharing, much appreciated! Respect!

    • Tina
      February 21, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Most welcome!

  3. Linkdropme
    February 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    love these albums. some great downtempo tunes here. 

  4. Tina
    February 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you for the suggestion, Ben!

  5. Tim
    February 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    thanks for these downloads.i have actually been looking for such music to download and thank God for this your post i can now do that. i have been listening to some of them and some of them are really cool.i really enjoy Old Soul by L'Orange.I wish them(the artistes) behind the music the very best in their endeavours.

    • Tina
      February 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you very much for the feedback, Tim.

  6. Rowdy Rob
    February 20, 2012 at 3:43 am

    While most of the selections in this article were not my taste, I found the "Ten Million Sounds" album to be quite listenable. Thanks for the hard work bringing such discoveries to our attention!

    • Tina
      February 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Glad you found something you enjoyed, Rob.

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