Sound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting legally free music downloads. In this edition we make a transition from acoustic folk to electronic breakcore, passing blues, rock, rock’n'roll, dance music, jazzy hip hop, trip hop, and new age trance on the way. It’s a wild mix, just the way you love it.
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– Don’t Try / Slowin’ On My Tracks
Genre: acoustic, folk, pop
Chris Campbell released his debut album Paper Boats in March this year. The young Irishman, who began practicing his craft during long winter nights in Canada, has now released two more songs. Strings, acoustic guitar, and soft voices create a most relaxing listening experience.
Don’t Try / Slowin’ On My Tracks is a free download from Bandcamp.
Hot Fiction – Apply Within
Genre: alternative, rock, blues, garage rock, hard rock
From their Facebook page: “Hot Fiction is an unusual but effective pairing of a virtuoso singing-drummer and guitarist. Simon forcibly wrings each note from his guitar while Andy’s deep blues vocals emerge from behind his kit, riding atop a crashing wave of thunderous drumming. Riff-based, blood-in-the-guts garage soul music with a charm and atmosphere of its very own.”
Apply Within is a free download from Bandcamp.
The Rosebuds – Love Deluxe
Genre: alternative, indie, dance, electronic, pop, rock
From the album page: “Love Deluxe, Sade’s fourth album, was released 20 years ago this week [November 16, 2012]. To say this album is a constant influence to The Rosebuds and the records we’ve made over the years would be an understatement. We’ve always been fans. Ivan’s been covering Sade songs since I’ve known him–he sings them in the house, he sings them while driving, he sings them with or without a guitar in hand, he sings them when he doesn’t even realize he’s singing aloud. It’s the language he hears music in. [...] Upon first listen to Ivan’s version of Love Deluxe, I was struck by how organic it is. Where many of the electronic elements of the original had been beautiful to me, to listen to this new live-instrument sound Ivan had quick-captured is to listen directly to his evolving relationship with the music. It’s a documentation of a living connection. Please download and share this tribute recording of a record that means so much to us.”
Love Deluxe is a free download from Bandcamp.
The Wallies – Cream
Genre: indie, rock, garage rock, rock’n'roll
From their Facebook page: “With their fusion of 60s mod and gritty brit rock, The Wallies are quickly turning heads. The lead singer brought influences of the European rock n’ roll scene – and the band’s name – stateside where he met his best friend and the band’s guitarist. In the summer of 2010 they recruited a bassist and drummer to form a rock band in Sarasota, Florida. Aiming to bring the kind of music and shows they loved from the U.K. to the U.S.
Just a few months after forming, a home demo recording was released which sparked a demand for live shows as well as the attention of local press and radio stations. The Wallies live shows have been described as raw, honest and energetic with the kind of no-frills performances that leave the audiences wanting more.”
Cream is a free download from Bandcamp.
Junior Astronomers – I Just Want To Make A Statement.
Genre: indie, rock, rock & roll
From their Facebook page: “Junior Astronomers. A consistency in disorder breathes into existence a quintet bound to the loud and impulsive. Gritty and jangled on some occasions, then mangled and diverting in others. The only thing planned is the outburst itself.
A hypnotic trance is created through guitars painted heavy and a rhythm section bound for movement, but beneath the distortions and muddled screams Junior Astronomers seek to achieve more than just reactions from onlookers; the band itself tries to document the human experience. “Music needs to sound like human beings, like it’s alive,” frontman Terrence Richard declares. “A lot of people want to make sad shit all the time–that’s one part of life but it’s not all life. There’s fun, there’s happiness, there’s sadness.”
I Just Want To Make A Statement. is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Twenty Eleven – Selftitled
Genre: alternative, indie, r&b rock, hip hop
From their Facebook page: “Twenty Eleven was formed in December 2006, 5 years later Twenty Eleven has started to become a major local force. With Brad James and Tre-Will coming up with the worlds sickest raps, D. Jones making people feel his soul singing to DJ Ave making the craziest beats, and DJ Motai dropping sick cuts on the records; Twenty Eleven and their new form of mixing rap, rock, and soul and with guitar led songs are going to venture in a new sound to the local Houston hip hop scene. Their debut album, ‘Renewable Engergy’ released in December of 2010.”
The selftitled Twenty Eleven LP is a free download from Bandcamp.
Yeiv – Immersion
Genre: jazz, chillout, world fusion, rap, hip hop
Yeiv is one of many fantastic artists releasing music with Cult Classic Records.
From the press release: “French Producer Yeiv has recently released his album for free via Cult Classic Records. The album featurers super producer Thomas Prime, Delaware Rapper Jas Mace of the Legendary The 49ers and Korean Rapper Zan Dark.
The album is littered with organic rhythms reinforced with free-flowing instrumental jazz samples. At only 17 years of age Yeiv’s first real release shows huge signs of promise and is definatly one to watch out for in the future. He takes inspirations from the late legendary Japanese producer Nujabes, J Dilla and Kenichiro Nishihara and that is evident in Immersion.”
Immersion is a free download from MediaFire (direct download URL.
Emancipator – Free Downloads
Genre: organic, trip-hop, downtempo, electronic
From his homepage: “Emancipator is Douglas Appling, who is joined in the live setting by Violinist Ilya Goldberg. To some, it must seem like this young electronic producer came out of nowhere this year, but those in the know have been following Emancipator since he self-released his first album, “Soon It Will Be Cold Enough,” at the age of 19 in 2006. His agile melodies layered over headnodic, immaculately-produced beats captivated fans across the internet and across the world. “Soon It Will Be Cold Enough” was picked up by Japanese super-producer Nujabes, pressed in Japan and sold 5,000 copies in the first six months. Emancipator landed a Puma sponsorship, gave an interview to Rolling Stone Japan, and even had his song “Maps” played at the Bejing Olympics.”
Emanicpator’s Free Downloads EP is a (surprise!) free download from Bandcamp.
Merkaba – Ancient Relics
Genre: electronic, new age, minimal, progressive, trance, psychedelic, techno
From Merkaba’ Bandcamp profile: “From a star system many light years away comes Merkaba, a forward thinking and inspiring light being incarnated into human form in Australia. Drawing musical influence from fusion jazz, funk, dub step, techno and break beat, Merkaba skilfully combines these to create his own style of psychedelic progressive trance and an epic dance floor journey of healing and awakening.”
Ancient Relics is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Renard – Trauma
Genre: electronic, breakcore, hardcore
From his Last.FM profile: “[Renard is] the lead record owner of LapFox Trax, an independent Canadian record label from Hamilton, Ontario specializing in electronic music. Much of his music showcases art from many artists. Also, each character represents a style of music he uses. For example, Furries in a Blender is used with the bi-polar genre of happy hardcore, Jackal Queenston for agro-style drum and bass, and Renard, his primary avatar online and in his recordings, for the twisted insanity of breakcore.”
Trauma is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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