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free musicSound Sunday is a feature we provide each week at MakeUseOf, promoting free album downloads. Every edition of Sound Sunday invites you to explore many genres and artists from around the world. After we’ve explored three weeks worth of genre specials, this week we’re mixing it up again. From pop to punk and hip hop to electronic, I have thrown in a bit of everything.

Note that name your price albums can be downloaded for free by entering 0 in the price field. That said, we strongly recommend you to donate a few dollars for music you enjoy!

We welcome you to submit your music, send suggestions with free albums you have discovered, or request genres we haven’t covered in a while. For all Sound Sunday related inquiries, please contact Tina [tina at makeuseof dot com].

Radio Fallout – Mondegreen EP

Genre: alternative, indie, garage, pop, rock

From their ReverbNation profile: “Radio Fallout exploded in to the vibrant Red River district of the Austin Texas music scene in 2009. Since then they have released two EPs, toured the Midwest and South Central USA, signed to Bandwidth Agency and K&W Publishing, developed an international following, appeared in several drunk driving prevention campaigns, thwarted several terrorist attacks, balanced their checkbooks, subscribed to netflix, ate cinnamon rolls, lost their keys, found their keys, disregarded a post-it note, ordered several pizzas, battled great white sharks, and used factually incorrect google and wikipedia information to win an argument but now they face the greatest challenge of all… themselves.

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Mondegreen EP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Clockwork – Clockwork Ep

Genre: pop, punk

From his Facebook page: “Los Angeles-born, New York City-based DJ/Producer Clockwork is no stranger to the world of electronic music. The young producer was one of the many 18 year olds circulating the dance music blogospehere with various bootleg remixes. But in 2011, armed with support and guidance from fellow young guns Felix Cartal and AutoErotique, Clockwork emerged from the throng of bedroom producers. His single Squad Up, an original track that was played out at festivals around the world, quickly caught the attention of internationally renowned DJ, and Dim Mak chief, Steve Aoki. Aoki signed Clockwork immediately, making him the youngest artist ever signed to Dim Mak’s prolific roster. Since the signing, Clockwork has officially remixed work for artists across the dance music spectrum, from Steve Aoki to Dimitri Vegas. His bootleg remix of Avicii’s notorious big room anthem Levels reached over 80,000 plays on Soundcloud, 2 million views on Youtube, and garnered international radio play.

Clockwork Ep is a free download from Paper+Plastick.

Easy Company – Selftitled

Genre: rock

From their Facebook page: “Easy Company is a 4-piece modern rock group from Glen Rock/Pequanock NJ. We all became friends. We formed a band. We are now booking and travelling weekends to bring Easy Company to a venue near you!

The selftitled album Easy Company is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

David Plell – Ask for Dust

Genre: experimental, musicals

From his Bandcamp profile: “David Plell, born December 10, 1988, passes days humming 1900s musical genre inspired desperate thoughts; feels on guitars, synthesizers, pianos, and the cute coffee-table glockenspiel. Currently living in Seattle, Washington.

Ask for Dust is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Grenadina – Pretend For Me

Genre: alternative, indie, rock, girlcore

From the band’s press kit: “Girlcore was an intended joke, but the ladies of Grenadina have taken to it quite warmly. With four women and a melodramatic indie punk backbone, the Midwest is about to experience the brass knuckles of the band’s debut EP Pretend For Me. Having finished the album in late-July and immediately begun booking regional shows in support of the release, Grenadina are focusing on the dynamics that united the: love, sex, friendship, and revenge.

Pretend For Me is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Streetlamp – Selftitled

Genre: indie, rock, blues, folk

Streetlamp is a side project of Kit Oh Nein! singer and guitarist Ryan Milligan. He writes about his band: “Streetlamp’s songs are rich in rock, soul, blues, funk, and folk. The NYC/Jersey-based band, by way of Detroit, Newark, and Memphis, is celebrating the release of its debut EP, warm, snowy, cinematic, and sweeping in color.

Streetlamp is a free download from Bandcamp.

Friends With The Help – Confidence

Genre: hip hop, rap

This album and the video for the song Love Thought were submitted by David of LoudSpeaker. He writes: “I’m pretty sure you and all the fans of Sound Sunday love your grandma and grandpa just as much as the rest of them. Those friendly mint sucking, Depends wearing softies used to kick it with the best of them. Actually, wait…. THEY STILL DO kick it with the best of them. Love Thought is a music video intended to challenge AGEISM towards the elderly in our media. It is the second single off of Friends With The Help’s latest studio album Confidence. Produced by K-Rec, the song chronicles perilous love and shaken innocence against a backdrop of 60’s soul.

Confidence is a free download from Bandcamp.

Bambino – Overseas

Genre: instrumental, ambient, downtempo, electronica, jazz, lounge, hip hop

From Bambino’s Facebook page: “Adam Purdy is a musician and producer currently based in Auckland, New Zealand. Driven by a true passion for the art, Adam graduated from The University Of Waikato in 2010 with a degree in music and since then has steadily pursuing a career in the industry operating under the moniker ‘Bambino’.
It is difficult to define Bambino’s sound in a single sentence in that by design it exceeds the expectations of any one genre through the integration of delicate melodies, forceful rhythms and textured atmospheres that could be described as some kind of abrasive down tempo.

Overseas is a free download from MediaFire (direct download link!).

Metaside – Breaking Frames

Genre: experimental, ambient, electronic, chillstep, downtempo, edm, chillout

From his Bandcamp profile: “Suffering from a severe bass addiction, Metaside finally gave into his cravings and bought his first set of turntables around 1998. Since then, he worked together with various artists and produced Electronica, Ambient and Drum’n’Bass as well as instrumentals for Hip Hop artists.” Breaking Frames is his debut album, which has been released under a Creative Commons license.

Breaking Frames is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Haujobb – Let´s Drop Bombs

Genre: alternative, electronic, idm, industrial, techno

From their Facebook page: “Haujobb is a German musical project whose output has ranged drastically within the electronic music spectrum, from electro-industrial to IDM and techno. They have become a staple crossover act, bringing several forms of electro into the mainstream industrial music world.
Haujobb was formed in 1993 by Daniel Myer, Dejan Samardzic, and Björn Junemann, pulling the name from the Blade Runner translation of ‘skin job’.

Let´s Drop Bombs is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

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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. LynS
    September 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    What a great way to find out about new artists. Thank you for this project.

  2. xbalesx
    September 9, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Downloaded a few of these this week, especially like the instrumental from Babino...

    • Tina
      September 9, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Good pick! I really like this album, too. :)

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