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<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/MP3DownloadLogoNEW.png”>Sound Sunday has introduced you to well over 100 free albums in the past couple of months. I do hope you have discovered a few new favorites. This series relies on artists who release their music for free and the artists rely on you.
It’s up to you to support the music you enjoy. Will you buy the umpteenth record of U2 and spend $100 on an overblown show of Madonna, or will you donate a few bucks and go see a small gig of an artist who released an incredibly well done album you could download for free?
In any case, we hope that you will share what you like with your friends and family.
Stars Go Dim – Love Gone Mad
Genre: pop, rock
|Originally, Stars Go Dim never meant to make music professionally. The band was a hobby and the goal was to play a live gig every now and then. But it all changed when they started winning songwriting awards and had their music featured on TV shows and movies. Last but not least, they had a #1 hit in the Philippines.
Download the album from their Homepage, no strings attached. Find the flash banner advertising the free download in the left hand sidebar and click it.
Brutal Youth – Spill Your Guts
Genre: punk, hardcore
|Named after an Elvis Costello album, this punk band from Newfoundland, Canada just released their debut album Spill Your Guts. With three of its four members also playing in the punk rock band The Class War Kids, they aren’t new to the scene.
Get the album straight from Death To False Hope Records.
Zoogma – Recreational Vehicles
Genre: electronica, rock, jazz, hip hop, dance
|Zoogma is a rock group with a DJ that mixes up a range of genres to form their very unique sound. The band is touring the US until mid November. Check out the dates on MySpace or their Homepage and go out to see them if you can. I hear they have a fantastic light show.
The album is available from their Homepage in exchange for little bits of information.
BOSCO – Spectrum 2.0
Genre: alternative, indie, experimental, jazz, soul
|Brittany Bosco, aka BOSCO, is an artist from Savannah, Georgia. Being a professionally trained singer, she is able to use her voice in ways most young talents can only dream of. The album was originally released in September last year, but it’s timeless.
Spectrum 2.0 is a free and direct download from Bandcamp.
Depakote – The Gummo Album
Genre: instrumental, funk, hip hop, soul
|This album is conceptually drawn around Harmony Korine’s 1997 experimental indie film Gummo. Not surprisingly, it adopts the slightly sad atmosphere of said movie. This is Depakote’s second album, released free by his record company to introduce him to a wider audience. That’s you!
The album comes straight from Depakote’s London based record label. No questions asked. Look for the orange colored word ‘here’ in the first paragraph.
The Basics – /Ã°É™’bÃ¦zÉªtÊƒ/
Genre: indie, pop, rock
|The Melbourne based band The Basics recently released the live album /Ã°É™’bÃ¦zÉªtÊƒ/. It was recorded “infront of a live studio audience” at the Northcote Social Club in February this year. To round it up the album was mixed at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London, UK.
Download this album from Bandcamp in exchange for your email address and location.
Koen – Outputs
Genre: instrumental, minimalist, beats, hip hop
|Koen is the producer of the Dutch hip hop group Blocnotes. Based out of Groningen, Netherlands he has released his own album earlier this month. Outputs contains 7 tracks with a license to chill.
Pull the album from Bandcamp. Input required.
StatikMusic – BEAT + 1
Genre: instrumental, hip hop, soul, beats
|Amsterdam based StatikMusic invites you to record on any track of their BEAT + 1 album and submit it to them via statikmusic at gmail dot com. They are planning to re-release the album later this year. Also check out their Homepage for free downloads of State and the re-release of Statik.
The album is available from Bandcamp and their .
Chasing Amee – Sampler 2010
Genre: pop, punk, rock
|With a name clearly inspired by the Kevin Smith flick Chasing Amy, this band from Toronto, Canada isn’t nearly as sweet as Ben Affleck. Chasing Amee are hot and wild! Following their 2009 debut EP Wet Dreams & Drama Queens, they have now released the Sampler 2010.|
Moxie Black – How Did This Happen?
Genre: pop, electro, hip hop
|Moxie Black is a duo from Portland, Oregon, featuring rapper iLLA and producer Brian Dekker. How Did This Happen? is their skilfully crafted debut album. It incorporating electro-pop beats, elements of rock, and melodies of R&B – a fantastic mix.
Download the album from Bandcamp. Questions asked!
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What is your favorite album this Sunday?