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10 Free MP3 Albums: Hip Music That Will Make You Groove [Sound Sunday]

Tina Sieber 29-04-2012

Sound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting free album downloads. Every edition invites you to discover various genres and artists from around the world. This week we are exploring the electronic, beats, funk, dance, jazzy, and hip hop corner of planet music. Get into the groove!


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].

Lacuna Manti – The Radiant

Genre: electronic, soul, beats, cosmic, glitch, instrumental, hip hop

The instrumental album The Radiant sets the stage for this edition of Sound Sunday. Its tunes will get you in the mood for a groovy soundventure.

The Radiant is a free download from Bandcamp.


LDBK Compilation – All School Flavor vol.1

Genre: jazz, funk, soul, beats, compilation

From the album page: “Since 2002, Laid Back connects creative minds from all over the world to help develop their art and get the word out. In every project we involve our audience by documenting every step of the process and generate interaction.
For this compilation, we broadened our collaborative spirit even further and asked our community to make this project their own by funding it. The CD you are holding is the result of our supporters joining forces to make this happen.
It was Pierre de Schaetzen who came up with the concept end of 2010 and we launched it early 2011 when Oli-B brilliantly reworked the Laid Back logo for the cover. Over 25 musicians and producers (from 9 different countries) immediately jumped on board and shared their latest tracks with us. Each of them has a long history with Laid Back. Growing side by side over the years, we’re proud to hear how they raised the bar for what will be remembered as an important milestone in Laid Back’s evolution.
We hope you enjoyed this journey and the music we compiled for your listening pleasure.

All School Flavor vol.1 is a free download from Bandcamp.

Fugazirum – Red Album

Genre: alternative, blues, funk, soul, hip hop


Fugazirum, now known as Conscious Route, “is a rapper, poet and singer-songwriter. Born in London, he grew up in Herfordshire near Cambridge before moving to Edinburgh, where he is now based.

Red Album is a free download from Bandcamp.

K.Flay – MASHed Potatoes

Genre: indie, electronic, mashed, hip hop, rap

From K.Flay’s homepage: “You may not expect one of the most compelling new voices in hip hop to wield dual psychology and sociology degrees from Stanford University or find inspiration in the buttoned-up world of indie rock, but for K.Flay, defying expectations is simply part of the game.
Kristine Flaherty grew up outside of Chicago, devouring her father’s classic rock records and staying up late dancing to Parliament-Funkadelic in the living room. It was this same musical open-mindedness that would later spark her artistic development. She found her musical voice in college, fusing the eclectic power of the Bay Area hip hop scene with her own unique presence, inspired by strong, independent female artists ranging from Missy Elliott and Lauryn Hill to Fiona Apple and Liz Phair.
On stage, K.Flay is a one-woman whirlwind: whether she’s creating beats, singing, rapping or playing guitar, her wit and acerbic charm shine through. Her talents have led her to share the stage with artists including Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, and 3OH!3, where she quickly won over audiences who hadn’t seen anything quite like her before. Further setting her apart from the pack, she serves as her own producer in the studio, methodically infusing her hip hop swagger with a dose of sonic exploration.


MASHed Potatoes is a free download from Bandcamp.

The White Panda – Bambooyah!

Genre: electronic, dance, mashup

From their Facebook page: “The White Panda formed when two boyhood friends discovered they had independently embarked on mashup careers in college. Chicago-based Procrast (Tom Evans) first blended Rick Astley snippets with 2 Live Crew grooves as a way to avoid productive activity in 2008, while DJ Griffi (Dan Griffith) embarked on the same mission, for a similar purpose, in L.A. Their combined effort, the White Panda, launched in 2009 with a single that topped internet radio charts days later.

Bambooyah! is a name your price download from Bandcamp.


Kublakai – Lights for the Dark Nights

Genre: indie, rock, jazz, hip hop, rap

From Kublakai’s homepage: “In such a dynamic Northwest hip hop scene that plays host to some of the countries most outstanding break out hip hop artists, Kublakai still manages to shine bright. Drum conscious flow, delivered smoothly over a diverse range of beats, and an assortment of topics, its hard to label Kublakai but yet so easy to listen to.
Kublakai is a different breed of MC – smart, witty, complex, intelligent, funny, and lyrical. He is able to do it all and make it seem so simple. Touring the country, continuing to release projects and ever expanding his musical horizons – the future looks bright for this talented artist.

Lights for the Dark Nights is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

The Specktators – Familiar With Floss

Genre: electronica, hip hop, rap

From their Facebook page: “The Specktators are a hip-hop/electronic group consisting of Matt Duda (known as Moe-T) and Patrick Duda (known as Packi). Using their childhood neighborhood, Groesbeck, in their name, The Specktators formed in October 2009 and have been thriving ever since. (…) The group also prides themselves on putting on fantastic hip-hop shows and they never perform the same set twice. They have had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Chiddy Bang, Machine Gun Kelly, One Be Lo, Na Palm, The Dean’s List, Oncue, Gilbere Forte, Willie The Kid and many other artists. They always keep you on your feet and work hard to make sure there is never a dull moment.

Familiar With Floss is a free download from Bandcamp.

Secret Weapon – Secret Beatz Vol 1

Genre: experimental, hip hop

From his Facebook page: “Secret Weapon is a Musician, Producer, MC and DJ. Secret has performed with top musicians such as Steve Gregory (Sax player for George Michael’s “Careless Whisper”), Dave Markee (Eric Clapton’s bass player), Dave Cooke (Cliff Richards MD), singers Vanessa Freeman and Denyse Anyogu (previously sung for Nitin Sawhney).
Part of Tru-Skool HipHop collectives Greenjade and Judah & Secret. Secret’s work is explained as Hip Hop based with a experimental authentic edge. As well as his own groups Secret Weapon has worked with some talented acts in the Hip Hop scene such as Promise (Duck Down Records), Eshon Burgundy (Features on DJ Jazzy Jeff album) Tor Cesay, Em Cee a.k.a Miss Cherokee and MOBO Award winner Jahaziel.

Secret Beatz Vol 1 is a free download from Bandcamp.

Andy Metz – The Great American Storyteller

Genre: acoustic, pop, rock, hip hop

From the album page: “The Great American Storyteller is a pretty sample-heavy album, but it definitely isn’t strictly hip hop sounding. Most of the tracks are focused around the hooks, which generally have a half-dozen or more vocal layers. Still, I think the content of a lot of the songs is pretty interesting. If I could go back and change anything, I’d probably cut out a few tracks and at least one of the interludes, but what are you gonna do? This album was recorded in Chicago, Illinois. My favorite tracks are Only I Can Fly, It’s Already Over and They Said (feat. Concept).

The Great American Storyteller is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Prof – King Gampo

Genre: hip hop, rap

From his Facebook page: “Forged from a history of hardship and partying, Prof’s music and career reflect the dichotomy that his life has been. His music documents everything he has experienced; from adversities as a child, like his father setting fire to their home or sleeping on a bean bag growing up, to his adult diversions, like his love affair with whiskey and women (in that order). Much the same, his career has also seen this duality. After grinding on the Minneapolis hip-hop scene for over ten years with little to show besides a small ravenous fan base, Prof has recently begun to make serious national traction on the back of his unique recordings and must see live shows.

King Gampo is a free 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.

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  1. Rollz
    May 3, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Thanks for supporting my music Tina how did you hear about us? I just started a wee record Label will be release alot cross over vibez mail me on you.sonix@gmail.com if you can help with reviews or interviews please

    • Tina
      May 3, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Hey Rollz,

      I find most albums on Twitter. If you have any free downloads, feel free to forward me the links to tina at makeuseof dot com

  2. Andy Metz
    May 1, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Thank you for including me in Sound Sunday, Tina! Glad you liked "Great American Storyteller."

    • Tina
      May 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Most welcome, Andy!