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10 Free MP3 Albums To Reduce Stress [Sound Sunday September 11th]

Tina Sieber 11-09-2011

Sound Sunday remembers.


Music can reduce stress in many ways. It can calm you down, help you to focus or mediate. On the other hand, it can make you sing and dance and really get the blood flowing. This edition of Sound Sunday has it all. Get what you need and ground yourself.

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Project A.D. – Defiance

Genre: indie, rock

Defiance is a collaboration album of various musicians who came together at Kompoz.com to record music in support of cancer research in the UK and US. Proceeds from this album, i.e. your donations will go to the Children Cancer Association’s Music Rx in the US and Cancer Research UK.

Defiance is a free download from Bandcamp.


Crash Of Rhinos – Distal

Genre: indie, emo, rock, post hardcore, punk

Crash of Rhinos are Oli, Biff, Draper, Jim, and Beal, five friends from Derby in the UK who, according to their Facebook Biography, where “brought together, pulled apart, then brought back together through geography & fry ups.

Distal is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

LAB Records – LAB: For Free

Genre: pop, rock


From their homepage: “LAB Records Limited is a Manchester, UK-based pop-rock record label, established 2007. Priding itself on a strong ability to spot and develop young talent, the label’s reputation as the perfect stepping stone to a prolific career enhances by the week.

LAB: For Free is a free download from Bandcamp.

Slim Fit – De Vita Banden

Genre: jam, lo-fi, progressive, rock

Slim Fit from Sweden released De Vita Banden (The White Bands) in the summer of 2007. The album was recorded on a 70s Hitachi cassette deck with two microphone inputs on the front. It was the band’s last album.


De Vita Banden is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Willkommen Collective – Willkommen Foxswap

Genre: experimental, indie, folk, pop, rock

From their Bandcamp page: “The other reason to do this compilation is to draw attention to the fact that almost all of the Willkommen Records stock went up in flames at the PIAS warehouse during the riots. We have a few spare albums albums kicking around in a box under the stairs but that’s about it. It is time to raise funds for the LabelLove PIAS/AIM fund which is helping labels to continue to release great music during the fall out.” If you would like to support the label, please check their Bandcamp page for further details!

Willkommen Foxswap is a free download from Bandcamp.


Wintercoats – Cathedral

Genre: ambient, chillwave, dreampop, orchestral, pop, violin

James Wallace is the man behind the Melbourne, Australia based solo project Wintercoats. Nylon Magazine writes: “If Of Montreal and Sigur Ros had a love child (yes, we realize how contradictory that is), it would be the Melbourne-based Wintercoats.

Cathedral is a free download from Bandcamp. Should Bandcamp run out of free downloads, you also get the album from MediaFire.

Rochelle Jordan – R O J O

Genre: rhythm & blues, soul, electro, pop

From Soul Bounce: “Who does Rochelle Jordan think she is? On her mixtape, R O J O, She has the audacity to sample Kelis (“Earth to Your Brain”), do a mashup of “Swing My Way” and “My Boo” (“Shawty”), delve into Thom Yorke (“Sleep”), and switch up styles left and right. You know what else she has the audacity to do? Make it all work for her. Though it’s only a mixtape, R O J O has the nerve to be better than most mainstream R&B albums released this year.

R O J O is a free download from Rochelle Jordan’s Homepage.

Blais – Imagination With No Timeline

Genre: hip hop

From his Facebook Info: “Hip-hop artist and producer, Blais, formerly known as E.Blaze, has quite literally ’Blaze’d his way onto the music scene within the past year. His recognition and popularity has continued to open doors of opportunity, putting him on the stage with some of the greats, such as Nicki Minaj, Pit Bull & Baby Bash to name a few.

Imagination With No Timeline is a free download from Blais’ Homepage.

Mason Gentry – See Your Face

Genre: alternative, christian, folk, country

From his ChurchYard Records Bio: “Mason began writing and playing at a young age. His love for the creative process of music led him to write songs, compose, and fuels his interest in recording. He seeks to write music that uses familiar techniques and forms creatively. His lyrics focus on the joy and hope of knowing the Lord and the fascination that is in seeing His beauty.

See Your Face is a free download from Bandcamp.

Ben Rector – Sampler

Genre: alternative, pop, neo-soul

It’s been over a year since I featured Sound Sunday: 10 Free MP3 Albums To Download [May 1st Edition] Read More the first NoiseTrade Sampler of Ben Rector on Sound Sunday. On his Facebook page Ben writes: “I really enjoy writing songs and so far there have been a few people who’ve enjoyed listening to them. I hope to keep both sides of that going.

Ben Rector’s Sampler 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.

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  1. Kevin Coffey
    September 12, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Some good stuff as always, thanks for the post. Question though, I'm having an issue importing the Willkommen Collective album into Itunes. It refuses to show up in the library but it did do the instant copy to my Itunes folder like it usually does. Any ideas?

    • Tina
      September 12, 2011 at 7:50 pm


      I'm afraid I don't use iTunes, so I have no ideas what keeps it from importing that album. Sorry! Maybe ask the question on MakeUseOf Answers and have someone with iTunes help you?

  2. Juliendion
    September 12, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Thank you!