Sound Sunday promotes independent artists, small labels, and legal music downloads. For this edition join me in discovering the many flavors of dubstep. We launch with the incredible Synthetic Symphony and via neo-soul, bass, chiptune, and variations of electronic hip hop, we arrive at two ambient EPs. It’s a learning journey for your ears.
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Free Song: Moon Hooch – Contra
Genre: electronic, cave music, classical, jazz, edm, dubstep, house
From their Bandcamp profile: “Cave Music / ?k?v myo?ozik / It’s like House, but it’s more wild, more jagged, more free, more natural to live in.”
Contra is a free download from Bandcamp.
Dysphemic & Miss Eliza – Synthetic Symphony
Genre: electronic, classical, drum and bass, dubstep, glitchhop
From their Facebook profile: “Ever wondered what a violin making sweet, sweet love to a sub-woofer sounds like? How about Bach on the gear? Or maybe you’re partial to manga girls and dope beats hey? Well enter, stage left, Dysphemic & Miss Eliza!
Dubbed “the pioneers of classical dubstep” (100% magazine) and now smashing dance floors across the globe, D&E’s magnetic live show has been known to utterly mesmerize and leave punters screaming.
Blossoming in Melbourne, Australia from a kiss in the depths of a drum and bass party, D&E’s obsession with music and each other spawned an outfit built on melodic complexity, slamming drums, violin virtuosity and double time rap. All performed 100% live.”
Synthetic Symphony is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Aaron James Cashell – ITS AN EP [No Longer Available]
Genre: alternative, R&B neo-soul, soul, pop, dance-pop, dubstep
Aaron James Cashell is a singer, songwriter, entertainer, friend, and gentleman. And a guy looking for his superwoman.
ITS AN EP is a free download from Bandcamp.
The Queenstons – Figurehead Remastered [No Longer Available]
Genre: electronic, drum and bass, liquid rock, dubstep
From the album page: “i was unfortunate enough to discover a lot of new mastering applications and techniques very shortly after Figurehead’s original release, and i feel it is very deserving of a good do-over.”
Figurehead Remastered is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Zebbler Encanti Experience – Psychic Projections
Genre: electronic, trap, bass, dubstep, glitch
From the album page: “Boston based audio/visual duo Zebbler Encanti Experience, consisting of Ben ‘Encanti’ Cantil and Peter ‘Zebbler’ Berdovsky, serve up their debut LP entitled ‘Psychic Projections’ on Gravitas Recordings. Twelve tracks push the idea of multi-genre to the truest form of the word, as the pair tackle both sides of the spectrum from face melting dubstep and moombahton to thought-provoking downtempo and melodic hip hop. One notable unifying bond seeming to hold these tracks together is their continued attention to the psychoactively sculpted sound design powered by each tracks stirring melodic progressions. A grip of talented producers provide attentive remixes; Willy Whompa drives ‘Quezalcoatl’ in a tension-filled trap direction, while both Ishe and Woulg opt for more experimental versions.”
Psychic Projections is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
halc – Hydrocity
Genre: electronic, 8bit, chiptune, game music, dance, dubstep
From the album page: “Hydrocity is the result of my first few months of experimenting with Native Instruments KOMPLETE. Inspired by such visionary minds as Joshua Morse, P Villa and Savant, this album has everything from chiptune-influenced electro and dubstep to ambient beats, FM funk and jazz fusion, delightfully blended and compiled into a 40-minute package. The album also features an arrangement of the ever-popular ‘Hydrocity Zone’ music from Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and guest appearances by fellow OC ReMix legends Level 99 and WillRock. This is my most concentrated and professional work to date, and I hope you all enjoy it! <3”
Hydrocity is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Orxata Sound System – 3.0
Genre: electronic, funk, hip hop, dubstep, techno
Orxata is one of the most unusual collectives of the current electronic music scene in Valencia. Ever since their creation, they have been committed to free culture and have published all their works online under Creative Commons licenses. Moreover, they have used Wikis and social media to collaboratively writer their lyrics. Their third album, 3.0, was recorded in Iceland and follows two previous installments, which received critical acclaim and collected several awards.
3.0 is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
cestladore – W A V E S
Genre: experimental, bass, beats, dubstep, hip hop, lo-fi, trillwave
“W A V E S is what you want to be playing on repeat during an episode of imaginative rejuvenation. It is cold. Full of emotion. Soothing but interesting. Melodic. Metalic. Holy, but not in a religious way. W A V E S has a ground and a sky. Stretching sounds. Exhaling smoke. It’s like a really beautiful neighborhood on a really shitty day, or maybe it’s a really shitty neighborhood on a really beautiful day.” ~Carla Deal of HEATWAVE PRESS
W A V E S is a name your price download from.
Karaoke Tundra – Netvor
Genre: experimental, future-beats, glitch-hop, hip hop, dubstep
From the album page: “A mysterious creature spreads panic in the streets of Trnava by means of his provocative and destructive behavior. This man, dubbed “Netvor” by the media, arouses both passion and repulsion…”
Netvor is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
The Digital Connection – Stasis
Genre: electronic, bass, glitch, glitch hop, dubstep
From the album page: “A bright new year brings brand new music, and Denver based producer The Digital Connection christens 2013 in style with the new full length album ‘Stasis’. The inaugural release of the year from Gravitas Recordings leads strong with thoughtful percussion and slimey basslines at the helm. Drawing largely upon dubstep speed and rhythms, the album is not exclusively confined to any one genre as hip hop and drumstep flavors are strongly represented throughout.”
Stasis is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
– Synthearted Gautama EP
Genre: electronic, ambient, chillout, edm, dubstep, downtempo
From the album page: “Epic electronica, dynamic chill-out, engaging ambient and upvibe downtempo all describe what you will hear on this debut EP from eman8ions.”
Synthearted Gautama EP is a name your price download from.
Theophany – Crystal Flash EP
Genre: electronic, 2-step, idm, ambient, dubstep
From the album page: “A tribute to Metroid’s first 25 years, and the memory of Chris Powell, aka Avien. All tracks by Theophany.”
Crystal Flash EP is a free download from Bandcamp (see album page for direct links to MP3 and FLAC ZIP files).
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