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11 Instrumental MP3 Albums To Download Free [Sound Sunday]

Tina Sieber 04-11-2012

Sound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting free album downloads. This instrumental edition features a teaspoon of rock, grains of metal, punk and jazz, and heaps of alternative hip hop and rap, seasoned with beats and the occasional chiptune.


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!

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

Cloudkicker – Let Yourself Be Huge

Genre: ambient, instrumental, progressive, rock

From Cloudkicker’s Bandcamp profile: “Cloudkicker is a music that happens when a person named Ben Sharp sometimes uses a computer to record and sequence instruments. Since starting to do that in 2005, he has created many compilations of songs and they don’t necessarily sound the same as other compilations of songs that he has created. In fact, writing and recording music is something he does when he isn’t working at his job.

Let Yourself Be Huge is a name your price download from Bandcamp.


Sithu Aye – Invent the Universe

Genre: instrumental, progressive, rock, metal

From Sithu’s Bandcamp profile: “Hi, my name is Sithu and I record happy proggressive metal tunes for the discerning listener. I am based in Scotland and if you feel the need, you can contact me on Facebook or a bunch of other places.

Invent the Universe is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Olde Soul – Residue

Genre: alternative, indie, instrumental, beats, sample-based, soul, hip hop, rap


From Olde Soul’s homepage: “Olde Soul is a Los Angeles based DJ, beatmaker, and producer. The love of music was spared in Brooklyn, NY as Olde Soul’s parents would play records in the house for friends, family, and each other. His father taught him how to put the needle to the grove at the age of six, giving him his 1st DJing duties to keep the spirits up during Saturday morning chores. Oldie’s interest in hip hop production was sparked by the beats on Too $hort’s “Life is… Too Short.” The production on Public Enemy’s “It Takes a Nation of Millions…” and young MC’s “Stone COld Thymin’,” Oldie’s first tapes, further piqued his interest in the beats.

Residue is a free download from Bandcamp.

jewyork – indifferent

Genre: experimental, beats, chill, jazz, lo-fi, samples, soul

From his Last.FM profile: “lazy soul from queens doing samples out of washington state” Bellingham to be precise.


indifferent is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Noize Thievery – More Soul Than A Sock Wit’ A Hole [No Longer Available]

Genre: instrumental, beats, hip hop

Noize Thievery is a beat maker form Northern Ireland. From the album page: “The instrumentals featured here are part of a beat CD released locally in Belfast.

More Soul Than A Sock Wit’ A Hole is a free download from Bandcamp.


SunDula Amen x Sam.i.Am theSon – American Dream [Death To Your Lies]

Genre: experimental, instrumental, soul, turntablism, blues, hip hop, rap

From his Bandcamp profile: “Sam.i.Am theSon is a Rochester born Artist/Producer.

American Dream [Death To Your Lies] is a free download from Bandcamp.

Suhnraw – Groove – Volume. 1

Genre: instrumental, beats, soul, hip hop, rap

From the album page: “There’s an expression..’getting into the groove…’ which fits the process of me putting these beats together, hence the name of the album “Groove” (Volume. 1). There was a period of time where I had to step away from it for a bit. Came back to it and these joints came about. Not a deep conceptual album or anything, no theme or me telling a story through beats, just some headnodders.

Groove – Volume. 1 is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Soul Starr – Soul Travel Part 2: Illuminate

Genre: indie, instrumental, neo-soul, beats, hip hop

From the album page: “‘Soul Travel Part 2:Illuminate’ is Soul Starr’s second instrumental release with Lunatick Records, after releasing the well-received ‘Midnight Clues’ beat tape with the imprint back in 2010.
This free album sees Soul Starr back to doing what he does best, with soulful samples and intricate chops at the forefront of his production.

Soul Travel Part 2: Illuminate is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Slime Girls – Vacation Wasteland EP

Genre: electronic, instrumental, 8-bit, chiptune, punk

From their Bandcamp profile: “The soundtrack to every time you’ve dreamed about the far reaches of space, the waves washing over a neon beach or giant mechs battling for your planet. Alternatively: just some sorta chiptune anime punk bullsh*t.

Vacation Wasteland EP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Disasterpeace – Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar

Genre: instrumental, progressive, 8-bit, chiptune, space rock, rock, game music

From their Facebook page: “Disasterpeace combines progressive rock, electronic elements and chiptunes into something altogether different. Also writes videogame music in an ever-increasing range of styles and aesthetics.

Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Pragmatic Theory – Summer In The City

Genre: experimental, instrumental, jazz, soul, beats, hip hop, rap

From their Bandcamp profile: “Pragmatic Theory are a collective of artists from around the world. If you like what you hear please spread the word and support the individual artists involved. Thank You & Enjoy.

Summer In The City is a free download from Bandcamp.

And More…

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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. Boni Oloff
    November 6, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Sometimes, i am confused, why they make these awesome musics free?

    • Tina
      November 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Self promotion. These bands typically don't have a record deal and are not well known. Having people download and spread their music is their best chance at building an audience that will eventually pay for their music, either through donations or maybe when they release music that isn't free. And who knows. one of those people may even promote their music for them, so they can build an even bigger audience. :)

  2. Adrian Rea
    November 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    What a groovy sound those Slime Girls have, its like the SNES is making a return! Would be great as youtube gamers backing music!

  3. Boni Oloff
    November 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I like some instrumental music. Some of them used as relaxing music.

  4. GenReystore.com
    November 5, 2012 at 7:53 am

    nice info, i'll be try this

  5. David Yaroshevsky
    November 4, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    this is awesome! some really interesting albums, and all for free!