9 Free Soul & Jazz Beats Albums [Sound Sunday]
This edition of Sound Sunday will appeal to soul, jazz, and ambient / electronic fans alike. These genres mix exceptionally well and you wouldn’t notice the cross-over to hip hop unless I mentioned it. Oops!
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Single: Part-Time Heroes – So
Genre: electronic, soul, jazz, down tempo
From their Facebook page: “Since releasing their debut LP “Meanwhile..” with Wah Wah 45s in 2008, Ross Wakefield and Toby Vane have given up their day jobs and immersed themselves in the world of music. Shop assistant and sandwich boy no longer, the pair toured their first album, and the remix project that followed, extensively, most notably in Japan where the Heroes have garnered a hefty underground following.”
So is a free download from Bandcamp.
AbJo – Anagoge
Genre: electronic, experimental, bass, soul
AbJo is based in San Diego and a member of the local record label Soulection. Anagoge is his sophomore. From the album page: “Anagoge really displays [AbJo’s] sound progression and diversity as an artist. We remember having a heavy music session in the car this past summer 2012 and he played a handful of tracks off Anagoge. When we heard ‘Megalomania’ we were instantly gravitated towards this new AbJo sound and it was right then and there that we realized we needed to push for this second release.”
Anagoge is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: Adi Dick – RMXD
Genre: electronic, experimental, r&b, soul, beats, reggae
From his Facebook page: Adi Dick is a singer, songwriter, beat maker and music producer from Wellington, New Zealand, who began his career as front-man for Roots/rock trio Stylus77 in the early 2000’s.
RMXD is a free download from Bandcamp.
EP: Free the Robots – In other Worlds
Genre: electronic, instrumental, jazz, beats, hip hop
From the album page: “It’s been awhile since my last record, and I feel its about time to move forward in my next chapter of music. I have been prepping the next full length album, due to release this year. Before that, here is a new EP I wanted to share. I united four tracks that i started during the ,Ctrl Alt Delete/ the Minds Eye era with some current ideas, as a re-cap and segway into the next album. Stay tuned for The Balance.”
In other Worlds is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: KYU – THE PRESSURE DRUNK EP
Genre: instrumental, jazz, beats, breakbeat, beat tape hip hop
KYU is a music artist from Kumamoto, Oita, Japan and a member of the Japanese indie label Beat Train Recordings.
THE PRESSURE DRUNK EP is a free download from Bandcamp.
Daimyo – Blessed Relief
Genre: alternative, jazz, hip hop
Blessed Relief is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Esta [Broken URL Removed] – Gradient
Genre: experimental, bass, beats, future-soul
From the album page: “Gradient is a little batch of vibes I put together in this weird transition period of mine. It’s pretty much me trying to discover and define my sound. I wanted to show versatility in all my tracks but with keeping it within the same vibes and keeping it very cinematic.”
Gradient is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Night Swimmers – The Dusty
Genre: instrumental, future beats, beat tape, glitch, jazzy hip hop, compilation
From their Bandcamp profile: “Night Swimmers is a record label based in Frankfurt, Germany. Delivering Future Beats, Bass Music, Jazzy Tunes and Dubstep since 2012.”
The Dusty is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Cosmic Compositions – Avant Garde Series Vol.2 [Alice Coltrane]
Genre: experimental, jazz, beats, avant garde, hip hop
From the album page: “We feel there is a huge similarity between the Avant-Garde/Free Jazz movement of the 50’s & 60’s & the beat movement of Today. As both movements attempted to break down, extend & alter the conventions of their original genres (Jazz & Hip Hop) & were never afraid to experiment & improvise to create something that wasn’t accepted commercially at the time. This compilation is a dedication to American jazz pianist, organist, harpist and composer Alice Coltrane.”
Avant Garde Series Vol.2 [Alice Coltrane] is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Hiatus Kaiyote – TAWK TAKEOUT
Genre: beats, r&b, soul, neo soul, avant garde
From their Bandcamp profile: “Hiatus Kaiyote are an independent future soul group based in Melbourne. Formed in mid-2011, TAWK TOMAHAWK is their debut release.” For TAWK TAKEOUT, they gave their album to 12 producers from around the world to remix it.
TAWK TAKEOUT is a free download from.
Lesson From Last Week’s Question
From the feedback I received last week, it seems like most of you are quite happy with the genre editions. And I love creating them! That said, I will continue to throw in a mixed genre edition every now and then.
Picking the music for each edition takes by far the most time. What also takes a considerable amount of time is to fill in my template for each artist. So which of the information do you actually use? Do you scan the genres, click through to the artist’s website or Facebook page, or read the little paragraph below each album? Please share in the comments which information is key to you. Thank you!