Electronic Dance Music: 15 Free EPs & Albums To Download [Sound Sunday]
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In this edition you’ll find dance-oriented electronic music, such as house, IDM (intelligent dance music), drum & bass, and dubstep. What all of these genres have in common is beats. House music, which emerged in the early 1980s, is characterized by repetitive 4/4 beats. IDM, a post-techno form of electronic music that came up in the early 199s, was influenced by various breakbeat styles, but remains more experimental and ambient in nature. Drum & bass, which followed in the mid 1990s, is characterized by fast breakbeats, usually 160-180 beats per minute. Finally, dubstep, officially born in the late 1990s, typically has a tempo in the area of 138 – 142 beats per minute.
So I’d say, get ready to dance!
Single: Dysphemic and Miss Eliza – Oblivion
Genre: electronic, classical, violins, drum & bass, dubstep, glitchhop
Dysphemic and Miss Eliza are a musical due from Melbourne, Australia. From their Facebook page: “Bloomed 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. Also renowned for their 100% live and original stage show, these crowned “pioneers of classical dubstep” (100% magazine) utterly mesmerize and have enough spunk and energy to leave the punters screaming.”
EP: OVERWERK – After Hours
Genre: electronic, electro house
From his Bandcamp profile: “Edmond Huszar is OVERWERK. The 23-year old producer and songwriter from London, Canada introduced himself to the world of electro with the release of his debut EP The Nth ° [in] November . … [O]ne year later, he follow[ed] up with his highly anticipated sophomore EP, After Hours.”
EP: G Jones – Eyes
Genre: electronic, dubstep, bass, beats, glitch, hip hop
Comment on Bandcamp: “G Jones is the pioneering force behind bass music and a god of production. I have listened to G every single day for the last two years and I’m yet to be unimpressed. Favorite track: G Jones – Vanishing Point.”
Gost – Skull
Genre: electronic, electro house, dreamwave, dub, 80s, retro
Skull contains influences of an 80s horror soundtrack, mixed with electro beats and bass lines. Currently signed with Girlfriend Records, a new release by Gost is expected in early 2014.
PrototypeRaptor – Remixes
Genre: electronic, dubstep, electro house, progressive house
From Raptor’s Facebook page: “With an early introduction to the world of house and music production at the age of 13, PrototypeRaptor (aka Jonathan Paulsen), now 22, has been a relatively unknown, yet consistent force of electronic music. After fashioning his iconic “R” out of lines taken from his sequencer, he quickly became known for combining his electro-fidget sensibilities with an unusual melodic design. ”
EP: Misk – Prayer
Genre: electronic, dubstep, edm, beats
Misk studied electro-acoustic music composition at San Diego State University. From his homepage: “Misk’s sound, which draws on a range of influences far beyond the diversity of his upbringing, offers a unique blend of dubstep, juke, trap, and all manner of sounds spanning the future bass universe.”
EP: Circuitron – Overclocked EP
Genre: electronic, house
Circuitron, better known as Ryan Schutte, is a musician from Laramie, Wyoming. From his Facebook page: “Circuitron (…) is here to bring you some sick beats and awesome basses.” Overclocked is his first official release under the moniker Circuitron.
Single: Teknocracy – Machine (Noonatac Remix)
Genre: alternative, electronic, idm, breaks, remix
From their Bandcamp profile: “Adam Lincoln and Aubrey King join forces for the next phase of the Teknocracy project, blending Adam’s performance and production acumen with Aubrey’s sagacity as a DJ & curator over the past 25 years.”
EP: DXEyes – Antimidi EP
Genre: ambient, electonic, electro house, dubstep, glitch
From his Bandcamp profile: “I started out as a MIDI composer, so that explains half the sounds. At some point I discovered the analog synthesizer, and that’s the other half.”
EP: SimGretina – AI
Genre: elctronic, house, techno
Sim Gretina is the music project of Sami Gerasimoff from Helsinki, Finland.
EP: Ex-Action Model – Radio Doesn’t Lie
Genre: electronic, idm
Ex-Action Model is Brendan Hanks from Iowa City, USA. From his Facebook page: “A synthesizer heart, drum machine ventricles.”
EP: Sound Strider – Intrepid Travels EP
Genre: ambient, electronic, breaks, dub, glitch
From the album page: “A rollicking 115 BPM ride through the upper reaches of the sonosphere on a 5-break bass powered Master Buss replete with morphed crystalline bleeper leads, flanged hoover style suspension and custom spliced hat & bell injectors. You will be accompanied by a selection of intrepid tour guides who will point out points of interest for the aspiring reality-transcender.”
EP: Silent Owl – Pure
Genre: ambient, electronic, drum & bass, idm
Silent Owl is a digital fairy tale about sleepless nights. It was created by the Russian music composer Sergey Eybog from Saint-Petersburg.
Thriftworks – Deviation
Genre: experimental, electronic, beats, dubstep, glitch
Thriftworks’ Jake Atlas is a seeker of unearthed sound from Berkeley, California.
Optic – Hardcore-Indie-Punk-Muzak-For-Angst-Filled-Rebellion
Genre: ambient, electronic, idm, breakcore, minimal
From the Bandcamp page: “This is a tribute page for Optic, the electronic music project of Wai Cheng (1973-2006). All music is free to download, with respect to the original artist.”
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