It's May and we're bringing you the 8th episode of Top 10 Free Downloads, composed of goodies varying from techno to future pop, not to mention all the tunes that hardly fall into any category. Dig in and enjoy.
1. Cranks - Semantic Memory
2. Social Kid - Monsters
3. Sasha Jan Rezzie - Thinking Too Loud?
4. SpartaQ - Jazzy Seven
5. You're Me - Applet W.
6. Kite - Ace M
7. Emil Rottmayer - AUDIA
8. Keep Shelly In Athens - Now I'm Ready (Loframes Remix)
9. KAASI - Who You Are
10. Cosmo & Noahs Heark - Alpha Splits
May the good vibes spread instead of wildfires this summer.
Also, don't forget to chech out my previous drug compilations! part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4 / part 5 / part 6 / part 7
Cover image credtis: Malika Favre: A Bigger Splash
Selection by Kado
"Solo" is a forerunner of a new project called Piano Day by Nils and some of his close, highly piano addicted friends. The best for us listeners is that we're getting a free full scale album from the beloved piano wizard, which can be downloaded directly from his website. In the meantime they are also attempting to build the world's tallest piano called the Klavins 450.
Written by Kado
After being stuck between the gears of corporate pocket filling, meat-grinding machine and wannabe scientific paper making for good months, one night I found myself hanging out, riding high in the realm of colorful, photon filled concrete walls and banging beats. IT just happened so, that I've stumbled upon Danaga. I've been kind of aware of the fact that he has earned a name for himself in Romania's second most vibrant electronic stronghold, namely Cluj. As our paths crossed on the stage, this interview was bound to happen. We met for a coffee to have a pre interview chat, we weren't even sure how does the other person exactly looks like, but luckily, both of us were late in the best way, so we didn't had to ask stupid questions from total strangers The "chat" that followed was aimed to be a rough sketch for the interview, but it turned into a long and layered discussion, leaving the written interview to feel like a sketch, giving some space up to your imagination to link the...
Since its debut in Detroit in the late 80's techno has become one of the most influential styles of dance music. It pops up at the most unexpected places and it influences people you'd never think of. As techno grew bigger it found new strongholds, escaping the decaying motor-city. Berlin became the new techno capital, whereas Berghain is the new White House. The effects of this place on the scene are significant at least. The culture that grew around it and the people that are being sucked in by it have gradually turned techno form a harsh futurist statement to a sophisticated neo-classical perfectionist craft.
As I was wandering the fields of Airfield Festival, I already knew that I will have a chance to absorb a bit of all I've described above as the veterans of Berghain like Ame and Mathias Kaden were about to hit the stage. What I didn't expected was the passion and talent that accidentally crossed my paths. I was looking for moments to capture with a crappy lens on my camera,...
1. Please tell a bit about yourself, the description are kind of short of info:
I'm Mathias Kaden, I'm from the East part of Germany, I live very close to Leipzig and I've started in 1995, quite early when I was young because in my area the house and techno scene started very early so I got in touch with music very early. Then I started to try to DJ, I've tried to buy my first turntables, I tried to mix and everything. I had my first gigs when I was 17 – 18 in Germany and around Germany and then it evolved step by step. Now, 17 years later I'm still into music, traveling around the world.
We also have our own label "Freude am Tanzen" it started in 1998 and I have my other label called "Vakant" where I released my first album in 2009. Three months ago I released my second album on "Freude am Tanzen".
I'm not the most active producer, but I'm DJing a lot, and now with the new album I'm doing a live tour. I got a little bit tired of playing music from other people, so basically I'm...
Things are getting crowded over here and I've got something growing strong in me. That very thing is the feeling that there's no need to go abroad to see the all the artists on my bucket list. Airfield Festival is another addition to the Romanian festival scene that is working hard to make my head spin when trying to recall all the gigs I've been to. Somehow it slipped underneath my radar last year, and quite frankly, I didn't hear anyone speaking about it, maybe I know the wrong people (my mom always told me so). Since the first edition was held in 2014, it seems that the crew had the time to figure out the magic trick, or the money to pay the right agency to do a decent social media campaign, so the wannabe journalist can get another target lock.
It feels like the organizers don't have the treasure of Atlantis like the peeps making "Untold Festival" or the enormous army of Booha and Boiler trained professional organizers like "Electric Castle", but they do have some cool stuff up...
Yes, it was the third edition of Electric Castle Festival, held between 25 – 28th of June on the mighty grounds of the Bontida Castle. I was there for the third time and finally, I think I might just have the required know how to tell you if it was any good. Why do I say that? Well, because the first time I was there in 2013, I had very little expertize about festivals, and also Electric Castle, just like I, was a newbie. In 2013 I wrote a short blogpost about that experience which was no more than an uncontrolled, written outburst of "OMFG, that was bleed - *ukin' – tastic". The second year I have been working more than one should during the event, so I did a brief review about what I've stumbled upon running around plugging in and out tons of wires. Finally, this year turned out to be a bit more relaxed so I almost had the time to check out everything.
bleed - *ukin' – tasticJust like in 2013 and in 2014, the vast majority of the festival goers and the attending journalists are...
Without too much of a hype Nicolas Jaar's new album "Pomegranates" came out for free. There are no tricky sign up and give away your data tricks included in the process. A link has been posted to Jaar's Facebook profile that will launches an automatic download after clicking it.
Maybe Jaar will follow the footsteps of artists like Gramatik, who is a major character in the campaing for free music.
Download the album instantly by clicking this link.
Posted by: Kado
Music is what feelings sound like. Electronic music being the offspring of engineering, has very little relation to emotions in this regard. As the mind is expands, the technology is crawling forward, and the grounds where emotions grew for centuries are vanishing into the abyss, as the molecules and atoms fall apart under the scope of science. Actions, reactions, causes and reasons arise, ripping emotions into shreds.
Where is the new breeding ground for emotions? There has to be, in the very things we do, in what we cherish, based on the very facts that has been dug up. The body that has been shaped by thousands of years of evolution to endure continuity, is thrown into the gears of an ever changing and shaping machinery, driven by the accumulative power of reason. Survival is difficult, change is more challenging than ever, right when it's the mostly needed.
Gears and souls brake under the pressure of change, it hurts, it's scary, it feels like the doomsday of humans, but some...
1. Magic Sword - The Way Home
2. FLVN - febunu
3. Scattle - Soft Spoken
4. Kit Romas - Below The Sky
5. Trouble Andrew - Time For Living
6. Botnit - 1991
7. London Grammar - Hey Now (Ethylen Remix)
8. Douche Beat - Would You
9. Nightfox - Firebird
10. FunkFerret - Ecstacy
Hope you like them :) Get'em while free.
Selection by: Kado
Refracture is an important figure of the electro-breaks scene, who's known for delivering very powerful and energising, but not agressive breaks. Now he's giving away 17 tracks and there are quite a few outstanding tunes.
Go ahead and grab them!
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As electronic music grew from a basement in the suburbs of Chicago to a worldwide phenomenon, reshaping the dance culture and industry, it became the breeding ground of many controversies and debates. If you're reading this article you probably know a lot about it, even if you were living under a rock on Mars in the last 30 years. The screams of fanboys and the angry mumbling of deep-heads can be heard from other galaxies as well, I suppose.
listening to the repetitive sound of Satan There's a lot of talk on the commercial vs. underground topic. Non-music people or if you will it put that way, common people refer to the underground as a dangerous place where the kids your parents warned you about meet to do drugs and other socially "unacceptable" and "dangerous" things while *listening to the repetitive sound of Satan*. On the other hand there is the commercial bunch, who in the eyes of the "underground" are some Regular John's and Janes listening to something that is barely music...
There are many definitions, but my favorite is the definition of Marilyn Manson, who says that art has to be a question mark.
I'd add that art has to push boundaries and to do so it has to grant you a freedom of choice. What do I mean by freedom of choice? Here comes the tricky part, and most probably the only part, the core of my idea about art and its effects.
I will start with the very basics to build up this idea from the ground up, in order to be as crystal as possible. We, humans start off in with a blank sheet. We have a functional brain that is perfectly useless without inputs. As we get more and more of these inputs that transform into information on the way will create our perception of the world. First we get simple ones, like breasts mean food, Lego Duplo is fun and if we kick the wall our legs will hurt and so on. Later, just like a good MMORPG, everything gets harder. The inputs will get more and more complicated, slowly but surely creating what Reggie Watt calls a...
Yeehaaa. It's a new year, in fact we are already deep in it so it was time for me to deliver some qulaity free stuff. Here ya go :)
1. Collecto - Fatal Injury
2. FOTH - Wander Lust
3. Equal Stones & Endless Melancholy - Disappear in Light
4.Xerography - Unauthorized Edition - 20150120 (Background As Foreground)
5. Action Jackson - Florida Disco
6.Shaka Loves You - Chic Weapon
7. Howla & B-Side - Front To Back
8. Rick Tedesco - Solace
9. Takuma Iwakawa - Sweet Dreams
10. Drol. - Message From Earth
Hope you like them, it's all free :)
Written by: Kado
Whether you like it or not, there are no exceptions from the rules of physics in any way. What do I mean by cheap way of entertainment? Getting drunk, getting high, and doing any other thing that takes no effort and knowledge, causing a fake sensation. Of course, we all need to transcend sometimes to clean out all the spam and expired notifications from our own operating system. Yet there is one thing that causes some minor flaws in the system. That problem is that people are getting stuck at the cleaning phase. As we all know, even the most delicious of foods and heavenly good tasting beverages can turn into curse for those who have too much. Yet some decide to do this, using their free will to turn some of the coolest substances into something that makes them miserable.
Why? Because they are looking at having fun as a one way thing. Having or "absorbing" fun while doing nothing in return will always lead to getting stuck in loop. This is where the music and a bunch of other...
Luke McKernan, the lead curator of news and moving image, wrote the following lines in his announcement on January 12: "Archival consensus internationally is that we have approximately 15 years in which to save our sound collections by digitising them before they become unreadable and are effectively lost."
Based on the article of the hyperallergic the sound recordings date back as far as the mid-19th century containing materials such as the voice of WWI soldiers or the sound already extinct animals. You can find out more about details and the ways of contribution on the official website. It's worth spending a few bucks on assuring the means for a sonic time travel.
Also you can download many of these recordings from the libraries soundcloud page for free, so it's time to get creative.
Tell us what you think in the comment section. We love vise debates :)
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Written by: Kado
Since then everybody is making hip hop for a whole bunch of different reasons. The movement that once took violent gangs like the "Black Spades" off the streets to transform them into one of the most influential organization on the scene (Zulu Nation) has turned Iggy Azaela. Or not. Despite the flood of flashy mainstream Hip Hop, the voice of criticism and self-expression is still out there.
Guys like GucciGhost or Hospin are the voices of the black community criticizing both themselves and the system in order to highlight problems, to solve problems, and to entertain. Despite having all these thoughts in my head I had no intention in writing an article, but I ran into Mally's single "Shine". "Shine" is where commercial hip hop should be. It sounds damn good, it's addictive, it's not spoiled, it's cliché free, and it also has something to tell (The Sundance Kid also deserves a patting on the back for his work on the track).
After hitting repeat for like a million times, I was in to...
When it comes to dark music we prefer to think of brutal sounds, nightmarish tempo and screaming vocals. For me, tracks like these are just like the most common daemons using the most conventional methods to scare our very souls into the endless abyss of fear. If you want something more you have to seek the dark intelligence, where it's not about random spooky stuff, but something that comes from deep inside. So I gathered some tracks that I consider the best dark intelligent ones. Sit back and enjoy.
1. The Throbbing Gristle - Hamburger Lady
2. Slighter - Outbreak
3. Soulwax - E Talking (Hybrid remix)
4. Loco & Jam - Medusa
5. Psure Psyon - Though Case
6. Dub Phizix and Skeptical feat Strategy - Marka
7. Q.G. - Six Feet Under
8. Perturbator - Raining Steel
9. Gesaffelstein - Pursuit (and the whole album - Aleph)
10. Social Kid - Heart Energy
In interested in more compilations check out Top 10 Free Downloads, Top 5 Electro Bangers and The Best Progressive Breaks of 2013-14
Theoretically speaking that's the case, however the reality is a bit different. Sometimes people get extra services such as beatings, tinnitus or a funeral.
You don't want any of these, so there are a couple of things that can keep you out of harm's way:
1. The most important rule of all is to know your limits. Both booze and drugs can do some pretty messy things to you. Off course, you want to enjoy yourself and the more you take the better it seems but always take a minute to remember that the ER is not the best place to be in before ramming down another dose.
2. Behave. Having fun is an essential part of our lives and you just can't have fun if sticking to every rule. But some are not aware when they break some of the most basic building blocks of the society and as a reward they get a punch in the face. Guys, when a girl rejects you for the sixth time and his friend is also around, it's time to change plans.
3. Designer drugs are pig in a poke. They might get you high, they...
Yes, you're not mistaken, that is the birthplace of the mighty Dracula. Dracula is a cool guy, so now he's into festivals and what else should suit him better than Electric Castle.
The Electric Castle festival got its name for a very good reason. It is situated in an old castle located at a small village called Bonţida in the North-Western part of Romania. Regardless of that is easy to get there since the castle is only a 30 minutes' drive away from Cluj which is an Eastern-European youth's paradise. Dracula is feeling very comfortable since he doesn't have to use his wings because Cluj has an airport, he can cover the rest of the trip with a bus and the old castle is filled with classy vibes and lots of hot young women.
the line-up made many music-heads wet in an instant2013 was the very first year and the event took the Romanian festival scene by surprise since the line-up made many music-heads wet in an instant. The second edition not just lived up to the expectations, which were...
There's a never ending debate about what should be in focus for the music biz. Art or Money? Some are surfing on waves of money while some need a daytime job to make a living. There is a gap of creativity between these groups regardless of the fact that not all super rich DJ/producers are sellouts and not all bedroom producers are making gold. In the previous article lines were clearly drawn between art driven and "McDonald's" music with the help of Lifelike. Now that we see the tip of the iceberg it is time to stick our heads in the shallow water in order to capture fragments of something that might be really big. We could only guess the size underneath the surface.
The first article ended with questions about what should be the correct path for a DJ or a producer to balance his craft to earn some money and to express musical visions at the same time. I realized that the best way to map this uncharted topic is to talk to producers and DJs from each side. So I found a couple where...
Everyone is listening to some kind of music. Or at least they tend to believe that. The reality tough, which is a though one, is that many of them are merely listening to anything that can be referred to as music. When it comes to small built-in speakers there is no music just some distorted airwaves labeled as sound. Things like that and a lot of other factors could turn one of the most pleasing hobbies into a pile of... So here are the things that ruin music:
1. Small built-in speakers. iPads, laptops, phones and cheap radios can always freak you out. Right now, you're probably about to say something like "My iPad sounds real nice" ... and you'll be lying to yourself to the greatest extent.
2. If you go somewhere and there's music don't start listening to something else especially if both of you are using loudspeakers. Also if you go someplace where two different kinds of music are playing at the same place and it isn't controlled by a DJ than run as fast as you can. (Some DJs...
At a point something slaps your ears and all of a sudden you're floating. Midsun's track Megathron did the same for me. It is filled with a bunch of things I love. The strange electronic sounds twist your brain but it's not glitchy, it's not chaotic. It's well organized and nicely paced on four on the floor beats. I would refer to it as uber-high energy progressive house.
Everything is just fine until I have to mention the miraculous way of finding the track which is impossible to recall. It was a mere miracle. As I heard it, just as any other music junkie would do, the first thing was to find Midsun and to like / follow him as a sign of support and to get more awesome tunes, obviously. This is where the problem is. I didn't manage to find Midsun on any kind of social media. The record label is up on facebook but the average or the slightly above-average music consumer is very-very unlikely to follow a record label.
No matter how brilliant they are, it is very unlikely for them to...
These days it's about the money, according to some. These people also like to over-emphasize the fact that all is worse than ever. It's not. By looking at the history of music there was no era when there weren't any interests crossing the path of musicians. In the Middle Ages music had to serve the Church, later on it was serving / obeying the system, or it just simply had to meet the expectations of a given era. Today's western musicians are free of the grasp of these forces, but they have a new element to deal with. By the 21st century money became the most powerful unifying force for mankind and music alike.
Money gives one the tools to make a living and the amount of income is a very powerful feedback. Yet money is only a mere tool which aids an artistic industry that experiences freedom like never before. Some of this artistic freedom comes from scientific discoveries and advancements that are constantly demolishing outadted governing principles. Money buys software, hardware...
As soon as you look away from the attention seeking stuff, you'll find a very rich Russian underground culture. The electronic music junkie of this era doesn't know much about the Russian electronic scene aside from names like Lady Waks and places like Kazantip.
the spirit finding freedom in the body of the creatorYet, they have a very unique music scene that's worth to be checked out. As I was wandering around on soundcloud I've found an awesome tune on someone's favorite list. That was Fraktone's track called "Cave". I was mesmerized so there was nothing else to do but to get in touch with this guy. I had no idea what to expect. It turned out that the music world is refusing to let me down and I met Fraktone who is super friendly and some other guys as well. I was amazed how he immediately recommended me some of his friends work rather than showing off with his own craft.
I've chosen Mahaon and Fraktone to interview based on their craft. They both make weird and good sounding...
You cannot hear the kick of the bass because the only thing that comes out of the speakers is a distorted roar. It could happen in the most of the clubs and almost all of the improvised venues suffer of this disease.
2. The music is way too "underground" when the crowd is not. It's okay to play tech-house for an MDMA soaked crowd for 12 hours but for non-diggers and random party goers it's just a flat four on the floor beat with some random sounds. This thing also stands for dark music and any kind of musical extremism. Every style has its own place and time. If someone messes up this placing and timing a lot of people are going to have a bad time.
3. Overpriced water. When you pay 3 bucks for a water, while a beer or a coke is 2 bucks, than something is messed up real bad.
4. Free entry. It mostly attracts some "low life" people who'd you like to avoid.
5. Lack of security personnel. I don't have to explain this one I guess.
6. There is no wardrobe or it has a reduced capacity....
7 years ago (next month to be exact) Radiohead did the same thing with In Rainbows. Screams of "Omg! we're doomed!" began. A year later Nine Inch Nails did the same with The Slip... And certain people took to the streets with their "END IS NEAR" signs... Yet here we still are, enjoying music, and there's plenty of it. Tell me again how vinyl record plants can't keep up with the DEMAND for physical vinyl presses* again?
Ask yourself, who's behind this outcry? Chances are, it's a musician who's music we've forgotten about (and chances are, it wasn't great to begin with.) Others following suit are most likely in shitty bands, that can't get anyone to listen to them... NOT because people don't care about music, but entirely because THEY MAKE SHITTY MUSIC. Stop projecting your creative failure onto the rest of us please, be better at your craft instead.
Great music is still being made, bought and sold, I'd say some of the BEST music I've heard in my life so far has been in the last few...
Today we live the era of electronic music. Everyone is becoming a DJ, a producer or most likely both, which is a bit messy as I see it. In this madness heated by CDJs and controllers one might ask that where the live performers are, who will follow Depeche Mode or The Prodigy in their footsteps. Well, ladies and gentleman, they are here. Daft Punk had made "Random Access Memories" with live instruments, Adam Freeland is defining genres with his new band called The Acid and so on and so for. It is only the EDM media that wipes everyone clean with a huge load of news about cake throwing, vodka drinking and Ferrari crashing edm peeps.
cake throwing, vodka drinking and Ferrari crashing edm peeps
When I have looked up from the screen of my laptop to go out and actually live I've bumped into a new live/electronic band that was formed not even a year ago just "next door". It is called StereoTrombone and the funny thing is that I sort of knew the guys who came up with the whole idea. DJ...
But before discussing it some insight might be needed about the previous works of Slighter for the sake of better understanding his craft.
Slighter latest album the "Science of Noise" is a strange creature and a musical challenge. It didn't surprised me that it evolved even further into something that is far beyond the well-known shiny surface of the sea of music.
The most of us are just swimming on the surface of the music. Some submerge after taking a deep breath too look around what's underneath. But these are shallow waters and there is light. By going deeper and deeper one finds itself in the twilight zone and this is exactly where "Science of Noise" is. There is no sense in going deeper. It is cold, it is dark, and it's dangerous.
The most of us are just swimming
on the surface of the music
These dark, cold, unknown places are filled with dangers, new stuff and a heck of an adventure I might add. This is the point where the whole thing turns from hobby into profession and a...
The vibes and beats of Perturbator make the perfect setup for a trip back to the future. In no time you wake up somewhere standing on the balcony of a mile high skyscraper wandering into the dirty mass what appears to be a city. As the cheap neon lights give the city a fake red aura, you feel yourself as a natural part of the glooming night. But you block your HUD, all you want to do is to wonder into the distance. You might have memories that you never had before. As the music sneaks into your brain and it goes deeper and deeper a whole new world is emerging in the front of your spiritual eyes.
Steampunk, lasers, weird colors, cyborgs, sky-high cities, gray skies,eternal gloom covering the city For a moment I want to turn away from the album itself to talk about Perturbator's track called electric dreams. This tune takes you to the static retro-futuristic bedroom of a citizen living in new Hong Kong up on the 231st floor. You look around, the room is all quiet, and the only sound...
Writing is different though. A written text is not aimed towards anyone and it also gives more room for thoughts to clarify themselves. So I don't feel like I'm hurting someone with contradicting his or her theory.
These days it happens that some say that there is nothing new in music
So you hear that there's no real talent and there are no new genres of music. Than you hear At Dawn We Rage and you realize the exact opposite of this misbelief. It is also important to mention here that a certain mindset and background knowledge is required to see that point. But I don't want to dig into that, since that topic will be discussed in detail in a future article.
Back on At The Dawn We Rage their music is a delightful mix of everything. They have some awesome trap remixes along with some smooth cocktail of chillout and deep house. Despite the huge stylistic spectrum of their music each and every track has something in common, which is a smooth and well-paced vibe. Using these sounds the...
House, acid house and breakbeat was melted into one giving a unique sound that defined the electronic scene till the mid 90's. For those who considered 4/4 too organized and saw hip hop as something too loose breakbeat hardcore was the real thing. The pumping basslines, the uplifting vocals and the energizing vibes made the illegal rave scene such a phenomenon in England that police had to intervene on a high profile. It is mad and it just gives anything that one needs to dance like hell and forget about anything.
It is mad and it just gives anything that one needs to dance like hell and forget about anything Than evolution came along and breakbeat hardcore became the feeding ground for new styles like oldschool jungle, bigbeat, Uk garage and Drum and Bass. Breakbeat hardcore became a part of the past and by today is only knew by the people who were living it or those who get stuck in the world of the music like me and many others. The fact is that mainstream music consumers and...