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In January I wrote about SONOIO when Alessandro Cortini published his first album “BLUE”. Four tracks of it have been available as free downloads.

On June 21 his second album “RED” will be released. Again four tracks will be free and you can already prelisten those four. If you enter your e-mail address on the website you’ll probably get a mail with a download link on the 21st.

A few hours ago the video clip for “Enough” was uploaded to Vimeo. I already love this track. It’s aggressive electronic music but still very melodic and somehow calm. Brilliant.

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I just saw that the e-mail with the download link was marked as spam. So the download is already available. Files are 320 kbps.

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A friend of mine posted a link to this video on Facebook. It’s a self-made roadtrip video with this beautiful song by The Gadsdens. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard it before. Sometime, Somewhere. I really like it, so I tried to find it on iTunes, but without success. At least you can’t get it from the German iTunes store. Next I looked for it at Discogs, but The Gadsdens only have a single entry with “The Sailor Song”. No website or something. There is a second entry which is a compilation and it actually has “Lent” on it. But it seems you can only get it from the label’s webshop on CD and I don’t want to buy the whole thing. I tried Google and found their MySpace page. It says they are unsigned. Great. No link to an artist website. Excellent! How am I supposed to get this song? Steal it? Really? There seem to be lots of illegal websites where you can download the “King Kong Kicks” compilation. But I’m not stealing music, I want to get it legally for free (Creative Commons, netlabels, etc.) or buy it.

Finally I found “Lent” on Last.fm. At least I can listen to it directly in full length. You should also try “Small Town Boy“. It’s a great ballad cover version of the song by Bronski Beat from their 1984 album “The Age Of Consent” which I actually bought on Vinyl the other week. Strange coincidence.

I’m still unhappy. Any idea where I can buy “Lent”?

Artwork: Strobotone – Flashback Forward

Today I found this new great netlabel release. “Strobotone” is a Berlin based musician who “combines futuristic electronic dance-sound with a truckload of references from 35 years of musical history”. His debut album “Flashback Forward” was published on iD.EOLOGY about a week ago.

These are my favorite tracks of the album: “Ultimate” and “Kites”

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It seems to be worth looking at 23 SECONDS releases from time to time. In my last post I wrote about Emerald Park. Another very cool record I found on 23 SECONDS is Henrik José’s “The Little Things EP“. He makes soft electronic atmospheric music which I really like. The EP contains an intro track and four great songs. You can download and share it for free.

This is my favorite:

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It’s been a while. I’m currently writing my master’s thesis and don’t have much time to look for new music or even concentrate on making it.

But yesterday I skimmed through my feeds of netlabel releases and found something very cool. Emerald Park. The guys are from Malmö, Sweden. The album “For Tomorrow” was originally released by afmusic in 2008 as free download and on CD. The CD seems to be only available in Sweden and Germany. But it’s definitely worth the 4,99 EUR at Amazon.de!

About a year ago the album was re-published by the netlabel 23 SECONDS under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 license, meaning that you can—among other things—download and share it for free. The 2010 Edition includes two bonus tracks making it a total of 14 wonderful songs.

This is my favorite from the album:

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Only six weeks ago Emerald Park released a new single on afmusic. I really like it too. Sadly it’s not free, but you can have a listen to it on the band’s MySpace page. Links for buying can be found on the here.

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I’m currently listening to n0theen. It’s a netaudio stream, meaning that it’s like radio over the internet but without moderation. Just one song after another.

They say that they are only playing “opensource audio”. I’m not sure if it’s the correct term, because there is only very few open-source audio on the web. Open-source in the sense, that you can actually get the sources of the song, like stems, samples or project files. I guess what they mean is music published by netlabels which you can normally get as free downloads.

There is music from lots of genres. Most of the songs are instrumental and kind of electronic: Minimal, IDM, etc., but there’s also Rock. It’s great for just playing in the background while you’re doing other stuff. Like me writing this post.

On the website you can find a playlist with the last 20 tracks which were played. In case you liked a song really much, go to the website, look it up and search for it on the internet. Chances are that you’ll find a free and perfectly legal download.

I haven’t heard them playing any annoying music so far, so maybe you’d like to give it a try.

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Earlier today I received a mail asking if I’d be fine with one of my songs being played on the webradio keyfm tonight. Of course I am. 🙂

I don’t know which of my songs will be played, but in case you’re as curious as I am, tune in to keyfm tonight 8–10 pm (UTC+1).

Today moby announced the release of his new album “Destroyed” which will come out around the middle of may. He describes it as broken down melodic electronic music for empty cities at 2 a.m.

In addition he released a three track EP called “Be The One” as a free download. A confirmation e-mail with the download link will be sent to your e-mail address … like it seems to be common usage when commercial artists give away some of their music for free.

For each of the three tracks from the EP, moby made a video clip consisting of shots me made with a little camcorder while traveling. All are linked in his blog post. One of them is here:

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