It’s almost the last Bandcamp Friday of 2020, and maybe it’s the last Bandcamp Friday ever, so I decided to make a list of great music I got in 2020 and list it here. The post turned out to be rather big, so I split it up into several posts by genre (sort of) because y’all don’t like reading long posts anyway.
So here’s post number one, and it’s all about hard techno and industrial style beats. Don’t forget to stuff them in your Bandcamp wishlist!
I was looking for the Man Made Evil TOA remix when I ran into Dither’s full album The Architect on Bandcamp. This is a banger of an album if you like your beats on the industrial side of techno. It’s not just a collection of tracks, but it really is worth the name album, as it takes you through a musical landscape from beginning to end. Well-balanced and full of good tunes.
Helios Is Dead by Mutagenesis is a great dark techno/industrial album if you’re in for something a bit different. It’s atmospheric, noisy and industrial sounding. I’m not sure what genre this is exactly. Doomcore? Darkcore? Who cares, it goes boom boom boom and it sounds great.
PRSPCTXTRM 019 by Fracture 4, more top-notch banging industrial. This is an older release, but because of Bandcamp Fridays I went through the PRSPCT back catalog and dug up this gem. Fracture 4 never disappoints!
Times are tough and stressful for everyone right now. So perhaps a bit of ambient and chill tunes can help to relax a little in this taxing times.
I blogged about Moby’s Long Ambient release a while ago, and I recently found out he also released a second installment of great, long ambient tunes to chill to for free. I love to put these on when I try to get some sleep on a flight. But I guess I won’t be doing that anytime soon.
A while ago I saw this Facebook post in a breakcore group pass by with a call for submissions for a compilation album on some net-label. So I checked some of my unfinished tunes and found something suitable to finish and submit.
So here it is. The album turned out to be a “glorious mess” of very different types of breakcore tunes. Check it out if you want to be surprised and feel like listening to a something different. I bet you’ll find something cool you like in there. If not, no big loss. You can listen to the full album here and on Bandcamp, and download for free if you want.
Bad Sekta is a bit of an oddball British label releasing all sorts of electronic music, and recently they released 35 minutes of dark drone-y ambient you can download for free.
Since I like free music, I downloaded it through the online shop and gave it a whirl. Turns out this long-piece of dark ambient seems to be putting you into the metal bowls of spaceship flying through dark uncharted sectors of the galaxy. Or something like that. Anyway, it’s great to put up in the background and have it loop a few times, which you won’t notice, and get some work done.
So download Tamt presents F-Lithium, “…This Place Could Be My Undoing” and get spacin’.
Now that where at it, how about revisiting a good source for tons of ambient live mixes recorded to the trusty mp3 format? Remember the Chillits ambient festival? Well they have most of their live sets online, so you can pick and choose between hours of chilled beats, ambient sounds and other down-tempo tunes mixed and selected for your pleasure by top notch ambient DJ’s. If there is such a thing.
Jeskola Buzz is a free DAW that’s been around for 20 years already. To celebrate that special event a collection has been assembled on the Jeskola forum from all Buzz artists willing to participate with tunes that are over 10 years old.
So people went through their digital archives and dug up unfinished pearls, snippets and small songs from long ago.
The collection is a cool mix of tunes spanning the full spectrum of electronic music. Great for hours of unexpected sounds when you want some background tunes while doing work, or writing blog posts like this one. Put it on shuffle and allow yourself to be surprised.
Time to chill to some nice ambient tunes from the French one-woman project Zalys. I ran into this one by accident on bandcamp. I also found a nice range of her atmospheric deep space ambient, sci-fi backgrounds and apocalyptic dark-ambient tracks on Soundcloud. I kid you not, that’s what is says on the Soundcloud bio.
Good stuff to block out noise, get into the (dark) zone and get some work done, or just have in the background will chilling, reading or whatever.
Here’s a taste. You’ll also find this in my ambient playlist filled with more chilly goodness.
Now that we’re in a sci-fi mood we have some more of those eery space drone type soundscapes from jonnie13black.
He’s an ambient DJ of sorts, if that’s even a thing, and you can find him mixing all sorts of ambient darkness into long sets on Youtube. If you dig some background drones there’s plenty right there.
This is also an excellent resource to find some more artists in this realm as each set comes with a complete playlist. Way to go Jonnie.