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.
UK-based collective Nian Dub is making some really cool dark and dubby drum’n’bass on EXE project.
I ran into them on Soundcloud and I recommend checkout out the EXE podcast Transmission 002 with Nian Dub and Semiotix linked below. There’s a bit of banter and chatting in there, but the tunes in between are awesome and you learn a thing or two about the lads.
If you like it without chatting there’s the EXE M004 mix featuring much of their music as well.
More cool stuff on the EXE project stream as well like an old favorite Aaron Spectre and Gore tech. Check it *does some of those wicked streetwise finger gesture shizzle and all*
JutrØ’s Travva came up as a YouTube suggestion at some point and the track blew me away. I can’t really stick a genre label on it, but it’s a chill, dope, beaty track with ripping synth lines and a powerful female vocal layered on top of it. It’s somewhere in-between dubstep (but not the shitty wobble-bass kind) and hip-hop/rnb/dancehall tracks.
JutrØ is apparently Polish, which probably explains the very annoying to type Unicode “Ø ” ;). He also has some friends that make similarly awesome tunes which you can find on the profile blurb on his Soundcloud page. Forxst is one of those for example and their collaboration Aurea is equally awesome. The video’s are also sublime. Cute girls pointing golden Uzis at you or walking around in dark forests at night, what’s not to like.
Their Czeluść label page has more goodness if you are digging their style.
Another artist creating tracks in somewhat the same vain I ran into is Lenkemz. He seems to be from the UK and has some great bangers up as well.
I started a playlist with my personal favs or these artist to blast while coding away in the office. Check it out if you want a taste of these guys and don’t feel like searching around a lot. If you like the list, be sure to favorite it yourself, cause I’ll most likely be adding more awesomeness to it in the future.
Breakcore and drum’n’bass are all cool and shizzle but sometimes you just need something to chill to. Or maybe you simply want to block out those blabbing (but otherwise so nice) colleagues in that open landscape office with some non-distracting music. In that case some soothing ambient music is excellent but it’s still a matter of picking the right tracks so they really don’t make you go “da fuk is that?” when weird noises burst into your ears while the whole point is not to be distracted.
Since Soundcloud is such a great library of free, streamable and sometimes downloadable music, I thought I’d try to find me some good ambient tracks for general chillage. I conveniently packed what I found in a playlist for personal office-chillaxing, but since it’s shared you can find it right here and check it out. It might still grow, or not. Suggestions are welcome. share it, like it, whatever.
Another great playlist I ran into on my quest for chill tunes is this one from no other than the great electronic music producer Moby. Long Ambients1 is a list of long ambient tracks (du-uh) produced for doing yoga, catching sleep, meditate or whatever. They are also great for coding with headphones in loud offices I noticed.
There are links to various other download and streaming platforms from Moby’s site but conveniently you can stream them from Soundcloud again.
Here’s some music I liked in 2015 that I either talked about before or forgot to mention so far. I get stuff emailed to me, listen to it and then forget to write about it sometimes. Dang.
So I’ll mix those in here so they get their mention at last.
Ah, the good old dnb. If you haven’t already checked out the weekly Noisia Radio podcasts on Soundcloud it’s about time you did. You’ll hear new tracks, old ones and get a lot of inspiration on what tracks you can spend that New Years money on.
Another place to check for some fresh, dark drum’n’bass is Syk2ne’s Bandcamp or Soundcloud page. Lot’s of wicked EP’s right there and not strictly dnb either. It easily crosses over into the next category…
Here we have Ruby my Dear of course with his latest Balloon album. Then there’s Venetian Snares, as always, who not only released Your Face this year but also put up the awesome Thank Your For Your Consideration after fans stepped up when Snares hit a rough patch and could use some extra cash. Sissy Growl and Burgershot are my favorite tracks of 2015 for sure.
Mo breackore? Aww yiss. How about YabaiKore! from the Japanese breakcore collective the Ragga Terror Front. Some really wicked sick stuff in there. Totally worth a listen.
Here I have 2 podcasts/radio shows to point out, full of all the hardcore goodness you’d want. First there’s the PRSPCT Recordings radio episodes on Soundcloud. Awesome guests, “great” interviews and quite some nonsense in there. And smashing kicks of course.
We can’t leave without mentioning The Outside Agency podcasts as well. Not quite as frequent but that just makes them all the better.
Hope you find your type of beats and bass in here.
Enjoy the holidays, have a happy NY and see you back in 2016!