Of course we didn't invent the compilation! Duh! No really! We didn't… seriously! Why do you doubt me? Even though we didn't invent them it doesn't mean we didn't perfect them… so here's another perfect compilation for your soul to absorb via your ear canals. A collection of 11 tracks plus one sampler. That's two bonus tracks on top of the standard 10 track line-up! Whoa! Crazy! I loved the Jay Slim release so much that I simply couldn't contain myself to only one track. Then Just Plain Ant released the sampler of his upcoming release "The New Black" and I felt that it'd be a perfect addition to the line-up. In fact, I wish other labels/artists released samplers like this. I'd love to feature one with every netBloc release. Consider this an invitation to any of you who may be working on some music and want to begin promoting it early, send us a sampler and it'll be considered for a future netBloc release. 1 track, no longer than 15 minutes and only send wav, flac or aiff files along with any info you'd like mentioned about the upcoming release. Send files to us via services such as Yousendit.com or you can use our contact form to let us know you'd like to send us something and we can set you up with an ftp account to upload directly to the blocSonic server.
So what sounds can you expect this time around? Industrial, electro-pop, electro-funk, hip-hop, punk, rock, pop-rock and indie-pop from France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the US. Our netBloc releases are always an eclectic, international affair and this time is no different. By the way, if you're a Boo Radleys fan, you might like to know that one of the featured artists is none other than Martin Carr. Check out his fantastic track "Why You Gotta Bring Me All This Rain?". Check out the fatty 79 page PDF for details.
Thanks again to all participants and to all of you for checking out netBloc Vol. 23: We Invented The Compilation! Each and every one of you rock! Remember… share this! Give it to friends, enemies and strangers alike! Tell them how much netaudio rocks! When you're done doing that, be ready… later this month on Tuesday, July 28th is the release of blocSonic's second original release featuring one of our newest artists, the UK's Formula and his "The Overcast Project". A fresh release with complete production from him and featuring artists from the US, UK, Canada & Jamaica. The LP features artists signed to independent labels (LDZ - Dented records), major labels (Aynzli Jones - Mercury) and an unsigned MC called Isayu (from the Bay in Oakland). Then… on Tuesday, August 25th we keep the hip-hop flowing with our third original release by another of our newest artists Luck & Ripp and their "The Catastrophic Connection". The short song structure, Luck's intricate flow, Ripp's deep, creative lyricism and UhOh's simple loops and boom-bap drum style make the album seem like a bumrush with a softer side. From being "awoke to the ways of the world" to reminiscing on your childhood, this project covers all the bases. So keep your ear to the ground… blocSonic is rumbling on…
Thanks Mike Gregoire Founder/Curator blocSonic.com
Want high-resolution album art, liner-notes or lossless FLAC audio? Check out the blocSonic release page!
For the past decade an alternative culture of music has been sprouting up outside the wastelands of the increasingly formulaic and compartmentalized mainstream music business. This world of "Netaudio" is generally released freely, either independently or through Netlabels. As this culture continues to grow, the amount of available music grows exponentially making it increasingly difficult for folks who are new to the culture to filter the good from the bad. Each of our free releases, in one way or another, are an attempt to shine the spotlight on what we think is the best of what this world has to offer.
Consider blocSonic a filter through which you can discover this vibrant, global culture! Currently there are three ways which we spotlight what the netaudio world has to offer:
During our travels through the wide-world of netaudio culture, we find artists who stand out and who we feel would be perfect to spotlight independently in original blocSonic album releases. Each Original features:
Available in a choice of three high-quality audio formats — Lossless FLAC, 320kbs MP3 and 192kbs MP3. Complete album art is available in three formats — EPS, PDF and TIF. 40+ page PDF booklet with complete liner-notes, lyrics, photos and album credits.
Each of these eclectic releases shine a spotlight on ten or so international audio gems culled from the Netaudio culture. Each netBloc features:
Available in a choice of three high-quality audio formats — Lossless FLAC, 320kbs MP3 and 192kbs MP3. Complete album art is available in three formats — EPS, PDF and TIF. 30+ page PDF booklet with complete liner-notes, track credits and artist photos.
These special collections feature Creative Commons licensed tracks that for one reason or another blocSonic couldn't acquire official permission to use but find them worthy of extra attention. Since no formal permission has been acquired, links to the original files are provided rather than compiling them into a proper release. However, a cover and a tracklisting is provided in order for you to burn them to disc, if you'd like.
Why do we do what we do? We love music, we love netaudio and have found that the quality and variety of what's coming out of this culture is superior to that of much of what's coming out of the mainstream music industry. We feel more secure donating to netaudio artists/labels then we do purchasing formulaic music-product from the majors. We'd like you to also feel that way toward the netaudio culture. We realize that most people don't have the time and/or patience to filter through it all to find the good stuff, so we invest the time to find the gems in the ruff and deliver them to you in our releases.
In between releases, you can also look forward to blog posts about netaudio news or topics relating to DRM and online music.
So subscribe to our feed and discover great new openly-licensed music every month. Be sure to spread the word!