• Netlabels

    Netlabels are web based labels who distributes free music through digital audio formats - mainly MP3, Ogg Vorbis or FLAC - over the Internet under Creative Commons licenses.
  • Netlabels History

    Online music groups date back almost as far as the history of personal computers, and share close ties with video games and the demoscene. Early music groups released music in MOD formats, typically as part of a music disk, which often included a MOD player, visual effects, and textual information.

    Netlabels began to branch out from the tracker scene when the MP3 file format became popular in the late 1990s. Most are still dedicated to electronic music and related genres, though this is rapidly changing.

    Early netlabel pioneers include the Kosmic Free Music Foundation (1991–1999), Five Musicians (1995–2000), Monotonik (1996–present) and Tokyo Dawn Records (1997–2005).

    Today there is a wide range and fast increasing number of netlabels all over the world. Though netaudio music is still a niche within music business the easy way of distributing the music via download/stream from the internet and the modern license system are the strongest arguments for the growing importance of netlabels and netaudio.

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[mi107] Electronic Animal – Fast Food Music

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“Fast Food Music” signals the editorial debut of Electronic Animal, the experimental alter ego of dance-oriented electronic producer Peter Pan.

Combining a wide set of influences, ranging from minimal techno to IDM, with inclinations to psychedelic or chill sounds, Electronic Animal has found in fast food restaurants a source of inspiration.

This set of tracks portray a mechanical society, unchangeable, made of vices and routines, in which perceotion of the “why” surrounding it is loosing the ground under the imperatives of inediate and disposable consumption.

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[kahvi267] Das Kraftfuttermischwerk – Im Garten der Schneekugel

I first ran into these guys while listening to spacemusic podcast – the style of the track was instantly addictive. After contacting them they kindly agreed to come up with a release for Kahvi Collective, and here is the result!

Im Garten der Scheekugel (In the garden of the snowglobe) constists of twelve tracks of interesting and provocative tracks, simplistic beats mixed in with techno/idm influences with a slightly industrial edge. The guys in question? Das Kraftfuttermischwerk, both hailing from the former east of Germany.

Check out their bio for an in depth briefing of how they came about and their inspiration. Watch out for the special remix from our very own Planet Boelex (track thirteen).

Tracks of note: Richtung Hauptbahnhof, Nachts bei mir (which actually sounds reminicient of one of my very own tracks – Inside out) and Uhlenhorst. Translations of all track names can be found in the zips.

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[mdf02] Oeler – Aufbruchstimmung

After spending a lot of time in his Studio by working at his skills as Producer and Live Artist now it is the right moment for Oeler to return with a new Distribution on his first Label Modularfield. Whereas his first Album DCC 04 Drum´n´Space had the conception to connect Four to the Floor and Breakbeat fluently as DJ Set he decided in early 2007 to concentrate on pure Four to the Floor Productions and his Techno Live Set. Meanwhile Oeler made a lot of Tracks between Minimal / Techno / Techhouse / House and Tribal and wants to introduce his favourite Songs of 2007 and his first Live Production. The first two Tracks will concentrate on the Dancefloor whereas Track 3 and 4 show a little bit more experimental Influences.

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[phch008] Konntinent – If I Could Buy A Map of Hope (Volume 2)

It’s about time Phantom Channel issued something by Konntinent, aka London’s Antony J Harrison, as he also co-curates the label. Alas, he’s been busy recording for such esteemed labels including Symbolic Interaction, Dynamophone, Serein and Sonic Pieces.

‘If I Could Buy A Map of Hope — Volume 2’ appropriately acts as an extension to the inaugural record found on ace German boutique imprint Sonic Pieces. Like its predecesor ‘MOHv2’ is an exploration of organic, free range melody and process moulded textures — an argument of stasis and free form.

In the palette this time around are some glockenspiels, some vocals, some splicing, some dicing and some dancing. Across 8 compositions ‘MOHv2’ touches various musical bases including Post-Rock, Soundscapes, Drone, Broken Vocal Songwriting and even Techno.

A must have for fans of Pan American, The For Carnation and ‘Kid A’ style fragmentary.

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[merz0042] The Fart Simpson Band – Early Tapes Vol. I

Until today the Fart Simpson Band was nothing but a myth. It was known that they had been born and quickly extinguished in a will-o’-wisp that only lived within the four walls of a room in Azeitão, during the hot summer of 1994. Few had listened to the historical recordings until today, when the announced return comes to life. Truly, the songs are dusty and shamelessly revivalistic, with its aesthetics inspired in some of the biggest names of the independent rock from the 80’s and 90’s, such as the Butthole Surfers, Big Black, Sonic Youth or Jesus Lizard. They made it without complexes and the result is this first set of 8 songs of nihilistic aggressiveness and dirtiness where no concessions are made.

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[aer017] Anois – Tree House Whispers

In the north of Germany two young kids try to build their own interpretation of these feelings. Far from the world, settled right on the top floor, with two dormer windows where the rain drips on when it’s unpleasant outside, the two kids record their fragile folk-electronica songs with simple instruments.

They play guitar, melodica, fan organ, glockenspiel and other acoustic things, while the floorboards creak and the chairs rumble. Everything around is going to be recorded, when they use their voices. And then the glitchy blips and bleeps join the songs to get the taste of electronica.

Lars Kranholdt and Anne Baier are Anois. Two voices that maybe remind you of your own lost heart or of your traces in the cold white snow, when it’s winter outside. It looks simple, but it really takes some time to understand.

The music of Anois is complex though this few instruments because of these fragile elements, which sound also timid, but built this strong and great atmosphere, where you can hide if the days need to be muted.

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[ykyk016] Lackluster – Proof Of Concept

Esa Ruoho is always on the go around the Electronica/IDM globe. Thus it is more than a touch of fortune that his restless wanderings washed him to our shores where he left behind a little chest for you. Five lush Electronica pearls have been aligned to a handy EP under his most famous moniker, which shows certainly proof of not only some kind of concept but also of the unquestionable mastership that Esa exposes in all his musical works. Without trendy side blows some grumblers might call it traditional but the more enlightened listener is fairly aware that glistening tunes and sophisticated beat architecture in broad cinemascope will never ever become obsolete.

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[sfp04] Coax – Artifacts And Discovery

“Our fourth release is a full length album from norwegian artist Coax, who has previously made appearances on Kahvi and Monotonik netlabels. Artifacts And Discovery being the title, the album is a wonderfully varied combination of ambient softness, dramatic orchestral pieces, sensitive piano interludes, science fiction movie atmosphere, all spiced up with the occasional electronic rhythms. At times, you feel like you have landed on the surface
of an unknown planet, feel the tension build as you look around and there is nothing but unexplored terrain surrounding you. Then, as the album goes further, the next moment.. the dreamy string ensemble capture your attention, you begin to feel safe and comfortable again. Enchanted with the beautiful harmonies, you watch the clouds passing by, happy memories from the past are filling your mind, you feel like floating. Close your eyes, enter the intriguing world of Artifacts And Discovery.”

Coax is also in process of releasing a CD album titled “The Third Mobius”,which includes 6 tracks already presented here. Professionally mastered and inluding stunning cover artwork by Jeroen Advocaat. For more details,
see the micro-site for the album: http://alchemy.no/mobius/

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[tube 160] Lieberhonig – Unknown People

«This time around, Bittor Ruiz de Azúa brings us a small electro-folk gem called ‘Unknown People’ built over the same foundations of Bacanal Intruder and Aitänna77’s subtle delicacies. They’re all spanish musicians, by the way, so there must be something about Spain when it comes to melancholic folk, acoustic guitar fingering and toy electronic’s soft melodies.

‘Unkown People’s best moments have to be ‘The saddest of the three’ with its lazy organ and electronic piano setting the tone; ‘And then…’ which actually is the happiest song in the release with its upbeat rhythm and glockenspiel phrasing and finally ‘Down’, summing up perfectly Lieberhonig’s unique talent of composing melanchonic set pieces which come out so greatly done.»
Pedro Leitão

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[tube157] Dopo – Blue Lands


«Bittersweetness. Perhaps the word that best defines the nature and behaviour of humans. We are capable of the best and the worst, capable of love and hate, of happiness and sadness, luck and misfortune, we are both bitter and sweet at all times. Bittersweetness is also one of the best qualities that the music of the DOPO collective has to offer. You can find it in all of their songs, and that’s what makes their sound so human, so unique. The power to make us happy and sad at the same time. And we wonder: ‘how could we not love this? how could this not be part of our lives?’. And it couldn’t, because DOPO’s music translates into sounds the feelings we have while living our everyday lives. This is our sound.

‘Blue Lands’ is to be – unfortunately or not – DOPO’s demise. After this, DOPO will end but their legacy is here for everyone to discover, and in a way, will live on in our memories. ‘Blue Lands’ is also the opening track of this release and probably the best song they’ve done, ever. But this album has some really beautiful gems inside, like ‘The Long Red Fires of the Dying Day’, the most Animal Collective-y of all tracks, minus the usual freakish beat. In this album we can also find the most loose DOPO ever, as they used a generous amount of field recordings in the compositions, of which ‘Sea-lion of the Sea’ is a great example of, and also one of my favorite ‘under two minutes’ tracks of all time.
You will find as well the usual hypnotic guitar strings all over the album, plus some special moments, like this one in ‘A Delicate Turn and Twist’ which has a delicious distortion guitar which reminded me immediately of some of Sonic Youth’s best musical moments. There’s well placed drones in ‘A Long Wave of Yellow Light’, more ‘around the bonfire’ oddities in ‘The Crowd of Little Men’ and… I’m not telling you more. Just download this amazing album and find out for yourself.» – Pedro Leitão

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