Swedish netlabel delivers the free, electronic goods
A promising example of the emerging Creative Commons music model, Stockholm-based electronic netlabel Astor Bell recently released several free albums online.
The label is eclectically electronic. Astor Bell’s releases range from glitch-hop experiments to classic techno. 1st Dude adds orchestral sampling to Ninjatune-style cut-ups, while Dan Brasco mines melodic minimalism, Bubble Shield freaks out your headphones, and Giuseppe serves up a classic Kompakt sound.
The albums keep on coming. Founded in February, the label has already backed seven artists, including acts from Sweden, Russia, and Germany. That’s more than one per month, and the pace doesn’t seem to be slowing.
Find your next party soundtrack. In addition to the free albums, the label’s site hosts a few seasonal mixes by its artists and founders, featuring handy tracklists to help source new cuts.