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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might remember the now defunct Monday Mixer, a weekly mixtape put together by a team of bloggers around a chosen theme. Well, the same team is now back together (with a few new members) to offer you a new series of mixes called Blog Tapes.

This week’s theme is “Free Music” so we asked every blogger to send a song by a new up-and-coming artist they love, but the condition was that the song had to be available as a free download for everyone’s enjoyment. Find the selection below or on 8tracks.

Selomé @ Dipped in Dollars

Saturday Monday - The Fall (Ft. Christopher Norman)     

As we transition between seasons, with chilly nights followed by warm days, dark pop songs like Saturday, Monday‘s “The Fall” seem to make the most sense to me. We’re not quite sure how to feel, or what to wear, but sounds like these help us indulge our emotions as we prepare for the light, bright rays of summer.

Cory @ Silence Nogood

Madeaux - Song #2     

I may be listening to the same old electro music that every teen is checking out these days, but this is the type that really gets me. When electro producers chop and skew their shit around soul, there’s simply nothing better. Madeaux‘s “Song #2” was created for his girlfriend and, even though the title is lacking and it was created for the cliched lover, this piece drips electro soul like no other. Madeaux has a way of taking such soothing melodies and electro cutting ’em enough to bring in some new flavor. If this guy keeps making shit as soulful as this, he can expect a long time career in music… and I’ll be right there promoting it to my heart’s end!

Ben @ The Metropolitan Jolt

Midi Matilda - Day Dreams     

Metrojolt gets quite a few submissions. Unfortunately, most aren’t exciting enough to write about. Midi Matilda put together this dreamy track and video in Metrojolt’s home of California’s Bay area. Drummer Logan Grimé also directed the music video. Aside from uninspiring music submissions to our blog, music videos we receive are becoming increasingly stale in a world full of innovation. Maybe it’s my nostalgia for the Bay Area talking, the video is a sweet take on a visual representation of the track. “Day Dreams”, as made obvious by the name, is a dreamy track. Skyler Kilborn’s voice melts over the rest of the track.

Marc @ umstrum

World Tour - Believe     

Two words for you: absolutely magic! Another word: free!!! Is there really anything else you need to know? Well ok, the band is called World Tour, they come from Sweden, their new EP is out now via Cascine and the title track is available for free right here.

Chris @ dailybeatz

Beat Culture - Slow Flight (Ft. Vyxor)     

17 year old Sunik Kim aka Beat Culture is one of my favorite artists to appear this year. His beats are always creative and interesting and he seems to be pumping out high quality tunes at a pretty quick pace thus far. He’s recently been adding in some new vocalists and vyxor is right up my alley, too. While this track has some subtle references to SBTRKT and James Blake, it’s definitely something all his own.

Joseph @ Nashville Nights

Theophilus London - Last Name London (Brodinski Remix)     

“Last Name London, First Name Theophilus,” sounds a bit more intimidating when it’s backed by brooding synth textures and a heavy techno beat. Like many of his other productions, Brodinski’s remix for hip-hop artist Theophilus London channels the dark, dance-floor friendly vibes that have been defining his recent creations.

Brandon @ The Burning Ear

Cherub - Hold Me (Ft. Dominic Lalli)     

I don’t know many people who have ever critiqued Chromeo for being too ironic but it would be fair. If you prefer your midnight seduction music with a straight face then welcome Cherub to the bedroom. You will hear sensual rhythms, saxophone riffs, talk box come-ons, and guitar lines built for disrobing, but its all wrapped in a sincere love story. That touch of sentimentality doesn’t mean you can’t crank it the funk up, though. My car speakers have been put to the test with this one blasting through the system. I highly recommend it. Just don’t hold me responsible if you end up steaming the car windows later… I had never heard of Cherub until they played two sets at The Burning Ear SXSW showcases this year and damn if they don’t bring that absolute heat live. Pair them with a fog machine and it’s a panty-raining dance party.

U R MY DISCO // vol.9

It’s been a long time coming , but the new U R MY DISCO mixtape is finally here! Featuring music by Husky Rescue, Jupiter, Lykke Li, Clock Opera, La Roux and many more, URMD #9 is a very eclectic mix of electro, house and nu-disco that will spark energy on dance floors far and wide…

Husky Rescue – Caravan (Serge Santiago Remix)     

You can stream the whole mix on 8tracks or, if you’d rather download it, you can get it here: http://www30.zippyshare.com/v/98429713/file.html

Tracklist as follows:

01 Crookers Feat. Yelle – Cooler Couleur (Junkie XL Remix)
02 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Dull Life (The Dirty Tees Remix)
03 Grand Popo Football Club – Les Hommes c’est pas des Mecs Biens
04 Scissor Sisters – Invisible Light (Siriusmo Remix)
05 Jupiter – Vox Populi (Lifelike Treatment)
06 La Roux – Bulletproof (Glasnost Remix)
07 Burns – Kiss N’ Hold
08 Munk – Back Down (Cut Copy Jackmaster Remix)
09 Husky Rescue – Caravan (Serge Santiago Version)
10 Clock Opera – A Piece Of String (Julien Plaisir de France Remix)
11 Lykke Li – Dance Dance Dance (Grandtheft Remix)
12 Feist – Sealion (Chromeo Remix)
13 Music Go Music – Light of Love (Rob Da Bank Remix)
14 NightWaves – Fascination (Bit Funk Remix)
15 Au Revoir Simone – Knight of Wands (Dam Mantle Remix)

umstrum LIVE – Playlist 06/07/2011

Today, for episode 6 of umstrum LIVE the selection is more contemplative and subdued than in previous weeks. Beautiful electronica courtesy of Apparat and Eberg, inspired folk/blues by Piers Faccini and the chilly disco beats of Desire are all part of the programme. So sit back and enjoy!

EP 6 - umstrum live 06/07/2011     

Here’s is the detailed playlist with links to all the artists so you can listen to more tunes if you feel like exploring…

Pompeya – Cheenese

Piers Faccini – A Storm Is Going To Come
arrange – Turnpike
Eberg – antidote

Anton Franc – Letting Go
Goldroom – Morgan’s Bay
DJ Frane – Visions of U

Apparat – Ash/Black Veil (Mokhov Remix)
Ellen Allien & Apparat – Leave Me Alone

Desire – If I Can’t Hold You
The Radio Dept. – Strange Thing Will Happen

Family of the Year – Psyche or Like Scope

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See you next week!


Back by popular demand… Monday Mixer! After a two-week pause (a well-deserved break for all the bloggers on the team), your favourite Monday mixtape is finally back and umstrum||music is very proud to be hosting it for the second time.

For those of you who may not be familiar with this whole Monday Mixer thing, it basically involves a team of bloggers from all round the world who band together every week and create an eclectic mix around the host blog’s chosen theme.

For today’s playlist, the theme is Unsigned Artists and there’s a very good reason behind it. Indeed, most of us music bloggers do what we do just for the sake of promoting good music, because we like it and we want to share it. Very often this means supporting emerging acts and helping them get a wider audience. In this Monday Mixer you will find a selection of ten talented (but still unsigned) artists that our blogger friends feel strongly about and wanted to share with you!

Ian @ 1146 Miles

Anton Franc - Letting Go     

First single from an up-and-coming Australian folktronica duo that I’m a really big fan of: Anton Franc, or the musical pairing of Josh Bowyer and Jamie Kuzich.

Daniel @ Music On My Radar

Paradise - Cold Gold     

Paradise is a band residing just along the outskirts of Los Angeles, in a place called Santa Clarita. They are a really cool and down to earth band. I am actually really surprised that they aren’t signed yet given their very upbeat and blissful sounds. They have this modern jazzy pop feel to them, not to mention how catchy their songs are. They recently released an EP entitled Cold Gold which you should definitely check out. Here’s one of their songs from the EP.

Mikayla @ LOOSE L!PS

Goldroom - Morgan's Bay     

Goldroom is the new project of Josh Legg, perhaps better known as one-half of the LA band NightWaves and one of the heads of the Binary collective.  His beachy electro tracks are the perfect accompaniment to lazy hazy summer days with a drink in your hand and a girl (or guy) on your mind.  Get “Morgan’s Bay”, his first single, and slip into beachy bliss.

Joseph @ Nashville Nights

Rogue Vogue - Breezy     

This mystery producer just started sending out promos so I’m pretty sure he’s not signed yet. Operating under the name Rogue Vogue, he makes music influenced by late 80s and early 90s Chicago house legends like Ron Hardy, Frankie Knuckles and Paul Johnson. His sound is perfect for a windows-down summer drive. Check out “Breezy,” one of the two freebies on RV’s SoundCloud.

Ben @ The Metropolitan Jolt

Five North - Failed English     

When I try to think of my favorite unsigned artist Five North immediately comes to mind. Dane is always creating innovative tracks that are outside of my normal “listening zone”. I don’t know where to place his music in the genre pool besides Electronica. I just hope this kid starts making Banger house tracks. Make sure to run through his SoundCloud I’m sure you’ll have a few things you like.

Marc @ umstrum

yus - Don't Talk     

Yus is the name of Youceff Kabal’s solo project. Based in Phoenix, AZ, this young artist blends elements of pop and hip hop. Palms, yus’ first record was self-released digitally in November 2010 and is available for free download on Bandcamp.

Cory @ Silence Nogood

DJ Frane - Visions Of U     

DJ Frane is the reason I started my blog in the first place.  He was my first post ever and continues to be one of my favorite musicians.  He has three albums that don’t have a weak track on ’em and all center around ‘Beats to Blaze to’.  Definitely worth checking out, I’ve never had a complaint.

Nicolas @ La 3ème Heure

arrange - Turnpike     

Open your mail and get a song like Turnpike by Arrange… Wow! Since that day, this track has become an obsession. It is dark yet not desperate, teared between a classic piano line and some smooth electronic effects. This song sounds just perfect. And when you know that Arrange, alias Malcolm Lacey, is only 18 years old, expect some more wonders from him in the next few years. Some wonders ss good as Plantation, his first self-released album available on Bandcamp. We’re in love.

Owen @ Wine and Bowties

Francis and the Lights - The Top     

Oh man. “The Top” by Francis and the Lights. The tight drums. The synth… Everything is necessary. It’s so concise. That minimalism defines Francis’ music. Nothing is out of place. Nothing is to show off. Everything feels good. It’s surprising to me that they’re not signed. Maybe it’s cause Francis seems to be… I was going to say a loner, but that sounds like oversimplifying. Trying to avoid that. But seriously. His stuff is classic-timeless-this-is-what-I-listened-to-when-I-was-a-kid stuff.

Frank @ Lost in the Sound

The Dean's List - Dear Professor     

Catering to the college crowd, The Dean’s List found a bit of buzz earlier this year when they released their mixtape The Drive In. “Dear Professor”, one of the standouts from the mixtape, is Sonny Shotz’s case that fame hasn’t changed him and that he’s still the same guy.

umstrum LIVE – Playlist 29/06/2011

This is episode five of umstrum LIVE, umstrum’s weekly programme on Radio Matria. Listen to one hour of music including the best of last week’s posts, a few handpicked pieces from the archives and some extras…

EP5 - umstrum live 29/06/2011     

As usual, you can find the complete playlist just below. If you like what you hear and you want to find out more about one of the artists, just click on the names to get full details and listen to more music…

The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire

Vanessa da Mata – Fiu Fiu
Chlorine Free – D’fish (feat. Raashan Ahmad)
Florence + The Machine – You Got The Love (The XX Remix)

Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)
Tracey Thorn – It’s All True
Mount Kimbie – Mayor

Peter & The Magician – Love in Rimini
Gold Panda – Marriage

Tim & Jean – Come Around
Miami Horror – Moon Theory (Punks Jump Up Remix)

Gold Panda – Snow & Taxis

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See you next week!