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jason on 12/22/2012 at 01:40PM

Best of 2012:'s Top Tracks & Albums is a French review site for free music inspired by the free software movement. It's the project of Antoine, who discovered free software while working at his local library, the public library of Pacé. He soon joined forces with Vincent from the public library of Argentan to found, an initiative to bring openly-licensed music to public libraries (which we'll be hearing more about in 2013).

For now, please enjoy's favorite free music from 2012, with a note from Antoine below.

"If you already know my blog, you probably noticed I don't often review netlabel releases (though it's always a pleasure to select my favorite ones each month on my podcast). Indeed, I choose to shine the light on artists who don't have the exposure provided by netlabels. There was one outstanding exception this year for two releases coming from the young but incredible danish netlabel Father Figure Records. Both albums were so amazing that I could not avoid to review them... and they are finaly on my best 2012 albums shortlist. You will actually find below two lists. One presenting my seven favorite freely downloadable albums, which are already on the FMA, and the second one with my 7 favorite albums currently only available for paid download. Hope you will like both!"'s Seven Favorite Free CC Albums of 2012:

Hudson - Crimson

Machine, Dear - Killing Something That's Already Dead

Silence is Sexy - Modern Antiques
download from the FMA

Laura Jorgenson - Home

Cambriana - House of Tolerance

Güacho - Vol. I
Raw Music Intl

The Aaron Boudreaux Special - Summer Between Somewheres

7 favorite not-free cc albums:
Samuel Lockridge - When I Rise
Urbantramper - Internet Freedom Is Love
TM Hunter - La Porte s/t (Father Figure Records)
Mermonte - Mermonte (Father Figure Records)
Jodi Shaw - In Waterland
Run Dan Run - Normal
Town Hall - Roots & Bells's 10 favorite free cc tracks:

Laura Jorgensen, "Find a Home"
TM Hunter, "Mon Chat Est Mort"
aaahhhrchestra, "Get Out (Brynn & Entertainment For the Braindead)
Mermonte, "Monte"
Hudson, "Meeteing Place"
Machine, Dear, "Averages"
Bärlin, "Pristina"
Silence is Sexy, "David and Bathsheba"
Mystery Pills, "The Glass Traditions"
Güacho, "Amanecer en la Frontera"'s 5 favorite not-free cc tracks:
Samuel Lockridge, "Heart of Silk"
Jodi Shaw, "In Waterland"
Town Hall, "Swim Team"
Urbantramper, "Kate Bush Save My Life"
Run Dan Run, "Lovesick Animal"



01 on 12/23/12 at 12:31PM
This is an excellent selection with a lot of surprising good tracks and musicians I will follow!
02 on 12/25/12 at 09:18PM
Thanks a lot for your kind words ;-)
sixtywatt on 09/12/14 at 02:42PM
Wow... this is the best collection I've found on FMA yet. I wish @diffuser would continue posting!
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