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programamarcabranca on 08/21/2015 at 02:33PM

Neon lights and shiny beats

.: Photo by Kevin Dooley :. CC-BY

Another Friday, another upload to Free Music Archive. This week, we visit the neon lights and shiny beats of Taseh's Dekotora. Released back in December 2012 by Monster Jinx, the album is a cool mixture of edgy electronic music with fresh glitch influences. Even though it includes some sounds for the most lovey-dovey, it's more like one for the adventurous souls out there.

Dekotora is published under an Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike Creative Commons licence, which means you can use it on your non-profit projects, as long as you credit the artist and share your work under the same licence.

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programamarcabranca on 08/12/2015 at 11:25AM

Love, beats and bass

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Coming straight from Rio de Janeiro, Boss Bass has been bringing love, beats and bass music to the world for quite a long time now. Heavily influenced by genres such as dub, dubstep, bass music and drum & bass, he has published works on Noudrags Records and Psicotropicodelia; both dedicated to electronic music and two of the most exciting Brazilian netlabels.

"Love For Everyone Everywhere" was released in 2011 and it quickly became one of my favourite CC records. It is released under an Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike licence.

Guess what? "Love For Everyone Everywhere" is now part of our collection on FMA, so you can download it even more easily. This is a fresh record, with heavy bass and a sublime mixture of samba, bossa-nova and drum'n'bass, which wikipedia calls Sambass (or Drum 'n' Bossa), which is a one of the most prominent drum'n'bass variants in Brazil. If you're into fat bass lines and drops in your music, this is one for you to grab.


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programamarcabranca on 08/08/2015 at 12:24PM

A Fresh Start with Weekly Updates

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I’ve been building a music collection on Free Music Archive since 2012. At that time, White Market was still Programa Marca Branca*, and it was a Portuguese radio show. In three years, however, life couldn't have changed any more than it did. I moved countries twice, Marca Branca had to go on hold and inevitably, when I tried to revive it, the show had to go through a deep, deep change - the Portuguese language was replaced with English and White Market was born. It wasn't an easy process, and for a while I even thought I wouldn't really be able to keep doing it. And, again, life changed and White Market is now making its way through the British airwaves, going live every Sunday at 8pm (GMT) on Spark Sunderland, a community radio station developed and run by the University of Sunderland.

After a few shows have been on air, I decided to challenge myself to update White Market's collection here on Free Music Archive on a weekly basis. Like I explained in our own blog, the music you'll find in our collection is not exclusive. You will be able to find it available for download in other places of the Internet and that is basically why I can upload it: because everything is published under a Creative Commons licence. While the usage permissions change according to the licence chosen by the artist, they all allow sharing. With this in mind, my role here is strictly the curator’s one: I search, select and upload songs that are not yet available on FMA, making your search for good free music just a tiny bit easier.

With this in mind, I'm glad to tell you that we have recently uploaded three new records, all very different.

Published in 2008 by now extinct aerotone netlabel, the album is a collection of remixes from Norton's second record, Kersche. Even though they sing in English, Norton are one of the most well-succeeded Portuguese indie rock/alternative pop bands. If you're into smooth synths and a chorus to sing-a-long,this one is for you.

Between hip-hop instrumentals and ambient electronic music, Darksunn's MELANGE is not your average beats album. It is an intricate exercise of mind over matter, in which sounds offers us a deeper perspective on emotional landscapes. It's the future of beats, some say; carefully tailored by hands with more than 15 years of production experience.

A Minha Embala was a project by Aline Frazão (vocals, guitar) and César Herranz (western concert flute, percussion). It was meant as a meeting between the various musical expressions of different Portuguese-speaking countries. They move their work between the musical universes of Angola, Cape Verde, Brazil, Portugal and Galicia, singing not only in Portuguese, but also in Portuguese-based creole languages, kimbundu and umbundu. Their record was released through Jamendo in 2011 and is a delight for those who love bossa-nova, morna and other mellow tropical genres.


Norton - Kershe RemixedDarksunn-MELANGE-album-coverA-Minha-Embala-album-cover


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programamarcabranca on 09/20/2014 at 08:04AM

Dub, hip-hop and ethnic beats, or Metastaz

Metastaz live @ NetaudioLX 2012

We were kind of shocked when we found out Metastaz works were not yet on Free Music Archive. Needless to say, we solved the problem. As for today, his albums "Orient Dub Express" and "Encounters" can be freely streamed and downloaded through FMA.

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programamarcabranca on 11/07/2012 at 09:15AM

Marca Branca #4 - Some Portuguese Hip-Hop

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For the past 30 years, hip-hop has been the musical language of struggle: no matter what you’re rapping about lyrics tend to be some kind of personal statement. Although it was born in the US, throughout the years hip-hop has been adapted and reinvented a bit all over the world. Its sound has also evolved collecting both global and local influences. However, one of the features that seem to be perpetuated along the way is the use of the mother tongue regardless of the place you’re at. Portugal is no exception.

J-K - "Perspectivas" (03:57)
J-K - "Perspectivas" (03:57)
J-K - "Aperitivos" (03:49)
J-K - "Aperitivos" (03:49)
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programamarcabranca on 10/16/2012 at 08:30AM

Marca Branca #3 - Alexandre Bateiras - Canções da Lua Nova

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This one is an oldie. In fact, almost five years passed since this was released on Merzbau. Unfortunately, enough time for the netlabel to shut its doors - the website is still on and will be for long, so make sure you stop by and listen to the other records.

What is truly remarkable on “Canções da Lua Nova” (in portuguese “Songs of the New Moon”) is that these eleven songs (and an outro) were in kept in a drawer for over thirty years. This is an unbelieveble instrumental fado music collection hidden for too long.

Although Alexandre Bateiras has always been a portuguese-guitar player – he plays since he was 15 -, he was never concerned about releasing new songs. Well, it was only due to his son's persistence that the tracks saw daylight.

 Please make notice to the fact that you're not listening to music only, you're listening to the stories that were left behind on Alentejo's plain (South of Portugal). Most of the songs names are real places names. And those that are not still have something important to remind us. For instance, “Tributo” is as tribute to a soldier who died during the portuguese colonial war back in the 60's. Alexandre Bateiras was there, whitnessed the moment and was able to show us what happened with a few chords.

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programmamarca on 09/27/2012 at 12:00PM

Marca Branca #2 - Morsa - Morsa

It is not every day that Portuguese language makes international headlines. However, next month (yes, October) Monocle edition seems to change that paradigm and Portuguese is not only a feature, but the major focus of the entire issue. With this said, we proudly announce that the first place of the inspirational list of cultural entities or personalities is taken by a netlabel.

Founded in 2010, ZigurArtists is not only a netlabel but also a collective whose members strongly believe art and information should be free. Under the motto "Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life.", the community from Lamego aims for something greater than just releasing some records on the web every once in a while (something they also do). For the past couple of years, they have also produced one of the city's cultural highlights: the ZigurFest, a two-day music festival held in the end of August with some of the most exciting Portuguese acts, redesigning the old town cultural landscape for good.

"Morsa" is the fourth release coming from the Zigur family. It is also a one-man project headed by Manuel Guimarães where different influences and styles converge in a new genre of music and sensuality. With a soft mixture between downtempo and a sparkling psychedelic jazzy touch, the record is now also available here on Free Music Archive. Please, take your time to listen and share.

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programamarcabranca on 09/20/2012 at 10:30AM

Marca Branca #1 - Clorofila Azul - Revisitado (com Voz)

Photo by Paul Farla.

Despite the financial crisis going on around here, Portugal has been one of Europe's finest netaudio producers over this last decade, being the home country of some of the most prolific netlabels on this continent, such as Enough Records, MiMi Records or Test Tube.

Clorofila Azul is a one-man-project and an alter-ego of Hugo Santos, a multimedia artist from Oporto. Started in 1997, his music saw the daylight ten years later when Lisbon based netlabel Test Tube released a series of two records with a selection of some of his best tracks. "Revisitado (com voz)" was the first volume to be published. The twelve track record is a delightful IDM/experimental pop collection, with a nice blend between catchy tunes and some irresistible sound bytes.

Since 2008, Programa Marca Branca has been the only regular portuguese radio show exclusively dedicated to netaudio and free culture, with weekly podcasts and features on this digital universe.

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