jason on 03/08/2010 at 04:05PM
Six of the world's raddest netlabels -- UpItUp (Italy, Germany, U.K.), Ego Twister (France), Peppermill (Canada), Proot (France), Cock Rock Disco (Germany) and WM Recordings (Netherlands) -- have teamed up for a collaborative greatest hits compilation.
Their reasoning? Well, it's a similar reason to why we started the Free Music Archive: in this era of infinite free music at our fingertips, we need curators like these fine netlabels to help us discover the good stuff.
Each label picked three favorites for this 18-track compilation, titled "Greatest It". Many of these tracks were already on the FMA, but even if some of the labels, artists, or tracks are familiar, there are bound to be some new sounds here as well, and it's a nice bridge introduction to some of the leading lights of the netaudio world for anyone who has yet to delve in.
Though the sound is extremely varied -- from Rafter's vocoder & cowbell-laden smoov jam to Roglok's future disco to The Rabbits' squeeky jazz -- Greatest It maintains a cohesively playful vibe throughout. It's definitely inspired by early netlabel pioneers like Comfort Stand, and sounds of the demoscene.
I'd love to hear some other likeminded netlabels join forces for their own Greatest It-style release. There's a lot of great music out there and the more bridges we can build, the better!