Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Netlabel Directory

Lurking below the sheer mass of purchasable MP3 sites like iTunes and Napster is the quietly growing Netlabel movement. Netlabels are simply online record labels that give their content away for free. In raw defiance of the motto "you get what you pay for", some of these operations actually offer some up some really really good stuff and a modicum of exploring can quickly yield a payoff of new and free music that you actually like.

Where better to begin this foray into the realm of costless, DRMless tunes than Archive.org's Netlabel Archive? Broken up by genres, this archive has hundreds of links to sites that thrive outside of the music business model.

Two stellar examples of sites that offer top quality audio are Thinner/Autoplate (Dub, Tech House, Ambient) and Tokyodawn (Downtempo, Hip Hop, NuJazz).


Anonymous dilvie said...

There are a lot of great netlabels, but there are a lot of netlabel releases that really aren't worth listening to. It's often difficult to plow through the heaps of stuff that should never have been offered up to the public in order to find the many gems that the netlabel scene has produced.

The netlabel scene needs something like a radio programmer or disc jockey -- a real human being sorting through the stuff and saying, "now THIS is worth downloading"... and that's exactly what I do with the Knobtweakers Mp3 Blog. Check it out at http://www.knobtweakers.net/

5/19/2005 06:21:00 PM  
Blogger DJCM said...


come and have at look at our electronica netlabel :) some great stuff!

8/06/2009 10:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nashville/UK based independent netlabel and music syndicate: http://www.percapitarecords.com

11/12/2009 01:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...


The newest netlabel for minimal techno.

We are looking for demo submisisons so please send them to paul[at]minimalsystem.com

12/22/2009 09:43:00 AM  

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