I have been getting into the habit of compiling quarterly top tens to help visitors navigate the flow of free music here on Ektoplazm. With a new release every two or three days on average there is a lot to listen to! Here are ten songs from recent months that I encourage everyone to try out. As usual, this list is in no particular order.
Pekkanikkarinen – Behind The Veil Of Sleep [Freudian Slip Records & People Of The Butterflies]
Captivating downtempo experiments from Finland. Comparisons with Shpongle are apt but this is entirely original.
Etnoscope – Odin’s Kraft [Ektoplazm & Panzar Produktionz]
Progressive psytrance at its finest. Love the vocals in this song!
M.E.E.O. – Wilder Beast [Mental Sauce]
Suomi-influenced quasi-progressive psytrance with a manic dubstep breakdown? Brilliant!
Sonic Tickle – One 4 The Gods [Uroboros Records]
Killer techtrance grooves with saw-like leads and plenty of wobble in the bottom end. Delicious!
Setanic – Glowing Mushrooms [2to6 Records]
Forest music at its finest: oozing with psychedelic qualities and utterly entrancing. “Oh look, glowing mushrooms!”
Mukti – Monoblock [Ektoplazm]
Hypnotic, minimal, and extremely atmospheric, this is a deceptively simple masterpiece of American psytrance.
Exelization – The Paradox
Fusing old school energy with hard South African psytrance vibes, Exelization has created something that sounds to my ears like a modern blend of Ka-Sol and Etnica.
SubConsciousMind & Judith – Desperation Symphony
Soaring symphonic psytrance glazed with beautiful instrumentation. It builds to a huge climax that just goes on and on. Highly euphoric!
Ben Rama – Gypsies & Jezebels [Drumlore]
An amazing work of richly atmospheric progressive techno from Canada. Electronic dance music filled with emotion.
Perfect Blind – Syncope [Akashic Records]
Deeply enchanting Croatian chill with gorgeous melodies that remind me of an old song by the Pleiadians (Seven Sisters).
Listen to them all:
Interested in hearing more? Check out my free music top ten from the summer of 2010.
Photo: Don Valley Bridge.