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December 14, 2012

Top 10 Netaudio Releases of 2012: Part 1

So December is here, 2013 is almost upon us. First we have the Season of Good Will and Obligatory List Making!

I’d like to begin by saying, there is no way that this list is comprehensive or objective. There have been thousands of netlabel and netaudio in 2012, and I’ve listened to a couple of hundred. Also, the list is purely based on my own musical preferences.

Anyway, the point is I heartily recommend these to you all. They are all free to download, all great listens, and if you haven’t got them already, go and get them and listen to them!

We’ll be back next Friday with the Top 5!

10 / VA – FWONK*100

VA - FWONK*100

Okay, you’re probably thinking this is a bit biased, and you’d be right. FWONK*100 represented our 100th release, and was a summation of the talent and creativity that has accrued within Fwonk* over the past four-and-a-half years. It had everything from industrial metal, to ambient drones, to synth pop and our first classical contribution from Eivind and his room-filling, home built MIDI pipe organ.

Download: Fwonk* Netlabel

9 / The Ghost Of 3.13 – The World Isn’t Here

The Ghost Of 3.13 - The World Isn't Here

The Ghost Of 3.13 originally burst onto Sociopath Recordings with this album, now available on Bandcamp. This is ambient, electronic glitch-hop from Romania. As the name suggests, there is a ghostly, ethereal glow throughout the album, even on the low down and dirty glitchy, crackly hip-hop numbers. It sends shivers down the spine, even in the heat of summer.

Download: Bandcamp

8 / Muhr – Hantises

Muhr - Hantises

In a similar vein, this is spooky European glitch-hop at it’s best. Throbbing saw-basses glower menacingly, guitar loops echo and fade. Distinctly melancholy and threatening, this is a downbeat trip into the dark-side of an upbeat musical style.

Download: Camomille Music

7 / Electrocado – The Shepard Tone

Electrocado - The Shepard Tone

This is a huge, pounding EP of sparkling synths, throbbing dubstep, rock, glitch, hip-hop. Pretty much every musical style of 2012 is present in this album, and it makes for a non-stop adrenaline rush. Only one word of warning – this would be far higher up this list without the guitar solos.

Download: Ektoplazm Netlabel

6 / Snailking – Samsara

Snailking - Samsara

Snailking are a stoner-doom-metal three piece. These three songs are smothered in the finest trappings of the genre – wreathed in a cloud of bongsmoke, down-tuned guitars, growling vocals and a tempo that’s so slow, it’s almost in reverse. This is like listening to Kyuss put through Paul Stretch. Love it!

Download: Bandcamp