I haven’t been keeping up with all of the compilations that are coming out as well as I want to these days. However, there are a few that are worth checking out, and with the beginning of the holiday season It’s probably likely there will be more that are worth checking out between now and the end of the year. Here’s a few that have caught my attention over the last month.
The Remix of Fate
We’ll start with Halloween first, even though it is past, it is likely to be worthwhile to have a good compilation in your collection for next year. So, we turn to the Free Music Archive, whole curated a collection of Halloween music from Happy Puppy Records called ‘Manos: The Remix of Fate’ in two volumes: Volume I and Volume II (year, really original titles on the volumes…). And, in addition to the Manos compilation, they also have a release called Music for Vampires that looks like it’s worth adding to the collection (alghough I have admittedly not listened to it yet). These releases from Happy Puppy Records are released under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share Alike license (CC BY-NC-SA).
Evergreens ‘n Odditunes
If music that is a little off-center is your style, you need to check out the Headphonica netlabel. I first encountered them back when I first found Ergo Phizmiz’s ‘The Faust Cycle’. Recently I was checking out some other releases on their site (notably, the Basic Income Earth Network) when I came across Evergreens ‘n Odditunes. This is a massive compilation: over 3 hours long. There’s lots of fun, bizarre and just plain weird tracks on this release. It’s definitely an entertaining listen. This Headphonica released under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share Alike license (CC BY-NC-SA).
And last, but certainly not least, is @diffuser. He releases occasional compilations of music that he has curated. In September he released @diffuser Vol. 8 featuring lots of pop / rock, hip-hop, and cool tunes. His compilations are culled from the libraries of other netlabels, so the Creative Commons licenses for his releases are dependent on the individual track licenses.
Okay, that’s a quick tour of a few recent compilations that have come out. Since we are getting close to the end of the year, I expect we will start seeing some best of compilations fair soon.