It used to be that you only listened to one kind of music – your whole identity was wrapped up in a couple of bands that would shape your clothes, your hair who you hung out with and who you made out with.
From what I can tell – this is all pretty much in the past. With terrestrial radio being nothing but Prozac for the masses – people are getting their music from satellite or the internet; when you control who you listen to, the choices are endless.
Over on music2work2 I have been actively listening to beat makers – I'm looking to incorporate more beats into the music and there is no better way to do this than listening to different artists. The site that I use for this is RCRDLBL. To quote from their about page:
RCRD LBL is an online record label releasing exclusive and completely free music from emerging and established artists. In addition to our in-house label, the RCRD LBL network includes a curated roster of independent record labels offering free MP3 downloads and multimedia content in blog format.
Which sounds groovy and all – but in reality it means that every day I get an email from them with one, sometimes two tracks which I can listen to and if I like – download. The music is predominately dance, hip hop, club music with the odd Indie band thrown in for fun – if I dig the track I can add the band to my RCRD LBL and download the Free MP3. They also make it super easy to embed the track on your site - which is something I really like and is why you're currently grooving to Whatevr u Want right now!
As a music delivery service it’s great and I love the write ups about the artist – although they often seem to be pulled from the artist’ bio page. What I don’t like about the site is how long it takes to log in – it takes for-freakin-ever. Also the layout of the site is really blocky and chunky – kind of like they did a wireframe and then forgot to actually take it to the next level.
Still – at the end of the day this is about the music and if you’re interested in new beats I can thoroughly recommend RCRDLBL.