Archive for August, 2009

Where do I get new music?

With the explosion of media players, whether in your phone, your car, or your home, the music industry is being turned upside down as far as how music is being sold and distributed these days. Since I haven’t stepped into a record store in years, I get 100% of my music from the web. So where do I go for my electronica mp3 fix?

There are a few websites I recommend that are especially good for those hard to find electronic tracks. Because the really good stuff is hard to find.

Junodownload.com is an excellent sister website of Juno.co.uk, a website I used in the past to purchase my vinyl records. You can preview pretty much every track, and their selection is amazing with a huge backstock that goes back to the early 90s. They have recommendation and top-download lists to browse if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for. Priced right too, with an 192k MP3 for around $1.50

Another great website is Beatport.com. However they only sell in digital format, so no CD jewel cases or crates of vinyl delivery to your door. They have relationships with some virtual DJ software, with plug-ins within the mixer for track purchase at Beatport.com.  Could be a cool feature if some hottie runs up to you with a request in the middle of a set and you gotta scramble to score some points. Once again their selection is huge, recommended playlists are great, but they are pricier than other options, at just-released tracks going for about $2.50.

Personal tip: Sometimes I would use beatport as  a browsing website trolling through some of their top download lists, then try to find the tracks for a cheaper price somewhere else.  If the track isn’t too rare, you can find it on Amazon.com for 99 cents.  This has happened before, but rarely.  Amazon has a limited selection of electronica.

There are plenty of other sites out there to buy from, but these are my personal favorites, and in my opinion some of the best.

Junior Boys – Like a Child (Carl Craig remix)

Carl Craig can be regarded as one of the forefathers of the Detroit techno music scene. Here is a track that became the icing on the cake of his long career when it was nominated for a Grammy in 2007. Please enjoy!

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