The Internet has certainly spawned an enormous range of creative outlets, and 'netlabels' promise to be a significant presence in the musical section of the creative spectrum.
Most of us are familiar with the notion of "major labels," such as Sony or MCA; if your musical taste is on the eclectic side, you've probably explored the world of "indie labels," those independent (usually regional) record labels bringing even more artists to the commercial arena. Well, netlabels take that idea one step further; they're usually community-driven enterprises, and their music is made freely available, usually under the Creative Commons license. Given the nature of the Internet, netlabels tend to focus on the more...electronic genres of the musical world.
Section 27 is one such netlabel, and they've released a 2011 sampler of their artists. Now, I'll be the first to admit that electronica is not my typical first choice of playlist, but (as usual) there's some ear-catching stuff on this 8-track compilation. My FLFs (First Listen Favorites) are the bookends of this sampler, tracks 1 and 8: Non Dolet's Terminal and Intr1 from Shodan. In between, you'll find digital meanderings of all sorts, including an interesting take on samples from an 80s chart-topper.
Check it out, and let us know what you think in the comments...