Our annual end of year mix for 2016 is now available! With the mellow, minimalistic grooves of Blastculture, brooding beats and bass of Psychadelik Pedestrian, disco funk of Phish Funk and progressive trance of Marc Burt, the 86 minute mix showcases some of our favourite Toucan tracks of the year. Listen and download now from our DJ mix archive.
For Netlabel Day 2016 we are releasing two brand new three track EPs, available to download today. The Shot In The Dark EP features a trilogy of new electro house tunes from Beat Doctor, returning after a five year hiatus. Shot In The Dark leads the EP with a bouncy, uplifting bassline, rippling arpeggios and an echoing vocal snippet. Remote Control System has a similar echoing vocal sample but takes a more minimal approach with a relentless computerized bassline and bleepy sounds. Clockwatchers completes the trilogy with pumping house rhythms and old school rave stabs. For the other EP, Psychadelik Pedestrian follows up his recent LP, Fifteen, with three new tracks in a slightly different style on his Un-unplugged EP. Replacing the chilled vibes of Fifteen with a harder, electronic sound on this EP. Starting with warm yet relaxing pads and piano, Unprovoked Attack launches unexpectedly into heavy trip-hop beats, distorted guitar-esque synths, and floor-shaking bass, while keeping an uplifting melody in traditional Pedestrian style. Drones is a faster, more minimal outing with relentless tribal rhythms driving deep pitchbending sub-bass interspersed with a haunting piano riff. Naked Flames completes the EP with a more melodic, pop-influenced track, again with echoing distorted electric synths and deep, rumbling bass. All tracks on both EPs are available under a Creative Commons licence, free for re-use in your own DJ sets, videos and podcasts.
Blastculture and Notch return with three new remixes of tracks taken from the Psychadelik Pedestrian LP Fifteen. With two new remixes, Blastculture opts for different styles: Sergio’s Last Remix of Sleep Tight launches into a rhythmic house workout with smooth dancefloor grooves while his Steady State Remix of Hit The Deck is a faster track with a darker feel, with hard house and techno influences. Notch concludes the release with a house remix of Sleep Tight, keeping the original keyboard riffs and adding smooth electronic beats, crisp rhythmic hi-hats and a subtle yet punchy organ riff. All remixes are available to download free of charge in high quality MP3 format. Find out more on our release page.
Expertly timed to fit in with two of our autumn album releases, our latest EP features two club remixes of Psychadelik Pedestrian tracks. The original mix of Hypnotise was included on our Best Bytes 3 compilation and Phish Funk have joined forces with Aerologic to bring the track to the dancefloor. Combining the funky house sound of Phish Funk with the upfront progressive EDM vibe of Aerologic and the stuttering electro arpeggios of the original track, our new club mix of Hypnotise features funky bass guitar alongside electronic house grooves. Pulse is taken from the new Psychadelik Pedestrian album Fifteen, and here Notch pumps up the tempo and adds deep house rhythms while keeping faithful to the original electro track, using the punchy melody and synth riffs. Download both tracks on our release page.
Two years after his last LP, Nocturnia, Psychadelik Pedestrian returns with a brand new 10 track album combining his trademark blend of chillout, trance, breaks and trip hop. Featuring a slightly mellower sound and focussing on instrumental tracks, Fifteen features strong chilled grooves in new tracks Catching Rays and Breaking Waves as well as Starlight, making an appearance here after previously being released on an EP. Also included is plenty of atmospheric orchestral action, with Into The Ether setting the scene, The Dead Of Night introducing a slightly eerie feel with sinister strings and Sleep Tight bringing the album to a climax with some dirty electronic sounds. Find out more and download all of the tracks free of charge on our album page.
We’re celebrating Netlabel Day 2015 with 2 new releases, out now and currently available exclusively via the Netlabel Day site and Internet Archive. Today also marks the closest approach of the New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto, so we couldn’t resist marking the occasion with 2 new mixes by Psychadelik Pedestrian of one of our favourite tracks – Voyage To Pluto – which you can grab now at http://netlabelday.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/prism-voyage-to-pluto-netlabel-day.html.
Our second release features 3 new tracks from different artists from forthcoming releases due later this year. Psychadelik Pedestrian presents Pulse, an electro breaks track from his new LP, which will be available in the autumn. From our August EP release, Blastculture has reworked Phish Funk’s Lava Lamp in his minimal yet funky house style. Finally, we introduce new artist Notch, who presents a glitchy house track called Broken Record. These are all available at http://netlabelday.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/va-toucan-music-presents-netlabel-day.html.
You’ll be able to download the full release pack of Voyage To Pluto remixes later this week right here on the Toucan website, which will include remastered versions of the original Prism mix and Dreamworld 2005 remix.
Concluding our anniversary countdown of our most popular downloads since becoming a netlabel in March 2005, here are our Top 5 biggest downloads over the last 10 years:
5. Aquarius – Phish Funk
4. Night Beach (Redmann remix) – Psychadelik Pedestrian
3. Prismattack (bouncy mix) – Prism
2. Memories of Thailand (Beat Doctor’s stuck in Britain remix) – Risey
1. Feel The Power – Dreamworld
We’ve a special anniversary podcast to celebrate the occasion featuring all 20 of our most popular tracks from this month’s countdown. Head on over to our podcasts page to listen to and download the continuous 90 minute DJ mix blending the diverse range of styles, from electro house and trance to UK hardcore and even chillout!
Thanks for your support over the last decade – here’s to another 10 years of free music downloads!
For our 10th anniversary as a netlabel this month, we’re counting down our top 20 downloads of all time from the Toucan Music website. Here’s the first instalment counting down from 20 to 15:
20. Bad Man – Beat Doctor
19. Aerial Photograph (Marc Burt mix) – Marc Burt v Beat Doctor
18. Plasma – Redmann
17. Dancefloor Virus (Beat Doctor remix) – Silverknight
16. Reaction One (2007 remix) – Prism
15. Hypnotise – Psychadelik Pedestrian
Look out for the next instalment of the chart soon counting down 15 to 10, and our special podcast at the end of the month featuring all 20 of our most popular tracks!
Happy new year! Thanks to everyone who supported us during 2014 by downloading and streaming our music releases. We’ve counted up all the figures, and across all of our partner sites, Risey’s Memories Of Thailand – the Beat Doctor remix – has been our most downloaded track once again for the third year running! This track, originally released back in 2007, has gone from strength to strength since being released on our Best Bytes compilation series. The remainder of the chart is dominated by Psychadelik Pedestrian tracks, mainly from the 2013 Nocturnia album, but second place shows a surprise return to form for an old favourite chillout track, Night Beach. Now 12 years old and notching up a fifth consecutive year on the chart by reaching its best position so far. Check out the full download chart here.