WMP is finally back and what a way to start this fourth season! This week, I talked to Diego Naranjo, Senior Policy Advisor at EDRi, to know more about the copyright reform that is still in the making in the EU. EDRi (European Digital Rights) is an association of civil and human rights organizations that advocates for the protection of our rights and freedoms online. On top of working directly with high instances in the EU, they also work in public campaigns, providing ordinary citizens with tools to engage with policy making, such as the Save the Meme website and The School of Rock(ing) EU Copyright workshop (happening in Lisbon, Slovenia and Hungary later this year).

On the music side of things, the celebration was on in big style for this year’s Netlabel Day. With more than 200 free records out on July 14th, I picked some of my favourites of 2017 to showcase how inspiring the initiative has been.

Lasers – Amsterdam [Bad Panda Records] // CC BY-NC-SA
Fog Lake – Push [FMA] // CC BY
Go Ask Alice – The Shout [La bèl netlabel] // CC BY-SA
Michael Keefe – Reality (Feat. Travis Paul) [Amblis Records] // CC BY-NC
Nüman – Sin título [Sólo le Pido a Dior] // CC BY-NC-SA
Bottlesmoker – East Indies (feat. Kronutz) [Yes No Wave Music] // CC BY-NC
Knit – A Good Chance [Z Tapes] // CC BY
Moki McFly – Zeta [mahorka] // CC BY-NC

All the songs from “Where The Sidewalk Ends” by Roger Plexico have been used as background music for the interview. Tracks available under a  CC BY-NC-SA licence; download on Bandcamp or FMA.

 

Another relaxing evening on Spark Sunderland with a delightful soundtrack, straight from some of coolest netlabels around (even if some of them stopped publishing records). While I decided to let summer fade away smoothly, I also didn’t resist to add some more powered tracks into the mix. Also, September will be packed with surprises and great things on White Market, including some next week’s interview with FMA director, Cheyenne Hohman. Stay tuned!

Stereoshape – So Hot [iD.Eology / FMA]
Pumba Soundsystem – Amor (extended mix) [Fax Records]
Mocha Addict – Somewhere Someplace [Yes No Wave]
ProleteR –  Do A Stupid Little Dance (feat. Taskrok) [Dusted Wax Kingdom]
Suhov – Heartbox [Budabeats]
Bit Shifter – Reformat the Planet (Azureflux remix) [Enough Records]
Henrik José – Pinpointing the problem [23 Seconds]
Knife City – Poison Flower [8bitpeoples]
Gi Gi Giraffe – Picture [Tanukineiri Records]
Brad Sucks – Borderline [Self-released]
This Mess Is Mine – Picture Postcard [aerotone]
Andrey Nailer – Blanket [Mimonot]
Frenchie – Hey Hey Brother [Fwonk*]
Suburbanism – Sneakerbox (Chesavom Dream mix) [la-pikki-pikki]

.: Photo by Miska Saarikko :. CC BY-NC-ND

We celebrated Netlabel Day 2015 with an exclusive playlist that only included participating netlabels. The real challenge was to pick the best ones!

Nowhere Fast – &i [Sostanze Records]
Break the Bans – People (I need a bomb inside my heart) [Southern City’s Lab]
Walrus – I Just Wanna Be Me [Yes No Wave Music]
Light Up The Sky! – Sophie’s Lullaby [56kbps]
Boblebad – Boblebad [Mars Melons]
Captive Portal –  T-Shirts Silly Bus [mahorka]
Nyquist – The Last Summer [FutureDraht]
Lord Breu – Dendê [Latino Resiste]
Van Delay – El éxito [Amalgamated Futureless Artists]
Ping-Fonk – Broken Machine Blues [Disfish]
FUTURESOUNDER – Take Me To The Sun [Subbass]
SanthiAgo – Door to Door [bleepsequence]
Herr Doktor – Miami Call [Enough Records]
Just Plain Ant – The Day Has Begun [blocsonic]