This week, we'll look at fair-trade music. Over the past several years, three things have changed the course of popular music, for better or worse. First came the marriage of music and video and the overwhelming marketing power it presented. It was an expensive tool requiring serious funding by record labels loathe to take chances on what they viewed as a commodity. Next was the advent of personal digital recording allowing bands to record professional quality music on a shoestring and finally the Internet offered the ability for bands to market their own music. Fair-trade music acknowledges this and offers a new relationship between artist and fan. Embracing the new paradigm are Laki Mera, The Chill Conspiracy, Lich, to the sea with me and Radio Orphans. I'm Jim Nye.
From a Glasgow warehouse studio Laki Mera define D.I.Y by writing and recording their debut album 'clutter' free from outside interference and pressures. This is 'How Dare You'
Download the entire 'clutter' cd on the honor system at www.lakimera.co.uk The Chill Conspiracy is a Swiss Downtempo collective featuring the bass and turntablist talents of LiquidBass and DJ Psion augmented by Bulgarian drummer Apo and Swiss vocalist Lucy. Here is 'Trees'
There is much more on The Chill Conspiracy at www.myspace.com/thechillconspiracy Polish violinist Kaska Paluch teams with producer Dopehead from the 'Rise of the Zwitch Kings' ep. Here is Lich
. You'll find that release for free at www.aquietbump.com and more from Kaska at www.myspace.com/kaskapaluch to the sea with me is an online collaboration between electronic producer Estrechez and vocalist Jehn Cerron. Here is the 'waiting 4 sleep, ready 2 dream rewound'
Hear more at www.soundlift.com Finneaus and Jaw Knee are radio orphans scrounging sound for musical puzzles. The is 'Ides of March'
Listen to their more tracks and their cool podcast at radioorphans.blogspot.com Visit the cornershop where you can help support many of the artists you hear on Idyllic Music by buying a song or CD from them. There is also a book corner with where you can browse through 20 great music books including Miles Davis's autobiography and the Trouser Press Guide to Music. And look for all 4 Volumes of The Idyllic Music iMix.
Thanks for listening. I'm Jim Nye.