This LP concludes 6 years of T-FREE history and marks the end of all the label’s activities, parallel to the final shutdown of Tilt-Recordings.

Mad props to all artists involved on both labels!

Few more things are left to be adressed on this final occasion.

Over time, T-FREE has frequently been subject to discussions, provoking disagreement on all aspects: its musical orientation and range of varying sound quality from release to release, the public opinions and Internet behaviour of the labelmaker, the absence of artwork, the used form of presentation and the ideological fact of T-FREE being an anti-commercial netlabel. Two opposing opinions usually dominate these debates:

“puts some more established labels to shame”
(crystl_lake @ www.freak-recordings.com/community 2008-06)

“96% of the shit you put out is garbage”
(djc @ www.techno-dnb.com/forum 2008-06)

Regardless of reactions, T-FREE has always followed a certain sound/style (with few exceptions), aiming at DJs, not critics. This final release continues that label policy to the end. Some of the tunes are old, some brandnew, some re-released. As usually, they came directly from the producers’ computers without any additional mastering done on them. So they all have different mixdowns, loudness levels and sound characters.

Thus probably everybody will hate some tunes on this LP, but perhaps also everybody will like some tunes on it.

And hopefully this LP will stand worthy as a final release, after 184 tunes on 118 releases (plus these) in 6 years. The traffic statistics show that literally tens of thousands of people have downloded the releases (average circa 45,000). Some of the tunes have even cracked the 100,000 mark. T-FREE had a good run, brought a lot of music to many people and maybe even contributed to some Drum & Bass artist careers.

It was fun, inspiring and politically the right thing to do (from all three perspectives: before, during and after).

“Goodbye everybody!”

PS: A note for the haters. When your favourite bigname DJs play “dubplates” in their mixes, those also are unmastered tunes (from different artists) and they all sound differently.

PPS: Some quoteworthy thoughts about releasing older tunes and the general question of wether artists or audiences own works of art:

With all due respect to the artist(s), it’s kind of idiotic and egoic to not give people what they want, when no almost no effort is involved in distributing a track these days.. When you have fans who fucking dearly want something you made, there are only a few reasons why artists tend not to give them out, and only 2 of those legit.

1) Lost the file (mp3 or sequencer file, DAT tape (LOL) whatever) < -- legit

2) Doesn't want it to be released because they either hate it or thing it's 'beneath' them because their production value has improved over time. Somewhat understandable but ultimately unjustified and pretentious. Ego-based and too concerned about 'image'.

3) Some kind of record label stipulation or legal mangling <-- legit, not understandable, but legit

4) You get off on the fact that people who want something you created will never get it - then you're just a dick. Ultimate in pretension.

(source)

the rest of this and other “save the planet, kill yourself” issues can be found elswhere; don’t believe the hype!
And now for the music.

01__Mav_feat_Tyrah_Morena_-Special_Forces.mp3
02__SKC_-Harbinger.mp3
03__Materia_-Collision_Domain.mp3
04__Acid_Lab_-Photons.mp3
05__Massl_-Noizu.mp3
06__Sniper_-Steamball.mp3
07__Drillcut_Heavens_Gate.mp3
08__Effect_-The_Tempest.mp3
09__Effect_-The_Tempest__VIP.mp3
10__Graffo_+_Dirty_Boy_-Propeller.mp3
11__Phony_-Tunnel_Of_Light.mp3
12__Mefjus_+_Bowsar_-Human_Error__pre2__DJ_Hektik_Edit__Engage_Edit.mp3
13__Matt_Domino_-Ancestors.mp3
14__Tenebra_-Work.mp3
15__Proktah_-Save_A_Penny_For_The_Boatsman.mp3
16__Polarity_-Beep.mp3
17__Budoka_-Mister_Bubbles.mp3
18__Paperclip_+_Engage_-Molecula.mp3
19__M-Force_-Losing_Grip.mp3
20__AiB_-Хуй.mp3
21__Desecration_-Morbid_Angel.mp3
22__Isotop_+_Kaiza_+_Mefjus_-Radiator.mp3
23__AirJ_+_T-Psy_-Heavier.mp3
24__Bowsar_-Pulsar.mp3
25__Isotop_+_Shots_feat_Kaiza_-Mothership.mp3
26__Revolt_-Magnetism.mp3
27__Broozy_+_Kigami_-Olympus.mp3
28__Nagato_+_Circular_Discharge_-Even_Wars.mp3
29__Skelic_-Hawkseye_Point.mp3
30__AiB_-Пизда.mp3
31__Arje_-Reconstruction_V1.mp3
32__kr4y_-Sourcream_RMX.mp3
33__Pyro_-One_Time.mp3
34__Mephisto_-Multiplex.mp3
35__Mephisto_-Emotions.mp3

info text file:
–> T-FREE-LP002.txt

playlist file for streaming in media players:
–> T-FREE-LP002_playlist.m3u

all-in-one .zip archive download:
–> T-FREE-LP002__tldr_Happy_End.zip

overall T-FREE releases mp3 podcast (rss feed):
–> http://www.tilt-recordings.com/t-free/rss.xml

Mav feat. Tyrah Morena – “Special Forces”
8:52 min mp3 (320 kbps, 20.3 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_01__Mav_feat_Tyrah_Morena_-Special_Forces.mp3
Mav is a 20 degree black belt master of techy Athmospheric Drum & Bass. He was exposed to the broader Drum & Bass scene for the first time pretty much through the Armada Recordings launch incident in 2005. That label, planned and publically announced for well over 2 years, had advertised their first release as a 4×12″ LP including Mav’s “Ocean Phantom” among Noisia’s “Desolation” plus Teebee remix and tunes by Corrupt Souls, Desimal and Brain. The scene waited a long time for it with great anticipation and indeed “unprecedented hype.” The delay had already become a running gag when the LP was finally made available; exclusively through the Armada online shop and as a subscription series model. The label wanted to have people pay for the release, use this money to press the vinyl and then send it to the people who paid in first place. The shop script gave customers a timeframe of 6-8 weeks until delivery. 7 days after the shop opened, Teebee, a man always good for some action, made a public announcement about pulling back his remix from Armada for having not been paid until the deadline (and released it shortly after on Renegade Hardware with some different samples and entitled “The Force”). Customers were asking the label many questions and got few satisfactory answers back. Two months later the people who had bought into the subscription were given mp3s of the LP tunes (minus the Teebee remix) and offered refunds. Many of the customers downloaded the tunes instantly, many also chose to ask for the refund and some of them never got their money back. The label crew fell apart and the entire Armada bubble slowly collapsed, leaving behind one of the greatest dramas in Drum & Bass Internet History. Some excellent DOA threads can still be easily found with a search for the word “armada”. And some of the tunes (including Noisia’s otherwise unreleased techmospheric masterpiece “Desolation”) can still be downloaded here.
One of the great things about this label was the indirect promotion effect for involved artists, including Mav. “Ocean Phantom” ended up as his third tune on Fokuz Limited and he also left his mark on other labels, most notably ASC’s Covert Operations (incidentally a label that used a subscription model successfully). Mav’s tunes are a lasting influence, musically untouchable and as epic as the Armada fail was.
“Special Forces” was until now only on a mix-CD in a 2xCD joint album on Covert Operations and Warm Communications [COVWC-CD001] in 2003 and digitally available through Covert Operations, offline since 2009. Watch out for the reworked 2011 version on Mav’s forthcoming LP (!)
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SKC – “Harbinger”
6:42 min mp3 (320 kbps, 15.4 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_02__SKC_-Harbinger.mp3
This beautiful tune from SKC’ techy era had originally been planned for a release on DSCI4 [DSCI4007P] in 2003. But for unknown reasons it did not really make it to vinyl aside from some testpresses and was never released until now.
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Materia – “Collision Domain”
7:20 min mp3 (320 kbps, 16.8 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_03__Materia_-Collision_Domain.mp3
Materia kind of moved on to House and Techno over the past years but is continuingly putting out tunes, only in a different area. “Collision Domain” is one of his most beautiful older Drum & Bass tunes, originally released on Kinematic 320 [KIN320-017] in 2006.
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Acid_Lab – “Photons”
5:18 min mp3 (320 kbps, 12.1 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_04__Acid_Lab_-Photons.mp3
Since T-FREE-3EP026, Acid_Lab aka Kodama aka Parametric aka Chefrocker of the neo-oldschool Techstep (TM) movement has been heard on Cause 4 Concern, Basswerk, Variant Audio, Break-Fast Audio, Black Hoe, Golden Age, Fish, Internet, digitalGEWITTER, Urban Poetry and sYncoPathic.Recordings, plus he has made his vinyl debut on Alphacut [ACR 018]. He says goodbye to T-FREE with this laid back groove in classic tech fashion with a touch of modern Gridlok funk.
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Massl – “Noizu”
5:53 min mp3 (320 kbps, 13.5 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_05__Massl_-Noizu.mp3
Massl is a local DJ from Karlsruhe, Germany. For some years he and Rizla have tried to build up and support a healthy technoid Drum & Bass scene with enough room for subtleties. Now they have taken up producing, with first results.
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Sniper – “Steamball”
6:43 min mp3 (320 kbps, 15.4 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_06__Sniper_-Steamball.mp3
Beautiful and spacy 3rd generation Neurofunk, originally released on Kinematic 320 [KIN320-015] (one of the first digital Drum & Bass labels) in 2005.
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Drillcut – “Heaven’s Gate”
5:15 min mp3 (320 kbps, 12.0 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_07__Drillcut_Heavens_Gate.mp3
Drillcut from Russia has released 5 very different tunes in 2010, 4 on SiDC Music and 1 on T-FREE. He also released 3 more tunes as C13360 in 2008.
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Effect – “The Tempest”
6:49 min mp3 (320 kbps, 15.6 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_08__Effect_-The_Tempest.mp3
In 2009, Effect appeared out of nowhere with T-FREE067. Two years later he has covered 6 more netlabels (Black Hoe, Beat Addiction, Sick_Brain, Nocid Business, Brutal Attack, Fish) and at least 6 digital labels (SCPTX, Suspect Device, Close 2 Death, Darkbox, Abducted and Blackhoe Alimony). Check out his recent promo mix with forthcoming material.
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Effect – “The Tempest” VIP
6:49 min mp3 (320 kbps, 15.6 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_09__Effect_-The_Tempest__VIP.mp3
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Graffo + Dirty Boy – “Propeller”
6:03 min mp3 (320 kbps, 13.9 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_10__Graffo_+_Dirty_Boy_-Propeller.mp3
Graffo has been a DJ for many years and started making beats not so long ago. This is his second officially released tune after his feature on the drumandbass.cz “YoungBlood 2010″ compilation. Dirty Boy, also from the Czech Republic, is a complete mystery.
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Phony – “Tunnel Of Light”
5:18 min mp3 (320 kbps, 12.1 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_11__Phony_-Tunnel_Of_Light.mp3
After a PC crash and data loss, Phony was virtually gone for quite some time. Now with this freshly finished tune he demonstrates having no intention to stay away anymore.
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Mefjus + Bowsar – “Human Error” (pre2 (DJ Hektik Edit (Engage Edit)))
4:28 min mp3 (320 kbps, 10.2 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_12__Mefjus_+_Bowsar_-Human_Error__[...]_Edit.mp3
The unfinished trunk of a tune by Mefjus + Bowsar (1:53) was edited by DJ Hektik so that he could mix it (2:58). Then this edit was further edited by Engage (4:28) to allow for more comfortable and less hectic mixing. The original tune is still unfinished… But for how long?
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Matt Domino – “Ancestors”
7:01 min mp3 (320 kbps, 16.1 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_13__Matt_Domino_-Ancestors.mp3
This roller is Matt Domino’s third contribution to T-FREE. He also recently started his own label, Absolute Music. Check out the first vinyl single [TOTAL001] and the first digital offshoot release with the superb “Discipline” on it!
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Tenebra – “Work”
6:05 min mp3 (320 kbps, 13.9 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_14__Tenebra_-Work.mp3
Flame has moved on from Neurofunk to other facets of Drum & Bass, but for this LP he unlocked this unreleased piece from his Tenebra era.
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Proktah – “Save A Penny For The Boatsman”
5:10 min mp3 (320 kbps, 11.9 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_15__Proktah_-Save_A_Penny_For_The_Boatsman.mp3
Proktah belongs among the big names of German Neurofunk. He has had a quite solid output for some years now (Flight, Trust In Music, Cyanide, Focuz, Disturbed, Melting Pot…) including the original of “Labyrinth” on T-FREE in 2009.
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Polarity – “Beep”
6:46 min mp3 (320 kbps, 15.5 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_16__Polarity_-Beep.mp3
Polarity is the man in the background of the online community Producer Network and the digital label of the same name. He also was behind Austria’s first lady od Drum & Bass once. Since his “Syntax” LP on Producer Network in 2008 he has been doing what said LP’s artwork depicts: making beats underground. http://www.producer-network.de/records/releases/polarity-syntax-pnrlp0005 In 2010 he reappeared on the Future Forum Sampler 2010 (a free download compilation LP realized on the german DOA equivalent) and proceeded to Trust In Music, Mindtech and .shadybrain; now he makes his appearance on T-FREE, presenting the label with this deep, roomy reece midrange monster tune entitled “Beep”.
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Budoka – “Mr Bubbles”
6:53 min mp3 (320 kbps, 15.8 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_17__Budoka_-Mister_Bubbles.mp3
Budoka, undeservingly unknown German producer, DJ and co-founder of Tilt-Recordings, recently overhauled this unreleased tune from 2006 and brought it up to his new sound standards of 2011. Perhaps more of his tunes will appear on other labels soon.
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Paperclip + Engage – “Molecula”
5:16 min mp3 (320 kbps, 12.1 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_18__Paperclip_+_Engage_-Molecula.mp3
Originally a Paperclip solo tune, changed and finished by Engage. Both artist are popular acts in the Russian Drum & Bass scene; Engage is getting more attention since his tune “Above The Clouds” on the first release of Noisia’s newest label Invisible in 2010 and Paperclip recently launched his own label Paperfunk Recordings. http://www.tilt-recordings.com/t-free/artists.htm#paperclip
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M-Force – “Losing Grip”
4:56 min mp3 (320 kbps, 11.3 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_19__M-Force_-Losing_Grip.mp3
M-Force had their first release last year with “Wholetrain”, a collabo tune with Mefjus on Tilt-Recordings [T-FILE022]. Since then they have been shifting more towards Dubstep (releases on No Bass No Fun Records, more forthcoming). “Losing Grip” is one of their few Drum & Bass solo tunes.
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AiB – “Хуй”
5:52 min mp3 (320 kbps, 13.4 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_20__AiB_-Хуй.mp3
AiB is another newcomer from Russia with creative ideas who debuted last year with Dreyman on Fish Recordings [FISH043">.
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Desecration - "Morbid Angel"
6:58 min mp3 (320 kbps, 16.0 mb) --> T-FREE-LP002_21__Desecration_-Morbid_Angel.mp3
Desecration's name never really got around much in the scene although he made a bunch of pretty cool tunes, like this one.
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Isotop + Kaiza + Mefjus - "Radiator"
5:29 min mp3 (320 kbps, 12.6 mb) --> T-FREE-LP002_22__Isotop_+_Kaiza_+_Mefjus_-Radiator.mp3
This is the first collabo tune from these three artists. The second collabo is signed to Optiv's imprint Red Light.
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AirJ + T-Psy - "Heavier"
6:15 min mp3 (320 kbps, 14.3 mb) --> T-FREE-LP002_23__AirJ_+_T-Psy_-Heavier.mp3
Air J and T-Psy, along with Sinecore and Peter Kurten, form the core of Belgian hard technoid Drum & Bass. A lot of crazy music from them is out there to be checked out.
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Bowsar (the artist formerly known as Bowser) - "Pulsar"
4:38 min mp3 (320 kbps, 10.6 mb) --> T-FREE-LP002_24__Bowsar_-Pulsar.mp3
Sidechained sawtooth stomp = all you need to know. Bowsar debuted on T-FREE in 2007 and has never stopped.
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Isotop + Shots feat. Kaiza - "Mothership"
5:47 min mp3 (320 kbps, 13.3 mb) --> T-FREE-LP002_25__Isotop_+_Shots_feat_Kaiza_-Mothership.mp3
This is a tune that was never released because the project was unretrievably lost and the only file left is this mp3 with a complimentary audio error in the last 30 seconds.
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Revolt - "Magnetism"
5:58 min mp3 (320 kbps, 16.0 mb) --> T-FREE-LP002_26__Revolt_-Magnetism.mp3
Revolt is a newcomer from the Ukraine who first appeared on an EP on the netlabel Brutal Attack Recordings in 2010. He has further tunes signed to Insekto, Tinnitus, Infectech, Sick_Brain, Nocid Business and other labels.
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Broozy + Kigami - "Olympus"
6:06 min mp3 (320 kbps, 14.0 mb) --> T-FREE-LP002_27__Broozy_+_Kigami_-Olympus.mp3
Kigami has been around for a while and released some tunes on Metafiziq, T3K, the HMSU netlabel and Tinnitus Recordings. Broozy is a Bulgarian DJ who never released a tune before. His sad, sad tale must not be told but quoted directly: "Born in the harsh mountains of Bulgaria to a family of coal miners, he had really tough childhood. One of his favorite things at this time was listening to stories about unicorns and fairies, sitting around the fire in the company of turkish truck drivers and gipsy prostitutes. After being beaten nearly to death by his father, the young soon-to-be musician decided to escape the mines and to went to the big city to become a glue inhaler or more commonly known as 'lepilar'. Once after being unable to find enough money to buy his favorite 'Kale', our young hero decided to steal an mp3 player from a car that was parked nearby. As soon as he broke the side window open, the alarm of the car turned on. Then something strange happened - he was fascinated by the magical sounds, and decided this was his destiny. And thus was born Broozy - The Defender of Car Alarm Music."
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Nagato + Circular Discharge - "Even Wars"
6:25 min mp3 (320 kbps, 14.7 mb) --> T-FREE-LP002_28__Nagato_+_Circular_Discharge_-Even_Wars.mp3
Nagato and Circular Discharge both come from Russia and have put out some tunes on the Russian netlabel Deathsoundbat. Circular Discharge aka Meat Project have also been featured on the "Darkness Revealed" compilation on Ex Machina in 2010. More tunes are signed to Infectech, Section 8, Back 2 Back, Razor Recordings and also to DeathSoundBat and Ex Machina. Check their soundcloud profiles for more downloads!
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Skelic - "Hawkseye Point"
7:03 min mp3 (320 kbps, 16.1 mb) --> T-FREE-LP002_29__Skelic_-Hawkseye_Point.mp3
Skelic recently appeared on Black Hoe [BH074EP">, but otherwise he is a new name to Drum & Bass. He has a very experimental approach to music and styles and his tunes show a very own, spacy sound. This is what he himself says: "Dark electronic styles from Finland. I don't confine myself to any specific genres. Any specific genres confine Skelic to them."
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AiB - "Пизда"
6:07 min mp3 (320 kbps, 14.0 mb) --> T-FREE-LP002_30__AiB_-Пизда.mp3
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Arje - "Reconstruction" V1
5:57 min mp3 (320 kbps, 13.6 mb) --> T-FREE-LP002_31__Arje_-Reconstruction_V1.mp3
The final of "Reconstruction", released on kr4y and Arje's netlabel Beataddiction [BTAN006] in 2009, is a deep, musical and relaxed Athmospheric / Intelligent Drum & Bass song. However, in its first original version, the tune started out as raw and pure Techno-DNB before it evolved into the melodic, and this first version is now finally officially available.
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kr4y – “Sourcream RMX”
6:32 min mp3 (320 kbps, 15.0 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_32__kr4y_-Sourcream_RMX.mp3
T-FREE-3EP030 by kr4y was the last T-FREE-3EP (also the last release on T-FREE until this LP brought itself into existence), and his Sourcream Remix is the last one to be ever released on T-FREE, Tilt-Recordings and any other labels… Or is it?
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Pyro – “One Time”
6:37 min mp3 (320 kbps, 12.1 mb) –>
T-FREE-LP002_33__Pyro_-One_Time.mp3
This is a lost old unreleased tune by Grandmaster Pyro, most likely from the period shortly after the Millenium.
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Mephisto – “Multiplex”
6:01 min mp3 (320 kbps, 13.8 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_34__Mephisto_-Multiplex.mp3
Mephisto is Mefjus, a talented Drum & Bass producer/DJ from Austria who should be well known to followers of Tilt-Recordings and T-FREE from his previous releases, let alone those on labels like Citrus and Bad Taste… He also makes some nice Nu Skool Breaks under this name.
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Mephisto – “Emotions”
4:33 min mp3 (320 kbps, 14.0 mb) –> T-FREE-LP002_35__Mephisto_-Emotions.mp3
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