I started writing this post awhile back, but never actually got around to more than just the title. I’ve got major love for hype machine these days. How could you not??
For those who haven’t heard of hype machine, its the brainchild of Anthony Volodkin & co. Basically what Hype Machine does is track a select amount of music blogs, when these blogs post mp3’s Hype Machine then features them on the site & you can listen to the music directly. The site has been around a while, and for any music lover it’s one that needs to be added to your bookmarks asap.
The amount of new music I’m after discovering through the site over the last few months is amazing.
The sites itself has been around since 2005, but I’ve only really got into using it properly over the last couple of months. Slightly annoyed I didn’t get into using it sooner, but I’m making up for lost time now!
I personally find the site great for sourcing remixes from my favorite artists. This is a good thing, but at times also a hindrance – sometimes when you search for an artist you just want to see standard album tracks. As with everything there’s pros and cons – but for me this site is full of goodness all the way.
Use the popular or twitter page to find some new artists, or just search for a track / artist in particular. Easy peasy. All your ‘loved’ tracks are then stored in your profile. It would be nice if the site had a playlist feature or something, as I’m starting to pile up on ‘loved’ tracks and would like to be able to play them in a certain order.
Some tracks I’ve had on constant rotation over on my HypeM account are:
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (Alan Wilks Remix)
The xx – Shelter (Them Jeans ‘Drums’ Edit)
Ellie Goulding – Under The Sheets (Baby Monster Remix)
Kleerup – Until We Bleed (Feat. Lykke Li)
Grizzly Bear/The Knife – Knifes / Heartbeats
Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy (Air France Remix)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (A-Track Remix)
If you don’t have an account set up for yourself, get on it.
Hype Machine is changing the way we source and listen to music on the net – it’s all the music you would search for anyways – dropped in one place. In the age we’re in now where people what the music readily accessible & easy to find – this site is on the ball.
You can’t download tracks directly form the site, which is a good thing – and as stated by the HypeM crew themselves, if you find an artist / track on the site, support the artist by buying it (each track on HypeM has links to purchase). I’m a big believer of actually buying the music of an artist who i’m really diggin. Fair enough everyone downloads stuff from time to time, there’s no escaping it – but if you’re a fan of someone, especially an upcoming artist spread the word and get out and buy their music – not everyone agrees with this but sometimes i like nothing better than buying an old school cd! 🙂