Returning with his trademark tech-house sound, the focus is on the rhythm as Blastculture blends acid bass with pounding house beats, drum rolls, intricate rhythmic clicks and shuffled hi-hats in his latest track, Kill The Drummers, released today at Toucan Music. On an old skool tip, the JD Breakbeat remix begins with drum machine beats and glitchy acid redux bass, and breaks down into crunchy, lo-fi breaks and a huge siren riff: one to get the ravers on the floor.
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.
Aerologic features in our December 2016 release, out today, with his first solo release in over a year. Breathless builds up with a growling dark bass and breaks down into a melody featuring a haunting piano riff and uplifting warm synth chords, set over pumping electronic beats. Sangria evokes the summer sun and party nights with infectious happy piano chords and upbeat synth arpeggios playing a latin flavoured melody. Both tracks are free to download from our release page here.
Marc Burt returns with our September release, out today, featuring two progressive trance tracks with a classic twist. Poles Apart features a twirling catchy riff set to a background of echoing chords and crisp electronic rhythms, combining the classic trance sound with modern progressive beats. Wheels In Motion features a shuffling, garage style rhythm, warm trance chord riffs and a deep electronic bassline creating haunting melodies weaving in and out of the track. As usual, the download is completely free, so grab the tracks now from our release page.
Our August release is from Blastculture, who has been busy in his studio once again to present two new tracks. Pumping up the tempo, Set Yourself On Fire features a relentless rhythm track with an energetic hi-hat pattern, hits, stabs and effects. By contrast, Moving The Ocean is a mellow house track with an infectious female vocal sample, smooth pads and a solid rhythmic groove. The Aerologic remix turns the track into an uplifting trance anthem with melodic synth sounds and and uplifting melody. Download the tracks free of charge on our release page!
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.
On 5th July, Radio Frei² broadcast a show featuring tracks from Toucan Music, showcasing music from Psychadelik Pedestrian, Marc Burt, Blastculture, Pitchcraft and more. The show is now available to download as a podcast, which you can grab from the Internet Archive here.
We’re celebrating the second Netlabel Day again on 14th July with some more brand new tracks. Here’s an exclusive preview…
For our latest release, available today, Aerologic joins with Notch to present an epic house track with a throbbing bouncy bassline, uplifting pads and haunting piano mid section, reaching a crescendo with acidic stabs, soaring strings and a bleepy trance riff. Psychadelik Pedestrian also provides a chillout mix which combines the original pads and melodies with a half speed, chilled groove. Download them now free of charge from our release page!
Marc Burt’s 2002 debut track Elements gets an update in this release with two new remixes. Psychadelik Pedestrian’s chillout mix blends the recognisable echoing chords and haunting piano from the original and adds downtempo, chilled rhythms and analogue synth sounds. Marc Burt and JMD remix builds up with the original piano and chords, before breaking into a trance anthem with big arpeggios and pumping beats. Grab them from our release page today!
Today we’ve released the second set of remix samples from Psychadelik Pedestrian’s Fifteen LP – this time for Pulse, an electro breaks track first featured on Toucan Music’s Netlabel Day 2015 EP. Head on over to CCMixter to download them: http://ccmixter.org/files/psychadelik_pedestrian/53685.
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.
Starting this week, we’re making samples available for several tracks from the latest Psychadelik Pedestrian album, Fifteen. First up are stems from the opening track, Into The Ether, a haunting atmospheric electronic piece which begins with a chilled electronic piano riff and lush pads, building into a darker brooding dubstep-influenced electronica. The samples can be used in any way you like – you can do a full remix of the track or use them in your own works. Under a Creative Commons BY-NC licence, you can also share anything you make using the samples as long as you don’t make a profit commercially. Head on over to CCMixter to download the samples.
For our March release, Notch captures that deep house vibe with two new original tracks. Lose You features an infectious house riff with crisp house rhythms and deep sub-bass, interspersed with female vocal snippets. Spirals builds with a filtered old school piano riff and large throbbing bassline, before breaking into a mellow house groove with pads and a squiggly trance riff. As usual both tracks are available as free downloads in high quality full length MP3 format – download them from our release page.
In case you haven’t discovered our YouTube channel yet, head on over to go on a Voyage To Pluto in our first animated video! Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh on this day back in 1930, and was seen in close proximity for the first time last summer by NASA’s New Horizons mission. To celebrate the occasion we released new mixes of Voyage To Pluto, which can be downloaded free right here at Toucan Music!
Our February release is out today, and just in time for Valentine’s we have two soulful disco grooves to get you in the mood! Phish Funk are back with their first original release in five years and have effortlessly blended classic disco and house in this double tracker. As always, both tunes are free to download and are licensed under Creative Commons for you to use in your DJ sets, videos and more. Find out more and pick up those downloads on our release page.
Blastculture returns in our first EP release of 2016 with two fresh tracks for the new year. Featuring his trademark tight grooves, Gravitation and Based On A True Story combine tribal rhythms, crisp house beats and include a darker, techno influence and stuttering effects. Dave Kent and Notch provide a remix of Gravitation, adding acid house riffs. Find out more and download the tracks from the release page.
Happy new year! Last year we smashed our overall download record for any year with over 1.5 million downloads of all our individual tracks across the web, including downloads on other portals such as the Free Music Archive and Jamendo, so thanks to everyone who listened to or downloaded our music in 2015.
Our annual download chart for last year has been compiled and it is a fourth consecutive year on top for the ever popular Beat Doctor remix of Memories Of Thailand by Risey. There’s also no change at number 2 for Psychadelik Pedestrian’s Night Beach, but some good news for Marc Burt whose popularity in 2015 has meant remixes of Lies, Turbulence and Last Flight Home have gained 3rd, 4th and 6th positions. Redmann‘s Plasma, our top download back in 2011, was our 5th most popular track. You can view the full chart here.
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An 86 minute mix of the best Toucan tracks from 2016, taking you on a journey from deep house and disco through to electro and melodic trance. The mix features tracks from Blastculture, Notch, Phish Funk, Aerologic and more Toucan artists.
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e.g. Voyage To Pluto
Our annual download chart is released at the end of every year.
1. Memories of Thailand - Risey (Beat Doctor's Stuck in Britain remix) 
2. Renegade - Aerologic 
3. Night Beach - Psychadelik Pedestrian 
4. Another Boring Lunchtime... - Psychadelik Pedestrian 
5. Born Into It - Redmann (chillout mix)