If you're a long-term free music enthusiast then you may yawn and move on; you'll already have this latest Catching the Waves recommendation. Otherwise...*dons top hat, grabs cane*...have I got something for you.
Comfort Fit is, I think, German so I'm going to call him a beatmeister. Boris Mezga = Beatmeister. His album, Forget and Remember, released by Tokyo Dawn in 2005, is so cool it's frigid. Track after track of superb instrumental hip hop (or I-hop if you prefer) just funks its way out of your speakers. This stuff is so good that big, nasty, planet-guzzling motor companies are already using his music to flog their wares. At least the road to Armageddon will be funky.
The album's mostly I-hop but there are some vocal tracks. Something to Do and Freeze the Cut both feature Blaktroniks on vocal duties, the first plunging you straight into a beautifully deep groove, the latter stapling you to an irresistible kick-snare rhythm. Planetary Picknick and The Hunt are like John Barry out-takes before he decided to take out the head-nodding beat. Planetary Picknick is also a good example of what makes Forget and Remember so much fun to listen to: the grooves are loose. Dance/electronica/hip-hop often sticks rigidly to a 4/4 beat so as to keep things solid; Comfort Fit skilfully drops beats that are slightly early or late and it makes all the difference. There are lots of little background noises and drifting pads filling out and drawing attention to different parts of the music. It feels jazzy.
There's humour too. Kurz Vor Danach 'Ganz 05 retells one of those horrible end-of-relationship arguments and manages to make me wince, smile and groove at the same time.You can listen to Sorry and Planetary Picknick at the album's release page. I wager that after ten seconds of Sorry you won't be sorry at all.
You're losing patience, aren't you? Ok, in summary, there are 20(!) tracks. You need to hear them. Thank me later. But thank Comfort Fit first.
The whole album is available from Comfort Fit's own website but only in one big zip file:
...which is not so good for the great unwashed = non-broadband people. Fear not...