Firstly, it runs for 5 days a week. That alone shows a lot of dedication on Pete’s part. I’ve been listening to the shows for the past week or two and I really felt that the quality of music on the podcasts is consistently good. Pete’s got a knack for picking some great tracks to put into every podcast. There is also a lot of variety and it is not uncommon for disjunct genres like breaks, house, electro and classic chipmunk raves to all be featured on a single podcast. Most importantly, the podcast sound quality is also crystal clear ensuring a great listening experience.
The structure of the podcast is actually quite simple. There isn’t much talking at all. Pete usually just introduces a track and lets it play till the end. Sometimes, he does let off a casual comment or two about the track to be played. This is entirely sufficient, in my opinion, as the music selection is good enough to hold you over. I eventually warmed up to Pete’s style and found myself effortless immersed into the great wealth of music that he plays every show.
Another great thing is that Pete also doesn’t feel the need to limit himself to feature only Creative Commons electronic music. His latest podcasts have featured a commercial artist Acen (by permission), who had tracks available for free download. Similarly, we at Gratisvibes believe that tracks should be featured based on merit, even non Creative Commons ones. However, we do encourage all artist who put out free music to protect themselves by putting it under a CC license.
Overall, a great podcast that any electronic music fan who has an hour to spare a day should listen to. This reaffirms that there actually is quite a lot of good CC electronic music out there. Thanks Pete for doing the community a great service.
*I’ve attached an episode from bleepshow.com that I felt would do the show justice. Enjoy listening.