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Ø (Mika Vainio)
Kantamoinen

The original CD edition of ‘Kantamoinen’ on Sahko is long out of print and was never released on vinyl so this new edition on wax is most welcome. But then maybe this was never pressed on vinyl for good reason? The track sequence has been rejigged for this new vinyl edition - perhaps ...view item »

Portishead
Dummy

Truly a game changing record. 'Dummy' took the Bristol noir sound of Massive Attack to a new level which proved to be both inspirational and commercially successful. Beth Gibbons wracked vocals sit perfect over Geoff Barrow' loops and electronics and when you add in 60's spy film like guitar atmosphe...view item »

Pinkshinyultrablast
In The Hanging Gardens

Now that Pinkshinyultrablast have released a couple of albums it's time for them to do that thing every band does on their third album  - break out the synths. Their previous hi-octane shoegaze has been replaced by Jean Michelle Jarre style synths wibbles. The verses are ok (if a bit overly synthy) ...view item »

Kerry Leimer / Like A Villain
FTS001

You’re probably gonna wanna spin one side of this and save the other for next time. First Terrace have been bravely devious in putting Kerry Leimer and Like a Villain together, the two carving out niches related but quite different. If you know Kerry, you know him more commonly as just K., or sometimes in a more dance-oriented alia...view item »

Zinovia Arvanitidi
Ivory

Now, here’s melody… Lots of melody. Those melodies for the most part emanate from the piano of composer-pianist Zinovia Arvanitidi, and her minimal orchestrations serve her well for the duration of her new solo record, Ivory -- sometimes introducing violin, cello and a rare sotto metallophone; even Zinovia’s own gentle, hushed...view item »

Chihei Hatakeyama
Journey To The End Of August

Ukraine’s Hidden Vibes is a cute little label. Their highly limited releases all come nicely packaged, and they tend to contain music of tranquil beauty. Chihei Hatakeyama’s ...view item »

Still Circles
27:36

Let's talk about Bradford for a minute. It's really good. Honest. It has the Record Cafe, the Triangle, Sunbridge Wells, the Curry Beck and it was recently voted the Wonga Cheapest Night Out in Britain. Also look up at the buildings and it's gorgeous. One other thing is that Still Circles are from Bradford and have here teamed up with 'super' pr...view item »

Colleen
Et les Boites a Musique

Cos I'm busy listening to the new COLLEEN (French for Colin) CD on Leaf rather Frenchily titled Colleen Et Les Boites A Musique. This album has been entirely built using music boxes. I actually really like music boxes a lot and was seriously considering collecting 'em a while back but decided not to bother cos it seemed too much ...view item »

Shorelights
Ancient Lights

Rod Modell AKA Deepchord (see also  Echospace, Waveform Transmissions, Transformations) has hooked up with the two blokes from Detroit’s nospectacle, Chris McNamara and Walter Wasacz to become ...view item »


Neptunalia

A collaborative compilation between the labels Lal Lal Lal and Ikuisuus, both prominent platforms in the Finnish psych, weird folk and ambient undergrounds. Mostly Finns feature, such as the relatively well-known Olli Aarni, Kuupuu and Ilpo Numminen. Yet there are also appearances from Tokyo&rsq...view item »

Jon Hassell & Brian Eno
Fourth World Vol 1: Possible Musics

One of those obscure and under-appreciated works from Eno in collaboration with percussionist and trumpeter Jon Hassell. It's a slow grower of a record, one of those that will throw you every five minutes, its woozy, pattering somnolent vibes causing you to forget wtf you are cocking an ear to. Both these guys are incredible scholars of world mu...view item »

Sign Libra
Closer To The Equator

Ahh, Libras. Passionate. Gentle. Loving. Into ballet. At least, this particular Libra is. Sign Libra is an alias of Latvian composer Agata Melnikova, and Closer To The Equator is a concept-heavy EP of music initially composed for a ballet at the Latvian National Opera. It draws on the sound world of BBC...view item »

Pablo's Eye
Spring Break

Belgium’s STROOM.tv have proved themselves a natty little label over the past couple of years. Their run of unearthing some leftfield electronica gems continues with a release from long-running experimental ambient project Pablo’s Eye. Spring Break compiles eight tracks from down the years, ...view item »

Christina Vantzou
No. 4

Thank you, hell. Having booted us out of the soul-sucking eternity that was ‘No. 3’, Christina Vantzou returns with another startling record in her ambient classical series, offering a more focused meditation performed by herself and collaborators Angel Deradoorian, ...view item »

Stars Of The Lid
Gravitational Pull vs The Desire for an Aquatic Life

Before it was beautiful it was dark, like dusk, and there was fog. Stars of the Lid went on to make two gorgeous, sunshined drone classics in ‘Refinement’ and ‘Tired Sounds’ -- both so hopeful and lovely that they often got compared to the narrative driven music of post-rock -- but once there was disquiet. Their second re...view item »

Be My Friend In Exile
Portraiture Of Your Ashes / Dancing Through The Rubble Of An Abandoned Cathedral

Bristolian micro-label Aphelion Editions are back with another very limited run. This time they’ve turned their attention to ambient artist Be My Friend In Exile and his lengthy takes Portraiture Of Your Ashes / Dancing Through The Rubble Of An Abandoned Cathedral. Utilising electric guitar loops,...view item »

Space Afrika
Somewhere Decent To Live

Manchester-based duo Space Afrika aka Josh Reidy and Joshua Inyang follow their tape and EP for Where To Now? with an album on their co-run, fledging label sferic. Essentially, this is immaculately stoned and pristinely produced dubwise ambient. If the words “ambient” and “dub” in the same sentence have you concer...view item »

The Caretaker
Persistent Repetition of Phrases

The Caretaker is the alter ego of that lovely James V/Vm fella. As V/Vm he makes a right old (textured) racket as a rule.... but as The Caretaker it's a much more sedate affair. To sum the music up easily you have to go no further than the title of his first album' Selected Memories From The Haunted Ballroom'. That's exactly what the music sound...view item »

The Black Dog
Black Daisy Wheel

Beloved electro-grumps The Black Dog are back with a pair of distinct albums on the theme of dismal, hysterical post-truth media society. Black Daisy Wheel tackles its dystopian theme in a subdued, ambient style, with uneasy textures and characteristically gloomy synths drifting about. Occasional beats find their way in...view item »


S&S Presents: Dreams

This collaborative release between Cascine Records (Chad Valley, Korallreven) and blog Stadiums and Shrines features eighteen excursions into all areas of ambience. They cast their net wide on S&S Presents: Dreams - Buchla wizard Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith...view item »

Hakobune
Obelisk

Warm ambient music and a nice photograph: what more could you feasibly need to know? Hakobune has been at it for years and has made some of the loveliest, mildly shimmering drone there is, for Constellation Tatsu and elsewhere. he releases Obelisk on Polar Seas Recordings, using gorgeously processed ...view item »

glacis
The World Is A Little Lonelier Without You

Originally only available as a CD via Facture Records, this moving LP from Euan Alexander Millar-McMeeken aka glacis has been put to wax off the back of a Kickstarter campaign. Conceived as a tribute to the artist’s father who passed away in 2011, Hamilton works alongside friend Ed Hamilton to create these...view item »

A Winter Light
A Winter Light

For his solo exhibition of the same name in a Sligo gallery, Mark Garry invited some chums to write and record music on location, in direct response to the pieces on display. These include Karl Burke, Nina Hynes and Claudia Schwab as well as actor Cillian Murphy ...view item »

Daniel W J Mackenzie
Glass Permanent

Daniel W J Mackenzie has worked under the alias Ekca Liena. Here, Daniel has composed six atmospheric soundscapes to restful and cinematic effect. His sound design credentials often come to the fore on this album; metallic chimes of processed glockenspiel ring in from many angles, on the second and third tracks ‘Lost Jewels (i)+(ii)’...view item »

Panoptique Electrical
Disappearing Music For Face

It’s pretty exciting to see and hear a new album from Jason Sweeney’s Panoptique Electrical, following his sold-out debut from last year, Great Panoptique Winter with Richard Adams of Hood / The Declining Winter....view item »

Amp
Switched On And Live

Bristol-London collective Amp, then: a band formed in the early nineties based around core members Richard Walker (The Secret Garden) and Karine Charff. This disc, 'Switched on and Live', features nine tracks recorded live at four different venues in Bristol, London and Breda in the Netherlands, and has all the atmospheric charm and slightly lo-...view item »

yellow6
About The Journey

Ah, Yellow6. It’s not Christmas yet, surely? Joking apart, and listening to his gorgeous ambient vignettes, how I wish I could play guitar; and if I could play guitar, I would want to make it sing the way Jon Attwood does. Then loop it into infinity, hopefully soundtracking mystical new worlds like what Jon ha...view item »

Panoptique Electrical
Quiet Ecology

Jason Sweeney has kindly dusted down that old piano in the corner of his living room to bring you these soothing excursions across the ivories. Sweeney has even drafted in Zoë Barry to accompany him on cello for that added little extra pound of emotional heft, for his new album as Panoptique Electrical. Quiet Ecology is their attempt to ref...view item »

Holger Czukay & David Sylvian
Plight & Premonition Flux & Mutability

The man once dubbed the Most Beautiful Man In The World...and ...er.. David Sylvian collaborated way back in the mid '80s on these two LPs in Can's home place of Koln in bleak midwinter. At the time record companies weren't bothered about such esoteric collaborations so now is a good time to revisit what the pai...view item »

John Foxx & Harold Budd
Translucence / Drift Music / Nighthawks

Here you will find the complete chronicle of the collaborations between ambient legend Harold Budd and Ultravox man and graphic artist John Foxx, all clumped together into a tasty 3xLP set. Previously available on CD only, it combines the 2003 opus Translucence / Drift Music with Nighthawks, a record made with mi...view item »

Johann Johannsson
IBM 1401, A User's Manual

The JOHANN JOHANNSSON album 'IBM 1401 A Users Manual' has landed in my review pile. It's a thoroughly pleasant album this one. It makes me feel all big and grown up listening to classical music. It's a pipe and slippers job man. This has huge sweeping, epic strings galore and in places is not unlike the soundtrack to a BBC wildlife do...view item »

Biosphere
Substrata

Fans of isolationist ambient music have reason to rejoice as Substrata, widely regarded to be an ambient classic, is reissued on double 180gr vinyl and CD. Linking the slow moving, icy soundscapes of Thomas Köner with the distant rhythms of Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2, the album has become a significant source of inspirat...view item »


PRINT/TRACK 01 // PRINT/TRACK 02

Thesis Project’s PRINT/TRACK series is an interesting endeavour. It works one of two ways - either musicians create two pieces to which visual artists respond with a 10” work, or vice versa. The end result is a luxury vinyl. The f...view item »

Ocean Floor
The World of Rain

Aonghus Reidy AKA Ocean Floor returns after the sublime 4 Shadows record for Aphelion Edition with a much longer single piece, spread over 2 sides of 180gm vinyl. Named The World of Rain, Reidy conjures a similar sound as on his previous effort, utilising analogue synth to create a bubbling, liquid piece full of languorous melancholy. Side 1 is...view item »

Seahawks
Eternal Beams

New Age relax-o-trons and prolific musicians Seahawks follow up their critically lauded Escape Hatch LP with Eternal Beams. Two sides of exploratory music that make you feel nestled, comfortable and at peace before revitalising you, via pulsating sounds, dolphin noises and good vibes. LP and CD on Ocean Moon,...view item »


THESIS 05 / THESIS 07 / THESIS 09 / THESIS 10

These Thesis things are all rather beautiful things created by artist Gregory Euclide. Very limited and very sought after. Each edition packaged in original and intricate jackets and sleeves hand-created.  This latest batch include the following: THESIS 05Anna Rose Carter & Dag Rosenqvist THESIS 07Kai Angerm...view item »

Tim Hecker
Ravedeath 1972

There's certain music that I find near impossible to "review" at work - analysis & contemplation needs to be done in an environment where there are near to no distractions and somewhere where you can amp it up to your hearts content. Like what i'm doing now with Tim Hecker's new one, my enjoyment enhanced further avec cup o' tea in hand! I'v...view item »

Firestations
The Year Dot

Firestations reckon they write nice songs then mess them up but on opener 'Build a Building' I can't hear much messing up. In fact it's a rather lovely slice of harmonic kraut pop which reminds me of Astronauts or Teleman.  In fact 'Make Your Mind Up' is even more like ...view item »

Voices From The Lake
Live at MAXXI

Editions Mego present a set of ambient techno noodlings, initially performed Live at MAXXI, part of an exhibition in Rome. Voices From The Lake is the duo of Donato Scaramuzzi and Giuseppe Tillieci, and they have an excellent melodic sensibility as well as a strong ear for texture, tone...view item »

Distant Animals
Lines

Very intellectual drone from Distant Animals. Daniel Alexander Hignell is an artist, musician, and more. Lines is inspired by such greats of minimalism as La Monte Young and Morton Feldman. Most intriguingly, this comes with 4 postcards showing "lan...view item »

Kali Malone
Cast Of Mind

Drones for synthesiser and woodwind. The lazy thing to do would be to compare Cast of Mind to Ellen Arkbro's excellent For Brass and Organ. But I am lazy, so I will. Where Arkbro focussed on the analogue Kali Malone, juxtaposes it with the digital, allowing f...view item »

Rachel Grimes
The Doctor from India (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ah always good to hear from the lovely Rachel Grimes of Rachel's pottering about. Here she makes a soundscape/soundtrack for this documentary about a holistic health pioneer. She uses (as always) her signature piano but also adds in violin, harp, saxophone, and strings all bound up in ambient soundscapes. ...view item »

The Caretaker
Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 4

Feeling dizzy and confused? Disorientated and discombobulated? No, well you clearly haven’t navigated a Leeds dual carriageway in today’s torrents and flooding but that’s OK because The Caretaker is here and he’s going to make sure you feel all these things and more, via his now-infamou...view item »

Biosphere
The Petrified Forest

From his hazy and ambient universe, Norwegian producer Geir Jenssen - aka Biosphere - has begun to raise eyebrows with his eery brand of twisted techno. Returning with The Petrified Forest, a mini album inspired by the 1930's movie of the same title, Jenssen boasts his creativity with a bewildering sen...view item »

Death And Vanilla
Death And Vanilla

This is mint! We bought a bunch cos it's great and if none of you buy one then I'm gonna have 'em all as it's really that good. If you're into '60s psych pop completely influenced by library music and sophisto French pop then...view item »

The Caretaker
Patience (After Sebald)

Finally the eagerly anticipated soundtrack work from Mister James Leyland Kirby's Caretaker pseudonym had landed. Apparently this was recorded prior to his last album 'An Empty Bliss Beyond This World. This is the score to film-maker Grant Gee's documentary about German writer WG Sebald. Havi...view item »

Group Listening
Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works Vol. 1

Prah Recordings - the label responsible for releasing Oliver Coates’s fantastic Upstepping LP - with a collaborative LP between jazz pianist ...view item »

Eluvium
Copia

Someone who utilises orchestral-ness with a degree of sheer brilliance and mastery is ELUVIUM.  Matthew Cooper (he who is Eluvium) makes the fantastic neo classical thing I've heard in some time. Copia is by far his strongest release and pretty much every track will have you delving for more tissues as you wipe the tears from...view item »

Massive Attack
Heligoland

This was the fifth album from the masters of trip hop and as usual contains an array of guests including Horace Andy (natch), Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval and..well...  Guy Garvey. You can't get all your decisions correct I suppose but this is ...view item »

Kruder & Dorfmeister
The K&D Sessions

On its first release in the late 90s, this epic downbeat journey was ranked alongside Carboot Soul and Entroducing as an eternal late night classic. Now almost twenty years later its legend lives on. The numerous collaborations and session tracks still sound deep and wonderful, and are come on a vast and satisfying five LPs. Dig in....view item »

Field Harmonics
Corpsing

Field Harmonics is the solo project of Epic 45's Rob Glover and here he deconstructs the sound he's been building up to on his earlier two electropop influenced LPs. This has led to a new sound more fluid and more abstracted. A deconstructed take on where he was heading. Let's call this a fresh start.  ...view item »

Helen
The Original Faces

As time trundles slowly onward, so does my uneasy relationship with Liz Harris’ final Grouper album ‘Ruins’. Though it first felt like a different kind of drone pop discombobulation, I’ve come to see the record as a profound collection of accidental ballads, the type that sound as if Harris i...view item »

Jon Hassell
Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One)

First album in nine years from Fourth World aesthetic creator Jon Hassell. On Listening To Pictures he applies the painterly technique of pentimento, where new strokes unearth older ones, to a kind of ambient jazz. Using overdubs Hassell creates dense ever shifting layers that are an absolute joy on the ears. ...view item »

Massive Attack
Mezzanine

Mezzanine is a dark masterpiece, as black, as glossy and as intimidating as the beetle creature on its cover. Angel and Teardrop turn up on TV often enough (and rightly so), but the whole album is worth digging into for its uneasy moods. This hasn’t been available on record for a while, so...view item »

Randall McClellan
The Healing Music Of Rana Vol. 2

Originally a 1983 cassette release, these two tracks recently resurfaced as part of a tape boxset on Sun Araw’s Sun Ark label, and appear here on vinyl for the first time. McClellan employs Moog synths and a rigorous compositional process in these immersive long-form pieces, designed for t...view item »

Portishead
Portishead

Essential three LP re-press of the Bristolian soundtracky trip-hoppers second LP from back in 1997.  This is the one that eschewed their debut's occasional pop moves and delved deep into sample-delica and disturbing textures. It's an intimate and occasionally frightening listen full of regret and pathos between the grooves.  ...view item »

David August
DCXXXIX A.C.

David August apparently took a year-long hiatus from making music, in order to unplug from the noise of the world and take time to reflect; but also to reconnect with his Italian home and draw inspiration from the culture and landscape of his roots. An experience that was clearly worthwhile and regenerative, as his new LP -- which embraces world...view item »

Bonobo
The North Borders

Bonobo is the master of sunny, warm, chilled out, slightly jazzy instrumental electronica so it comes as a surprise to find some slightly bland vocals adorning the opening track. It’s very nice in a kind of sad Postal Service way but also has the electronics &...view item »

Steve Roach
Dreamtime Return

Steve Roach’s 1988 ethno-ambient release Dreamtime Return hits the thirty-year mark and gets the anniversary remaster treatment. Combining appropriated references to Aboriginal Australian folklore and spirituality with his own creativity with electronic instruments, the album is a canonical masterpiece of New Age ...view item »

bvdub
A Different Definition of Love

Indefatigable sadbienteer Brock “bvdub” Van Wey has certainly been bashing them out - we’re now at album number thirty. And A Different Definition of Love is a biggun; it could fill entire valleys with the weighty cine-romantics of its sprawled, forlorn tunes. All the bvwey techniques ...view item »

Terry Vs Tori
BBR#30

Remarkably Box bedroom Rebels do it again? Where do they keep finding these gems?  The Spanish group Terri vs Tori play a lovely brand of indie pop that sounds something like Soccer Mommy being backed by Real Estate.  Lovely summery guitar melodies with all those C86 ...view item »

Prins Emanuel
Arbete / Fritid

Work and leisure; seldom shall the twain meet. It’s the great, arbitrary binary of modernity, as well as a core theme of this debut LP by Prins Emanuel of Sweden. His Royal Highness has quite the knack for funky, exotic house music, and a soft touch with his shuffling production. He’s fibbing about the ‘work&rs...view item »

Tor Lundvall
A Dark Place

Tor Lundvall's 'A Dark Place' comes over a decade since the release of his previous album, and is a remarkably open work of sincerity and emotional expression. Dealing with themes of loss and the passing of time, it's also inextricably linked to the passing of his father. An honest, darkly beautiful piece of work....view item »

Pep Llopis
Poiemusia La Nau Dels Argonautes

Pep Llopis tunes into the rich lineage of legendary Mediterranean sea stories with Poiemusia La Nau Dels Argonautes, a suite of arty ambience rich with elements of minimalism and driven by Llopis’s prog-informed synthesizer. Recorded and released in 1987, Poiemusia La Nau Dels Argonautes ...view item »

The Cinematic Orchestra
Every Day

The Cinematic Orchestra album is coffee table lounge jazzy background music in a Zero 7 ish way. Nice in places and boring in others. Overall better than most and what they do... they do terribly well. Every Day is on CD and LP...view item »

The Debutantes
Adams Apples / Kids

When I reviewed the Debutantes previous tape I said they sounded a bit like September Girls...little knowing that actual September Girls were involved in it somehow. Anyway listen carefully to opener ‘Adams Apples’ then you can just about hear a tune nestling under all the sludge. Yes you...view item »

Biosphere
The Hilvarenbeek Recordings

The Hilvarenbeek Recordings are sourced from an organic (or ‘Bio’ - nice) farm in Holland, and were recorded and assembled for a project at Incubate. The field recordings of nature and bucolic human activity have been subtly pressed into the service of some classic-sounding Biosphere tracks, mixing ambient w...view item »

Ekca Liena
Gravity and Grace

Public House Recordings alumni Ecka Liena offer their follow-up to Graduals in Gravity and Grace, another gorgeous soundtrack to shadows and solitude. Utilising non-musical sound as a structuring device, this record houses some of the band's most ambitious ideas to date. Come for the im...view item »

Roger Eno
Dust of Stars

The press release manages to write several paragraphs about Roger Eno without mentioning his brother. We will though. It's our Brian's brother. But really he should be seen in his own right as a composer of note and here collaborates with producer Youth (Killing Joke, Embrace etc) where Roger's ...view item »

Cosmic Ground
Legacy / The Plague

An absolutely classic conundrum, here: Deep Distance like to put out 12”s and Cosmic Ground love to make albums longer than the diameter of the sun. This tension led to the compromise you’re seeing in front of you, a two track wax slab that contains the first and penultimate tracks of Cosmic Ground’s self-titled synth behemoth....view item »

Moon Gangs
Earth Loop

Moon Gangs is William Young’s project away from Beak> which is Geoff Barrow’s band away from Portishead, which is the end of the line all change please. Doing keyboards in the name of electronic rawk, he here takes the time to treasure his synths in their own right, approaching com...view item »

Winterlight
The Longest Sleep Through The Darkest Days

Plymouth shoegaze/electronic poppers Winterlight are keeping it in the family with their latest album which sees leader Tim Ingham's daughter Isabel taking over on bass duties. Cute. They've taken seven years over this faffing with all kinds of sounds before realising if it ain't broke don't fix it. Smart. ...view item »

Luton
Black Box Animals

Lost Tribe Sound had better not rename themselves William Ryan Fritch Records after all - things are getting diverse again. Here Italian duo Luton slip out a little 200-copy run of their brooding new album Black Box Animals. It combines various orchestral arrangements with electric guitar, piano, electronics and other s...view item »

The Field
Yesterday and Today

The Field i've only just recently been getting into, this man who creates what Brett hilariously terms as "emo-house". I'm unsure how to categorise his music, i'd rather not. His tunes in the past have apparently been constructed from micro edited vocal snippets and this symphonic, hypnotic brand of minimal techno and house and has a simi...view item »

Bowery Electric
Beat

Let's face it, we're inundated with re-issues. 'Lost Classic' albums that have been unearthed to be given a new lease of life many years after the release date. Some good, some bad, some purely as a quick cash grabber but here we have an absolutely essential re-issue. On this album the New York based duo superbly matched trip-hop influenced beat...view item »

Grouper
Ruins

Beginning with a solemn slow tattoo of muffled bass drum and field recordings called 'Made of Metal', Grouper's mooted final album under this piscine moniker is a stark and intimate affair. The majority of Liz Harris's followers are now aware that 'Ruins' is, largely, a piano-based album recorded three years...view item »

Dedekind Cut
Tahoe

Fred Welton Warmsley III aka Lee Bannon aka Dedekind Cut further refines his ambient (previously released on Hospital Productions and Hollow Ground) into more graceful, serene terrain and has found a suitable home with Kranky. The ghostly choral vocal wisps on opener ‘Equity’ are like wandering through an abandoned cathedral,...view item »

Les Halles
Zephyr

As soon as I got word of a new Les Halles record being up for pre-order a soothing ray of Spring sunshine radiated behind me and I knew everything would be okay. Not Not Fun have the pleasure of issuing Zephyr, another collection of ambient vitamins that Baptiste Martin chose to record on computer this ti...view item »

Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Loon

On Loon, ol-buddy-ol-pals Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm take a break from celebrating piano day/year, using the fat stacks gained from the last 7” to splash out on some new synths. Woohoo! New stuff! Knobs! Except that this was made a year ago now, so they’re prob...view item »

Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk
Passage

Ulrich Schnauss and Jonas Munk both know their way around music: their individual past activities have included drum & bass, post-rock, psych, shoegaze, electronica… Schnauss even recently became a member of Tangerine Dream! Passage, the second collaboration ...view item »

William Basinski & Richard Chartier
Divertissment

Not sure if two members counts, but this is somewhat of a minimal experimental electronic supergroup. Master of decay William Basinski teams up with Line co-founder Richard Chartier for some introspective, nervous channeling of drifting sound on Important Records. Seeing as three of the instruments they’ve cited are just forms of m...view item »


Pop Ambient 2012

I don't feel qualified enough to review this Pop Ambient collection. Sure, I dig ambient sounds but with Kompakt we're talking serious business - proper studious Ambient music made by proper grown-ups. You've only got to look at the contributing artists to know they ain't messin'. We...view item »

Taylor Deupree
Fallen

Is this man’s surname supposed to rhyme with ‘whey’ or ‘wee’? I’ll find out one day: it’s Taylor Deupree! This gentle sound artist, engineer and 12k label-boss is back after 14 years with his new, very lovely solo record he’s called ‘Fallen’, and this time he’s more minimal than e...view item »

Variant
Sequential Sleep [ver1.2]

Further deep-space broadcasts from the analogue sound-worlds of Variant, a pseudonym of Stephen Hitchell aka Intrusion, Phase90, Radius and half of cv313&nb...view item »

Earthen Sea
An Act Of Love

Big, sweeping, ebbing and flowing waves of sound emanating from the machines of Earthen Sea; my current treat and offering from the nice people at Kranky. Jacob Long’s alias and muse describes itself as ‘dub techno’ -- and indeed, things become more dubby and techy as the record progresses. Fro...view item »

Ulrich Schnauss
No Further Ahead Than Today

Serious question. How does one join Tangerine Dream? The last thing I knew about Ulrich Schnauss was that he was a semi successful electronica guy with a couple of good albums under his belt the next thing I know he's in Tangerine Dream. How does it happen? Telephone call? Chance meeting?  Anywa...view item »

Rare Form
Six Months in Hiding

Lush and slush, this evil record from some version of hell will swallow you up like an avalanche and I doubt very much you’ll live the tale. Packed with heaving slowburner chord changes, scattered feedback, tangled whispers, haughty synths and emo melodies, Rare Form are on a mission to overdrive themselves out of existence, creating one o...view item »

Sam McClellan
Music Of The Five Elements

Seance Centre see fit to repress Sam McClellan’s 1982 New Age work Music Of The Five Elements. McClellan - a musician who moonlights as an acupressurist - concerned himself with making music to heal after he finished studying electronic composition at Hampshire College. Using the pentatonic scale ...view item »

Dollboy
Rites and Rituals

Multi-instrumentalist Oliver Cherer turns in an album of contemporary folk for Modern Aviation. Hurdy-gurdy, droning synths, acoustic guitar, drums and more, largely played by Cherer himself, form the basis of the Dollboy sound. A wordless affair, Rites and Rituals uses folk as a jumping off point from ...view item »

The Transcendence Orchestra
Modern Methods For Ancient Rituals

Through a vast array of instruments and processes, in a setting designed to evoke transcendental energies, Anthony Child and Daniel Bean have conjured up a remarkable torch bearer of deep listening. It's a slowly shifting, drone wash of texture and growth that will definitely appeal to fans of Eno, Laraa...view item »

Gaspard de La Montagne
Spectres

It's just about adding stuff isn't it? Like the cakes on the telly you just have to get the ingredients right. Here on the title track the Swiss producer makes some lovely classical influenced downbeat electronica with a varied palette of sound from dub inflected clatters to warm synth puree. Then a bass comes in, the cherry on the top of the lo...view item »

Ambienti Coassiali
Vol. 1 - Room 1-6

In the late 1980s, armed with nothing but a Yamaha DX7 and a Revox A77 tape machine, the Italian ambient/concrète duo Capricorni Pneumatici produced this remarkable work of chillaxed FM synthesis under the name Ambienti Coassiali. This vinyl & DVD reissue makes this lush material available for the fir...view item »

Tor Lundvall & John B McLemore
Tor Lundvall Presents: Witness Marks - The Works of John B. McLemore

Kind of a long story, this one, but the gist as we can surmise: Tor Lundvall is an ambient submariner as good as Gigi Mason but a fair bit more neglected. On this special entry into his catalogue he compiles works by John B. McLemore, an artist made famous by, what else, a podcast called S-Town. The po...view item »

Flica
Sub:Side

Kuala Lumpur’s Euseng Soto has been playing with his electroacoustic instruments since 2005 and here he is with ‘Sub:Side’, his fifth record to date as Flica. Soto’s work is highly melodic and can push on at a fair lick -- as he does on ‘Waver’, where notes jump out as if w...view item »

Massive Attack
Blue Lines

Ah 'Blue Lines'. That time hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and soul all together under the mysterious cinematic umbrella of Massive Attack. The first time their special blend of breakbeats, sampling and rapping was heard and it's presence is still being felt 25+ years on. The usual guests are in place, Horace Andy, Tricky...view item »

Tim Linghaus
Memory Sketches

Last seen in 2016, debuting Vhoir on Moderna Records and turning a few heads, East German Tim Linghaus readies his next batch of tunes for Tokyo’s Schole Records. And Sweden’s 1631 Recordings. As before, Tim offers up a number of plodding, wistful piano pieces, laced with strings and delicate electronics....view item »

Dorias Baracca
Dorias Baracca

Tragically, Dorias Baracca’s promising career was cut short in 2011 when singer and songwriter Buster Svendsen passed away. The day of his death also happened to be the same day that their self-titled debut LP was completed. As such, the fact that Dorias Baracca has seen light of day at all is a triumph. The seven...view item »

Goldmund
Sometimes

Goldmund, aka Keith Kenniff has apparently had great success squeezing his music into films and adverts and such, which makes sense in some ways: he writes very elegant, dramatic piano music. But also, most of Sometimes is just as dark as the sleeve art suggests: I can’t imagine many of these trac...view item »

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