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Matthew Collings
Uzonia

Matthew Collings is a Scottish-based composer who mixes traditional orchestra instruments with electronics to create his pieces. Uzonia is taken from a term coined by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright as Usonia, being the ideal view of America. Collings interprets this term, in a world that has seen Trump elected and the UK vote to leave the EU, as a mix of something Utopian and something that has the potential to cause danger, or just be meaningless.

Chihei Hatakeyama
Forgotten Hill

Forgotten Hill by Japanese musician Chihei Hatakeyama is an album inspired by his trip to the Asuka region of Japan. The trip gave him strong feelings which he has attempted to recreate as sound. In the 6th and 7th centuries, the Asuka region was home to the capital of Japan, now its is forgotten land, ruins surrounded by rice fields. It made Hatakeyama think about the past, future and present and where, how and why they might meet.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Steve Hiett
Down On The Road By The Beach

Steve Hiett was a photographer who snapped the likes of The Beach Boys, Miles Davis and The Doors for Rolling Stone magazine. He also made records that mixed blues, jazz and electronic music that fits somewhere between The Durutti Column, Steve Cropper and Ashra. Down The Road By The Beach was originally released in Japan in 1983. This is the first repress since. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Steve Hiett
Girls In The Grass

Steve Hiett was a photographer to the stars and guitarist who made the obscure but much sought after album, Down The Road By The Beach which was released in 1983. Girls In The Grass is a collection of previously unreleased Balearic soul instrumental tracks from his personal archives, released as a companion piece to the reissue of his 1983 album.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Toby Wiltshire
Surfacing

Lovely set of widescreen ambiences - some sad, some happy - from Leeds-based composer Toby Wiltshire here. Surfacing lilts along very nicely indeed, the synthetic textures bobbing like buoys in a bay at dusk. Some of the sounds here might be the heavily-manipulated tones of Wiltshire’s beloved saxophone, though we’re not sure on that one. Try Loscil for a related artist.

Meitei / 冥丁
Kwaidan / 怪談

The Japanese word kwaidan (怪談) could be translated vaguely as ‘ghost/horror story’, but its noticeably old-fashioned connotation of Edo-era folklore is what chiefly interests Hiroshima artist Meitei on this here spooky outing for Evening Chants. Lo-fi, collagist approaches to traditional and speech samples and a few of the ol’ bare-bones beats inform his playful, eerie style.

Ose
Ellipsis

Ellipsis is a set of deep, brooding minimal electronic compositions from London-based producer Ose (Ewan Fisher). On this, his debut LP, Fisher makes degraded and widescreen drones that often crescendo into cacophonies by the end. Sparse, mournful pianos add further pathos to the proceedings. If you blended Sigur Ros, Ben Frost and bvdub you might end up with something like Ose’s Ellipsis.
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  • Ose

Tape Loop Orchestra
Interiors Two

Next up doing the trilogy journey is Tape Loop Orchestra's Andrew Hargreaves who is on part two of his three part Interiors collection, Inspired by a collection of faded photographs, the musician has developed a smudgy impressionistic sound which takes in lush keys and wisps of rusted electronics on two side long pieces. This luxury issue also contains a bonus live CD recorded in Manchester in 2018 and the All Machines are Standing Still LP. 
  • Vinyl LP (TLOINTLP002)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

This Mortal Coil
It'll End In Tears

Oh lord this is the album. Back in the 80's no-one had any time for the likes of Big Star or Tim Buckley. 4AD head honcho was different though. He had exquisite taste and was also ambitious enough to put together a floating member super group to re-interpret some of his favourite songs. It Will End In Tears will always be most known for the now classic Cocteau Twins assisted reading of Buckley's 'Song To The Siren', but their version of Roy Harper's 'Another Day' runs it close as do two (count em) Big Star songs. 
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  • 4AD

Nurse With Wound
Soliloquy For Lilith

Those kind folks at Dirter have re-issued Nurse With Wound's classic 1988-era ambient opus Soliloquy For Lilith complete with 40 minutes of unreleased tracks from the same session. it's hard to overstate the importance of this album in the ambient field. It was way ahead of its time in producing atmospheric ambient music and was even a chart topper in the ambient field back in the day. 
  • CD box set (DPROMBX666)
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Huerco S.
For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)

Soft and soothing underwater ambient techno from one of the masters of the genre.  Huerco S. drops what could be a landmark missive that is sure to appeal to fans of Deepchord, Gas and Basic Channel. Delicious and serene sounds for your laid back summer listening.  Double vinyl only.   

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

Gravitational Pull vs. the Desire for an Aquatic Life is, I have to say, a pretty fantastically appropriate title for a Stars of the Lid album. Captures the elemental, slow-moving feel of their drone compositions, not to mention their profound beauty. This is their second album, from 1996, on Kranky Records.
  • Vinyl LP (KRANK020LP)
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Greg Foat & James Thorpe
Photosynthesis

Electronic music artists Greg Foat and James Thorpe continue their loving tribute to the curious world of library music with their second record. Photosynthesis was delivered by surprise to the Athens of the North label earlier in 2019, having been recorded quickly on quarter-inch tape on the Isle of Wight. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

A Winged Victory For The Sullen
The Undivided Five

Their fifth release (but only their second official studio album) and based around the idea of the perfect fifth, A Winged Victory For The Sullen begin a new life on Ninja Tune with a bold different direction on 'The Undivided Five'. Built on their neo-classical and ambient roots, it’s by far the duo of Dustin O’Halloran and Adam Wiltzie's (Stars of the Lid) most immersive and detailed work yet.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Maria Somerville
All My People

Dream pop and Irish folk mingle beneath veils of Liz Harris-like soundscaping on this splendid debut from Dublin-based Maria Somerville. Her calm, secretive singing joins beautifully sculpted synths and guitar, quirky and understated sound design, the occasional plodding beat and quite a lot of reverb.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Vernal Equinox
New Found World

During the First World War Berlin, Ontario changed its name to Kitchener. Vernal Equinox hail from Kitchener, Ontario. This is important why? Well, The music made by the duo has something of Berlin about it - the 1970s Berlin of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Bowie and Eno. Mix that with a bit of 1980s new age and put in the hands of a couple of rural Ontarians and you have 'New Found World'.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AM 01)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Benjamin Lew
Bamako Ou Ailleurs

The excellent STROOM label, compiling alternative histories of little-known scenes around Europe, focusses once again on the pioneering avant-pop figure of Benjamin Lew, following the success of the 'Le personnage principal est un peuple isolé' collection earlier this year. 'Bamako ou Ailleurs' scoops up another four tracks of Lew’s early-Eighties brilliance on a 12” EP. 

Ruins
Marea / Tide

Ruins are Alessandro Pizzin and Piergiuseppe Ciranna, an Italian Wave duo from Venice. 'Marea / Tide' is an album from 1983 inspired by Venetian painter Luigi Viola. It is another of those lost classics, well, not so much lost as destroyed. 600 copies were pressed, of which, due to the old chestnut of poor management, 300 were kept in storage before being binned. Music From Memory has repressed the album and included a bonus 7” single. Get in!
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Moss Covered Technology
Slow Walking

The first release on Polar Seas Recordings from Moss Covered Technology, the recording name of English producer Greig Baird, creator of some of the most compelling ambient albums of recent years. Balancing melody with texture in a series of pleasingly varied minimalistic pieces, Slow Walking comes on a very small vinyl run. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Ekhodom
Ekhodom

Ekhodom is a side-project from Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton, in collaboration with producer Gianmaria Conti, herself once a guest on Thievery Corporation’s album Radio Retaliation way back in 2008. Featuring 11 tracks of moody downtempo hip-hop, Ekhodom on a limited edition double-vinyl package that includes a CD. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Pepo Galán
For Victoria

Housed in a lavishly put-together CD package containing still images, slides and assorted paraphernalia, For Victoria is the latest studio creation of musician Pepo Galán. Concerned overtly with photography - from both artistic and scientific approaches - it’s a wondrous meditation on the falseness of appearances and the search for truth. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Katherina Bornefeld
Angeltalk

The latest release from the Daydream Library series, Angeltalk is a solo release from Katherina Bornefeld. Taking time off from her position as drummer for veteran Dutch experimental punk act The Ex, Angeltalk could hardly be more different, an album of meditative and quasi-spiritual music to rest the soul. 

Pétra
Aunis

Pétra is the new project by Brian Allen Simon (known as Anenon in most circles) and Chantal Chadwick. Comprising of semi-improvised pieces written, recorded, and produced on the Greek island of Nisyros, it takes in Steve Reich-esque minimalism, breathy ambience, and visceral, immediate electronic textures. Out on Injazero Records. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

SHHE
SHHE

Scottish /  Portugese producer and artist SHHE  has the real name of Su Shaw, which when said all together repeatedly makes for a different version of a popular tongue twister. In a quest to find herself, SHHE left her old life in Fife behind to find herself among a bunch of creative types in Dundee. It was this that helped her capture her atmospheric, sparse, haunted vision that is her self-titled debut album.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Hior Chronik
Blind Heaven

Blind Heaven by Greek-born, Berlin-based composer and musician Hior Chronik is an album of soundscapes that incorporate elements of drone, neo-classical and ambient music. It is the follow-up to his 2017 album, Out Of The Dust. Features guest performances from Amber Ortolano, Masayoshi Fujita, Hania Rani and Francesco Donadello.
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  • 7K!

Piano Magic
Low Birth Weight

'Low Birth Weight' was the second album by Piano Magic the loose collective that centre upon the orbit of Glen Johnson. Originally released in 1999, Johnson freely admits that the album was hugely influenced by Disco Inferno, that brilliant ahead of their time act who burned out too quickly. Here, Johnson blended the sampledelia of Disco Inferno with the dream pop of the likes of Kitchens of Distinction and as always with Piano Magic is joined by an array of guests and collaborators including Pete Astor (the Loft/the Weather Prophets). 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Loscil
Sketches From New Brighton

Sketches From New Brighton is yet another set of delightful pillowy electronica from the inimitable Loscil (Scott Morgan). Morgan’s blend of downtempo electronics, ambient music and dub techno has influenced artists like Edward and Nicolas Jaar, but when he’s on form there are very few other artists who can craft soundscapes as wintry or as beautiful. And on this, his sixth LP, Morgan is once again on form.

Loscil
Submers

Issued on vinyl for the very first time on Kranky, Submers is the second studio album by ambient artist Scott Morgan, recording under the name Loscil. All of its tracks are named after submarines, and the mood, constructed largely from samples, is one of ominous moods, clangorous rhythms and claustrophobia. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (KRANK058LP)
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Loscil
Endless Falls

Taking his name from the ‘looping oscillator’ function in the Csound program, Canadian ambient artist Scott Morgan has been recording as Loscil for two decades. Endless Falls was his fifth studio album for the Kranky imprint, and recorded in part with Destroyer’s Dan Bejar, and it gets a double-LP re-issue. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Logic Moon
I See Planets

Melding ambient music with haunting, minimalist techno, I See Planets is the latest studio outing from Mainz-born artist Tobias Lorsbach, a.k.a. Logic Moon. Constructed from electronic elements growing up from acoustic foundations, Lorsbach's new album offers a deliberately retro-futurist aesthetic. 

Old Amica
Taiga

Swedish two-piece Old Amica reveal their sixth studio album, and their second instrumental effort. Originally acting as the score to a short film called ‘Place. Poetry. Periphery’, Taiga soon took on a life of its own, and evolved into a treatise on childhood memories and the interactions of humans with nature. 

Ben Rath
Any Given Moment

Last recording under the name Slow Heart Music, a more accessible outlet for his music than the drone-based experiments under his own name, Manchester artist Ben Rath now attempts to resolve the two tendencies in his nature with new album Any Given Moment. Using the acoustic guitar as a sound source to be messed around with, it’s a warm and lush experience. 

Ana Roxanne
~~~

Exploring themes of identity as an intersex artist, Los Angeles-based singer Ana Roxanne delivers an EP of songs with the enigmatic title ~~~. Her restful sound is distinctively modern, but has a throwback feel to the Eighties and Nineties R&B that inspired her as a youngster, evident in the haunting interpolation of Chaka Khan’s ‘I’m Every Woman’. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Electric Capablanca
Puzzles & Studies

A rather cryptic release from an unknown artist / collection of artists going under the name Electric Capablanca. The name is inspired by a former champion chess player, 'Puzzles & Studies' evokes the kind of ambient, throbbing soundscapes conjured up by Tangerine Dream, Manuel Göttsching and early Kraftwerk. 
  • Vinyl LP (KR33 / SWIM02)
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 5 (Psychedelic Brunch)

Klaus Shultz and Pete Namlook were pioneering artists in German electronic music. The Dark Side Of The Moog was a series of albums showcasing the, then brand new, Moog synthesizer. Vol. 5 - Psychedelic Brunch, features inventor Robert Moog himself, playing an intro to the 8 part ambient, atmospheric track.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVLP2477)
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Hugar
Varda

Varda are small rock towers that explorers used to navigate their way through Iceland. It is also the name of the second album by Icelandic duo, Hugar. Swathes of classical orchestration are met with ambient pieces all imbued with the spirit of post-rock. Brass, guitars, piano and electronic waves all add to the musical expedition.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2489C)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Steve Hauschildt
Nonlin

Steve Hauschildt has been long admired in these parts, firstly for his work with experimental electronic trio Emeralds and then as a solo artist with classic albums such as Where All Is Fled and Strands. His new album, Nonlin, is his sixth and sees him evolve yet further. Another classic? We shall see, but the chances are good.

Helen
The Original Faces

Check this one out Grouper fans! Liz Harris has formed a band, as in ‘an actual band’ band. Harris’ unmistakeable vocals can thus be heard over a sort of shoegaze/indie-pop backing. Helen still maintains an essentially mystic nature, but it is very welcome to hear a whole new side to Harris. The Original Faces is released by Kranky.

Sol Seppy
The Bells Of 1 2

Sol Seppy is Sophie Michalitsianos - an English singer/songwriter who grew up in Australia before moving to the states. She contributed to the Sparklehorse albums It’s A Wonderful Life and Good Morning Spider. The Bells of 1 2 is her debut album, originally released in 2006. The influence of Sparklehorse on the album is clear. Comparisons have also been made with Mazzy Star and Cocteau Twins.

Remo Seeland
Hollow Body

The first album under his real name, Hollow Body was inspired by a revelatory physical experience that Swiss artist Remo Seeland had while travelling on the New York subway. Recorded between that city, Zurich and Reykjavik and implementing field recordings from urban and rural settings, it’s an album preoccupied by ideas of perception. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Sontag Shogun & Moskitoo
The Things We Let Fall Apart / The Thunderswan

Breathy-voiced Moskitoo (Sanae Yamasaki) joins forces with Sontag Shogun (Ian Temple, Jesse Perlstein and Jeremy Young) to produce a pair of gentle electroacoustic ambient numbers for Home Normal. Field recordings, piano, Moskitoo’s voice and various electronics are all more or less processed into an elegantly-woven texture of easy listening. ‘The Things We Let Fall Apart’ and ‘Thunderswan’ were mastered by Lawrence English.
  • Vinyl 7" (HOMEN106)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Gurun Gurun
Gurun Gurun


  • CD (home_n021)
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Ekin Fil
Heavy

Heavy by name, heavy by nature. VAKNAR are reissuing Turkish artist Ekin Fil's album Heavy. It's an album that uses hushed vocals, whispering percussion, and drones wallowing in a kind of thick audio mud to create something far bigger than the sum of its parts. Aphex Twin is a fan, so should you be.
  • Vinyl LP (VAA04-LP)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Valotihkuu
By The River

Denis Davydov - a.k.a. veteran musician Valotihkuu - deliberately restricted his palette of instruments when creating his latest album By The River. An electric guitar, a delay/reverb pedal and a 4-track portable tape recorder were all it needed to lay down this fluid, deliberately underthought collection, which arrives on a limited CD run. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Gigi Masin
Wind

Gigi Masin’s private press LP Wind gets a proper issuing thanks to The Bear On The Moon. Masin’s ambient songs drift on a bed of synths, in a way that plenty of obscurity-hunters have fallen for over the years. You could let it colour your room, or you could follow his songcraft: your choice. This reissue is remastered from the original tapes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Suso Saiz
Rainworks

Having not released anything since 2008, Music From Memory released a compilation of Spanish ambient electronica producer and composer Suso Saiz. Known for his work with Orquesta de las Nubes and Música Esporádica as well as recording with Steve Reich, he has returned with a full length. Stunning, near abstract, and minimal in the most maximal of senses. Want glorious electroacoustic drones? Come here.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MFM 020)
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Terekke
Improvisational Loops

Terekke, whose work is usually heard on the banging L.I.E.S. label, here takes a meditative approach for Music From Memory. Improvisational Loops is as it claims to be: an organically-developed suite for digital synthesiser and looper. The album grew out of some yoga classes, so the music is appropriately new age tinged.

Orquesta De Las Nubes
The Order Of Change

The Music From Memory label continue their unearthing of spanish musician Suso Saiz, after releasing Rainworks in 2017, they look into one of his groups, Orquesta de las Nubes. The Order Of Change is a compilation of their experimental and minimalist ambient/world sound with tracks taken from their releases ‘83-’87 and their compilation in 1993.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

G.B. Beckers
Walkman

Trading for major money on Discogs (for original copies) and much less money on Normanogs (for the Music From Memory reissue), this 1982 LP from G. B. Beckers is a strange collection of art rock. The gentle, chorus-treated guitar parts hint at acts of like The Cure and Echo & The Bunnymen, but tracks such as ‘Vollmond’ are asides of heavily-treated experimental electronica.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Seahawks & WOO
Celestial Railroads

This is an interesting collaboration where transcendental psychedelic types Seahawks rework the music of gloriously hushed turn of the 80s duo Woo. There are two completely contrasting styles at work here so it will be interesting to see how this works. The press release suggests something like Spacemen 3 reworking the KLF. At least it's not the SeaHORSES and Woo collaborating as I originally (mis)read. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Night Flowers
Fortune Teller

London's Night Flowers have slowly been getting known for their emotional dream pop that recalls those early 90s bands that time forgot who trailed in the wake of the likes of the Sundays and Belly. On this their second album they continue to marry '80s and '90s influences for big venue-ready indie pop with jangling, dreamy guitars skirting round Sophie Petit's swooping voice. Straight ahead stuff but with a crucial emotional core that ensures these songs yearn effectively.    
  • Vinyl LP (DBR018VL)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 8

You know an instrument maker is important when albums start being named after it. This is the eighth volume in Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook's influential series 'The Dark Side Of The Moog'. Although, according to Namlook, the series was not an homage to Pink Floyd, it is still expansive, genre-bending, and mind-expanding, with proggy undertones and synth aplenty.   

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 7

The seventh instalment in Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook's series 'The Dark Side Of The Moog' is one for electronica fans everywhere. It's dark and meandering with plenty of synths and haunting atmospheres. As with all volumes in this series, it makes you feel like you're wandering around an abandoned spaceship at night. What's not to love?      

Grouper
A I A : Alien Observer

AIA: Alien Observer was the second part of a two part album series by Liz Harris (aka Grouper) and is the marginally more accessible of the two discs. Here Harris uses her voice to create vocal drones and loops that mesh with her simple, organic instrumentation. As always it's superbly crafted groggy and sleepy ambience with moments of true beauty by one of the most important ambient artists of her day.   
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Grouper
A I A : Dream Loss

AIA: Dream Loss was the first of a two part album series released by Grouper (aka Liz Harris) in 2011. The album continues her journey into deep ambience and distorted slow moving dream pop and has been compared to the earlier similarly muffled and spacey sound of Flying Saucer Attack. Long out of print, these two albums have received essential re-issue courtesy of the good people at Kranky.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Asobi Seksu
Asobi Seksu

Asobi Seksu were a dream pop / shoegaze band from America who consisted of singer and keyboardist Yuki Chikudate and guitarist James Hanna who was known to sing a bit too. They were joined by a whole host of musicians in their four album career. Their self-titled debut was released stateside in 2004, but Europe had to wait until 2007 to get their mits on it. This is the first ever vinyl pressing. Interesting fact: Asobi Seksu translates into English as 'playful sex'.  

Aspidistrafly
i hold a wish for you

The main thing I've learnt from reading through the sales notes for this re-pressed CD from pastoral soundscapers Apsidistrafly is that the music was based around a novel by Banana Yoshimoto. Just stop a minute... Banana? Anyway these ambient pieces take influences from her Moonlight Shadow novella (and yes before I joke about it, it was inspired by Mike Oldfield's song of the same name) and creates gorgeous acoustics and electronic textures warmed up by soothing vocal harmonies. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop
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Satoshi Ashikawa
Still Way (Wave Notation 2)

In many ways a reissue of Satoshi Ashikawa’s 1982 LP Still Way (Wave Notation 2) is what WRWTFWW Records have been building to ever since they set up shop in the early 2010’s. Ashikawa’s spare, dreamlike environmental music has had a profound impact on the label’s output - it can be heard in everything from WRWTFWW’s reissues of Midori Takada and Mkwaju Ensemble to their recent set from Gareth Quinn Redmond. Taking cues from Brian Eno and Erik Satie, Ashikawa’s ultra-minimalist ambiences "intended to be listened to in a casual manner, as a musical landscape or a sound object”. Put on Still Way and let it melt into the background.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Gareth Quinn Redmond
Laistigh Den Ghleo

Laistigh Den Ghleo is a set of beautifully spare ambient compositions from Irish composer Gareth Quinn Redmond. For this record Redmond draws direct inspiration from Satoshi Ashikawa’s 1982 album Still Way (Wave Notation 2). Ashikawa said his music ‘should drift like smoke and become part of the environment surrounding the listener's activity’, and it’s easy to see Redmond taking this to heart in Laistigh Den Ghleo’s environmental watercolours. Midori Takada, another touchstone for Redmond, provides some of the liner notes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Ryan Electric Product
Morningside

Ryan Reid used to make challenging post-industrial fare as City Surgical, but he’s radically changed course with his new project Ryan Electric Product. On Morningside we find Reid creating beatific, almost overwhelming ambient soundscapes that nod to Huerco S., The Caretaker and Boards Of Canada. Reid himself terms it 'death bed music', and it’s really rather fantastic stuff.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Midori Takada & Masahiko Satoh
Lunar Cruise

The reissue of Midori Takada’s sublime minimal album, Through The Looking Glass earlier this year created quite a buzz with vinyl enthusiasts around the world. WRWTFWW Records are now releasing more from the Japanese master; Lunar Cruise. Released on vinyl for the first time, Lunar Cruise sees Takada working alongside Masahiko Satoh to create a minimal landscape imbued with jazz and spiritual elements.      
  • Vinyl LP (WRWTFWW020LP)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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 inspiration for a new generation of ambient producers and those seeking musical experiences on the fringes of consciousness.

BORA
Noyée

French-born and Berlin-based producer Pauline Canavesio - a.k.a. BORA - attempts to define the indefinable through music on her latest album Noyée (meaning ‘Drown’) which she describes as “an attempt on existence”. At times it is tempestuous and roiling with emotion, at others calm and contemplative. 
  • Vinyl LP (FTR6LP)
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Keith Berry
Viable Systems 2

Viable Systems 2 is the second in a series of recordings by London-based minimalist and ambient composer, Keith Berry. Berry has made music that shifts in mood and texture to help the listener and the environment they’re in. I’m guessing if you’re rushing through a crowded city on the way to work, sticking this in your lugs might help.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Nils Frahm
Screws Reworked

This double vinyl LP, or CD, set from composer Nils Frahm has all the sparse piano and delicate Moog work we expect from him. But, on Screws Reworked Frahm has invited fans to submit their individual reinterpretations of his work. Screws was a warm and personal album, and that beautiful material has been affectionately reworked in a number of styles; from sublime drones to glitchy edits.

J.Derwort
Bamboo Music

Hanyo van Oosterom has remixed every 'bamboo tape' that J. Derwort ever recorded. The product of his endeavour is 'Bamboo Music', a collection of two longform ambient pieces that are every bit as engaging as their originals. For fans of flute, outsider music, and bamboo. A moving tribute to an old friend.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Portishead
Portishead

Essential 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.  

Portishead
Dummy

Island is reissuing Portishead's seminal trip-hop album, 'Dummy'. Originally released in 1994, their first record is a collection of dark and sonorous electronic tunes inspired by rock music , jazz and hip-hop alike. 'Dummy' helped synthesize a new sound that became essential to the Bristol scene, coinciding with bands such as Massive Attack to put West Country trip-hop on the map. It also garnered a few hits, including "Numb". 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Skyphone
Hildur

Danish trio Skyphone have their 2014 LP Hildur set to vinyl for the first time courtesy of the nice people at Lost Tribe Sound. Makes sense, too - Hildur is one of those expansive, widescreen albums that tend to sound best on wax. Back in the day this stuff would have been referred to as ‘folktronica’, but seeing as times have changed we’ll put it in the same corner as Apparat and Bibio.

Skyphone
Marsh Drones

Lost Tribe Sound love Skyphone, so it makes sense that the label have teamed up with the Danish group for the release of new LP Marsh Drones. The band’s blend of folk instrumentation, electronics, post-rock and a dash of musique concrete is in rude health on this careful, pretty record. For similar artists you’re looking at Telefon Tel Aviv, Bonobo, Fink, that kinda vibe.

Salami Rose Joe Louis
Zdenka 2080

You can get away with calling yourself something like Salami Rose Joe Louis if you’re signed to Brainfeeder. On her latest full-length record 'Zdenka 2080' the Bay Area mainstay shows off exactly the kind of chops that would have impressed label boss Flying Lotus. This LP’s blend of nu-jazz songwriting, neo-soul, Adult Swim-style zaniness and vaguely astral noodling really isn’t far from the work of fellow Brainfeeder luminary Thundercat.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Ethan Montgomery / The Declining Winter
Ute-7 Inch

Lordy will you look at this thing. Part of a collaboration between various Leeds good guys, the main part of this multi disciplinary project is a beer (which we don't have for sale, sadly). The idea being while you are supping you can listen to some pastoral sounds of Yorkshire. On the A side are field recordings of our beautiful county made by Ethan Montgomery and on the flip rustic Yorkshire mainstays The Declining Winter make two songs inspired by the field recordings on the A side. Gorgeous.   

Masahiro Sugaya
Horizon Volume 1

Masahiro Sugaya is barely known outside of his native Japan but Empire of Signs want to change all that with this introduction into his works. He has straddled the worlds of acoustic and experimental composition, jazz and future thinking computerised sounds in a long career which began in the 1980s. This remastered collection is a good place to start for newbies to his music and will appeal to fans of Hiroshi Yoshimura and the Lights In The Attic compilation Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 on which Sugaya appeared.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Zann
Strange Ways / Inside Jungle

Zann feature Udo Winkler, a former member of post punk band Konec. He became interested in the music of Brian Eno, David Byrne, Jon Hassell, David Sylvian, German bands such as Embryo and Dissidenten along with middle & far eastern music. This all lead to the recording in 1988 of Strange Ways/Inside Jungle, an experimental album of ambient, jazz, synth and folk but with middle eastern instrumentation at its heart.  Originally released in 1990 as a private pressing, reissued and remastered from the original tapes.
  • Vinyl LP (ISLELP005)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Ian Hawgood
Love Retained

Incredibly bare piano pieces, presented with thanks, love and admiration for those around him. Battling with depression for decades Ian Hawgood found a release, but also a trigger in composing, these unfinished and unmastered piano sketches serve up as a mirror to that fragility, and mark his departure from his own label (Home Normal) and possibly music itself.
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M. Ostermeier
Tiny Birds

On Tiny Birds, M. Ostermeier focuses on the gradual development of sparse and minimal piano melodies and then intertwines them with beautiful field recordings and delicate violin. Home Normal have unearthed another gem with this patient album of neoclassical drone and gorgeous ambient chamber music.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Altars Altars
Small Hours

Sounding like The Gentleman Losers recording the skit tracks for Boards of Canada or Helios, Altars Altars is gentle, filled with tape warbles (because he put everything through a reel to reel), delicate plucked guitar, and awash with field samples and children playing. It’s dreamlike state, lying in a field in your youth ambient music. Loverly.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Fabio Orsi / Pimmon
Procrastination


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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Tobias Hellkvist
Kaskelot: Reissue + Remixes

Tobias Hellkvist has been composing richly-textured electroacoustic suites for some years now. Kaskelot is an EP that went down very well in Japan in 2011: now it gets a bulked-up reissue, with new remixes by artists like Chihei Hatakeyama and offthesky, each one of whom takes the source material in an interesting new direction. Edition of 500 CDs on the Home Normal label.
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Adam Wiltzie
American Woman OST

American Woman is a film about a woman who looks after her grandson when her daughter mysteriously disappears. It was directed by Ridley Scott’s son, Jake Scott and stars Sienna Miller, Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame and Christina Hendricks. As we are talking about the soundtrack here though, what you really need to know is that it was composed and performed by Adam Wiltzie, a founding member of Norman faves Stars of The Lid and A Winged Victory For The Sullen. 

Fenella
Fenella

Fenella is a project from one Jane Weaver, one of the 21st century's most adept practitioners of psychedelia. Along with two of her bandmates, she has created a soundtrack for Marcell Jankovics’ 'Fehérlófia', a 1981 Hungarian animated film that is a perfect match for Weaver's brand of warm and colourful psychedelia. 
  • Vinyl LP (FIRELP576)
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Leo Svirsky
River Without Banks

Leo Svirsky is a contemporary classical composer of rare deftness. His pieces spool out like running water, and as such it’s apt that his new LP should be entitled River Without Banks. Arranged for two pianos and various accompanying instruments, Svirsky’s music is tranquil, stirring and extremely lovely. Gas, Peter Zummo and Michael Nyman all come to mind when listening to River Without Banks.

Ummagma
Compass

Electronically-enhanced rock duo Ummagma return with their first album in seven years, and their first to ever be released on vinyl. With the long wait explained by the years it took them to move from Russia to Canada, Compass is the album that most accurately reflects the band’s post-genre approach. 

Don Slepian
Sea of Bliss

Originally released as a cassette only way back in 1980, Don Slepian’s milestone composition Sea of Bliss finally gets its first ever issue on vinyl. Recorded using the legendarily difficult-to-use Alles digital synthesiser, the album’s two side-long compositions became landmarks in what became known as the new age genre. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Nils Frahm
All Encores

The incomparable Nils Frahm presents the third and final instalment in his Encores series of EPs in September, with all three of the compositions to be made available as an 80-minute album titled All Encores. Conceived of as “musical islands” off of the mainland of last year’s album All Melody, the third part is more percussive and electronic than the previous EPs that focussed on piano and ambience. 

Sigur Rós
22° Lunar Halo

Sigur Ros recently reworked some of their old output for the soundtrack of a dance work by choreographer Cheng Tsung-Lung. The new music they forged from old means also rank as some of the band’s most arresting output, a collection of detailed drones and serious rhythm workouts that aren’t a million miles away from Einstürzende Neubauten. Don’t believe us? See for yourself - the show’s score has now been released through KRUNK under the title 22° Lunar Halo.
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Sigur Rós
Variations On Darkness

Lately the Icelandic group Sigur Ros have spent a fair bit of time writing music for dance pieces. As well as 22° Lunar Halo - the score they created for a new choreography by Cheng Tsung-Lung - les Ros also turned out Variations On Darkness for a performance by the Icelandic Dance Company at their own Nordur og nidur festival. Comprising of new material and re-workings of some older tracks, the two side-long pieces of Variations On Darkness find the band at their most expressive and ambitious. Everything from icy drone to broiling noise to the organic power electronics of Ben Frost get a look-in here.
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William Basinski
The Deluge

More glorious tape-loop-based minimal composition from William Basinski. The Deluge presents an alternative approach to the source material used on recent companion piece Cascade: a piano loop is processed via various subtle feedback systems, until the whole thing washes away in a haze. White LP on Temporary Residence.
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Ocean Floor
Mirror

Mirror by Ocean Floor was originally released on cassette in 2018 and quickly sold out. It will now enjoy a limited vinyl pressing. A series of stripped back tracks for piano and synthesizer. They were initially sketched out following a bad night’s sleep in 2014. They were gradually formed into melodic tunes and the inclusion of a little guitar on one track.

Phantoms vs Fire
My Mind As Your Amusement Park

Phantoms Vs. Fire - who will win? Well, it looks like we’ll have to wait a while to find out. Project mastermind Thiago Desant intends My Mind As Your Amusement Park to be the first record in an eight-part series. If all of the subsequent LPs are as intense as this one then we’re in for an epic journey - My Mind As Your Amusement Park is a set of degraded, often rather haunted sound design that draws on The Caretaker, bvdub, Jean-Michel Jarre and Olafur Arnalds.

Ian MacFarlane
Planetarium

Shhh... it's private press. Have some respect. This much unknown ambient synth record was made by Cybotron maverick Ian MacFarlane, whose music may once have been a little weird to most ears. An experimentalist with conspiracies and surrealisms in his head, he envisioned Planetarium as a suite of meditations relating new age music to the galaxy. The start of a great MacFarlane unearthing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Celer
Shima

Will Long is an American artist living in Tokyo who has been releasing music for over a decade and also runs the Two Acorns label. 'Shima', his latest release as Celer, is comprised of two long-form analogue ambient/drone tracks constructed from B-side loops created around the same period as Celer's 'Jima' album which was released on the I, Absentee label in 2015. 'Shima' however was only actually recorded later in 2016 using the tape loops, reel-to-reel, reverse reverb, notch filter and digital delay. The album comes beautifully presented on fledgeling label Gailur.
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J-Walk
Mediterranean Winds

London producer J-Walk returns his third album 'Mediterranean Winds', another suite of tracks that specifically aims to capture the feel of a particular time and place. But what time and what place? If only he'd left some clues... With sonics inspired by the soundtrack works of Brian Eno and Vangelis, it never loses the soulful bent of its creator. 
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Michael Stearns
Ancient Leaves

For those unaware, Michael Stearns is a legendary ambient pioneer and his 1975 album 'Ancient Leaves' is being given a reissue by the people over at Infinite Fog. It's a heady mix of Gregorian chants, field recordings, Finnish lap harp, and a Mini Moog all recorded onto four-track tape. Expect an immersive experience of early ambient music. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Tracing Back The Radiance

Tracing Back The Radiance is an album of beautiful drone ruminations from Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. From a blend of instruments (vibraphone, reeds, keyboards and so on) and instrumentalists (Chuck Johnson, Gregg Kowalsky, Mary Lattimore to name but three) the Root Strata head-honcho crafts ambiences of shimmering and transcendental beauty. A gorgeous LP that reminds us of Ian William Craig and Vashti Bunyan's mid-00's collaborations with Animal Collective.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Dan Armstrong
A Long Time Coming

Do you like to chill? Do too many drums put you on edge? Do you enjoy Biosphere, William Orbit and all the sort of stuff? If you said yes to any of those questions then Dan Armstrong’s A Long Time Coming is very much the record for you. To be honest, even if you didn’t answer in the affirmative this LP of tranquil downtempo ambient compositions is still well worth your time.

Bonobo
Linked

The evergreen Bonobo (aka Simon Green) anticipates a summer full of DJ sets with 'Linked', a club ready slow burner that is as atmospheric as any of his previous work. It follows 2017's Migration and 2019's fabric Presents compilation. Green is also responsible for the incredible photograph on the sleeve. It's a beautiful world isn't it?
  • Vinyl 12" (ZEN12514)
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This Mortal Coil
Filigree and Shadow

Filagree and Shadow was the follow up to the much loved debut It Will End In Tears from shadowy 4AD collective This Mortal Coil. Again leader Ivo Watts-Russell chose a supergroup made out of (mostly) artists on his label but this time there were more self penned compositions, enough to make it into a double album. Like it's more lauded debut exquisite taste was shown in the choice of covers with Tim Buckley, Gene Clark and Wire all getting their songbooks raided. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Midori Takada
Through The Looking Glass (2017 Re-Edition)

Midori Takada’s 1983 record Through The Looking Glass is an album much loved by minimal ambient fans and international percussion fans alike. Takada’s marimba is delicately caressed and manipulated, while an array of other instruments gently surround it. Reissued by we release whatever the fuck we want, on CD and two different vinyl editions, cut at different speeds.

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