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London Chamber Orchestra and Christopher Warren-Green
Minimalist: Adams / Glass / Reich

This LP on Warner Classics brings together the big names of listener-friendly minimalism: Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams. Plenty of interlocking patterns and bright, clean pulses to be enjoyed here. We have ‘Eight Lines’ by Reich, ‘Facades’ by ...view item »

Klaus Schulze
La Vie Electronique Volume 1.0

Klaus Schulze’s 70s work is an innovative and immersive as Kosmische synth gets. La Vie Electronique is a series of outtake compilations that has run to 15 multi-disc CD volumes. This double LP brings half of the first volume to vinyl for the first time. It captures Schulze,...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 »

Belong
October Language

Back in 2006, New Orleans’ Belong released their debut album ‘October Language’. Though well received at the time, it deserves so much more. Then it was compared to the shoegaze greats, a much deserved comparison, but I think the spirit of ‘October Language’ has more in common with the bittersweet heft of ...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 »

Expo '70
Kinetic Tones

The thing about Justin Wright’s take in ambience is that it’s rushing. Ok, I know it’s slow, it’s drone, but like the cameras in a particularly hectic episode of Masterchef, these synth drones are tense, trembling things. They’re always paving the way for a grand canvas of psychedelia; whirring kosmische ad...view item »

Phurpa
Sacred Sounds 18.12.16

Phurpa are pretty amazing. A Russian performance group / musical collective that perform and record authentic ritual music of Bon. Essentially, they are the only artists (that I know of) that are preserving the sounds of this ancient Buddhist tradition from Tibet. They use a combination of tantric...view item »

Om
Pilgrimage

I've just been to take the washing out of the tumble dryer and completely forgotten what I was supposed to be doing. All I could think of was the latest masterpiece from Om: 'Pilgrimage'. I'm now playing this CD for the 7th time. It's difficult to recall ever revisiting an album so frequently in such a small amount of time....view item »

Bee Mask
Elegy For Beach Friday

Chris Madak's Bee Mask project has been going on for some time, and on this release he has collected together his personal highlights from various limited cassette and CDr editions recorded between 2003 and 2010, "re-imagined, re-edited and remastered"...essentially a ...view item »

Sunn O)))
Kannon

Drone wall guardians Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson may be the most consistent, recognisable band ever by now, but their sound has gone through a lot: they’ve gone swimming in beautiful ambient pastures with Boris, twisted avant-garde into comedy with Scott Walker, and even reci...view item »

Pythagoron™
Pythagoron™

We all know that drugs are pretty useful for getting high, right? But what about sound? It’s certainly possible to reach altered states through sound. Records, unlike drugs are reusable so once you’ve caned it, there’s no need to call you dealer. You can just put the record on again and again. Th...view item »

Jonas Reinhardt
Conclave Surge

Electronic rhythm time courtesy of Jonas Reinhardt, who intends that this record to carry the vibrations of rituals and ceremonies. Conclave Surge is lovely propulsive listening, mixing fun-time synth and drum approaches with aspects of minimalism and industrial. It’s a heady brew, and it works! Limited vinyl edit...view item »

C. Diab
Exit Rumination

All enthusiasm for our work has been sucked out of the Norman offices by some sort of music-breathing warlock, as evidenced by the fact a new C. Diab record came in and literally all of us neglected to give it a listen. Awful. We were all huge fans of his last emo drone mini-opus, ‘No Perfect Wave’, wherein his pop-oriented abstracti...view item »

Steve Reich
Drumming

What collection of the great works of Steve Reich would be complete without the mighty Drumming? The piece, scored for a percussion ensemble of marimbas, glockenspiels, tuned bongos etc., moves beautifully through an array of rhythms and counter-rhythms, following Reich’s simple-but-complex patter...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 »

William Basinski
92982

It's amazing to think that William Basinski's '92982' was recorded in 1982 as it's the sort of thing that could come out on Kranky these days. Actually we're reminded of stuff like Tim Hecker, The Caretaker etc. This music features ultra soothing ambience and floating melodies. So much so that Phil just declared "I feel like I'm floating on a fu...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 »

Siavash Amini & Matt Finney
Gospel

Siavash Amini and Matt Finney follow last years ‘Familial Rot’ tape for Umor Rex with the immense ‘Gospel’ CD on Opal Tapes offshoot imprint V A N I L L A. The emotional impact of this remarkably complex and incredibly brave work has floored me, to say the least. It has shaken me to my absolute core and then some....view item »

Oren Ambarchi
Grapes From The Estate

The particular ambiance this album has makes me a little too uncomfortable for it to be ideal sleep music for me, but I haven't tried it under ideal conditions, so I can't knock it. "Corkscrew" is an edgy drone. "Girl with the Silver Eyes" has an otherworldly beauty, especially toward the end when the guitar is emphasised. Ambarchi's more "music...view item »

Kate NV
Для For

The latest release from RVNGIntl. is the second LP from Moscow sonic experimentalist Kate NV. Much like new label mates Visible Cloaks, ...view item »

Steve Reich
Four Organs / Phase Patterns

Classic Steve Reich pieces presented in the form of classic 1971 recordings, reissued by Superior Viaduct. Both Four Organs and Phase Patterns utilise Reich’s patented phased repetition techniques, each performed by an ensemble including both Reich himself and fellow mini...view item »

Mind Over Mirrors
Bellowing Sun

An incredibly ambitions album/installation from synthetisist Jaime Fennelly. The piece was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago where it will be performed under a large spinning version of its artwork. It's a textural and rhythmic of the organic, and is every bit as psychedelic as that would imply....view item »

Kensington Gore
Hexagon

Stephen Wood and Scott Gubbels make up Kensington Gore, a duo who dabble in driving electronics, spacey soundscapes and motorik propulsion. Hexagon is dark and has an oppressive terror brought about by stabbing synth work, however, this is matched by a lightness of touch, production-wise, and a certain melodic nouse. Thu...view item »

Eliane Radigue
Songs of Milarepa

Radigue is a true pioneering giant of electronic and drone music, and these mid-eighties recordings capture her at her most mystically-inclined. Inspired by 11th century Tibetan poet and mystic Milarepa, this double CD is led by Radigue’s ARP synth, with vocal contributions from Robert Ashley and Lama Kunga Rinpoch...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 »

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 »

Deceh / Total Life
Split

Here’s a nice looking split LP on Important by Deceh and Total Life. Deceh have released a handful of releases over the last few years. I’ve only heard the one (the LP on Important) and it was a minimal tonal affair. The flip of this is by Total Life which is Kevin Doria from ...view item »

Landing
Bells In New Towns

Landing have been at it for twenty years but 'Bells in New Towns' proves that they are still as strong as ever. They play a textured form of post rock, motorik kraut and blissed out shoegaze that is lush and shimmering bringing to mind other long running US outfits such as Yo La Tengo and Bardo Pond...view item »

Steve Reich
Pulse / Quartet

Steve Reich’s office has a huge portrait of Steve Reich looking down benevolently on Steve Reich. Which is kind of like a Steve Reich piece, feeding off itself in a continuous loop. Where Quartet is full of energy and all over the place harmonically, Pulses is a more quiet work - especially for Reich stan...view item »

The Oscillation
U.E.F

This month’s Robert Pollard Award For Outstanding Work In The Field Of Prolificity goes to Demian Castellanos, who’s gone from releasing his second record of solo drone materials to putting out another record of psychedelic swirl as frontman of the Oscillation. His band’s playful, tectonical...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 »

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 »

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 »

Klaus Schulze
La Vie Electronique Volume 1.1

Klaus Schulze - he of Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel and … Klaus Schulze fame - has set to work putting his affairs in order in the past decade. La Vie Electronique Volume 1.1 is in fact the second volume in the LVE series, a run that brings together Schulze’s rari...view item »

Dylan Carlson
Conquistador

Conquistador is the debut solo album from Dylan Carson. He was a founding member of Sub Pop drone metal band, Earth and will probably forever be known as the man who gave Kurt the gun. Carson says that the album soundtracks an imaginary western. Throughout he shows his ability to create powerful widescreen sound...view item »

Phill Niblock
Rhymes With Water

Phill Niblock returns with two new pieces of music in his classically monumental minimalist style: layers upon layers of instrumental parts built up into a shimmering mass of dense drone wonder. For Rhymes With Water, his collaborators are Natalia Pschenitschnikova and Erik Drescher, pe...view item »

Eva-Maria Houben
Breath For Organ

Wandelweiser composer and organist Eva-Maria Houben presents a new work for an old organ. The single track Breath For Organ, recorded at a church in Krefeld, Germany, is typically minimal for Houben, but within her sound-world a thousand details are there to be found if you sit and listen. Breath Fo...view item »

Tim Hecker
Mirages

'Mirages' is one of ambient musician and noise thrill-seeker Tim Hecker's earliest works, originally released in 2004. Back in the days of its initial release, Alien8 described the record as a "death metal ambient classic in waiting", which sums up the harsh, often dissonant soundscapes Hecker was interested in making in his early days. This rec...view item »

Africa Express
Africa Express Presents...Terry Riley's In C Mali

Terry Riley's In C Mali by Africa Express is the first ever recording of Riley’s minimalist work by an African ensemble. In C Mali was originally written by Terry Riley in 1964. Upon hearing this new version the composer said that he was “overwhelmed and delighted”. T...view item »

Windy & Carl
We Will Always Be

Windy and Carl are back with their first album in three years. Nice to see that there are some people who still take their time over these things. This husband and wife team have created some astounding sonic architecture in the past with their neofolk-inflected minimal-ambient drone. Af...view item »

Mary Lattimore
Hundreds of Days

Will the good times never cease? Philly harp legend Mary Lattimore continues her endless slew of good releases with Hundreds of Days, her second for Ghostly. Exploring the alien feeling that gets pronounced when you leave home, her plucks offer microcosmic and resonant ways to work your way ...view item »

Scott Gordon
Relief Tours

On Relief Tours, Scott Gordon is trying to find out what exactly a piano can do. A series of 8 experiments where Gordon approached the instrument from a different perspective and with different tools. Yet he avoids being too clinical, the piano belonged to his brother, and that relationship imbues thes...view item »

Kyle Bobby Dunn
Kyle Bobby Dunn and the Infinite Sadness

Apparently some dude from Pitchfork reckons Kyle is the king of drone. Like, can you imagine if this music started affecting all walks of society instead of stressed middle class office workers. He'd have to really get his stage act together for the arena tours. Anyway, my granddad, he's the king of drone right. He goes on and on etc about the w...view item »

EMEI
EMEI

Bristol’s Aphelion Editions come through with a hyper-limited sound-sketch by EMEI. Opener ‘Frosted Glass’ sets the tone nicely for EMEI. Beginning with glacial prettiness, the melodies soon distort and overlap to create thick textures that bear comparison to the likes of both ...view item »

Deathprod
Morals and Dogma

The early works of Norwegian experimentalist Deathprod (aka Supersilent member Helge Sten) here receive some attention from Smalltown Supersound’s reissues division. Morals And Dogma is a particularly dense Deathprod record, composed over many years using multiple...view item »

Slomo
Super-Individual: Collective Ritual

Yorkshire based “glumbient” two-piece Slomo take their single note downer synth epic track Super​-​Individual from their album Transits to a load of contemporaries and let them do as they please. Line-up includes Teeth Of The Sea, Andrew Liles (Current 9...view item »

Tangerine Dream
Zeit

Think back to 1972, when Tangerine Dream delivered their third studio album, Zeit. Unlike their first two albums, and much of their later work, Zeit is an abstract dark ambient monolith, containing four vinyl-side-long tracks, totalling over seventy musics of sound. From massed violas to colossal Moog space-dri...view item »

Ryo Murakami
Esto

My favourite thing to do after a sleep-deprived night is listen to an album that’s going to make it hard for me to sleep the night after. Ryo Murakami’s nightmare music marks a divergence from his usual bouts of techno, but ‘Esto’ is a perfect tone poem (or anthology of tone poems), holding on to its vacuum atmo...view item »

JOHN 3:16
עשר

Philippe Gerber of Heat From A Deadstar and Eyryx has been concentrating on his John 3:16 solo output since, as well as collaborating with the likes of Eisenlager, Anthony Donovan, and Pas Musiqiue. עשר which is Hebr...view item »

Earth
Phase 3 - Thrones & Dominions

Its a damn shame how little recognition this album gets in comparison to its predecessor, the monumental album Earth 2. While Earth 2 pretty much established drone doom as a subgenre and is still cited by many as the only worthwhile album Earth released, Phase 3: Thrones And Dominions is proof that Dylan Carlson is more than a one-trick pony (th...view item »

The Nightcrawlers
The Biophonic Boombox Recordings

Anthology Recordings shine a light on this little known group of Philadelphia / New Jersey synth explores that were active from the late 70s through the early 90s. It’s a valuable and ultimately highly engrossing collection of material compiled from their many self-released cassettes. Their brand of Space Music draws from the previously es...view item »

Stars Of The Lid
The Tired Sounds of

Repress of Stars of the Lid’s 2001 neo-classical drone album, The Tired Sounds of. The way this album ebbs and flows is unlike much you’ll hear from music. It has far more in common with waves beating against a shore. The glacial pace of its changes suggest a timelessness. It sounds massive, and I feel.. small. ...view item »

Steve Roach
Structures From Silence

Steve Roach’s landmark new age ambient album Structures From Silence was first released in 1984, and it's been lulling listeners into a deep state of suspended animation ever since. Structures From Silence is very slow and very spacious, with just a few well-chosen synth elements drifting around the sound...view item »


(The Microcosm): Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986

Acting as a sequel to Light in the Attic’s I Am The Center, The Microcosm delves further into experimental new age electronic compositions from the 70s and 80s. Mapping a peaceful yet strange world between prog, psych and ambient electronica. With pieces from Vangelis, Roedelius, ...view item »

Laraaji
Bring On The Sun

Expert of music, radiance and laughter, Laraaji has enjoyed a deserved resurgence recently as we trace back his development of ambient and new age far beyond the mere fruits of his famous collaboration with Brian Eno. This delightfully titled compilation brings together new studio recordings from the artist, who here plays his usual mix of sleep...view item »

Kaori Suzuki
Newsun

Two track album from Seattle based experimental-electronic composer Kaori Suzuki. Working with synthesized and acoustic sources she experiments with how these signals interplay, adjusting attacks and decays, capturing the natural feedbacks that occur and the bizarre stereo effects that create rhythms and oscillations....view item »

Coil
Time Machines

Originally issued back in 1998 on Coil’s own Eskaton label and credited to Time Machines, this stone cold classic album has now been credited to Coil and remastered and reissued on DAIS Records. Jhon Balance, Peter Christopherson and Drew McDowall ripped a hole through the fabr...view item »

Earth
Live at Third Man Records

Jack White, bless him, facilitates something worthwhile every now and then. This live album was recorded to tape (nice!) last year in the Blue Room at Third Man Records in Nashville, where Dylan, Adrienne and co played support to Boris (whose set from that night i...view item »

This Is Where
This Is Where

This is Where...We Came In might have been the Bee Gees swansong but this This is Where is a mysterious doom and ambient band who feature Norman Westberg amongst their number. Though they don't have the noisy brutalism of Swans the three piece have a musical dialogue dominated by tension and blissful density.  ...view item »

Earth
Pentastar In The Style Of Demons

I have heard lots of negative reactions towards Pentastar, but honestly, I don't see what's to dislike. It has that special Dylan Carlson touch, and it seems much more thought out than Phase 3 (which is amazing in it's own right). It's an album that has rang true for many people I've showed it to, who have all seemed to dig the stoner vibe that ...view item »

Expo '70
Cleverly Mystique

Consistently warped, spacial and well suited to some retro Doctor Who episode is Expo 70's Krautrock offering - Cleverly Mystique. featuring otherworldly melody and a melancholic sense of dread throughout, this off-kilter and ambitious collection is revitalised onto vinyl 5 years after its in...view item »

Sunn O)))
Domkirke

This ever-so-slightly special entry in the Sunn O))) kanon sees the band lathering their drone all over the Bergen Cathedral, extending to us a few mysteries beyond the evil wizard robes and metal hand gestures. In spite of the album’s typical Sunn grandiosity, it’s those opening seconds that are disorientating. They offer us, of all...view item »

Sarah Davachi
All My Circles Run

Wherein I scream “finally!” and skip across the room, record in hand, making a scene it is likely no one has ever made in the name of drone before. I have been waiting for many a moon for Students of Decay to bring us this new Sarah Davachi record, but it’s stayed in the hypothetical for reasons entirely out of their control. B...view item »

William Basinski
The Disintegration Loops (Remastered)

William Basinski created his ambient and much storied record, 'The Disintegration Loops', by feeding his compositions on loop through a tape head until a myriad sounds were made in its place. The record's completion coincided with the 9/11 bombings, a sight which is recreated on the record's cover. Considered an attempt at making sound cycl...view item »

Michel Banabila
Early Works : Things Popping Up From The Past

You honestly don’t want to work in our office. The rubbish.... the….tripe we have to listen to. I’ve just escaped from half an hour of someone going ‘oooooohhhhhhhh’ like its Halloween or something. Whilst playing the opening track of this compilation I unplugged my headphones le...view item »

Harry Bertoia
Clear Sounds / Perfetta

The ‘Sonambient’ sound sculptures of Harry Bertoia are astonishing things: the sleeve art for this new release gives you an insight into the roomfuls of shimmering metals Bertoia designed. Clear Sounds and Perfetta are two particularly remarkable, highly minimal performances, never ...view item »

Scuba Death
The Worm At The Core

Further Records make everything around you look ominously blue in different degrees of dark on this utterly compelling record from Scuba Death. This is a dub techno offering that truly makes itself on atmosphere -- Ricardo Donoso proves himself, above all things, to make a great soundscape. Bolts of lightning...view item »

A Lily
Ten Drones On Cassette

As the more eager-eyed of you might spot, A Lily’s Ten Drones On Cassette is actually a CD release. Fake news? Sort of. The Brighton artist originally self-released single-copy editions of these ten drones in early 2017, with each one taking up one side of a tape. This Sound in Silence edition con...view item »

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

Much needed reissue of Japanese percussionist Midori Takada’s first album - originally issued back in 1983 on RCA Red Seal and now faithfully reproduced by We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records and Palto Flats. This music has been unavailable for a very long time so it’s great to see this become widely available. This ...view item »

Windy & Carl
Songs For The Broken Hearted

After much deliberation this week involving many dubious considerations & stifled laughter we banged Windy & Carl's new CD on to stall the tidal wave of giddy mania & shredded nerves that ensued whilst trying to decide on AOTW. And you know what happened next? The office was swathed in a calm zen-like atmosphere of blissed out melan...view item »

Sunn O)))
Monoliths & Dimensions

Hey there music fan, do you like Sunn O)))? I hope you do because they've just rubbed their first full-on, proper new album in four years all over your face, going "Mmmm, sniff that, taste that, it's our new CD and everyone's saying it's the best one ever and you're going to buy it because it's sooo-oo-oooo good". Well yeah, it is pre...view item »

Emptyset
Emptyset

Emptyset is the first record by literal-building-rattlers Emptyset, first released in 2009. Here we get an early version of the duo’s remarkably stern explorations of frequencies and vibrations, rhythms and outright bass-noise. Very precise, very intense, and often fairly danceable. Double LP reissue on Subtext....view item »

Terry Riley
Persian Surgery Dervishes

We live in the age of the vinyl reissue. It can be overwhelming trying to process the amount of stuff being given a new lease of life via the trusty, age old format beloved to music freaks. And yet so much of it is utter shite and totally unnecessary. I find it astonishing that it’s taken a total classic lik...view item »

yellow6
Running to the Red [merry6mas2017]

Screw the bloody John Lewis ad. Especially that those purveyors of unwelcome stodge Elbow are involved. No, the real advent of Christmas here at Norman Towers is the Yellow 6 Christmas CD which has been a regular yuletide treat for our overworked and frozen-to-the-bones elves. As usual it comes in lovely hand made packaging and contains a hodge ...view item »

Sula Bassana
Shipwrecked

On Shipwrecked, Sula Bassana uses an impressive selection of vintage gear to produce a singular take on deutsche elektronische musik. For this CD on Sulatron he references the past with an eye on the future. Mastered by krautrock icon Eroc, this is heady stuff. The artwork’s epic science-fiction v...view item »

Norman Westberg
The Chance To

Norman Westberg, the really tall one from Swans, has been treating us to archival reissues recently, but here is some exciting new music from him. The Chance To...view item »

Tangerine Dream
Quantum Gate

Some 50 years in 'the biz' later, Tangerine Dream have never settled for less than innovation. Edgar Froese sadly left us in 2015 but his latest updated vision for the totemic band is now laid out for all to hear, on Quantum Gate. Remaining members Quaeschning, Schnauss and Yamane promise a contemporary evolution of the...view item »

Eleh / Christina Kubisch
Split

Thrilling vinyl split between Christina Kubisch, master harnesser of the electromagnetic field, and the person or persons known only as Eleh, champion of modern minimalist synth. Kubisch interprets the cultural legacy of Nikola Tesla for her side, composing with myriad electromagnetic signals sourced from modern...view item »


Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Music 1971-81

The third in Soul Jazz Records’ series of compilations exploring multifarious delights in the fertile world of 70s and early 80s German experimental rock, pop and electronic music. Several familiar names here - Popul Vuh, Cluster, Roedelius, Neu!, ...view item »

Quaeschning & Schnauss
Synthwaves

What a lot of people forget about me is that a used to be a right synth nut. In the early '80s I was obsessed with anything synthesizer and used to pour over my grandma's Marshall Ward catalogues looking at the pictures of the sort of keyboards I could only dream of owning. Now everyone else has caught on we have a glut of synth based albums in ...view item »

Charlie Ulyatt
Live EP - Rough Trade Nottingham Sept 16

Charlie Ulyatt's 'Dead Birds' arrived at the 'Towers back in the early days of summer and I for one was captivated by his shimmering solo meanderings. The guitar in Ulyatt’s hands is transformed into a machine which suspends time as notes linger and hang in the air, evoking dry and dusty landscapes, barren mountains or at least the top of ...view item »

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog – Vol. 9-11

The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 9 - 11 continues the quite frankly epic archival effort to tunnel through the mass recordings that were made when the legendary Klaus Schulze started working with Pete Namlook in the 90’s using an...view item »

Secret Pyramid
The Silent March

Canadian ambient fuzz face secret Pyramid has a re-issue of his hallowed small run tape from a couple of years ago here. Comparisons have been bandied around with Popol Vuh and Flying Dog Saucer Attack seemingly the main culprits of influence here. I don't know how much of this is true as I've not heard it but I think if you like yr vast cosmic ...view item »

Kate Carr
The Story Surrounds Us

As the sound of a creaking door opens ‘The Story Surrounds Us’ it relays the sense that we as listeners have been invited into very intimate, mysterious personal space - that being the mind of Kate Carr. The delicate guitar that follows, welcomes us further in, sounding ...view item »

XAM Duo
XAM Duo

Really glad this one fell on my plate because I get to use the singular form of Hookworms, which I love doing. This kosmische duo contains a Hookworm, okay, we’re done, and a member of Deadwall, who both use time away from their guitar-oriented mains to make sparkly synth diora...view item »

Deathprod
Imaginary Songs From Tristan Da Cunha

Helge 'Deathprod' Sten is a patient man, sometimes creating entire soundworlds from tiny pieces of recording, slowed down and manipulated until every detail is palpable. For me his most essential piece, and the most accessible to newcomers, would be his 'Morals and Dogma' opus, which feat...view item »

William Basinski
The Deluge

Tape looper to the stars William Basinski has been stripping away excess concept from his work since the rise of ‘The Disintegration Loops’, composing pieces that are important more for the sounds they make than for their process or history. ‘The Deluge’, however, finds him back with the stories: this record is thematical...view item »

Otto Lindholm
Alter

Here lies some seasonal dark ambient, made just in time to usher in the blank dot of space that four in the afternoon has now become. Otto Lindholm’s practice involves the generally sparse approach of looping double bass into full-bodied ruminations and isolated moments of theatrics. For Gizeh, he makes a gorgeous, snowbound record called ...view item »

Rambutan
Crawling in the Margins

Eric Hardiman, owner of the Tape Drift label, has been making his soundscapes under the moniker Rambutan since 2007. Hiding out in an underground shelter somewhere in Albany, New York, Hardiman uses anything that takes his fancy to make recordings that constantly keep the listener guessing. Crawling In The Margi...view item »

Circa 2000
Thoughts In Vias

William Wiffen brings us his debut album as Circa 2000. Think of Depeche Mode meeting Roosevelt to groove on the Autobahn toward a...view item »

Charlemagne Palestine
Strumming Music

Essential vinyl reissue of Charlemagne Palestine's seminal 1974 LP 'Strumming Music'. A mesmerising work of classic 20th Century minimalism, that originally appeared on the legendary French Shandar imprint (home to Philip Glass, Sun Ra, La Monte Young, Terry Ri...view item »

Sula Bassana
Best Of

Double Cassette compilation of the Best Of Dave Schmidt’s Sula Bassana project. These tapes are stuffed to the gills with juicy noisy spacey electron...view item »

kj
spells

Everything I’ve heard so far from the exuberant Lost Tribe Sound label has seemed rooted in grand structures and baroque gestures, yet looking optimistically forward and prospectively neo-modernist. Their latest release is no different. Simple and rustic elements are fused with electronic sounds on th...view item »

Marcus Fjellström
Skelektikon

After a long time out the game it’s always interesting to see if an artist will have doubled-down on the sound that brought them to public attention or about-face and veer off down an unexpected path. For Swedish composer Marcus Fjellström that’s not really an issue though - the foreboding plink...view item »

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