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William Basinski
On Time Out of Time

New solo work from big drone man William Basinski! On Time Out of Time was developed to accompany a Berlin art exhibition, and it features the sounds of actual real black holes in space(!), pulled into the unique soundworld of Basinski. The CD and LP editions have some different material, so think carefully about your preference… On Temporary Residence.

Light Conductor
Sequence One

Light Conductor is a pair of modular synthesis dudes, one of whom, perhaps surprisingly, is Jace Lasek of The Besnard Lakes. Sequence One covers a lot of interesting ground, and feels like more than just modular jamming. A sense of bright meditation, spaced-drone textures and occasional fizzing fuzz blasts. Vinyl release by Constellation.

Tomas Nordmark
Eternal Words

From Sweden, its Thomas Nordmark. Mr Nordmark is something of a minimalist, but he makes use of the full array of electronic sound sources and processing tools now available. Eternal Words feels very large to the listener, implying wide stretches of land with its sweeping synths and slowly-cycling patterns. Out on Valley Of Search.

Noyzelab
Earth / Water / Fire / Metal / Wood Cell Meditations

Released on Brian Grainger's (Milieu, Coppice Halifax) Psøma Psi Phi imprint, this is a discounted "bundle" deal set of all five instalments in the epic five-part series of synthesizer drone works. These pieces are designed for meditation by Noyzelab AKA David Burraston (NYZ, Dave Noyze, Bryen Telko) who has previously released on The Death of Rave, Cataclyst, meds, The Tapeworm, Feral Tapes, Computer Club, Fractal Meat Cuts, Entr'acte, Ge-stell, Conditional, FLUF, Gamma Mine etc. 

Noyzelab
Wood Cell Meditations

Noyzelab is the sound outlet of David Burraston, a man who knows his stuff when it comes to advanced sonic arts (he’s got a PhD y’know). Wood Cell Meditations is part of a series of works that use fancy resources to create massive pulsating drone masses, designed specifically for mind-warping meditations. Three CDs-worth of them are presented here for you. Heavy.

Noyzelab
Metal Cell Meditations

How often do we really take the time to ponder the universe and its infinite meaninglessness? Dave Burraston, also known as Noyzelab/Dave Noyze, invites us to sit down and do just that. The Metal Cell Meditations comes on 3 CD-R with different cuts of the same crushing saw-tooth synthesizer drone, so you can use it for both your 3-minute morning meditation and your ayahuasca ceremony.

Noyzelab
Fire Cell Meditations

Newest release by David Burraston under his Noyzelab moniker. The label advertises this as background music for your yoga classes, although we feel it might induce some downward-dogged panic attacks with its deep and dissociative saw-tooth drones. This CD-R set contains Fire Cell Meditations of different lengths, so it suits all your different meditation purposes.

Noyzelab
Water Cell Meditations

Less threatening and more immersive than the Fire Cell Meditations, David Burraston’s Water Cell Meditations is meant to help you with your transcendental meditations, or serve as background music for your yoga class. With different lengths of drone on 3 CD-Rs, Noyzelab's latest effort is a weird psychedelic and dissociative trip, with binaural beeps that sound like they're continuously accelerating. Not a must-have for everybody, but definitely for somebody.

Noyzelab
Earth Cell Meditations

Released on Brian Grainger's (Milieu, Coppice Halifax) Psøma Psi Phi imprint, 'Earth Cell Meditations' is the first in an epic five-part series of synthesizer drone works designed for meditation by Noyzelab AKA David Burraston (NYZ, Dave Noyze, Bryen Telko) who has previously released on The Death of Rave, Cataclyst, meds, The Tapeworm, Feral Tapes, Computer Club, Fractal Meat Cuts, Entr'acte, Ge-stell, Conditional, FLUF, Gamma Mine etc. 

XVARR
Honeymoon With Solitude

Honeymoon With Solitude by XVARR is the second release on Twin Womb, the label set up by XVARR and Egypte Erotique. It follows 2018’s Aeons Revolve 12”. It’s mainly synthy soundscapes that could soundtrack a late ‘70s or early ‘80s dystopian film. Some nice retro sounds. Cassette, limited to 100 hand numbered copies.
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Benjamin Finger, James Plotkin & Mia Zabelka
Pleasure-Voltage

Pleasure-Voltage is the debut release from the collaboration between Benjamin Fingers, James Plotkin and Mia Zabelka. Premiered at the 2018 edition of Rewire festival, the album sees the trio creating sinister and moving ambient drones. Sounds slip into and out of each other to create another world.

Sarah Davachi
Gave In Rest

Proving it's both a marathon and a sprint, drone artist Sarah Davachi puts out yet another record. Hot off the heels of the impressive baroque tone poem Let Night Come On Bells End the Day, Davachi makes the hop to Ba Da Bing! for a record of lonely, isolationist ambient music that reflects the upheaval in her life. Principally a master and architect of synthesizers, Davachi's output has expanded into scores for a wide range of instrumentation, so we'll just wait and see how this likely-to-be opus turns out.

Jessica Moss
Entanglement

Entanglement is album number three from Jessica Moss. Moss earned her stripes with a fifteen year stint in Canadian post-everything band Thee Silver Mt. Zion (and all variations on that name). She has also worked with such luminaries as Vic Chesnutt and Carla Bozulich. The title of this album explains it all, really: She uses violin and her voice to create twisting, swirling, overlapping - tangling, if you will, soundscapes. LP and CD on Constellation.

Black To Comm
Seven Horses For Seven Kings

Marc Richter hops over to Thrill Jockey for his latest LP as Black To Comm. Seven Horses For Seven Kings is another plunge into the depths of the human psyche. The blackened, misty music here sounds like it has been dredged up from the bed of the river Styx. Think Prurient, The Body and all that sort of thing.

Black Mountain Transmitter
Black Goat Of The Woods

Heavily influenced by the horror writing of H.P. Lovecraft and ‘70s horror films such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Black Goat Of The Woods by Black Mountain Transmitter was written to sound like the soundtrack to a lost lo-fi horror movie. It’s the work of one man, J.R. Moore, and was originally released on CD back in 2010. It is now available on vinyl for the first time. 180g vinyl LP, limited to 300 copies, on Aurora Borealis.
  • Vinyl LP (ABX046LPC)
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Specimens
In The Dust Of Idols

Let the existential malaise of winter well and truly set in, and do it to the new Specimens record. The boss of the excellent emerging label First Terrace, Alex Ives' solo work is marked by a keen ear for the various modes of ambient music, from Lawrence English's potent and fuzzy drone to the loops of William Basinski. In the Dust of Idols contemplates death and what comes after it, but sounds beautiful in the process.

Carl Matthews
Call For World Saviours

This LP actually came out in 1984, but given the monstrous mess that we have on our hands in 2018 an album entitled Call For World Saviours is due for a very timely re-release. Carl Matthews’ twinkling ambient synthesiser compositions are equal-parts Tangerine Dream, Tim Blake and the new age sounds that were coming out at the time of the record’s initial release. Calming sounds for crappy times.

Edgar Wappenhalter
s/t

Steve Marreyt is back with a self-titled LP, under his Edgar Wappenhalter handle. His first proper release in yonks (2010) -- unless you count the stupidly small batches of cassettes from a year or two ago -- arrives with three long and fully formed drone-folk sound-collages. Utilising mainly vocals and samples, the first side comprises a voice-only lamentation in dedication to the sadly passed Dutch artist Herman Bisschop. The flip is sample-heavy, layered and intense yet crystal clear. LP on Morc, in a limited edition of 150 only, in a screen-printed sleeve.
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NYZ
SHFTR FRQ

NYZ hits the vinyl for the first time! This project brings algorithms into the game, with Dave Burraston’s so-called ‘MANIAC cellular automata sequencer’ spitting out generative sounds to twist our synapses. SHFTR FRQ features fourteen quick-fire blasts, while the whole B-side is made up of one deep drone stretch. True computer music, on The Death Of Rave.

Neotropic
The Absolute Elsewhere

Riz Malsen has had quite the career. In the 90s she worked with likes of 4hero and The Future Sound of London as well as a fruitful and varied solo career.  The Absolute Elsewhere is her first album as Neotropic in nine years, an album of industrial psychedelic electronic music that is at home in "new weird Britain".
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  • Drone / Kosmische / Minimal

Lubomyr Melnyk
Fallen Trees

I can't stress enough how easy it is to write a description for Lubomyr Melnyk. You just bold his name, talk about how obscenely fast he plays the piano and sit back. Something he never does, because he's too busy playing the piano so fast. For his 70th birthday he's releasing Fallen Trees on Erased Tapes, who are having their 10th birthday; this could all get a little confusing but effectively this music perfectly distills the way Melnyk uses his extremely technical playing style to create resonant imagery -- this time evoking the environments he saw passing him by on a long European train journey.

Tangerine Dream
Sessions 1

Throughout their long career, kosmische pioneers Tangerine Dream have been renowned for their impressive live shows. This latest LP sets out to prove that, despite having been at it for about a half-century at this stage, the group can still teach the new guard a thing or two. Both sides - A was recorded in Budapest, while B was laid down in Hong Kong - are masterclasses in improvisational electronics. Out via Invisible Hands.

Maze & Lindholm
Where The Wolf Has Been Seen

New collaboration between Maze, who's part of Orphan Swords, and Otto Lindholm, the producer. Where The Wolf Has Been Seen is a great start to this team-up, chucking out four tracks based around Lindholm's double bass tones but adding in electronics and keening strings. A tension filled and claustrophobic work combining modern classical and dark electronica. 

yellow6
Reflect

A huge amount of yellow6 material to celebrate the project’s twentieth anniversary. A five CD boxset of, rather impressively, new music, including three Looking Glass albums and two Drone albums, all colour-coded. Those drone ones are particularly interesting, as apparently they are yellow6’s  reaction to years of having his music described as drone and disagreeing… Well, here now he has made some Drone, along with much else besides.
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Celer
Memory Repetitions

Coming to a letterbox or collection depot near you: it’s Celer, the reliably ambient and ambiently reliable work of Tokyo resident Will Long - someone whose surname accurately describes his discography. This is a muscular five-parter - one lengthy part per disc - aimed to reflect back on the Celer story so far. Highly recommended to fans of Celer.

Jon Porras
Voices Of The Air

John Porras, of Barn Owl fame, was inspired by Gita Sarabhai and John Chowning’s writings on frequency modulation synthesis to make Voices Of The Air. Here he replaces his guitar with a Yamaha DX7 synthesiser, in order to explore more possibilities in the areas of focused minimal sound. Deep material, out on Ba Da Bing!

Siavash Amini
Foras

Siavash Amini's rain-textured drone has wowed us ever since What the Wind Whispered to the Trees, where neutral environmental grounds found vulnerable, almost songwritten ambience. Foras is his sixth solo record in as many years and sees him continue to traverse these liminal spaces, considering the very way our surroundings lead our emotions, considering architecture as psychology. You must cop this.

Rimarimba
Below The Horizon

Rare DIY sounds from Robert Cox’s Rimarimba project, excavated and reissued by Freedom To Spend. Below The Horizon is 1983 material, originally circulated through private tape-trading circles. Homemade minimalism, made with an amateur’s passion and all the more intriguing and enjoyable for it. Limited LP reissue.

Charlemagne Palestine
Interrvallissphereee (Blue TB7 Series)

Part of a two part release that capture Charlemagne Palestine’s first session in the Moog Sound Lab.  Having had a long relationship with the tools the composer has leapt at the chance to create what he has dreamed about for the last 50 years. Creating 6 long form drone works, this 12’s brings a single 50 minute piece split into an opening and finale.
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Tashi Wada With Yoshi Wada & Friends
FRKWYS Vol. 14 – Nue

Yoshi Wada opened up experimental music to entire new ways of approaching structure and timbre; a player of bagpipes, band leader and sound designer, his work has been commanding and uncompromising. His son, Tashi Wada, is a composer in his own right, and the two have here collaborated on a record of explorations into the subliminal and subconscious potential of music. They're joined by an absolute belter of a line-up, including Julia Holter, Corey Fogel and Cole MGN. Get excited.
  • Genre(s):
  • Drone / Kosmische / Minimal

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 sounds, but also shows his deftness at knowing when space and quiet are the right sounds. LP and CD on Sargent Horse.

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.  

Siavash Amini + Umchunga
The Brightest Winter Sun

This exciting pairing of Iranian artists Siavash Amini and Umchunga finds them collecting piano works by unspecified 18th- and 19th-Century composers (check the years of death in the titles for clues) and subjecting them to a good reworking. With a goal of removing thematic and tonal structure, anything goes, really, so a range of different, sombre atmospheres come out.
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The Oscillation
U.E.F

Famed world over [citation needed] as both psychlords and punks, it's good to see Demian Castellanos' band The Oscillation back in business. It's their fifth LP and you better believe it when we tell you it comprises two songs, twenty minutes each, leaning in on Castellanos' solo approach to electronica and kosmische. Less groove, more groan, as U.E.F. takes his band to challenging new places.

Phill Niblock
Niblock For Celli / Celli Plays Niblock

Reissue of an early work from the catalogue of Phill Niblock, originally released in 1984 and up till now not issued again since. Niblock For Celli / Cellie Plays Niblock features the classic Niblock drone method applied to Josephy Celli’s oboe and english horn, though the technology of the era means the two long tracks a little less dense: an interesting contrast with his present works. Reissued by Superior Viaduct.

Tim Hecker
Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again

'Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again' is the debut album from the widely celebrated ambient musician Tim Hecker. It gave the world their first taste of his unique take on the genre, all atmospheric and noisy with hints of off-kilter sounds and drones bubbling underneath. Cascading waves of distortion and throbbing bass ease into lush, harmonious passages. An excellent first record from the ever-reliable musician.

BJNilsen
Focus Intensity Power

Splendid Swedish sound artist BJ Nilsen enters the summer 2018 team of furniture-movers for new album Focus Intensity Power. FIP finds Nilsen commanding various equipment at Holland’s rather vogue Willem-Twee studio in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Appropriately for the title, the material is ultra-focused and occasionally minimal as well, ranging from absorbing drones to sprawled, noisy textures.
  • Genre(s):
  • Drone / Kosmische / Minimal

Earth
Phase 3 Thrones &; Dominions

Has there ever been a more metal album title than ‘Phase 3: Thrones And Dominions’? If so then we’re yet to find it. And verily, if there were ever a band who deserved to claim the crown of most-metal-record-name, that band would be Earth. The group’s sophomore LP (yes, the ‘3’ makes it confusing) is more varied than their previous work. Droning doom-metal is still the order of the day here - see the peyote-hazed ‘Tibetan Quaaludes’ - but we also find Earth taking in arid noise (‘Phase 3: Agni Detonating Over the Thar Desert’) and stumbling upon the sort of beatific pastures that would later come to influence Sunn O))) ('Thrones & Dominions').
  • Genre(s):
  • Drone / Kosmische / Minimal

Earth
Pentastar: In The Style Of Demons

As Earth albums go, 1996’s ‘Pentastar: In The Style Of Demons’ is one of the more outlying records in the doom-drone band’s catalogue. At its most forthright, ‘Pentastar: In The Style Of Demons’ leaves hard metal behind for some ultra-swaggering fuzz in the Black Sabbath/Electric Wizard tradition, while tracks like ‘Crooked Axis For String Quartet’ have more in common with the synthetic Baroque compositions of Wendy Carlos. Mind you, only bands like Earth disciples Sunn O))) are comparable for the wiccan drone of ‘Charioteer (Temple Song)’.
  • Genre(s):
  • Drone / Kosmische / Minimal

Earth
Earth 2

This album is confusingly entitled ‘Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version’ despite the facts that this is Earth’s debut LP and that there are no other versions of it out there. This 1993 album is one of modern metal’s most influential records, drawing up blueprints for the more ambient and abstract turns that the genre would take in subsequent years. Across three tracks and seventy-three minutes we find guitarist Dylan Carlson and bassist Dave Harwell chugging away, piling chords upon chords to create towering walls of fuzz. Sunn O))) were listening.
  • Genre(s):
  • Drone / Kosmische / Minimal

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 3

This is the third collection of tracks from Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook entitled, you guessed it, The Dark Side of the Moog (Vol. 3). This one also brings about the composers differing electronic sounds and throws them together to create electronic master pieces. Available on double vinyl LP with an insert, and released on Music on Vinyl. 

Carl Weingarten
Living In The Distant Present

Carl Weingarten is a long underrated ambient slide guitarist. Hopefully, this reissue of his 1985 album, Living in The Distant Present, can change that. His music is deeply meditative, and will be comfortingly familiar to fans of new age music. Most impressively, Weingarten manages to find the ambient slide guitar equivalent of shredding. 

Charlemagne Palestine
Ttuunneesszz Duh Rruunneesszz (Blue TB7 Series)

The highly respected composer and artist Charlemagne Palestine has long adored Moog synthesizers, and started experimenting with them in the 60s. Well now is very different from then, and having been given access to the moog lab he dove right in to create 6 longform drone pieces utilizing as many oscillators as he could imagine. Ttuunneesszz Duh Rruunneesszz is a single piece slit into opening and closing.
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Kano
Runes

The first thing to say about this is that it’s not by the grime legend Kano. In fact, Runes is about as far away from ‘P’s And Q’s’ as it’s possible to get. Originally released in 1986 under the names of both Kano and Don Campbell - again, nothing to do with the Lover’s Rock singer - Runes is a spare, haunting record that teeters on the border between New Age music and ritual/dark ambient. Re-released by Subliminal Sounds.

Tropic of Coldness
Framed Waves

Italian-American duo Tropic Of Coldness release their latest drone opus via Glacial Movements (bvdub & Loscil, Scanner). It’s a fittingly-named label for an album such as Framed Waves. This is a work of slow beauty built on sonic micro-shifts rather than abrupt changes. Hums, whirrs and groans drift over one another across these five lengthy entries, with the occasional spool of electric guitar added for extra poignancy.

Chihei Hatakeyama / Vida Vojić
FTS002

The second release in First Terrace’s split 12” EP series is from Chihei Hatakeyama and Vida Vojic, both presenting typically quiet and considered work. Chihei’s single piece is precisely as lush as you’d expect from this ambient guitar wizard, and Vida’s material is designed to be heard in utter darkness, derived from an exhibition. On First Terrace.

Christina Vantzou
No. 4

This latest LP from Christina Vantzou is a bit of a love-in. Getting together with Angel Deradoorian, Forma's John Also Bennett, Clarice Jensen and a fair few others, the Belgian composer allowed her collaborators to add or delete parts at will. Surprisingly, the record doesn’t feel cluttered, coming across more as the work of a hive-mind operating under Vantzou’s guiding hand. Tracks like ‘Some Limited And Waning Memory’, for instance, are full of the ambient minimalism and open spaces that characterised her three previous albums.

Tim Hecker
Radio Amor

A new opportunity to experience the earlier work of beloved dronester Tim Hecker with this reissue of his 2003 second album Radio Amor. This one is focused and powerful, with perhaps a little less of the mellow counterpoints to the harshness that we find on later Hecker albums. Must hear stuff if you don’t know it already. On Kranky.

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 4

The Dark Side of the Moog (Vol. 4) is another compilation record from two great electronic composers: Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook. Apart from looking rather cool on the record sleeve, the music is pretty damn cool, too. Available on a double vinyl LP with an insert, and released on Music on Vinyl.  

Immersion
Sleepless

Immersion is the pairing of Minimal Compact’s Malka Spigel and Wire’s Colin Newman, dabbling once more in experimental goodness. Sleepless is beautifully put together, giving off nice kosmische vibes at times. The album also features some guest appearances, from members of Hexenschuss and Holy Fuck. Released on the Swim label.

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 record is glitchy, choppy and above all blunt, an unsentimental take on a musician who has gone on to make some of the most emotive ambient music out there. It's good to be evil sometimes, Tim. You can now grab 'Mirages' from Kranky/Alien8 as part of a lovely reissue initiative. 

David Tagg
PILL SERIES USB

This release from David Tagg is released on a USB stick packaged within a pill box that promises ‘Sleeping Pills’. But PILL SERIES USB carries the conceit beyond that: the musical contents are in fact intended to soothe the listener to sleep, over the course of 8 hours of ambience. Only 21 copies of this unusual release, hurry hurry!

Visions & Phurpa
Monad

Apparently (and disappointingly) not a DJ Screw-style chopping and screwing of the back catalogue of Mission Of Burma, the 100th release from Berlin imprint Cyclic Law is a coming-together between label boss Visions and shamanic Russian choir Phurpa. The combination of droning throat-song, portentous ambiences and post-rock soundscapes makes Monad a creepy, stirring listen.

Immersion
Analogue Creatures Living on An Island

Immersion is a project by Colin Newman of Wire and Malka Spigel of Githead. It was shelved just before 2000 and has now been brought back on Newman’s Swim imprint. Analogue Creatures Living on An Island is glorious synthetic dream pop that lacks structure or rhythm, it nears on drone, but with an undeniable sunshine to it.

Infinite Music
A Tribute To La Monte Young

The music of La Monte Young: minimalist, transcendental, timeless. Well, now a trio of talented people have channelled LMY to make Infinite Music - A Tribute To La Monte Young. Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3), Etienne Jaumet and Celine Wadier got together to perform an evocative live rendition of this music at Teatro Maria Matos on Lisbon. It's now available for all to experience, on the format of a magenta tinted vinyl LP. On Fire records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Drone / Kosmische / Minimal

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 1

The legendary Klaus Schulze and his similarly synth-toting pal Pete Namlook loved their Pink Floyd, like any good psychedelic travellers would, and they carried this inspiration over to their Dark Side Of The Moog series. These ain’t covers though: the material here on Volume One is space-synth ambient music on an epic scale. Double LP release from Music On Vinyl.

Fabio Orsi
Just For A Thrill

Some slow cleaners from Fabio Orsi. Just For A Thrill is the new full length offering from the Italian producer. On this one he melds expansive electronics and synths with field recordings to blur the lines between organic and artificial to the point where you're not sure which is which. Definitely one for the Eno heads. Out on CD from Home Normal.
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Various
(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, Ash Ra Tempel, Popol Vuh, Bernard Xolotl, Robert Julian Horky and Enno Velthuys.

C. Diab
Exit Rumination

Previously wowing us with No Perfect Wave, his emotive and pop-oriented drone vignette record (recorded by opera-looper Ian William Craig), the wondrous C. Diab returns with Exit Rumination. Here he offers more lovely, mountainous music to stare into a valley with. Guitars, trumpets and tapes for fans of those things used out of context.

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 2

The legendary Klaus Schulze and his similarly synth-toting pal Pete Namlook loved their Pink Floyd, like any good psychedelic travellers would, and they carried this inspiration over to their Dark Side Of The Moog series, of which this is Volume Two. Subtitled A Saucerful of Ambience, this is another colossal slab of Schulzetastic space-synth magic. Double LP release from Music On Vinyl.

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 standards. The end-result entrancingly oscillates between two poles - as we've come to expect from the minimal music mastermind.
  • Genre(s):
  • Drone / Kosmische / Minimal

Rare Form
Six Months in Hiding

This lavish release from Californian duo Rare Form features seven lengthy pieces that draw from drone, post-rock, noise music and witchy ambience. The alternation between wall-of-sound screeching and amber-suspended synths is particularly striking on twenty-minute centrepiece ‘The Road To Awe’. Both of the vinyl are different colours, and the drop also includes a lyric sheet, additional artwork and liner notes.
  • Vinyl Double LP (WTAR 001)
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Adam Stafford
Fire Behind The Curtain

Toad Records front this new record from the impressive Adam Stafford. Stafford claims influence from American minimalist composers as well as the likes of Meredith Monk and Michael Gordon for Fire Behind The Curtain. They come through on expertly crafted numbers such as ‘Zero Disruption’, a piece that fuses the arrangements of Sufjan Stevens, the sensibilities of Richard Dawson and guitar work similar to Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint.
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Joe Talia
Tint

'Tint' is the first album from Aussie native Joe Talia in over a decade, and it's a doozy. An electro-suite that brings together modular synths, Revox tape machines and slamming percussion (as is Talia's M.O.), this record veers between austere minimalism and extraordinary lushness, his dynamic free jazz revealing a playful spontaneity that's hard to resist.

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 rarities in chronological order. Focussing on the fruitful period between 1970 and 1972, these studies, ditties and exercises prefigure so many of the great genre upheavals of the subsequent decade, particularly the advents of ambient, electroacoustic and New Age musics. This release is the first time that these tracks have made it to vinyl.

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 through unknown spaces.

Dustin Wong + Takako Minekawa + Good Willsmith
Exit Future Heart

I for one am extremely excited about this. Dustin Wong is the guitar knotter and looper known, in addition to his past service in noise rock band Ponytail, for making majestic records out of simple, riffed ideas. The ecstasy of his music will here be paired with noise pranksters Good Willsmith, who made an incredible, euphorically harsh record for Umor in Things Our Bodies Used to Have, along with the Casio tones of Takako Minekawa. An instant purchase for all the leftfields amongst you.
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Klaus Schulze
La Vie Electronique Volume 1.2

A further archival dose of synthesizer sound from Klaus Schulze, the hyper-productive German maestro. La Vie Electronique Volume 1.2 is a double LP set of rare (and even unreleased) material from Schulze’s early 70’s period, showcasing that beautiful organic Moog-work style. 2LP on One Way Static.

Celer
I Love You So Much I Can't Even Title This

Celer created I Love You So Much I Can’t Even Title This in 2008, using both analogue (tape) and digital (laptop) processing to utterly transform original sounds and samples of Samuel Barber’s compositions alike. Distant-sounding ambience with a weighty emotional heft to it: delicate and huge at the same time. Double LP on Infraction.
  • Vinyl Double LP (INFX 057 LP)
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  • Limited edition

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 Hebrew for Ten continues his path down darkly ambient shoegaze rock with growing ominous swells. Comes with download code for 17 bonus tracks.
  • CD (ALRN066)
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  • Limited edition

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.  

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 Glass, and John Adams’ ‘Shaker Loops’.

Belong
October Language

John Elliot's (Emeralds) always on point Spectrum Spools label give this classy album a much-needed vinyl reissue. Originally released back in 2006 on Carpark Records and later on Kranky, it's an album that truly deserves to remain in print. This fine work of Michael Jones and Turk Dietrich (Second Woman) has the sort of fuzzy, dense and droning emotive textures that will appeal to fans of Flying Saucer Attack, My Bloody Valentine etc. 

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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  • Last copy

Expo '70
Kinetic Tones

Kinetic Tones from Expo '70 is a continuation of the distinctive sound Justin Wright has pioneered across a decade long career. Minimal guitar drones are combined with feedback hum to create something both ambient and psychedelic. This record also has a unique feel because it was recorded without overdubs to analogue tape. Oaken Palace has pressed 500 of these on very limited bronze vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (OAK-008)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

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 "land-art interventions" made during the creation of the album. Love a bit of interdisciplinary art me.

Kate NV
Для For

The latest release from RVNG Intl. is the second LP from Moscow sonic experimentalist Kate NV. Much like new label mates Visible Cloaks, Sugai Ken and Holly Herndon, Для For makes for a challenging but fun listen. There’s a psychotropic element to NV’s music that provides an easy access route to these playful sound portraits. Some of it recalls a more avant rendering of Glasser’s Ring. The eponymous track appeared on RVNGIntl.’s 2017 LQBTQI+ benefit LP Peaceful Protest.

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.

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. Thurston Moore is among their celebrity fans. LP only on More Than Human.
  • Vinyl LP (MTL013LP)
  • £14.75 £11.80 (saving: £2.95)
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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 immense, dramatic soundscapes and stay for the never-ending melancholy.   

Moon Gangs
Earth Loop

Moon Gangs is the solo jam of BEAK> keyboardist William Young and 'Earth Loop' has emerged out of his love for early day synth movers and shakers such as Tangerine Dream and Popol Vuh. Young didn't go out much as a child and so had years to listen to soundtracks and play video games. This has infused his music which is full of ambient, analogue synth loops and foreboding, cinematic drones.  

William Basinski & Richard Chartier
Divertissment

Serious minimalists heavyweights collaborating right here. William Basinski should need no introduction, and Richard Chartier has been ploughing a rich furrow of electronic microsound for years. Their third collaboration together is Divertissment, which is of course a richly detailed sonic environment, subtle but powerful.

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, Laraaji and Natural Snow Buildings.

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 Fennesz and Explosions In The Sky. The record is an impressionistic one, with nursery-rhyme melodies, found sounds, screeching drones and more flitting in and out of the mix.
  • CD (APHELION006-CD)
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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 93/Nurse With Wound), Gnod, Teleplasmiste, and many more.

Earth
Phase 3 - Thrones & Dominions

Has there ever been a more metal album title than ‘Phase 3: Thrones And Dominions’? If so then we’re yet to find it. And verily, if there were ever a band who deserved to claim the crown of most-metal-record-name, that band would be Earth. The group’s sophomore LP (yes, the ‘3’ makes it confusing) is more varied than their previous work. Droning doom-metal is still the order of the day here - see the peyote-hazed ‘Tibetan Quaaludes’ - but we also find Earth taking in arid noise (‘Phase 3: Agni Detonating Over the Thar Desert’) and stumbling upon the sort of beatific pastures that would later come to influence Sunn O))) ('Thrones & Dominions').
  • Genre(s):
  • Drone / Kosmische / Minimal

The Nightcrawlers
The Biophonic Boombox Recordings

Late 70s kosmische from *checks notes* Philadelphia and New Jersey? The Nightcrawlers were a trio from the States making music that more than happily finds a place among kosmische greats like Tangerine Dream. The two discs of The Biophonic Boombox Recordings issued by Anthology Recordings were painstakingly curated from a collection of over forty tapes worth of all-night recordings.

Laraaji
Bring On The Sun

A brand new selection of new studio recordings from celestial mood master Laraaji. From blissed-out jams to vocal hymns to trance-like drones this runs the the whole spectrum of his unique oeuvre. Recorded by Davey Jewell (Peaking Lights/Flaming Lips) this will be a must add to the collection of his long running series of unique creations. CD contains the previous vinyl only 'Sun Gong'. 

Sarah Davachi
All My Circles Run

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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 previously released.

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.

yellow6
Running to the Red [merry6mas2017]

It’s (almost) Christmas, which means it’s time, among other things, for another merry6mas. The nineteenth, to be precise! Every year, the tireless Yellow6 (Leicester’s Jon Atwood) ties up loose ends written and recorded throughout the months and compiles a festive year-end release. Plenty of gloomy ambient and post-rock guitar to be expected. As usual, the super Silber Media is responsible for a limited CD pressing.
  • CD (Silber 254)
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  • Limited edition

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 vista should be enough to let you know what you’re in for.