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bvdub
Explosions In Slow Motion

Bvdub’s drones and ambient work always remind us of large floating cloud ships, constantly billowing and developing. Sometimes it works well, sometimes it’s a bit too much for our tastes, and it’s hard to say on which side Explosions in Slow Motion will turn out to be. Expect large pads, huge soundscapes, and melancholy piano loops. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (MD272LP)
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  • CD (MD272)

Fall Therapy
You Look Different

According to his biography on the n5MD website, Eymeric Amselem produces ‘nostalgia electronica’. What that means is that his work as Fall Therapy combines various club styles - by turns house, techno and UK Garage - with the sort of stargazing instrumental licks that one finds cropping up on records by the likes of Maribou State and Nathan Fake. You Look Different is Fall Therapy’s debut LP.
  • CD (MD271)

Boy Is Fiction + Ghosts Of Tyto Alba
A Single Beam Of Light

It has been 8 years since Boy is Fiction's previous album was released. He chose to create A Single Beam of Light with Ghosts of Tyto Alba who lives bloomin' miles away from him so the project took 5 years to finish. It's a stellar work of energetic, thoughtful electro - well worth the wait. 

Axel Rigaud
Transformation

Alex Rigaud mixes electronic music and jazz on his debut album, Transformation. The multi-instrumentalist, who hails from Paris, France, uses analogue synths and reed instruments such as sax and flute, which he often manipulates to create his original sound. Red and white coloured vinyl or CD on n5MD.
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Winterlight
The Longest Sleep Through The Darkest Days

Plymouth shoegaze/electronic poppers Winterlight are keeping it in the family with their latest album which sees leader Tim Ingham's daughter Isabel taking over on bass duties. Cute. They've taken seven years over this faffing with all kinds of sounds before realising if it ain't broke don't fix it. Smart. 
  • CD (MD261)

Tangent
Approaching Complexity

The Netherlands duo of Ralph van Reijendam and Robbert Kok bring us their fourth album together as Tangent. Their sky-gazing ambience and gently unfurling beats have graced releases on Tympanik Audio and now n5MD (following 2016's "Collapsing Horizons" LP, a beautifully effective blend of dubby ambient and glitchy IDM styles) give us "Approaching Complexity". We continue to follow and enjoy their artistic development and their relationships with the world around us, now with recurring piano themes. Sounds like a winner. Available as a limited edition 180-gram orange vinyl LP or CD, on n5MD.
  • Vinyl LP (MD266LP)
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Ocoeur
Inner

Ocoeur is the neo-classical/ambient project from French composer Franck Zaragoza. The name is a play on the French meaning ‘to the heart’. On Inner, his fifth long-player, Zaragoza brings synths to the fore highlighting the ambient passages. However, the usual piano, strings and production are very much in evidence throughout the album. Zaragoza has previously shared the stage with the likes of Fennesz and Uziq, so worth checking out if you’re fans of either. LP and CD on n5MD.
  • Vinyl LP (MD265LP)
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Porya Hatami & Arovane
Kaziwa

Strange, delicate experimental songcraft from Porya Hatami and Arovane. Kaziwa features lots of stately piano, creeping around in an uncanny atmosphere of electronics. Everything feels an intimate ritual, observed from a distance. Kaziwa is available in a regular Digipak CD edition or a fancy limited ‘art edition’ of only 75 copies which comes in the form of a set of five, corner hinged 6.5” square sheets of black fine art paper which have have been meticulously pastel buffed, punched, stamped, collaged, laser cut/burnt, and come with an attached vintage clock hand. Each set is backed with a used, antique shooting range target, and comes in a square, similarly modified translucent sleeve.

Suumhow
Crash_Reports

Californian imprint n5MD (bvdub, OKADA) fronts the debut LP from Brussels electronic duo Suumhow. Crash_Reports shows a strong post-rock influence in the vein of other label releases by artists like (ghost) and Winterlight, though the glitchy treatments here are more Autechre than Explosions In The Sky. A nice one if you like a bit of IDM.
  • CD (MD267)
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Stray Theories
All That Was Lost

If you like ambient music then you'll probably like this third record from Stray Theories called All That Was Lost. When Templeton-Wolfe isn't busy writing and composing material for other musical ventures, he gets time to release gold like this which will appeal to fabs of Hammock and Eluvium. Available on vinyl LP and CD and released, proudly must I add, on n5MD. 
  • CD (MD264)

To Destroy A City
Go Mirage

Oh. My. God. For their third album Chicago trio To Destroy A City have unveiled a remarkable new trick. Vocals. Therefore their guitar driven opuses now have an extra human element. They hope you forgive them for this post-rock indiscretion and instead start to file them alongside other be-voiced post rock like Mogwai and the Album Leaf.  
  • Vinyl LP (MD259LP)
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OKADA
Misery

If you’re a fan of Bonobo and Helios, mix it with a little of Loscil’s elongated ambience and drudgy, yet sonically on-point percussion you get Greg Pappas’ (ZXYZXY) Okada project. Tracks average 15 minutes in length and play out as extended pieces like later Burial. Emotive ambient electronica at a peak.
  • CD (MD262)

bvdub
Heartless

Beloved in the concrete court of Norman is bvdub, the heartbreaking ambient techno artist responsible for a slew of the loveliest releases. Real name Brock Van Wey, his work is both harnessing and expansive, bringing the listener close while scoping out big natural landscapes (check that one on the front cover). Heartless is the twenty-ninth record in this project, if you can believe it, and is purposed to sound a little huger in its layers.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MD258LP)
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Last Days
Seafaring

Northumberland based musician Graham Richardson (Last Days/St Kilda) crafts very still contemplative music. Emotionally raw and reflective pieces with acoustic, electronic and found sound elements. Returning to n5MD for his fifth full length Seafaring Richardson turns his focus to the sea and Ernest Shackleton. For fans of Helios, Loscil, The Album Leaf.
  • Vinyl LP (MD254LP)
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dreissk
To Nowhere

Under his dreissk moniker, Kevin Patzelt makes blasted-sounded music that crosses the boundaries of hovering ambience, sinister industrial and epic post-rock. To Nowhere is the third full-length dreissk album to date, and it sounds especially accomplished and cinematic. CD in a gatefold sleeve on n5MD.

(ghost)
Everything We Touch Turns to Dust

From a great American city which pits skyscrapers against mountains, Denver producer (ghost) touches upon '00s era IDM for his 4th album. 9 tracks update the blueprint of that classic electronica decade and find the protagonist awaking from a deep sleep to be confronted and confounded by modern day dystopia. Sounds fun. CD on n5MD.
  • CD (MD256)
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Miwon
Jigsawtooth

An album of new pieces from Miwon, expertly working pop approaches into a techno / electronica palette. Jigsawtooth feels light and airy with the interplay between its bright melodies and fast-stepping electronic rhythms: this is electronica with heart as well as spacey propulsion. LP / CD release on n5MD.

Loess
Pocosin

After a decade away from full-length album releases, Loess returns to treat you to a new suite of warm IDM ambience. Pocosin is released as a CD and in two different vinyl editions: one is clear, one is white with a black swirl, and we’ll be alternating between the two at random when shipping. Also, a download card with a bonus track. On n5MD.

Ruxpin
We Become Ravens

Ruxpin makes fizzy little electronica miniatures from the heart of Iceland, and has done for nigh-on two decades now. We Become Ravens has all the warmth of twinkling vintage electronics, with stuttering beats, distant samples and melodic synth lines all swirling around each other in a nutritious mixture. Released on the n5MD label.
  • Vinyl LP (MD250LP)

Tangent
Collapsing Horizons

Twinkling electronics from Dutch outfit Tangent here on their third album Collapsing Horizons. Each track could be excavated to reveal separate strata: glitchy beats, serene ambience, digital hiss and delicate melodies all coexist neatly together. Released as CD and as coloured vinyl LP on the n5MD label.
  • CD (MD248)

Near The Parenthesis
Helical

Near The Parenthesis, the project of Tim Arndt, returns to an early idea with seventh LP Helical. Here, the percussive aspects of the Parenthesis sound are stripped away, leaving Arndt’s melodic ambient compositions to shine in their own right. Mmmm, shimmering. Available as a CD or as a grey / “coke bottle clear” coloured vinyl edition. On n5MD.

Dalot
Mutogibito

Greek composer Maria Papadomanolaki, better known as Dalot, has been making post-rocky experimental ambient since her debut Loop over Latitudes. Dalot builds lush soundscapes with pleasing melodic themes, expanding towards searing climaxes. Mutogibito continues that trend in a minimalist fashion: focusing more on loops and textures, and building an experience through repetition, Dalot's new album will please fans of old fashioned post-rock as well as IDM.

port-royal
You Ware Nowhere

port-royal’s recent album Where Are You Now gets the full remix treatment, with producers turning in an array of different approaches to the material. The Sight Below, John Tejada and To Destroy A City are all involved, as are two winners of a remix competition! How sweet. 13 tracks over more than 70 minutes, on n5MD.
  • CD (MD244)
  • Limited edition

Ocoeur
Reversed

Franck Zaragoza steps out under his Ocoeur moniker for a fourth full-length exploration of the melancholy possibilities of solo piano compositions. I say solo piano: some delicate string arrangements also curl themselves around the edges of Reversed. Released by n5MD on both CD and grey / white vinyl formats.
  • Vinyl LP (MD243LP)
  • Limited edition

Vittoria Fleet
Greed LP

Vittoria Fleet are a Berlin duo who make sharp and angular electronica. Greed is their second album, a generous selection of tracks that are inventive in their sound design, but not to the point of preventing them working as actual songs. Vocalist Giada Zerbo makes sure of that. Out on the n5MD label.

port-royal
Where Are You Now

Since Roman times, Italy has been renowned for it’s strong (euro)dance culture. Prolonging ancient traditions, port-royal (mind the hyphen) have finally returned with a full length album. Where Are You Now is filled with catchy Mediterranean beats and brimming with electronic shoegazing energy.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MD238LP)
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Dag Rosenqvist
Fall Into Fire

'Fall Into Fire' is Dag Rosenqvist's newest eclectic collection of lo-fi noise, ambient and electro-acoustic sounds, and it's also his first record in his own name, since dissolving the Jasper TX moniker. Told in six interconnected parts, 'Fall Into Fire' is constantly surprising its listener, sharply transitioning from bouts of pure noise into moments of silence that are imposed on the record with a terrifying precision. The record twists and turns at any point, often becoming a more meditative ambient record and sometimes being informed by neo-classical arrangements. Recommended for fans of highly narrative electro-acoustic artists such as The Caretaker and Michael Grebil.

To Destroy A City
SUNLESS

The second album from Chicago-based experimental band To Destroy a City, with nine stunning tracks of creative post-rock, ambient electronic awesomeness. Well worth the wait after their debut. Featuring Andrew Welch on drums/synths/programming, Jeff Anderson on both (guitar and keyboards, and Michael Marshall on guitar, a hedonistic blend of man and machine.

OKADA
Impermanence

Impermanence is the name of this latest OKADA album, and the music manages to carry out the promise of the title. No element feels like it will stay in place for very long: even as a vocal, a piano line, or an electronic burr slides into view, it already seems to be fading again. The CD is released by the n5MD label.

ML
Everyone Looks Like Someone Else


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Arc Lab
The Goodbye Radio


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Aerosol
Leave

Aerosol is the electronically-focussed solo project of Rasmus Rasmussen, who’s played in plenty of wild and free acid-rock projects over the years. For Leave though, he focuses, bringing it down to a pure, hovering 70’s style ambience, guitar noodling over gentle synth patterns. CD or limited-to-250-copies LP.

(ghost)
A Vast and Decaying Appearance

IDM happens at breakneck speed on 'A Vast and Decaying Appearance'. The title track goes in with a ferocious beat that seeks to obliterate anything in its path before relenting for a gorgeous, spaced-out piano loop that brings the whole thing back to its beautiful surface. (ghost)'s new record is a bit of both worlds -- the fast and furious and the slow and melancholic. Calling all Autechre fans.
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bvdub
A History of Distance

bvdub is also known as Brock Van Wey, an old-school producer of minimal and ambient based out of San Fran. 'A History of Distance' is his latest work, an eighty minute, four-suite piece chock full of new shoegaze influences, documenting the feelings of isolation Wey has felt participating in the Western world. 

Near The Parenthesis
Cloud.Not Mountain

With a title like 'Cloud. Not Mountain', it's either gotta be post-rock or some sort of IDM. Turns out it's the latter, the record being the sixth under producer Tim Arndt's Near the Parenthesis project. Arndt is at this point a proficient student of electronic music, and so 'Cloud. Not Mountain' continues his expert textural work, while introducing beatwork more predominantly than ever.

Ocoeur
A Parallel Life

Glitchy techno artist Frank Zaragoza, going under the alias of Ocoeur, is known for his thoughtful take on IDM, which some might be tempted to call dark ambient. He's in typical form on 'A Parallel Life', weaving bright, emotive melodies through landscapes of IDM found sounds and achingly fractured beats. Kind of like listening to a new strand of neo-classical being filtered through very traditional electronic music -- and when the piano comes in, oh boy.

Dryft
The Blur Vent

Getting ever so loose with Dryft aka Mike Cadoo. The Blur Vent is the new paradigm from the Oakland producer. This record spans a hell of a lot of things - centred around bass music and incorporating bits from ambient walls of synths, to trip-hop moods through to almost dubstep production. His slow-mo grooves are sincerely emotive and he combines a lot of genres whilst keeping his distinctive sound. Out on CD from n5MD.

Elise Melinand
Gray Hoodie

Step into the clouds with Elise Melinand. Gray Hoodie is the first full length from the French artist. It's an indie-pop meets electronics dream of gentle synths, poppy hooks and melody galore being provided by a childlike vocal. It feels like it could be a sound track to a Studio Ghibli flick - very theatrical, innocent and uplifting. Out on CD from n5MD.
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Mark Harris
The Angry Child

It’s perhaps a little too easy to compare the stately drift of Oakland composer/producer Mark Harris to that of peak Brian Eno, but the comparison stands. The music’s ebb and flow echoes the ambient innovator’s most emotive and expansive moments, including Music For Airports and the second side of Bowie’s Low. Yet there’s a highly individual process at work here. All the tracks were created using sonic components gathered during the creation of the title piece. The result is an album which is consistent in terms of sound and mood.
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To Destroy A City
Rebuild


Various
One Five Zero


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Another Electronic Musician
States of Space


Funckarma
Vell Vagranz


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Another Electronic Musician
Five


Near The Parenthesis
L'Eixample


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Tobias Lilja
Time Is On My Side


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Quench
Caipruss


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Spark
Super Robot Battle Deluxe


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