Articles By: Nocturnal Ghost

V/A :: Starseed (Synphaera)

It’s not easy to construct a good V/A compilation that keeps the listener engaged all the way, but the minds over at Synphaera have managed to do exactly that with a lot of style and grace. Chris Bryant and Don Tyler (together known as Ascendant) have started Synphaera Records out of need for a suitable […]

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Not just jazz :: 4 More

The second installment of Igloo Magazine’s Not just jazz series, a succinct coverage of four more albums that push, stretch and merge musical boundaries and defy the one label categorization respectfully yet fiercely. Shabaka and the Ancestors :: Wisdom of Elders (Brownswood) Saxophonist, bandleader and composer Shabaka Hutchings strikes again with his latest project, Shabaka […]

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Five questions with The Smoke Clears

Producer John Daly has camouflaged himself under his The Smoke Clears moniker for the second time and released the project’s second output last month via Dublin’s All City. Igloo Magazine managed to catch Daly for a quick Q & A. Read what he had to say and stream the album and the hallucinatory video for […]

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Five questions for Synphaera Records

With an uncompromising attitude and an aim to release high quality ambient and downtempo electronica, Synphaera Records have charged the fringes of the sonic arena armed with a vintage intergalactic glow and cutting edge pyrotechnics. Igloo Magazine caught up with Chris Bryant and Don Tyler, the two driving forces behind the young promising Californian label […]

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Double Review :: Renegades Of Jazz / Manuel Volpe & Rhabdomantic Orchestra (Agogo)

Two beautifully eclectic albums which craftily assemble a myriad of influences into a unique sensory experience. Afrobeat, funk and jazz, electronica, traditional music and dub, collide to break down genre barriers Agogo style. Renegades Of Jazz :: Moyo Wangu David Hanke (a.k.a. Renegades Of Jazz) strikes again with a brand new album on the mighty […]

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DUB TRANSMISSIONS :: Pangani, Mop Mop, Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno, Dub Spencer & Trance Hill

Deep heavy basslines, lingering rich echoes, relentless grooves, all soaked in colorful psychedelia; this Dub Transmissions installment brings you the latest and most piquant, eclectic and cutting edge gems from the bubbling mystical dub realms. Pangani :: In The Moment (Self-Released) Fourteen years after Ott released his Hallucinogen ‎in Dub album, the influence of the […]

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BITS & PIECES with Christopher Tignor

Composer, violinist and programmer Christopher Tignor has released a stunning new record via the multifaceted Western Vinyl imprint this month. Igloo Magazine asked him for just a few bits and pieces about his life… The first album you bought? Poison: “Open Up and Say…Ahh!” (cassette). The last album you were addicted to? The dirty truth […]

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James Murray :: Ghostwalk EP Premiere (Ultimae)

British composer James Murray releases a new EP on Ultimae. Scroll down for an exclusive stream. James Murray, one of the most eccentric artists in the Ultimae roster, finally returns to the label, armed with Ghostwalk, his new EP, an amuse-bouche to his forthcoming sophomore album for Ultimae, Eyes to the Height, out later this […]

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A WINTER TRANSMISSION :: Scann-Tec, Marconi Union, AES Dana feat. Miktek, Hoshin,Tortusa

Soon the autumn ghosts will start creeping in and winter will follow. Time to arm ourselves with some suitable, mysterious caressing sounds. Scann-Tec :: Unyt (Ultimae) The Russian producer Vladislav Isaev (a.k.a. Scann-Tec), returns to the influential French purveyor of ambient, downtempo electronica and progressive trance, but this time with a full-length album. Any Ultimae […]

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Not just jazz

A succinct coverage of four boundary pushers, most likely filed under jazz at record stores and online music shops. Four albums that distinctly and assertively generate jazz elements but also combine beats, pieces and flavors from so many corners of the vast musical spectrum in the most exciting and refreshing ways, that it would simply […]

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Melancholy, love and hope :: Donnacha Costello unleashes Mono No Aware

Deep, heartwarming, highly effective ambient. “The techniques and equipment are various, several of the works are generative and some are live recordings. All are tinged with melancholy, love and hope” says Donnacha Costello on the Bandcamp release page of his latest creation, Mono No Aware. Melancholy, love and hope, indeed, it’s all there. Ethereal, mysterious, […]

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Gaudi :: 10” White Vinyl and Digital EP on RareNoise

Spacious, spacey, heavy mystical dub pulses with invincible groove, majesty and might. The highly versatile musician and producer strikes again, this time with a delicious appetizer via the multifaceted RareNoise imprint. The 2-track EP (download comes with a bonus track, “Nocturnal Sonata”) serves as an introduction to the forthcoming full length release, to be titled […]

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Five questions with Keosz

From the depths of Slovakia Erik Osvald a.k.a. Keosz speaks briefly about inspiration, musical influences and of course his debut album, Be Left to Oneself—an enchanting ambient drone voyage pulsing with undulating electricity. A strong emotional core intensified by impressive sound design makes Be Left to Oneself truly addictive. Not many ambient albums can keep […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Naima

“Although there are never any defining labels, we have sometimes been taken for a post-jazz band. The definitive idea would be to take the jazz trio into other domains.” Soulful deliverance Although it took shape during difficult times of loss, Bye, the new album of Valencia-based trio, Naima, is full of life, color and uplifting […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: The Comet is Coming

“As a band I think we try to directly interact with the universe’s parameters of space, time, matter and energy. Each track is a new experiment that feels ritualistic for us. We experiment with our bodies and minds as well as technology old and new.” A force to be reckoned with Is it a locomotive? […]

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Unland :: Die Ruhe nach dem Sturm (Midira)

Deeply engaging throughout, Die Ruhe nach dem Sturm offers a journey by a group currently at its best creative form. Unland has developed a unique sound and this new effort demonstrates it in all its soulful atmospheric glory. The mysterious trio, Unland, returns with its second output: Die Ruhe nach dem Sturm (The Silence after […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Saroos (interview + video premiere)

“We do instrumental music that is too melodic and dreamy to be experimental, yet maybe too strange and, well, instrumental, to be pop.” Transmissions from space As Saroos, Florian Zimmer (of Iso68, Jersey and, recently, Driftmachine), Max Punktezahl (of The Notwist and Contriva) and Christoph Brandner (of Lali Puna and Console) imaginatively blur the lines […]

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BITS & PIECES with Sebastian Mullaert

The first album you bought? It was a cassette with Edvard Grieg, I think it was his string quartet in G minor. I started to play organ and violin at an early age and I was always very inspired by classical music. My parents didn’t listen so much to this kind of music, my dad […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Drombeg

“I like to create a fog of sound onto which I can paint music. The pieces usually build up from there. It’s meditative music. I try to create something that is beautiful but which also has an underlying threat. Much like nature itself. The duality of nature—that it is both beautiful and terrifying.” Emotional panorama […]

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Anchorsong returns with Ceremonial on Tru Thoughts

A tasty and refreshing sonic affair, driven by an exotic African spell and the tricky yet catchy gymnastics of a confident, creative artist. Tokyo-born, London-based Masaaki Yoshida (a.k.a. Anchorsong) returns with his second album, Ceremonial, on Tru Thoughts. As the press release states, the album reflects Yoshida’s newfound love for vintage African music, intertwined with […]

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BITS & PIECES with Denzel + Huhn

The first album you bought? Denzel :: Since my parents plus two elder siblings were listening to quite a lot of stuff from rock to classical music I started with a tape collection…quite late I was buying my own stuff. Directly after moving to Berlin in 1988 I bought all the stuff I could get […]

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Five questions for Cryo Chamber

“I have always had a love for ambient music and it’s a shame most people never get to experience it the way it is supposed to, isolated in your room with the lights out. That is enough motivation for me to keep things going. I am also constantly excited about our artists’ new albums coming […]

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BITS & PIECES with David Cordero

The first album you bought? Europe “The Final Countdown”. I was 7 years old. When I was a kid I listened to a lot of Hard Rock. The last album you were addicted to? Max Richter “Sleep”. I think it is a sublime record, exciting eight hours. Wonderful. A movie you can always watch? Only […]

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BITS & PIECES with Robert Rich

The first album you bought? I think it was “Chicago Transit Authority” around 1971 or so. I was about 8 years old and I liked the song “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” Ironically I’m still really interested in watches and timekeeping, so the thoughts behind the song still resonate, and that album […]

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Dub Spencer & Trance Hill :: Physical Echoes (Echo Beach)

The dub phenomenon strikes again with a new record. Dub Spencer & Trance Hill released its eighth album a couple of days ago via the mighty Echo Beach—the band’s home label for the past nine years. With Physical Echoes we get the band—Marcel Stalder (bass), Julian Dillier (drums), Markus Meier (guitar & vocals), Philipp Greter […]

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BITS & PIECES with Madeleine Cocolas

The first album you bought? The first album I recall buying was the Star Wars soundtrack. I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I bought it (it was around the time I had my Luke Skywalker toothbrush), but it completely blew my mind and started off a long love affair with soundtracks. The […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Vula Viel

“Recording and mixing was great fun, but it’s playing live that has taken this music out of Ghana and theory and into London and pumping reality. Every single gig we’ve ever played has been a swirling wave of power and energy. Having worked on the content and rehearsed for so long, when we started playing […]

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A WINTER TRANSMISSION :: Siavash Amini, Mark Harris, Martin Nonstatic, Flowers for Bodysnatchers

Futuresequence, n5MD, Ultimae and Cryo Chamber charge the winter arena, each with its own pearl of absorbing sonic designs. Siavash Amini :: Subsiding (Futuresequence) With Subsiding, Siavash Amini further establishes himself as a refreshingly unique creative force. Throughout five compositions, the Iran-based expressionist texture maker and dream weaver confidently maneuvers with cinematic grace. He ebbs […]

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A WINTER TRANSMISSION :: Bersarin Quartett, Saffronkeira, Subheim

It’s winter again here in the Northern Hemisphere. Kitchen cabinets are filled with tea supply, favorite blankets are out and aired. The November batch of releases from Germany’s prolific multifaceted imprint, Denovali, consists of three albums highly suitable for the darkest shades of winter depths. Time to warm our bones beside the fire, and our […]

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