Post Tagged with: "Ambient"

John Beltran :: Moth (De:Tuned)

For those of you not in the know, Beltran started out on seminal labels, working on Carl Craig’s Retroactive before being signed for albums on R&S, Apollo and Peacefrog in the late 90s with his Ten Days of Blue being a classic of the genre. It’s with this album in mind that Moth arrives. Music […]

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Simfonica :: Letters In Time DVD (TM Studios)

The near hour-long ambient tripping combined with clear messages, the interplay of sound and image within contextual ideas, provide a very moving total experience. In fact this is a surprisingly rare concept in music, at least in non-classical orchestral music. The marriage of haunting sounds and thought-provoking visuals is here actually more a ménage à […]

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Kryshe :: March of the Mysterious (Serein)

A highly spacious and deeply absorbing piece of sonic expressivity that sucks you deep into the rabbit hole. German musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and a member of the experimental/classical/ambient project Unland, Christian Grothe, returns as Kryshe with a wonderful new album on the excellent Serein imprint. As stated on the press release, March of the Mysterious […]

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Double review—Jet Jaguar & Luke Killen :: Grounded / Tending The Nest (DataDoor)

Perhaps an interesting collaboration would be to combine both Jet Jaguar and Luke Killen’s talents—one brawn and beauty. Mind and body. Who knows, a vigorous and more complex animal may emerge. Jet Jaguar is downbeat and minimal but warm and calm, like these field recordings have cheerful memories grounded into them. It should be of no […]

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Dissolved :: Lost In A Femtosecond / Submersion EP (Dissolvedamberrooms)

Both releases are boundless and filled with layers upon layers of panoramic electronic music. Dissolved is a prolific musician that continues to reach far into the lost crevasses of his music machines to sculpt contagious and timeless ambient-IDM manifests. Dissolved baffles with glimmering electronic composition and muffled melodic streams drifting in panoramic fields. Lost In […]

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Valance Drakes :: An honest approach to it EP (Detroit Underground)

A mixture of fine-tuned and de-tuned glitch abstracts—tempered, submerged and drifting slow-motion electronics. Perhaps the closest we’ve seen to a full length release—although only a 21-minute runtime—Valance Drakes reveals an 8-piece EP for Detroit Underground. An honest approach to it is a mixture of fine-tuned and de-tuned glitch abstracts—tempered, submerged and drifting slow-motion electronics. “Greed […]

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Somatic Responses :: Pattern Seeking (Hymen)

Pattern Seeking continues to unfurl the duo’s (over) 20-yr skill-set and their unique ability to create corrosive experimental machine music. Augmented by energetic melodic jolts and crunchy synth manipulation, this album simply packs a punch. Abrasive electro filled with industrial-techno clangs and rough bristles encapsulate the majority of Pattern Seeking by the long-running and always dependable Somatic […]

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Drifting in Silence :: Dawn (Labile)

Dawn intends to design enveloping-soothing soundscapes which can advocate mind travels and encourage thoughtful meditative postures linked to some distant memories and to solitary, mystical landscaping sceneries. Drifting In Silence is a space music-electronic ambient project formed by the North Carolina-based artist Derrick Stembridge. This project intends to design enveloping-soothing soundscapes which can advocate mind […]

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Everyday Dust :: Further Studies Beyond Decay (Sparkwood)

Further Studies Beyond Decay maintains my view that Sparkwood has a host of visionary artists at their fingertips, as comfortable stringing together grooves that bounce and move as they are weaving cinematic ambient tracks that engage in subtle brain hacking. Further Studies Beyond Decay marks Everyday Dust’s fifth release with Sparkwood records, and fills a […]

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Scanner :: The Great Crater (Glacial Movements)

Mostly articulated around textures, The Great Crater also contains timbral experimentations, subtly droning flux and micro modulations. Active since the early 90s, Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner) has made a name in the world of minimal electronic music, intelligent dance music and reticular sound design. The albums published on Sub Rosa stand as important releases in […]

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Hecq :: Chansons de Geste (Hymen)

A hauntingly cinematic, plaintive, solemn, reflective, and existential ambient work that will ravish fans of static and expressive drones of William Basinski, Philip Jeck and The Caretaker. Ben Lukas Boysen is a sound designer and IDM electronic music wizard who works under the Hecq moniker. Active since the early 2000s, his music has been welcomed […]

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Caron :: Shifted Reality (030303)

At its heart this is an EP of deep techno. Sounds have been mined from difficult to reach depths for this quartet, sounds nurtured into form whilst being allowed to keep their innate inchoate nature. Superbly immersive music. 030303 has been lying low since last year’s releases. However, don’t mistake a quiet spell for inactivity. […]

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Carbon Based Lifeforms :: Derelicts (Blood Music / Leftfield)

The beloved duo returns with its highly anticipated fifth album, Derelicts. Watch the video for the album’s opener, “Accede” Press release from Blood Music: Legendary ambient unit Carbon Based Lifeforms returns after a six year hiatus with their most haunting work to date. The Swedish duo’s fifth album Derelicts escorts the group’s massive analog ambiance […]

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Arovane & Hior Chronik :: Into My Own (A Strangely Isolated Place)

For fans of Lilies-era Arovane there is much here that will please your ears as manipulations of una corda piano, harpsicord and vibraphone glitter across crisp percussion. Coupled with Chronik’s equal talent for melody and heady ambience—it all makes for a powerful musical collaboration. The ASIP duo step up once more with a second full […]

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Vlimmer :: Randow (Original Soundtrack) (Blackjack Illuminist)

An imaginary soundtrack for thriller-mystery films. Vlimmer is one of the numerous projects headed by Alexander Leonard Donat. Most of his musical production is issued on his own DIY micro label Blackjack Illuminist. Editions are crafts based, generally published as extremely limited copies in Cdr or tape format, assorted by a digital version. I discovered […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: The Frozen Years EP (Condition:Human)

The Frozen Years manipulates and unfurls a sonic myriad of sound—its distilled and disturbed frequency jolts more relaxed, CRT continues with his own imprint perhaps hinting at what’s to come. Reportedly between albums, this extended player sees Charles Terhune (aka Cathode Ray Tube) migrate into more metallic chemical streams and smoothened IDM fragments. Where previously […]

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Future Daughter & Matthew D. Gantt :: Ekphrasis / Plastics EP (Orange Milk)

The listener enters in a delirious and vast collection of amorphous sounds, punchy electronic grooves, spacey droning textures and erratic collages. For fans of transversal electronics and free-form musical avant-gardism. Orange Milk is an independent and experimental music label with an interest for unusual sounding experiences, from dada-esque collages to surreal pop art tendencies, minimal […]

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Doing the rounds with 3.14 :: Pi Electronics (Interview and Mix)

Aegean Electronics is growing, soaking up the talent and enthusiasm centred around Athens. Labels such as Echovolt, Vanila and Lower Parts, artists like June, Morah and Damcase, as well as platforms like Phormix, are carving out their own territory in the competitive arena that is the hearts and minds of the faithful. Pi Electronics is […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #6 here come the warm jest

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, tube-d, cloud-ed, and camp-ed up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #6.  Serving suggestions for lovers of electronic pioneers, or in this case those carrying on the torch, and for hand-finish fanciers: Agri Montana (Café Kaput) is inspired by Alpine landscapes, and, you’d’ve thought, […]

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MacroNoise :: Caravan Planet EP (Abstrakt Reflections)

Caravan Planet slides by gently, causing very little clutter for the minds ear, and elicits a meandering electrical calm worth diving into. A synaptic pulse, groove, and chilled vibration occurs on Caravan Planet, immediately found on “Ligeia” where a mirage of snappy beatwork, far-out vocal streams and melodies drifting in the breeze reminscent of early […]

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B12 :: Electro Soma II Re-Issue (Warp)

For those of you who missed Electro Soma, I’m envious. You now have the opportunity to delve into an album of inspirational electronic music, an album that few others have been able to equal; until now. Electro Soma II is not the same as its predecessor but it is made out of the same synthesizer […]

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In Rotation :: Multi-view (August 2017)

In rotation for the past few weeks, this multi-view reveals the latest sonic landscape from five more talented musicians. Plenty of brittle, glitch, abstract, noisy, mechanical and bass-infused sounds with releases by Adam Jay, Aeon Waves, C_C, Min-Y-Llan, and Mr. Projectile. Adam Jay :: Maxia Zeta (Detroit Underground) Adam Jay (Southerland) continues to maximize melodic […]

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John Shima :: Renegade (Distant Worlds)

John Shima’s sounds have become more intricate, more patterned, yet he has managed to maintain that deftness of touch which makes him one of the most interesting UK techno producers. Renegade brings something else with it. It brings to light a new imprint, one which seems dedicated to a lesser promoted style of electronics. John […]

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x.y.r. :: Labyrinth (Not Not Fun)

But topography, albeit figuratively, still figures as Labyrinth‘s decaying synth and faded sonorities eponymously model meandering inner zones with ‘six misty, mystic chambers of dreams, drones, delirium, and phased percussion, spiraling in slow, sacred arcs.’  On Labyrinth, his vinyl debut for LA Exotic Moods Enhancers Not Not Fun, retro-futurist synth seer x.y.r. ‘coaxes hushed auras of keys, metronomes, […]

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PBS’73 :: Yesterday Network (Magic Square)

Yesterday Network illustrates an alluring yet surreal passage through pleasant electronic listening music and is a great launching point from his 2016 Rainbow TV album. PBS’73 (aka Austin, Texas-based Elijah Franks) opens his account with the newly formed Magic Square Records—an imprint launched on July 21st, 2017, and co-run with Faex Optim. Shuffling voices near and far, staccato […]

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Cobalt Rabbit & Fox Machine Gun :: Luminance EP (Insight Music)

Luminance drips with casual, effective, and brightly detailed electronic sound design. Cobalt Rabbit & Fox Machine Gun join forces to elicit a calm organic-electronic view from a far away place on Luminance. Piano extracts on “Spire” featuring Michael FK is an emotional whirlwind, its serenity​ displaced by gaseous sound design, eventual beat slicing, and slithering ninja […]

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V/A :: Tangents (Kahvi Collective)

Tangents distills the finest in downtempo, sun-soaked electronic music, digging further into the chiseled sonic crevasses that each musician offers. Music certainly has the right to foster additional children, as Tangents is a welcomed home for its inhabitants. Kahvi‘s long running mission is “to gather and provide free electronic grooves.” The online collective continues to cull […]

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Ecto Mist :: Equal EP (Genot Centre)

Underground turbulence and low-end structures wrap themselves around fuzzy atmospheric debris. Equal is an addictive, nocturnal, and delirious state of erratic dub-consciousness. Prague-based cassette label Genot Centre unleashes a 5-track extended player from Ecto Mist. Underground turbulence and low-end structures wrap themselves around fuzzy atmospheric debris. Crunchy, subdued and bound by some unusual forces, the […]

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Glanko :: Osmosi (Halbsicht)

Osmosi redefines the architectural balance between dark electronic sojourns and flowing modular strains. Glenko (aka Giuseppe Fallacara) returns with another full-force album with Halbsicht. Spinning the gauntlet of electronic music both harsh and delicate, Osmosi traverses a spectrum of moods. From glitch fragments to bass throttling, no stone is left unturned. “0005” unfolds modular industrial minimalism […]

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