shallou – Fictions

•April 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Chicago’s Shallou returns with an unbelievably pretty tune. Fictions is full of harmonies, sunshine and all things sugar and spice. This is cuter than a kitten playing with a ball of wool. A Balearic kiss. A tune of uplifting, simple joy. Fall in love here.

Dauwd – Leitmotiv

•April 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Music for Grannies, it would appear from the photo accompanying Leitmotiv by Dauwd.

A Leitmotiv (or Leitmotif) is a recurrent theme throughout a musical or literary composition, associated with a particular person, idea, or situation. Dauwd offers a beautifully complicated downtempo IDM track. The leitmotiv here is a recurrent piano and synth theme together with an accompanying beats pattern. But to focus on the meaning is to lose the sense of the wholeness that this offers. A something into which you want to dive. Beautiful. Leitmotiv is taken from Theory Of Colours released 2nd June 2017 via Ninja Tune imprint Technicolour.

Azurine by Sky Vettel

•April 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Sky Vettel is back with a new album, Azurine.

If Azurine is sky blue, then this album isn’t blue in any mood sense. It has a range of tracks of which here are two I particularly liked. The Infinite is an ambient track that ought to open the album, rather than coming part way in. It’s a disconnected track, full of cold IDM ambient space. The other track was Kate Moss. I’ve never thought what Kate Moss would sound like. Sky Vettel has her as a Spartan techno track of half-inhalations, compressed claps and tech house beats.

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samlagore – space

•April 25, 2017 • 1 Comment

If you saw samlagore space and thought ‘humpf ambient again’, you’d be right and wrong. It is ambient from Poland’s samlagore. But it isn’t the usual collection of whooshes and spaces. This is a more complex piece than that. A little bird song, some IDM awkwardness, off-kilter beats and a sense of digital hip hop about it all. A more enveloping piece that nudges and bumps at you, rather than soothing you. Very good.

Reaching Up and Nearly Making It

•April 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The question I’m asking myself is not about “Reaching Up and Nearly Making It” but why do it? How deep is the Protestant work ethic. Can you get surgery to have it removed? Whilst I figure that one out, you can listen to the track of the same name from Marshall Watson. A blooping moog fest of epically gentle ambient proportions.

Alex Standish – Mis·step

•April 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Back to work today after a short break. But no Monday blues for me thanks to Alex Standish. A 17 yr old from Guildford, UK, his Mis-step is a warming, cheering piece of leftfield dubby house with a bit of backwards sounds to keep you just that bit off kilter. This is such a groovy groovy tune that justifies its own railway line to London.

Koronis – Circuits

•April 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Before we leave the weekend, here’s some glacial ambient from Koronis.

New Zealand’s Koronis is as much art as artist, operating in the multi-media environment. An environment that does much to make me nervous, since it values cerebral artistic and restricted code over emotion and inclusiveness. He’s (I assume it’s a him) back here after a gap of 18 months with a new album, Circuits. This is pitched as “a concept album exploring the relationship between experimental electronics and classical composition.”

I needn’t have worried, this is a lovely ambient album. Like The Replicant EP, it works best with that edge of chilly froideur. Classically influenced pieces of piano and lonely violin chase electronic blips and spurts across a whiteout landscape. The individual tracks, in a sense, don’t really matter. This is all about the overall calming effect offered by the tracks and that edge of unutterable sadness they engender.

The album comes in digital and vinyl formats. Unusually, these are meant to work together. Koronis explains: “The album is composed of two working pieces: a digital component and a 7” vinyl component.

The digital component is comprised of 5 tracks: A1, A2, Intermission AR, B1, and B2. The 7” is home to tracks A1 and B1. Although each individual track is meant to stand alone in it’s playback, one can also layer the songs over one another to create a larger composition.”