Elegant, Eclectic, Electronic: Audioglider & Xspance – Kollision LP

A home listening gem from Audioglider & Xspance on their new Kollision LP. This is a wonderful collection of electronic music. Even the minimix has a perfection, despite its shortened length. There’s all manner of sonic goodness going on. But first, a track – Snopoke – that has an almost electro pop rush to its intro before settling down into something more languid and ever so slightly wistful.

The Minimix shows the album off to its best effect with a gentle but slightly warped opening. Twangy bass shows that there’s more to space than good things, with an unsettling eeriness. Things then become more confident and expansive with rippling electronics of wonder. And so to fade with the Balearic beauty of Appearing Sun.


Section Records welcomes back two of its finest artists for an exciting new collaborative album project. Audioglider & Xspance (aka Roberto Sodano and Myles Webb) were perhaps always destined to work together, having journeyed on a similar musical orbit on the Internet – especially on the deep and wide-ranging audio tapestry of Soundcloud, where their paths first crossed. Both will no doubt already be familiar to those with a penchant for electronic music at the more eclectic end of the creative spectrum.

While collaborating on an EP project a year ago, Roberto and Myles enjoyed the creative process so much, that they started rapidly swapping music files to see how far they could push their combined energies, culminating in an incredibly productive purple patch in late 2016. Over the following months, these sessions came together to form ‘Kollision’ – a positive clash of musical styles and influences, fusing together naturally and effortlessly, crossing musical, emotional and melodic boundaries and telling a beautiful sonic story in the process.

This decidedly dynamic duo, marry their unique sounds and deft production skills to perfection throughout this 10-track album. Whether it involves getting chilled, reflective, and diving deep into hypnotic horizontal territory with the album’s opening title track and ‘Bounce’; becoming wonderfully moody and introspective on ‘Ghostly Corners’; or soaring with melancholic beauty on ‘Snopoke’. Their diverse musical palette cleverly blends experimental and anthemic elements within the pulsating ‘Glas Herz’ and ‘Snarky’; and delights with the head-nodding, analogue synth chug of ‘Dammerung’. Audioglider & Xspance are also not shy of upping the tempo and laying down some infectious, hip-swinging grooves to explore nu-disco-tinged territory (‘Dappled’ and ‘Bedazzled’); or creating an enchanting Balearic beauty with their album finale – ‘Appearing Sun’. This is heart-warming music that demands your full attention, an album featuring a diverse and engaging collection of tracks that can be revisited time and again.

~ by acidted on December 29, 2017.

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