Dream Generator – [2007] Glazed

Old-school techno meets IDM. This gem from long-standing (active since 2001 and running) netlabel Kahvi offers an interesting blend of 90’s techno sounds and 00’s more refined approach to Electro. While the beats and bass synth lines sound almost retro to my 2017 ears, melody and harmonies sound fresher. Continue reading “Dream Generator – [2007] Glazed”

Mikael Fyrek – [2011] I Step Into the Advent

Calm and clean, cinematic IDM. What would relaxing lounge music sound in the Tron universe? Pretty much like this. All-electronica sounds, straight from digital synthesizers, soothe your ears. Four tracks in total span about 30 minutes. Two picked tracks and the download link follow below. Continue reading “Mikael Fyrek – [2011] I Step Into the Advent”

Emanuel Salvador – [2007] Selected Performances

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Classic music it is. Violin and piano or orchestra, playing Debussy, Elgar, and Fiorini. Purely instrumental, the live recordings have much dynamic range, i.e. there are both quiet and LOUD moments. This release contains both traditional and contemporary music, as long as it’s violin. Continue reading “Emanuel Salvador – [2007] Selected Performances”

Perfect Smile – [2008] Sonrie

Perfect Smile play melodic metal that resembles the style of Sonata Arctica. Five tracks or 26 minutes of extremely well produced progressive rock await you. I cannot stress enough the production quality of this album.

Like always, I present two tracks that should you leave craving for the whole release. Continue reading “Perfect Smile – [2008] Sonrie”

Workbench – [2006] Zoo

This ambient release from Kahvi contains over 80 minutes of relaxing background music. No spiritual, new age enlightenment tunes with water effects. But only clear and calm electronic music. I like this kind of music for programming, reading or just relaxing. Like usual, I present two tracks to pull you in, too! Continue reading “Workbench – [2006] Zoo”

Cam Butler – [2004] Dreamland EP

Cam Butler would easily win any “Be the next Ennio Morricone” contest, the composer of well known italo-western movie soundtracks like Once Upon a Time in the West. Cam Butler’s music sounds just like one of those soundtracks, but much happier. Guitars and violins ride into the sunset, riding on a chivalry of classic march drum patterns that remind me of Ravel’s Boléro. Listen to my two favourite tracks below and get the whole release of four tracks yourself. Continue reading “Cam Butler – [2004] Dreamland EP”

Kenny Beltrey – [2008] Yako Emulator

Kenny Beltrey - [2008] Yako Emulator

Here is one more of the musical treasures from the depths of the Kahvi netlabel. Though its recent release date this album sounds more like a disco dance release from the early 90’s. I like it much because of its “kicking” beats. The production is of high quality and sounds fresh. Some vocal samples are woven in and harmonise well with the synthetic chords. Continue reading “Kenny Beltrey – [2008] Yako Emulator”

General Fuzz – [2008] Red Balloon

General Fuzz - Red Balloon

Much of the free electronic music available these days is quite minimalistic, experimental or both. This album is – surprise – different. Although being produced entirely electronic, it is enjoyable also by the non-hardcore electronic listener. It features groovy rhythms, catchy melodies and harmonic, erm… harmonies. Continue reading “General Fuzz – [2008] Red Balloon”

Coax – [2008] The Ice Garden

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I will start my (hopefully long and prospering) series of music reviews with a very unusual piece of music, considering that it is released at Kahvi, a Netlabel for electronic music.

It is unusual because this album consists purely of orchestral and piano music. Both technical and musical quality are astonishing. In total, it sounds like the O.S.T. to a film playing in Siberia. Don’t evaluate this album based on the performance on laptop-speakers. This music needs headphones or real speakers to not get destroyed by distortions. On my laptop it sounds awful… Continue reading “Coax – [2008] The Ice Garden”