Various Artists – [2017] Dark Of Winter: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Exceptionally broad movie soundtrack. Cool credit punch songs, mystical and disturbing ambient tracks live side by side.

Netlabel blocSonic again manages to surprise me by the breadth of their roster. This compilation, a soundtrack (you may have guessed), covers a wide range of genres from rock to experimental ambient. If you are not looking for dance music, but an exceptional release to feed to your ears, look no further than this. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2017] Dark Of Winter: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”

melodysheep – [2013] Symphony of Science Collector’s Edition

Scientific ear-candy. Musical blend of talks about everything from biology to cosmology with upbeat electronica.

About 10 years ago, John D. Boswell produced the first of a now large collection of music videos that blend short quotes from scientists and science communicators with catchy electronica. Several million views later, we may now enjoy a grown collection of these gems, which are best enjoyed as videos. Once you are hooked, read on for my three favourite picks from the collector’s edition of the audio-only release: Continue reading “melodysheep – [2013] Symphony of Science Collector’s Edition”

Psilodump – [2005] The Night I Lost You All You All

Netlabels come and go, artists stay. This gem of a release was originally released at now defunct label Candy Mind. Its site is offline, domain gone, yet thanks to archives, we can still enjoy its original releases. In this case, though, the artist has salvaged their releases on BandCamp (and added many more over the last years). It contains 8 quirky, yet highly musical tracks: Continue reading “Psilodump – [2005] The Night I Lost You All You All”

Various Artists – [2012] mix-toor presents: This is material music

Massive music extravaganza. There is a lot of hip hop bonanza going on in 46 tracks.

Most of the tracks are not exactly pop music chart worthy, but then… the music that achieves this feat tends to be of varied quality at best. While I cannot wholeheartedly endorse front to back listening, except you are adventurous, there are many gems tugged tightly between more experimental pieces. I therefore divert from my usual self-limitation of only presenting two tracks, and instead link you to several reasons for recommending this oeuvre: Continue reading “Various Artists – [2012] mix-toor presents: This is material music”

Graham Castronovo – [2012] A Cry Into The Cosmos

Space’y lounge trance. Spacious synth walls, filled with slow beats.

This release has probably similar roots as the more well known music project Symphony of Science, which releases tracks and remixes focused on scientific topics. (Note to self: queue a review for that.) Where was I? Ah yes, this release focuses on pulsating synthesizer sounds and soft percussion. Some songs go a little overboard, but on balance the tracks are well behaved. Judge for yourself with my two favourite picks: Continue reading “Graham Castronovo – [2012] A Cry Into The Cosmos”

Luis Marte & Roger Delahaye – [2017] MOVIL/INMOVIL

Piano meets glitch electronics. Hybrid sound of live recording and studio production.

This is more on the artsy side of the spectrum I am reviewing here, but some broccoli from time to time is good for the taste buds, or so I heard… but sketchy metaphors aside: this release won’t make you dance, but instead tickle your musical senses where they are rarely touched by radio music. Continue reading “Luis Marte & Roger Delahaye – [2017] MOVIL/INMOVIL”

Various Artists – [2016] Enough Records Mixtape for CC Europe Meeting

Four hours of alternative, high-quality music. Careful selection, beautiful arrangement.

This item takes some time to digest. It contains so many different genres, tracks, artists, backstories. It is hard to hear back to back, but rather eaten in chunks. For this review, I therefore provide you with possibly interesting entry points. I hope there is something for everyone: Continue reading “Various Artists – [2016] Enough Records Mixtape for CC Europe Meeting”

Marco Mestichella – [2015] Fragments Of Light

Echoes of pop grandeur. 80’s synth-pop sends best wishes to a fresh take in the new millenium.

This is a two-track single release on notorious (as in: good) netlabel blocSonic. In the description to the artist’s previous release, they described their music as “a blend of trip-hop, soft-rock, retro-pop and cinematic soundtracks”. I tend to agree. Read on for a full description of all (as in: two) tracks. Continue reading “Marco Mestichella – [2015] Fragments Of Light”

Teppana – [2017] Triple EP

Slow, uplifting IDM. Winter on the outside, but warmer on the inside.

Phonocake again serve one of their delicious pieces. This release surfes between cheezy dancefloor and electronic ambient. I settled for “Easy Listening IDM” as a compromise. While the sound feels cold on first contact, the tracks are actually quite heart-warming on the inside. Give them a go! Continue reading “Teppana – [2017] Triple EP”

Push Against New Fakes – [2014] Any Color You Can’t See

Raw and strong IDM. Uncompromising electronica, straight like the pixel’y album art.

Sometimes eerie, sometimes odd, this release at times sounds. Other tracks are clearly aimed at the dance floor. But all in all, this is quite a gem. Don’t let the edge intros distract you from the quite danceable core this IDM release is. Continue reading “Push Against New Fakes – [2014] Any Color You Can’t See”