Various Artists – [2020] Fusion Compilation 13

New age instrumental hip hop lounge easy listening compilation. Or something like that.

One year after my review on Fusion Compilation 12, it’s time to pay another tribute to this pillar of the free music scene, specialising in trip hop and related genres. Again, all ten tracks would qualify for a mention here, weren’t it for the competition on this (virtual) disc.

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Artem Bemba – [2019] Harvest

What a calm, folky indie rock – from Ukraine. Almost cheesy in its country-esque lines.

Russian netlabel Southern City Lab caters to the niche needs of avant-garde indie rock listeners. This is the 200th release in their catalogue, covering the folk and blues side of things.

A truely unique blend of familiar sounds and clichés, yet unique in their combination with dreamy post pop vocals with calm lyrics. Acoustic dream pop, if you will.

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Zapa – [2018] Triangle

Calm indie rock or folk, stirred up by guest musicians with uncommon instruments.

I hand the microphone to Vulpiano Records, the netlabel:

With beautiful folk melodies, ghostly whispers, poetry, and deep longing, Triangle is […] everything Zapa has been working towards over the years.

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Various Artists – [2015] The End

Essential dark folk compilation. And a massive one with 48 splendid tracks.

In case you are not perfectly familiar with the darker corners of folk music, give this compilation a try to whet your appetite. The tracks range from cinematic western soundtrack over blue rock to melancholic folklore, in other words: quite versatile for a genre that I otherwise would consider rather narrowly defined.

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Ambient Field – [2005] Visions EP

Blade Runner like ambiance with space soundscapes as backdrop. Relaxing yet distant.

The music Patrick makes strongly reminds of the music of Tangerine Dream (the godfathers of ambient) in the 70’s. Sophisticated sound-layering with dreamy melody patterns on top of it

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ALONE – [2017] Beautiful Universe

Essential space ambient music with cinematic ambitions.

Space-based ambient music, calmly uplifting. Produced by artist ALONE from Saint Petersburg, this album consists mostly of long, stretched-out synth pad sounds. Bass only fades in late into a song, drums are a rare occurrence.

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In Vitro – [2008] Falso Self En Androides EP

Uncompromising hard-hit tech house. Melodic, yet noisy compositions.

Tech house to me sounds like the red wine of electronic dance music. Very tasteful, yet sometimes quite dry. But once after you have gotten used to that strange feeling on your tongue resp. eardrum, you must come back to it from time to time. If you need more, the mexican artist has archived their back catalogue on Bandcamp for our listening pleasure.

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Various Artists – [2015] Gold Medal

Music festival promo release by Mexican netlabel MYRDAL, spanning indie rock to indie pop.

A recent dive into the deep waters of the Internet Archive yielded MYRDAL from Mexico, apparently active since 2012 and still releasing music. So I gave their back catalogue (35 items) a spin and found this compilation, which I serve you today. Popular music, but with local flavour in vocals and style.

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Aphilas – [2003] Instrumentally Ill EP

Instrumental hip-hop and easy listening from the olden days.

How could I miss out on reviewing this album for so long? My bad, your good: prepare for an album that must be part of every anthology of CC music. Aphilas must not shy away from being compared to artists like Air or Zero 7.

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