Bazooka Circus – [2010] Elephant

(Past) owners of a 8 or 16 bit gaming console can apply here for a shower of fond memories.

This album has seen the light of day on an artist collective’s account named Gluteus Maximus, from Sweden.

It strongly reminds me of Hardstroke‘s electro-synth sound, but has its own edge by adding more 8-bit bleeps to the mix. Heavy pop nostalgia ahead!

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Colt – [2006] Colt

Old gem from a former German netlabel.

Honest alternative rock from German’s not-so-wild west. In this 4 track long EP it is no single song but rather the strict adherence to the slick, pop-compatible archetype of alt rock sound which sticks out to me. This makes the 14 minutes a perfect ingredient for a long drive mixtape (ok, playlist).

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Planet Boelex – [2010] Raja

Majestic ambient electronica. Slowly building soundscapes with deliberate beats like pillars.

I have already praised Planet Boelex much in an earlier review about their 2009 album. One year later, they put out another EP, both illustratively (cover art) and acoustically (songs) high above the clouds. Unlike last time, this is a solo release without featured vocals.

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Acrilic Colors – [2007] Thing From Another World

Classic ambient IDM from Kahvi. If you like frosty but soft electronica, look no further.

Kahvi is one of the most reliable labels, both in terms of style and quality. IDM and cold electronica is their theme. This release is no exception: with only 5 tracks, this EP still clocks in at over half an hour of music.
If you like the two rather ambient sample tracks, also try track 2. Groove o’clock for a more dynamic impression.

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2Invention – [2007] In Aeternum

Straightforward trance. No-frills, no female vocals, just beat, bass, synth and simple melodies.

This one is from the good old days of Jamendo attracting thousands of aspiring artists and thus churning out albums in popular genres left and right.

Before, the free music scene (at least in my impression back then) had been mostly dominated by experimental artists. With discovering Jamendo, that impression changed dramatically.

In short, expect very conventional trance music, straight from the rulebook.

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Motionfield – [2005] Music for Pictures

Acoustic landscape paintings. 4 variations on their themes, smooth and cold, yet warm at the same time.

I seem to be in an ambient review mood lately. So let me make the most of it and bring you yet another rather old gem of the good old days of the genre.

Where other ambient artists fall into the trap of simply sounding dull and repetitive, Motionfield adds just enough progression to keep the soothing tracks interesting.


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Travis Noble – [2006] Outerspace Introspection

Blend of Blade Runner & Star Trek. Although the artist never mentions it, to me this sounds like a tribute.

This review is an advertisement to look out for good review writers: user electrocelt’s list of reviews is a splendid little collection of mostly ambient electronica.

And under their upload tab, I found this little 4-track EP. Still with the joy of having found it, I write this little review:

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(Val)liam – [2005] Early Reflections

Soothing ambient goodness. Almost acoustic bubble-bath

This ambient masterpiece has been released by still active netlabel Dewtone back in 2005, but has dropped out of their official back catalogue since then.

Fortunately, archive.org did, well, archive this gem for us. 2 of the 9 relaxing tracks make it into my review. But it is the full release you should be treating yourself with. As another reviewer there put it:

In all, an absolutely beautiful work to be placed along with your finest ambient recordings.

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Various Artists – [2012] netBloc, Volume 39: Antididonai

Exceptional pop compilation. The fabulous series does it yet again…

Again it’s time to honour one of the more than 50 episodes of the netBloc series.

Like usual, two tracks are far to few to cover all the gems in this release. Like usual for a blocSonic release, it covers a broad range of popular music genres, ranging from alternative rock, to easy listening to instrumental hip hop.

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Daenjellson – [2008] Walk Your Soft Skin on the Edges

Mellow indie pop. Soft vocals, slightly arts’y production, yet well grounded acoustic pop.

I have a hard time writing this entry paragraph. This short, 5 track, 15 minutes long EP by solo artist Daenjellson is not easy to classify. Acoustic guitar, violin, slightly husky voice all contribute to a hard-to-pin indie sound. Continue reading “Daenjellson – [2008] Walk Your Soft Skin on the Edges”