Graphiqsgroove [2009] – Graphiqsgroove2009

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Ok, naming their stuff creatively isn’t one of Graphiqsgroove’s strengths, but after all, their music is what counts. And there, the Japanese nujazz artist doesn’t disappoint. Laid-back instrumental soft beat lounge funk that doesn’t distract is what you can expect from these 9 tracks. Continue reading “Graphiqsgroove [2009] – Graphiqsgroove2009”

Nine Inch Nails – [2008] The Slip

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Nine Inch Nails is a industrial rock band with experimental touch. This is exactly what I wrote Last year in my review on Ghosts I – IV. While the latter contained 36 improvised tracks, The Slip consists of 10 composed, recorded, and produced tracks. They showcase Trent Reznor’s style that later got featured prominently in the soundtracks of The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This album ranges from ambient ballads with mellow piano to white-noise-laden rock furiosos. Take a nip, even if you think that’s not your cup of tea: Continue reading “Nine Inch Nails – [2008] The Slip”

Project Channel 2 – [2013] Infamous Trance Impressions – Chapter One

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Classic trance with marvellous vocals. The German netlabel Kreislauf publishes electronic dance music. This release contains 13 tracks of dance floor filling, four-on-the-floor beats. No experiments, but the production quality speaks for itself: Continue reading “Project Channel 2 – [2013] Infamous Trance Impressions – Chapter One”

Epic Soul Factory – [2012] Xpansion Edition

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Epic soundtracks to unmade movies. Faldrians Feierabend, a weekly music podcast that I enjoy very much, uses this style of music as its intro. Richly orchestrated score music, purely instrumental, creates visions of possible movie scenes that might still be produced… in the meantime, we benefit from great production, solid song writing. It makes great atmospheric background music. Two exemplary tracks and source link are below. Continue reading “Epic Soul Factory – [2012] Xpansion Edition”

Professor Kliq – [2009] Community Service

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Juicy techno with attitude. Triggered by the recent release of his new Teragraph EP, I looked back to my archive and found ten years of and twelve releases by Professor Kliq. Time for another review of one of his classics, one of the releases that made me a fan. It contains his smashing hit Plastic & Flashing Lights, which is such an ear-charming, head-nod-inducing, cannot-sit-still-evoking track. It appeared on many compilation and best-ofs in the following years: Continue reading “Professor Kliq – [2009] Community Service”

Plaistow – [2008] Do You Feel Lucky?

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Airy jazz impro-jam. Three musicians meet in Geneva to create experimental jazz soundscapes. Four of these soundscapes are bundled on Do You Feel Lucky? for us to witness. The recording is executed excellently and bring you very close to the imaginary stage, where the piano/bass/drums trio do their workmagic. Two very different songs are presented below: Continue reading “Plaistow – [2008] Do You Feel Lucky?”

Bluebridge Quartet – [2007] Adjusted for Low Noise Tape EP

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Friedemann’s Aquamarin Orchestra would be proud. I discovered this release with the morbid joy of a forensic researcher in the remainings of the discontinued Aerotone netlabel (“Ende.“). Abstract instrumental jazzy tunes are floating mid-air in front of your ears. Skillfull compositions (or improvisations?) showcase the saxophone, percussion, bass and guitar that form this marvelous quartet. You hardly ever encounter music without a catchphrase that is yet “welcoming”. Listen to my two favourites to find out more: Continue reading “Bluebridge Quartet – [2007] Adjusted for Low Noise Tape EP”

The Rare Plants Garden – [2011] The Rare Plants Garden

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Folkish exotica indiepop. Sort of. Meh, this release hates to be squashed into three descriptive words. Are it the skewed notes (like MGMT), the torn vocals (like indie pop sounds today) or the exotic ukulele and beach sounds, that make this task so difficult? I can’t tell. In order not to confuse you too much, I only preview my favorite track from this release: Continue reading “The Rare Plants Garden – [2011] The Rare Plants Garden”