Clicky, surprisingly upbeat deep house from Mainz, with one or two experimental slippages.
This vintage collection of rather minimal danceable tracks does not compromise on its concept to please. Dry clicks and noisy effects are sprinkled liberally across the whole 12-track ensemble. But that playfulness in texture is well balanced by minimal harmonies and repetitive (not to say catchy) song structures.
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Antique pop compilation. From the rather early days of high quality free music publishing.
At the time, trying to publish music outside the traditional channels (music labels) was still quite out of the ordinary. No Bandcamp, no Jamendo, no Free Music Archive. All those only came to life during the last 10 years. If you this release’s style, have a listen to the curators other compilations, mixes and podcasts, all neatly stored for our future pleasure. But now, lend my two picks an ear (or two):
Continue reading “Various Artists –  Share It Spread It Love It”
Intriguing blend of rock and mild doses of electro served with great vocals.
Only 6 tracks, but hard to pin point in genre space. Eclectic rock could be a way to describe it.
Continue reading “Botany Bay –  I’ll Send a Postcard When I’m There”
Airy and light sound, blended with occasional patches of electro or more exotic sounds, makes for a great variety.
(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.
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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!
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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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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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.
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If you like the two rather ambient sample tracks, also try track 2. Groove o’clock for a more dynamic impression.
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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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.
Continue reading “Motionfield –  Music for Pictures”
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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