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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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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Vic – [2000] One Turn 5 (Vic Remix)

Early single release from one of the forerunners of the free music scene.

Labelled as Chillout or Ballad at the time, this vocal pop remix of an even older track released at the same label still sounds fresh 20 years later.

The song features harpsichord sounds, dream pop lyrics and easy listening percussion. The radio-ready production makes it stand out from the otherwise rather experimental sound back in the days.

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Psychadelic Pedestrian, Notch – [2019] Psychadelik Pedestrian v Notch Remixes

Uplifting house music, straight from the source.

Netlabel Toucan Music is my preferred stop when fishing for well-produced, mainstream sounding dance music with a Creative Commons license attached. While I typically like and review their hour-long mix releases, here I present to you a short, two tracks long EP of remixes done by two staples of the label’s roster.

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Point – [2019] Human Music

Slick abstract trance, located somewhere between deadmau5 and Moderat. Genuinely trance-inducing.

Netlabel Digital Diamonds has stayed one of the more active netlabels. As such, it comes up more and more often when fishing for recent releases in the younger parts of the Internet Archive’s audio section. This release is a particularly brilliant gem of cerebral dance music. Doing well both as fancy coding backdrop as well as late night club furniture, its polished soundscapes hide lots of work that must have gone into their effort betraying shiny finish.

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Tornfly – [2012] Solar System Federation

Relaxingly spacious, almost ambient trance. Airy synth lines above sparce percussion.

Definitely not easy listening, this trance-y instrumental space music makes for some intriguing hours of re-listening to its 8 varied entries. Every song starts differently and develops independently from the others. Common are the synth sounds, drum kits and sawtooth bass lines.

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Various Artists – [2008] Breathe 02

Essential listen for downtempo enthusiasts. Different artists cover wide range of styles.

Breathe Compilations is a (former?) Mexican netlabel that – surprise – specialises in releasing compilations, active between 2008 and 2018 (as of 2020). Although the label’s back catalogue (92 releases) has not seen an addition for almost 2 years, its Soundcloud profile buzzes with activity. So I don’t fully call off any hope for a comeback. But in the meantime, I could as well review one of its earliest releases:

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Gridline – [2014] Videogame

Pure synths (no samples) and drums lead to an instrumental or melodic techno album. Made not for dancing, but for attentive walking.

Gridline is the music project by Serbian artist Predrag Grujic. Starting in 2012, he released several albums and EPs on the two-sided Japanese label Bump Foot (Bump for techno et al., Foot for ambient, IDM, …). This is his first Bump release, and quite quiet at that. Melody lines and only subtle beats make this more (artsy) pop than dance music. Its liberal use of cold sound textures and reverb occasionally remind me of a church organ.

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