Ice-cold dub techno, the gin tonic of music. Edgy synths, minimal harmonies, and subdued percussion.
Dub techno is not for every day. It has a distinct lack of mood, neither happy nor sad. Then there’s the minimal harmonies, the long-form stretches of monotonous monotony. So what’s to like? Actually, I don’t really know. But on certain days, the meditative nature, the lack of a clear mood, and the analytical sound just work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Intense drone music. Slowly pulsating synth chords; delivering loads of spacey space sound.
Drone music is a dish best served at low to medium volume in a dimmed room. Headphones are a plus, but not necessary. Relaxing or comforting activities become twice as effective. I generally can recommend Stellardrone’s other works if you are a friend of this genre. Continue reading “Stellardrone –  Sublime”