Rho – [2010] Cedarleaf

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Unambient ambient. This release raised the bar for me when it comes to “memorizing” what it sounds like. Should I put it into the ambient category? Or eclectic electronica? Cinematic orchestrations, based on solo guitar melodies, served on a bed of electronic sounds. Not easy to classify. Listen for yourself… Continue reading “Rho – [2010] Cedarleaf”

Rktic – [2003] Northern Lights LP

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Frosty minimal techno. This (by online standards) antique release at the Thinner netlabel had a big part in slowly seducing me into exploring the less danceable areas of electronic music. I wonder how this album will sound to me in 30 years. It now feels quite timeless, a bit like some tracks by Kraftwerk. Continue reading “Rktic – [2003] Northern Lights LP”

Boogie Belgique – [2013] Nightwalker (Vol. 1)

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Vintage remixes done right. Wow, simply wow. Before encountering this album, I thought that remixing old vinyl recordings necessarily leads to repetitive hip hop background tracks. But this release, presented by netlabel Dusted Wax Kingdom, fortunately breaks with this rule. Modern sounds seamlessly blend with old audio samples. Continue reading “Boogie Belgique – [2013] Nightwalker (Vol. 1)”

Auditive Escape – [2013] Profound

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Convincing downtempo trip hop. Ok, “convincing” might sound a bit too corporate for this lush piece of an album, flirting with ambient genre elements. French artist Jean Patier really knows how to turn the knobs to create deceptively simple chill out tracks. Read on for my two (from 10) favourite tracks and the release link. Continue reading “Auditive Escape – [2013] Profound”

cantaloup – [2006] tonight it shows

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Acoustic post pop. Airy sound scapes made from guitar carpets and synthetic strings, mixed with mellow vocals make for a soothing ambient album. If these 8 calm tracks are not enough, have a look at cantaloup’s Bandcamp profile, where he has released several albums since. Continue reading “cantaloup – [2006] tonight it shows”

Various Artists – [2009] Netaudio 2009 – Acroplane and The Centrifuge

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Classic netaudio sampler. Nowadays, netlabel Acroplane release new albums on Bandcamp. Unfortunately, they did not move all their releases there. Fortunately, their back catalogue is archived at my favourite well-known place. This compilation has 18 diverse tracks from chiptunes over breakcore to glitchy IDM. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2009] Netaudio 2009 – Acroplane and The Centrifuge”

Th.e n.d – [2009] Schizophrenic Birth

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Minimal downtempo goodness. Berlin artist Th.e n.d. seems to prefer quality over quantity. This EP, released 2009 at the Acustronica netlabel, only contains 3 tracks. Yet every track is distinct in style and remarkably well produced. Unconventional sound combinations and laidback tunes are the common theme. Continue reading “Th.e n.d – [2009] Schizophrenic Birth”

Planet Boelex & Lisa’s Antenna – [2009] Little World (remastered)

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Ambient electronic masterpiece. Take soft synthetic sounds, tender percussion and female vocals, mix… two artists that stand well for themselves join forces here to showcase what their styles combined sound like; and I like the result! This release makes for some excellent background music, and this is a compliment. Nothing in this delicious sound composition pulls attention to itself; you subtly start relaxing if you put this on your headphones. Continue reading “Planet Boelex & Lisa’s Antenna – [2009] Little World (remastered)”