Point – [2014] Flatpad EP

Cinematic electro grandeur. Located somewhere between movie trailer oomph and ambient big beat electro, there is a small Flatpad EP. Only four tracks long, it covers 30 minutes with unusual yet tasty tunes. Fat bass lines and thick beats reign supreme, but vocal samples and synth pads create some ambience. Continue reading “Point – [2014] Flatpad EP”

Various Artists – [2016] Toucan Music Presents 2016

Excellent trance mix. Toucan Music is one of the household names for well-produced electronic dance music in the Creative Commons scene. It has been releasing free music as a netlabel for more than ten years now, and its annual mixes never fail to impress. Last year’s mix contains 20 tracks. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2016] Toucan Music Presents 2016”

Various Artists – [2006] These Boots Are Made For Stomping

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Reference for Goa & Psy Trance compilations. Monotonous? Yes. Endless beets? Absolutely. Simplistic harmonies? Very much so! If you can with these “deficiencies” of the genre, this release will be an enjoyable ride for your ears. While the music does not offer too much detail to the conscious listener, but is great for recreational, background or serious dancing situations. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2006] These Boots Are Made For Stomping”

North Hive – [2015] Gaia

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Detailed ambient treasurebox. If you are easily offended by non-musical “noise” in your music, give this release a try anyway. While North Hive heavily uses field recordings for its compositions, the results often sound quite musical. This album was released at Enough Records. Continue reading “North Hive – [2015] Gaia”

The Easton Ellises – [2012] EP Two

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80’s Pop with New Wave. Having proven their disco-suitability with their previous release (review of The Easton Ellises – [2011] EP One) at netlabel Enough Records, this sequel comes as a pleasant surprise. Without deviating from the success recipe, this EP delivers danceable music by truck. Continue reading “The Easton Ellises – [2012] EP Two”

Virt – [2003] FX EP

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Classic(al) chiptunes. Virt is one of the great masters of this genre. Chiptunes are about taking the limited resources of old audio hardware and trying to bend the space of what is possible within these constraints. This EP (and it’s successor, FX 2.0) are soundtracks to imaginary NES (Nintendo Entertainment System, 1980s) games. And then there’s this bonus track… Continue reading “Virt – [2003] FX EP”

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”