Not sure if there’s any empirical evidence that during the pandemic people’s preferences turned to ambient music. Might be, because of its mostly relaxing nature and I have to admit that a number of the genre’s new releases have sparked my interest, either as arrivals in my collection or finds
Appearances could be deceptive. A Bandcamp release with three long tracks of about 45 minutes in total and abstract photo artwork by Hannes Unt, “Polar Night Jet” looks like another journey in the fields of ambient. It’s confirmed by the first tones of the opener “Arcus Cloud”, when gleaming sound
***** Various – Carebot$ (Carebots) (Bass Agenda BA105 – 2020) A cavalcade of electro artists, virtually a Who’s Who of the genre have been summoned by UK’s Bass Agenda, for a good cause of supporting NHS and Médecins Sans Frontières. Before embarking on this charity mission, the label head Andy
“To The Cosmos, Let’s Go!” was an adorable piece of fortified disco by Blacknecks, a short-lived super project of Tom Russell and Al Matthews. Half a decade later, many are still incessantly waiting for the duo’s return, which doesn’t mean that our heroes are idling about – Russell with his
By sleeve art, one may think the record belongs to the same section with The Moomins or The Smurfs soundtracks, a visual diversion that signals the content being somewhat surprising too. Because when speaking of DeFeKT, another set of electro tunes would have been a reasonable expectation as the Irishman
The sound of Rotterdam may have changed over the years but Black Merlin’s new release for the city’s Pinkman imprint carries the same nasty mechanics we know from hakkuh days. Even when in “SFORMATOR 2” the BPMs are modest, compared to the Terrordrome days, its daunting dark tribal makes me
Being an offshoot of the Indigo Area label, ÆX is a series of hand-stamped limited editions that has reached already the tenth release, which give a peek into Amsterdam’s local scene. A few artists have been featured in previous samplers too and here’s a reminder about the catalog’s number nine.
The last days of December 20 years ago were spent in great anticipation of the Millennium Bug. The darkest plots saw the future of the (wo)mankind endangered, if the computers would have flipped out. Luckily, hardly anything of these predictions materialised and doomsday scenarios were postponed. Which means that 20