With the 6th installment of the original trilogy Shpongle shows they still got the mojo. Less generic samples and sounds, a more solid bass foundation and overal crazy fun production and some daring takes in genre mixes while staying true to the Shpongolese spirit. Darn fun!
Championing spirits of locus and wonder. Banjo plucks and dobro jitters, finger-pickin' and avian charms, with unions of harmonium and harmonica waltzing endless time with Faulkner's southern ghosts.
A mesmerizing though unsettling ambient record that really grips the listener. The soundscapes are much like the cover art; seemingly simple yet abstract, but take a closer look and you can see there is all kinds of stuff happening beyond first glance, or apprehension.
Soothing downtempo ambient/electro from Russia. Remnant of Abakus and Tycho, Fjordwalker is able to sculpt soundscapes with high production value and incorporate memorable chill-out beats to the mix. Wouldn't mind seeing this at The Cathedral of Chill @ OZORA.
A post-black-electro ambient record (Think 'Celestite' by WITTR). Though this has nothing to do with black metal other then the intent. It's a fine amateur record, but it's not at all renewing or revolutionary in what it does.
Downtempo-tech-house-electronica from Amsterdam. The first full-length after a promising EP, and boy does it deliver. It's a most relaxing record with soft beats, subtle instrumentation and enough good inspiration to make it last.
I love Solar Fields. Especially his spaced out ambient-soundscape paintings of the universe I have had the honor to see live a few times. But there is another side to this guy; the boom-tsjk-boom of psytrance. I like that, but when I'm at a festival, not at home with my headphones.
A big best-of, re-mastered and done very well. Each track sounds fresh, deep and detailed and it only features the best song they have so. The flow of the album is a bit off, because it's all seperate tracks slapped together, but that's what a compilation is. So.
Nicolas Jaar is a modern day Mozart in electronic music. He uses sounds to paint pictures and to tell a story. Not with melodies or lyrics per-se, but with a mindset, a whiff of a surreal situation, a memory.
Bohren & Der Club Of Gore is a lovely darkjazz project and their latest release 'Dolores' takes a lighter take on the whole. The sound is less noir, gloomy and a bit friendlier in the keys-department. Nice, but not the depressive darkness I seek here.
This is just a very nice exercise in dual-hang-playing, live recorded and dressed with ambient noises to make a relaxing and easy flowing chill record. The hang is a magical instrument, and this album is one where they come out like just that.
Smokers Delight, we know what time it is. Fire up them bowls and kick back once again for a smooth setting of jazzy dub, triphop and reggae.
'No Hassle' does the record justice. Sit down for a 2 hour spin of downtempo mellow beeps and bloops, with a flair of jazz and a whiff of trip-hop. The length of albums like these aren't a problem (see Nord), because it's suited best in the back of your mind. Doesn't require attention.
Making a "Part 2" of any successful record is a bad idea to begin with. It is no different for our Infected Mushrooms, where 'Part 1' was an original mix of two sides of the same coin, this one reeks of cashing the commercial market. Quasi trance lovesongs 'Feat. Sasha Grey'? C'moooon.
An 'EP' which spans 40+ minutes. It's break time for these blackies and they choose to chill with cosmic ambient soundscapes, still solemn and ever lonely. Though there is a sense of companionship in this kind of lonely. An album turn of your head and flow on ethereal rivers.
Dubbed 'the soundtrack of a coffee-bar in outer space', Salvage sets the standard for psychedelic chill-out with a jazzy feel.
Piano-centered ambient release. It's nice, but like most of us I bought it just because it's John Haughm, because let's be honest, anyone with a midicontroller could do this
Distorion-centered ambient release reminiscent of Agalloch's 'Ashes Against The Grain' closing piece.
A weird marriage, between The Orb and LSP, but there is no denying reggae and chill-out go together like cake and icing. Sadly the beats on this album have too much 'pep in their step' to really be relaxing, and LSP performance doesn't do it justice.
"It’s a formless cascade of sound, a vision rendered with countless layers of synths, brass instruments, woodwinds, and the occasional electric guitar, all the while leaving out the human element. " This is the pure essence of black metal ambient, ever evolving suspense done right.