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Deep noisy dronescapes on ‘Lost Direction’ by Amantra vs Submerged (2018, Kvitnu). Perfect crescendos on both tracks. The first starts with softer waves and gradually builds, the second stutters into delayed guitar, deep basses, and black crackle.
Amon Tobin - Foley Room (2007, Ninja Tune)
Tobin was always one to utilise many found sounds in his recordings, but on Foley Room he goes all out. Listen to a track like “Kitchen Sink” in my latest Mainframe Transmission mix, where he uses everything and the um… kitchen sink.
I know David Busch as the composer behind Finlii, whose twinkly post-vapor sounds I’ve been enjoying greatly the past couple of years. Two releases under his own name are now on my radar and both great stuff.
Gesture Life (2018, Sunset Recordings) sees Busch taking the typical melodic Finlii sound into slightly more intense rhythmic synthwave territory, while Nacht Fliege (2018, Elemental 97) is straight-up chill house.
Don Cherry - “mu” (1969, Charly)
Cherry gets freaky with pocket trumpets, flutes, and various other things he can blow on. A great trip around many parts of the musical world.
On Water Birth (2018), First Kings sounds absolutely unlike anything else I know. Yes, it’s synthesised music, but defeats attempts at pigeonholing. What it is is beautiful, strange, aqueous…
There are chambers to this thing, landscapes, worlds. A kind of mental transformation through sound. I’m waxing lyrical, so just stop me here and go get that album from Geometric Lullaby:
Ill Considered live is really something I’d like to experience. The grime, the incredible tightness of the rhythm section… All is on full display on this hour-long registration of their appearance Live at Total Refreshment Centre (2018). Funky spiritual jazz with a heavy jam edge.
You haven’t heard #plantwave until you’ve heard Internal Garden (4 albums, 2018, Bogus Collective). The first album focuses on plant–human duets. More about Justin Wiggan’s plant music in the upcoming issue of Ex Abyssō.
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things, Volume One (2017)
I mean, it’s just very good, isn’t it? They wring a lot of stuff from their synths, light and dark, calm and tense.
A little under half an hour of ultra-chill ambient beats. I’ll never say no to that, and you can’t play more to my personal brand than dedicating an album to (different kinds of) tea. So, Tea Leaves by Lotus Bloom (2017, Business Casual) it is!
Eclectic synth on Roche by Mayerling (2018, Hands in the Dark). M moves deftly between modern beat-driven tracks and Berlin School-influenced rhythmic ambient. Full review in the next issue of Ex Abyssō.
Sonny Rollins - The Bridge (1962, RCA Victor)
Just Sonny, hard boppin’.
Nothing but the choicest of beats on the Doom Mix Vol II comp from Doom Trip Records (2018). Features excellent electronic works by Diamondstein, Argiflex, Sangam, Trium Circulorum, Mukqs et al. Free codes on the page, so go get it!