While the luminescent drones and angelic simulacra of Deepak Verbera expanded out into the cosmos, Botany’s newest LP feels more rooted in the soil of our material reality. The bass heavy beats and impassioned vocal samples inspire movement and action rather than contemplation alone, not to say the results aren’t heady. Rich tapestries of resonant acoustic instruments (harps, flutes, percussion, strings), woozy synths, and warm tape hiss are as intricate as ever and easy to lose (or find?) yourself in. Recommended to fans of Flying Lotus’ Until the Quiet Comes, Boards of Canada, and Alice Coltrane.
Originally released in 2002 on Plug Research Fat Beats Reissue with Quiet Party EP (2017) Format: LPx2, EP on D-Side … More
Style: Kosmische Musik, Progressive Electronic
Vibe: Spacey, Motorik, Warm, Dreamy, Ethereal, Focused, Futuristic, Pastoral
Musical Attributes: Melodic, Atmospheric, Repetitive, Polished
Style: Glitch-Folk, IDM
Vibe: Autumnal, Peaceful, Warm, Uplifting, Nature, Love
Musical Attributes: Electro-Acoustic, Sampling, Melodic, Repetitive
Released in 2016 on Polydor Records Format: LPx2 Style: Modern Soul, Future Garage, Art Pop Vibe: Sad, Heartfelt, Reflective, Lonely, Intimate, … More
Style: IDM, Trip-Hop, Electro-Jazz, Drum n’ Bass
Vibe: Nocturnal, Surreal, Futuristic, Energetic, Mechanical, Ominous, Urban
Musical Attributes: Sampling, Complex, Rhythmic, Repetitive
Style: Psychedelic Pop
Vibe: Sunny, Warm, Romantic, Retro, Spring, Breezy
Musical Attributes: Melodic, Lush, Polished, Electronic Production, Catchy, Lyrical
Released in 2011 on Software Records Format: LP
Released in 2018 on Ninja Tune Format: LP
Released in 2017 on One Little Indian Format: LPx2
Originally released in 1972 on Brain Records 2007 Lilith Reissue Format: LP, CD
Released in 2014 on Ghostly International Format: LPx2, hand-dipped vinyl Limited to 800
Released in 2017 on XL Recordings Format: LP Overview By introducing heartfelt vocals into her (often) harsh environments of contorted … More
Released in 2014 on Warp Records Format: LPx3
Released in 2012 on Hyperdub Records Format: 12″ EP
Released in 2007 on Hyperdub Records Format: LPx2
Released in 2006 on Sub Pop Records Format: LP
Released in 2015 on True Panther Sounds Format: LPx2 Recommended Tracks A1 – Ten Days of Falling (Brooding, Dancey, Dramatic) … More
Released in 2010 on Warp Records Format: LPx2
Released in 2013 on ATP Recordings Format: LPx2
Released in 1977 on Sky Records Format: LP Original German Pressing
Released in 2004 on Warp Records Format: LPx2
Released in 2008 on Kranky Records Recorded Spring/Summer 2007 Format: LPx2, includes Another Bedroom EP on D-side
Released in 1998 on Warp Records Format: LP
Released in 2001 on One Little Indian Format: LPx2
Originally released in 1974 on Brain Records 2015 Grönland Pressing Format: LP, 180g
Released in 2013 on Matador Records Format: LPx2, 45rpm
Released in 2012 on Brainfeeder Records Format: LPx2
The Books’ music is simultaneously funny, innovative, catchy and enlightening. They use found sound and spoken word mixed with innovative recording techniques and acoustic instruments to create beautiful sound-collages that somehow create unity between all these disparate sources, as if they were all meant to be together. Everything these guys do, solo or together, is absolute genius.
Released in 2004 on Domino Records Format: LPx2
Released in 2013 on Warp Records Format: LPx2
Released in 2018 on Thrill Jockey Records Format: LPx2, Metallic Silver Vinyl
Dynamic and uplifting house music characterized by filtered drums and enveloping synth textures. With its driving arpeggiations, danceable 4-on-the-floor grooves, hypnotic build-ups, and soothing ambient tracks, Singularity is extremely well-paced, and it’s most beautiful moments full of sublime wonder.
A psychedelic synth odyssey created with only an expanded Series III Moog by Robert Margouleff and synth-guru Malcolm Cecil (who programmer synths on legendary albums by Stevie Wonder and Gil-Scott Heron in addition to his ambient solo work). The intricately layered results here feel like a synthetic wilderness, with a wide variety of colors and textures that sound warm, organic, and natural despite their electronic origins.
This is what I imagine a black hole might sound like. “Zeit” translates to “Time”, yet time feels completely suspended here, filled instead with vast negative space in which burbling VCS 3 synthesizers, suspenseful organs, and a droning quartet of cellos float in and out. These four sidelong pieces erase all traces of rock or any kind of beat from Tangerine Dream’s sound, leaving ominous space-ambient music in its purest form.
Makes me feel like I’m sitting alone at a party, gazing across a dark, smoky room; an outsider looking in. Chill beats, hushed atmospheres, melancholy melodies.
Released in 2014 on Merge Records Format: LP
Brian Eno and German kosmiche duo Cluster collaborate on a spacey synthesizer album with diverse moods, including peaceful ambient swells, sinister sequencers, industrial drum machine grooves, and suspenseful piano motifs. The release is mostly instrumental but Eno songs sparingly on a couple tracks. The last track features Can’s Holger Czukay playing some pulsing, harmonic bass grooves
A psychedelic, transcendent fusion of hip-hop, jazz, prog, and IDM meant to simulate the cosmic experience of death. Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington, Snoop Dogg, and others..,
“Day of Mangoes” is overstimulation at it’s finest. Just imagine floating down a river through an unexplored tropical paradise where every corner brings a new array of colorful sounds. Warm synths gliding over clunking piano give way to chorus-drenched highlife guitars strumming over thick synth basslines. Manipulated vocal samples emerge from nowhere and then disappear into radio static just as quickly…RIYL: Animal Collective, King Sunny Ade, & Madlib
Music inspired by a break-up is nothing new. Usually this music is just the result of the artist trying to … More