Boards Of Canada – Hi Scores

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
A variety of 90s electro including synth ambient and breakbeat

Moods
An intelligent dance party

Thoughts
Enjoyed the breakbeat tracks (not sure if it’s true breakbeat but reminds me) ‘Nlogax’ and ‘Seeya later’ but the others are very good as well. ‘Hi Scores’ and ‘Turquoise Hexagon Sun’ are almost like ambient trip hop.

One of my favorite boards of canada releases that I’ve heard so far.

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https://www.discogs.com/Boards-Of-Canada-Hi-Scores/release/3416582

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Jon Hassell – Last Night The Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?
Atmospheric ambient jazz

Moods
Nocturnal

Thoughts
Alright I need more of this. A spiritual successor to miles’ electric period but with a new world / ambient lean. Uneven on the first listen but liked the title track and courtrais (almost feel this borrowed a bass line from miles).

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https://www.discogs.com/Jon-Hassell-Last-Night-The-Moon-Came-Dropping-Its-Clothes-In-The-Street/release/1690867

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Purl – Stillpoint

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Ambient. Sometimes with a bit of a pulse.

Moods
Nocturnal, focused, want music but not distracting.

Thoughts
In certain settings this is an enjoyable record. Worked well as something to have on while working.

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https://www.discogs.com/Purl-Stillpoint/release/7093907

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Keith Fullerton Whitman – Playthroughs

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?
Ambient noise

Moods

Working

Thoughts
Excellent ambient, captures a mood and doesn’t let go. This is all done with guitar, think long ‘held’ notes.

‘Modena’ is an album standout and benefits from a traditional song structure.

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https://www.discogs.com/Keith-Fullerton-Whitman-Playthroughs/release/73749

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Heathered Pearls – Detroit, MI 1997-2001

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Minimal Detroit techno

Moods
Night driving

Thoughts
Pretty OK for Detroit techno. The album closer, The Packard Plant, is the standout track.

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https://www.discogs.com/Heathered-Pearls-Detroit-MI-1997-2001/release/11313213

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Juju & Jordash – Juju & Jordash

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Loose spacey electro

Thoughts
My favorite album of theirs, the analog approach works well here. Tracks cover a range of techno but all are done well.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Juju-Jordash-Juju-Jordash/release/1951138

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Grand River – Crescente

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
Modern intellectual compositional ambient like electro.

Thoughts
Well crafted with enjoyable moments but overall dull and drifting.

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https://www.discogs.com/Grand-River-Crescente/release/10925592

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Emperor Penguin – Mysterious Pony

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
A record made by a band as if it’s collected from a bunch of older sampled vinyl.

Thoughts
Starts off with a good energy, drumlines a bit more aggressive and the additional layers now encompass not just keys and guitar but strings, flute, xylophone.

Love the dre interlude on burnt sienna! And Stanley Clarke on Playful elements like that make this feel much more well crafted and like a well thought out effort from a band.

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https://www.discogs.com/Emperor-Penguin-Mysterious-Pony/release/31019

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Various – Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe 1980-1991

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

A curiosity cabinet of sparse 80’s DIY-sounding pop. Styles range from folk to r&b and synth driven.

Thoughts

Inconsistent and dated at times but mostly good album. Interesting as it almost fills a gap in the music timeline as to how art-house was fully incorporated into pop.

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https://www.discogs.com/Various-Uneven-Paths-Deviant-Pop-From-Europe-1980-1991/release/11610234

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Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

What’s it sound like?

Techno with a pleasant floating ambient element. Certain tracks utilize a drum machine for a dance vibe, others are extended and much more in the ambient realm relying on repetition to create feeling.

Thoughts

A masterpiece: this sounds great and is aphex twin at his most accessible. Though the production can feel dated at times it never detracts. It’s distinct and a key album of influence for alt-electro of all stripes, it’s easy to hear how this would go onto influence many different artists while still sounding just as relevant today.

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https://www.discogs.com/Aphex-Twin-Selected-Ambient-Works-85-92/release/32662

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