Nao Tokui – Mind The Gap

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Minimal electro / tech house / ambient / IDM

Moods

Cold winter light

Thoughts

Solid minimal record. *Blips* and *bleeps*. Uses production noise like warm record hiss to create additional character and atmosphere. Not much in the way of songwriting, this is more about mood, but there's enough of a house bump to keep this moving. Things pickup with 'rotation' and ‘pine ave’, blurring the lines between ambient and IDM.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Nao-Tokui-Mind-The-Gap/release/176683

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvh3u6zPmtw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DZrv_A4CPs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESrzFDBIZcA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3M7ckJyWj0

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Emily Sprague – Water Memory

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

wide open ambient made with modular synths and winds

Moods

Observing water shimmering on a wall

Thoughts

Quality ambient with a relaxing atmosphere, reminds me of masters like Eno. A patient listen (or as background, it's ambient after all) is engaging through movement, both in individual songs and on the album as a whole. Ambient while generally pleasant can often feel monotonous and stale, she finds just the right balance.

 

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https://www.discogs.com/Emily-A-Sprague-Water-Memory/release/12014380

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Fitz Ambro$e, Submerse – Villa Rosa

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

electro hip hop with an 80s light funk vibe

Moods

Vaporwave sunset

Thoughts

Pretty good for a background listen. Short and sweet with flirtations of vaporwave.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Fitz-Ambroe-Submerse-Villa-Rosa/release/11979710

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PqePdh9r0s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0_4Mqvk9fk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPv4JXG3QWE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrSzoVRPOqQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xKrOIVQsdg

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Fitz Ambro$e, Submerse – Villa Rosa

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

King Midas Sound,Fennesz – Edition 1

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

trip hop, dub and ethereal electro ( both and neither ) with strings and noise

Moods

Feels like a slow sick day off work where your head is congested and words sounds like their filtered through a cotton ball. But you're warm and cozy with a comforter pulled up to your chin. Everything is bathed in bright white winter light so it's easy to see the dust floating around your room. The stillness is a welcome change of pace, might not be a perfect day but you know it'll pass.

~ Shadowy positiveness.

Thoughts

Reminds me of yo la tengo quiet moments. I can't imagine a whole lot of times when I'm going to put this on in the future but I enjoyed it. The tempo is slow, crawling at times, so this does requires a certain patience or mindset; it's a rewarding listen if you're in it however.

Lyrically tracks like ‘melt’ and ‘lighthouse’ capture a certain beauty in their directness. The production is beautiful, extremely well crafted with strings, ambient , bits of static noise for warmth (reminds me of burial).

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/King-Midas-Sound-Fennesz-Edition-1/release/7573156

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf1DO_SIHTM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC3hXI_nVoM

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Description: Album Review of King Midas Sound,Fennesz – Edition 1


Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Dauwd – Theory Of Colours

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

Chilled out electro

Moods

sorta like downtempo but not as down

Thoughts

Layered intelligent electro with a nice energy. Nocturnal feeling. Tasteful keys at times. Particularly like the energetic haze laid out on tracks such as analogische memories. Drifts into an almost bland territory at times but still great. I come back to this record ever few months and it's holding up.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Dauwd-Theory-Of-Colours/release/10402048

Listen!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqhq8vtSfNA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VMoLqPqK6s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Eqcee-pUm0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7Q0_XEKb0k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjB2koTyujw

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

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.

More Info

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).

More Info

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.

More Info

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.

More Info

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.

More Info

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

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Heathered Pearls – Detroit, MI 1997-2001

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Rating: 2 out of 5