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Honourable Mention 2

Listen to some of these – ambient, minimal techno, dub-techno, dark ambient, downtempo, drone… Some very good albums here. If I had the time I’d write a lot more. Ctrl+click on the image to open the download/purchase page in a new tab.

Tillman Slayer – Chiquandella Street – Orignal experimental ambient music.

 

 

 

 

Giriu Dvasios – Visa – Very deep Dub-Techno

 

 

 

 

Dan Miñoza – Winter Kept Us Warm – Dark industrial ambient longform. Technological dounds…

 

 

 

 

The Circular Ruins – Invisible Cities – Clean clear shimmering ambient

 

 

 

 

Point – Deepending – Quality groovy techno

 

 

 

 

Smooth Genestar – Rem Phase – Warm comfortable downtempo sounds.

 

 

 

 

Sandwell District – Feed Forward – Excellent smooth techno rhythms. These tunes are mature and well rounded.

 

 

 

 

SlowNoise – The Cold Ground – Superb heady dub-techno that’s heavy on the dub. Spacious!

 

 

 

Giriu Dvasios – Ziema – Dub Techno with deep bass textures. Subliminal!

 

 

 

 

Reptilian Fur – Compilation album featuring many types of ambient to suit all moods.

 

 

 

 

Kirill Platonkin – Pines At Sunset – quality dense drone ambient from Russia!

 

 

 

 

Wings Of An Angel – In My Darkest Dreams – Massive ambient/dark ambient album. Some very long form tracks totalling 4hrs!

 

 

 

 

Aythar’s Soundcloud profile – Lots of great electronic mesmerising ambience. Very good sounds! Check out Aythar and Aythar3 too.

 

 

 

 

Red Fog – Anthracite Winter Over The Lidocaine River – From Paralucid – another great ambient drone album with a sprinkling of dark ambient too…

 

 

 

 

i AM esper – Floating Black – More guitar work from New Brunswick soon to be released on Vomit Bucket Productions and Depressive Illusions Records

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mention 01

I listen to a lot of music and only the smallest fraction of that is reviewed. I hear some good stuff, and there is quite a bit that I really enjoy. So, these are some of my personal favourites that I have heard recently and I think they deserve to be shared. Ctrl+Click on the images to open the download/review/purchase pages in a new tab.

In The Mist’s Lost album is gloomy atmospheric longform dark ambient released by Nulll netlabel. Great for those dusky moments 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Magnetic Wind : Storm- a break from the usual ambient sounds made by Magnetic Wind, this is a much more energetic album. Full of electronic goodness. Get it from Bandcamp.

 

 

 

 

D. Kuhl – live PA @ golden gate, berlin, 05/01/2012 A live set featuring D. Khuhl’s own tunes  – do not miss this dub-techno feast. The guy has talent. Get it from his Soundcloud page.

 

 

 

 

Kristus Kut – The Black Queen Kompendium. I am very wary of ‘noise’ as some noise just turns me straight off. Kristus Kut, however, was very enjoyable. A professional blend of noise that uses a minimal dark ambient base. Get it from Sombre Soniks’ bandcamp page.

 

 

 

 

Ludal – Jupiter. This is a great mix. Featuring dark ambient tracks that phase into some gentle, then full-on noise, before subsiding back into dark ambient. Check it out on archive.org courtesy of LoadandClear netlabel 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

i AM esper – Echoes From A Cold Planet and Explosion Of The Red Giant. i AM esper’s two longform tracks are great. These EP’s represent a break from the traditional i AM esper style and comprise cold, stark ambience with a very dark edge. Both are excellent. Available from Bandcamp.

 

Kirill Platonkin – Taiga Dream. Released via Darkwinter, Kirill’s Taiga Dream is a very ‘organic’ piece of dark drone ambient. It is a reflection of his experience of the Taiga region during winter-time. Highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

Smoke And MirrorsBen Sims – Smoke and Mirrors. This is a techno gem. Full-on original groovin’ music that will get you moving. Buy it from Beatport, Juno, and eMusic.

 

 

 

 

 

Descending OutKino Oko – Descending Out Into The Distance released by Digital Diamonds netlabel.  Kino Oko’s album is a happy, groovy feast of quality techno music. Available via Digital Diamonds and Ektoplazm.

 

 

 

Ekoplex – Discovering The Ancient. Superb tribal downtempo beats. This really gets under your skin and communicates with something deep inside. Released via Ektoplazm.

i AM esper : She Haunts Me

Deep, throbbing drone and ambient doom.

She Haunts Me, by i AM esper (Justin Palmieri) was first released through the Ukranian label Depressive Illusions Records in Aug 2011 on cassette format and was limited to 100 hand numbered copies. The CDr version, released later in October through Vomit Bucket Productions was limited to 30 hand numbered copies. The CDr is also available from BigCartel

The album starts nice and slow with Inside The Catacombs I. Drones and rushes of sound abound. Inside The Catacombs Pt.II is deeper than I and heavier, and while appearing to be repetetive, it is in fact full of nuances that slowly build, gradually introducing a subtle complexity to the track.

The title track comprises minimal menace. A deeper bass sound is introduced here, heralding a phase of evolution, preparing you for the remainder of the album.

A Sombre Moon Through The Black Myst Pt.1 is completely different. Excellent lead laid over a slow raw and powerful deep bass background. A Sombre Moon Through The Black Myst Pt.2 is much harder, more meaty. Over this is what you’d expect from a traditional dark ambient track – rushes of sound and processed lead that gives the impression of the voices of the members of some hard-bitten choir.

This is designed for dark ambient/drone/doom heads. The album is brilliant in that although it begins in classic dark ambient fashion, i AM esper’s trademark electric baritone guitar shines throughout each track and is used to great effect. It is difficult to classify an album like this. It comprises dark ambient, dark ambient doom and dark doom sounds. Inside The Catacombs I and II introduce a world shut away from the outside, protected by thick walls deep underground. These tracks are subtle, shadowy – as though everything is muted. The title track, She Haunts Me, prepares you for the journey up and out of this place until you are exposed to the full and unexpected effect of the Sombre Moon Through The Black Myst. So cool. This is an album of contrasts that takes you from subtle dark ambient to really cool bass-throbbing uncompromising fist-making down-on-your-knees-doom-laden-air-guitar. Yeah! Love it 🙂

Remember Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie where Chong is playing his guitar in the house? Remember how loud that was? Well, this needs to be played louder on the biggest, dirtiest speakers you can lay your hands on.

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