The Ambient Music Guide blog

Reviews of new stuff I like + posts on random other music topics.

Best Albums of 2020: Forest Robots ‘After Geography’

FOREST ROBOTS After Geography (Wormhole Records) American composer Francisco Dominguez aka Forest Robots makes nature-inspired ambient music, but there aren’t many experimental nature-inspired albums like After Geography. It’s a hushed landscape of plinks and plonks and occasional melody lines, some played on marimba or xylophone, cast upon a bed gentle washes and atmospheres. What makes […]

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Best Albums of 2020: Dronarivm label

ENRICO CONIGLIO & GIULIO ALDINUCCI Stalking The Elusive (Dronarivm) TAPES & TOPOGRAPHIES Inoculations (Dronarivm) Stalking The Elusive is a work of pretty astonishing elemental power, a first-time collaboration between Italians Enrico Coniglio and Giulio Aldinucci. It lifts environmental samples from mundane environments – households, airports and so on – and seems to reimagine them as […]

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Best Albums of 2020: Endless Melancholy ‘A Perception of Everything’

ENDLESS MELANCHOLY A Perception of Everything (Sound In Silence) This collection of grand, hazy, lo-fi tone poems from Ukrainian composer Endless Melancholy feels like a summation of his quest in the past decade to translate beautiful sadness into wordless sound. His personal style is already well-established – bittersweet melodies from samples and synths dipped in […]

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Best Albums of 2020: Digitonal ‘Set The Weather Fair’

DIGITONAL Set The Weather Fair (Just Music) British multi-instrumentalist, synthesist and early music scholar Andrew Dobson makes a welcome return with this 4th album from his downtempo project Digitonal, this time collaborating with dance producer Dom Graveson. Spanning 50 minutes and 9 instrumentals, Set The Weather Fair is melodic, contemplative and lyrical and once again […]

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Best Albums of 2020: Backstage Gurus ‘Mediterranean Odyssey’

BACKSTAGE GURUS Mediterranean Odyssey (Liquid Sound Design) Beatmaster Gabriel Le Mar has been releasing diverse electronica for over 20 years now. His new and excellent 4-way collaboration as Backstage Gurus is the latest emanation from the downtempo end of his repertoire. Mediterranean Odyssey is grounded in luscious exotic dub with strong Near and Mid-Eastern instrumentation […]

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REVIEW: Global Communication ‘Transmissions’ box set

GLOBAL COMMUNICATION Transmissions (3CD set, Dedicated/Evolution) Global Communication is the duo of British composer-producer-DJ’s Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton. Both are still active today but it was during the 1990’s they recorded as GC, creating three albums of original and semi-original material. They’re still best known for the classic 76’14 (1994), one of the most […]

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Follow AMG on Soundcloud

I’ve recently re-joined Soundcloud and uploaded my entire mix archive for streaming. This will be the main platform for all my mixes from now on, and the AMG Podcast mixes will also continue in their current form. I am no longer using the previous platform. I hope you’ll find Soundcloud a decent alternative. Please head over […]

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REVIEW: Kompakt’s ‘Velvet Desert Music vol. 2’

VARIOUS ARTISTS Velvet Desert Music vol. 2 (Kompakt) This is a marvel. German musician/producer/selector Jörg Burger’s second Velvet Desert Music compilation for Cologne’s Kompakt label serves up warm, groovy, atmospheric electronica of startling freshness. The exclusive and mostly instrumental tracks by artists from France, England, Mexico and Germany – including Jorg himself – were commissioned […]

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REVIEW: ‘After Today’ by Gregory Paul Mineeff

GREGORY PAUL MINEEFF After Today (Cosmicleaf) Australian artist Gregory Paul Mineeff’s fine new album sees the Greece-based Cosmicleaf label taking another successful departure from the psychedelic downtempo beats it’s best known for. The often beatless After Today is awash in electric piano lines, meshed with minimalist synth pads and textures and some weird phrasing using […]

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Best Albums of 2019: Wanderwelle & Bandhagens Musikförening ‘Victory Over The Sun’

WANDERWELLE & BANDHAGENS MUSIKFÖRENING Victory Over The Sun (Semantica) An eerie historical account of weird shit happening in the skies above Basel, Switzerland in 1566 is the inspiration for this dark and powerfully evocative blend of cinematic ambient and atmospheric techno. Dutch duo Wanderwelle were responsible for last year’s Polynesian ambient techno delight Gathering Of […]

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Best Albums of 2019: Silent Records

VARIOUS ARTISTS Tonic Immobility: From Here to Tranquility vol. 11 (Silent Records) LINGUA LUSTRA Red Shift (Silent Records) Rebooted in 2016 by founder Kim Cascone after a 20 year break, San Francisco’s Silent Records these days is very much about the psychoactive drone music and experimental noisescapes that its academically-trained founder has been immersed in […]

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Best Albums of 2019: Various Artists ‘Cosmic Duality’

VARIOUS ARTISTS Cosmic Duality (Synchronos Recordings) From San Francisco’s Synchronos label comes this fine sampling of the kind of downtempo instrumentals you’ll hear on the better chill stages at psytrance and electronica festivals. New tunes, and good ones, doused in multi-coloured tones, layered and trippy arpeggios and lots of head-nodding grooves. Dub is the cornerstone […]

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