Best Albums of 2019: Various Artists ‘Maui Chill Volume One’

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Maui Chill Volume One (Waveform)

Ambient dub and eclectic electronica label Waveform Records is still with us – founded in 1994 from the ashes of UK label Beyond Records – and so is its founder Forest and his long-running Music Starstreams radio show. Now based in Hawaii, he’s recently released the first Waveform compilation since 2010 and it’s superb. The sheer diversity of the ten new tracks on Maui Chill Volume One takes a little getting used to, but Forest’s excellent taste keeps the album up there quality-wise with previous series such as A.D. and Waveform Transmissions. Shimmering drones, floating pianos and glittering dub grooves; 90’s style ambient psychedelia, sweeping cinematic chillout and thumping ambient trance; it’s all here and quite a trip. New music sits up against some older but obscure gems and every cut shines. A big welcome back to Waveform, and I also recommend you check out the digital-only version of his Starstreams radio show streaming on Mixcloud.


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