Category Archives: Reviews – C

Mick Chillage

The 20-minute “Approaching Antares” is one of the greatest spacemusic pieces you’ll hear from any artist, in any era. It’s a thing of wonder: a sustained single chord slowly expanding to enormous proportions, overlaid with mysterious looping phrases that have a weirdly Arabic flavour. artist:Mick Chillage country of origin: Ireland style(s): Ambient techno/trance, spacemusic, environmental, […]

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Chilled Euphoria (series)

More than any other chill compilations that appeared around the turn of the third millennium – and there were millions of them – these ones define the ecstasy-fuelled bliss of post-clubbing chillout to perfection. series: Chilled Euphoria country of origin: UK style(s): Ambient trance/house/pop/breaks/techno decades active: 2000’s essential releases: Chilled Euphoria mixed by Red Jerry […]

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Maxence Cyrin

The test, perhaps, of a club track’s ultimate musical worth is to take it off the dancefloor and try performing it in other arrangements. In the case of Frenchman and electronica aficionado Maxence Cyrin’s Modern Rhapsodies album we get electronic dance tracks reinterpreted on piano. It’s a wild idea, brilliantly executed. artist: Maxence Cyrin country […]

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Coyote Oldman

Music centering around the Native American flute – both authentic and adapted music – has proliferated under the new age and world music umbrella to such an extent that finding the really great stuff can be difficult. If you love meditative flute sounds and you aren’t a purist, these albums by American duo Coyote Oldman […]

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Cosmicleaf (label)

Cosmicleaf’s wonderful early compilations map out the territory for almost everything that has subsequently appeared on the label…there is both darkness and light, familiar genre sounds and strange new sounds, a mindset open to genuine variety which understands that ‘beautiful’ can mean something profound rather than just cheesy or bland. label: Cosmicleaf country of origin: […]

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Coolangubra

The now-disbanded world fusion trio of Australians Cleis Pearce (violin), Stephen Berry (acoustic guitars) and Greg Sheehan (percussion) left a legacy of three exciting, moody, dynamic albums that draw on elements of folk, jazz and ambient soundscaping. artist: Coolangubra country of origin: Australia style(s): New acoustic, environmental, folk, word beat decades active: 80’s – 90’s […]

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Cocteau Twins

The music of Scottish duo Robin Guthrie and Elizabeth Fraser – later expanding a trio by Simon Raymonde – virtually defines the term ambient pop. Regarded as the house band during their lengthy residency at the eclectic British label 4AD in the 80’s and 90’s, The Cocteau Twins’ blissful, enigmatic mood music remains utterly distinctive […]

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Cluster

Like many of their Krautrock peers from Tangerine Dream to Kraftwerk to Popol Vuh, Cluster’s influence on the rise ambient, electronic and avant-garde rock music since the early 70’s has been significant and broad; perhaps even broader than most, given that the duo never chose just one direction or style to refine and hone. artist: […]

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The Cinematic Orchestra

For jazz fans who don’t like electronica, and electronica fans who can’t stand jazz, the Cinematic Orchestra offers a reconciliation that approaches miraculous…Motion (1999) establishes a new kind of mood music. It has the repetitive minimalist patterns of electronic beat music combined with the looseness and free improvisations so fundamental to live jazz. artist: The […]

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Chillosophy (series)

Chillout was a commercial fad for a time, but ambient has many lives and in the early 2000’s the Chillosophy series showed a way forward at a time when major record labels were persisting with soulless recycling exercises like Sony Music’s sterile Open Space franchise. series: Chillosophy country of origin: Sweden style(s): Lounge, ambient trance/techno/dub […]

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