Category Archives: Reviews – G

Groove Armada

Their second album Vertigo (1999) is the album that cemented the duo’s reputation, applying slick house production aesthetics over a broad canvas of instrumentals, vocal and part-vocal tracks. The album’s organic and always rhythmic sound encompasses landscaped synths, funky basslines and guitar, hip hop breaks and scratching, percussive bongo grooves and dreamy ambient tunes. artist: […]

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Grey Area

Grey Area (aka Alex Salter and friends) were fine purveyors of gently trippy downtempo electronica in the 90’s and early 2000’s, known to some in the Australian outdoor doof party scene for their soothing sets performed on festival chill stages. artist: Grey Area country of origin: Australia style(s): Experimental, psyambient, ambient techno, dub decades active: […]

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Grains Of Sound

Brothers Chris and Jason Sevanick are one of those fascinating acts whose main repertoire is hard techno or dark industrial electronic beats, yet who have also come up with subtle, intelligent and harmonious ambient that stands well out from the pack. Speedy J and Aphex Twin are two examples. Grains Of Sound is another joyful […]

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Gondwanaland

Gondwanaland was a uniquely Australian world music group featuring an unlikely combination of didgeridoo (Charlie McMahon), synth and electric keyboards (Peter Carolan) and live and electronic percussion. The two albums listed above capture the group at its zeitgest both as a live act and in the studio. artist: Gondwanaland country of origin: Australia style(s): World […]

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Global Psychedelic Chill Out (series)

Launched in 1994 and lasting a little over ten years, German-based label Spirit Zone was much loved and respected in underground circles for its championing of both progressive and full-throttle psychedelic trance…less known but equally worthy is Spirit Zone’s downtempo material, which draws on electro, dub, old-school ambient, world beat and dancefloor trance. series: Global […]

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Global Communication

The album 76’14 fully deserves its hallowed status. It’s a near-perfect example of tone painting in the tradition of classic European synthesiser music but recast for the 90’s dance music scene with then-current music computers, sampling techniques, drum machines and a dash of Detroit techno. artist: Global Communication country of origin: UK style(s):  Ambient techno, […]

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Philip Glass

The relevance of Glass and his classical minimalist peers extends way beyond their own sphere. While it is true that most music is based to some degree on repetition, the ideas that informed minimalism give repetition a profound new meaning. After you listen to the likes of Philip Glass, that Brian Eno or Kraftwerk album […]

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General Fuzz

If more producers composing ambient breakbeats lived in sun-kissed California and jammed regularly with live musos, they might sound like this. But they don’t, which means James Kirsch aka General Fuzz seems to have this sound all to himself. artist: General Fuzz country of origin: USA style(s): Ambient rock, ambient breakbeat, progressive house, lounge, Balearic […]

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Djivan Gasparyan

Stephen Hill, host of the U.S. public radio program Music From The Hearts Of Space, was so impressed with I Will Not Be Sad In This World (1989) that he declared Gasparyan’s playing to be ‘as sensitive and emotionally effecting as can be achieved by humans’. artist: Djivan Gasparyan country of origin: Armenia style(s): Armenian […]

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Gas (Mat Jarvis)

Gas (1995) is a remarkable work of ambient techno by Brit composer Mat Jarvis, originally released on the legendary and now-defunct Emit Records. When re-released by Jarvis on his own label ten tears later the album sounded no less strange or beautiful; it has truly earned its classic status in the electronic underground. artist: Gas […]

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