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Ishq

UK duo Ishq have achieved something of a rare feat in ambient music: making new age sound credible. As a fusion of new age signatures with classic ambience and the technology of dance music, their music is truly distinctive and special. artist: Ishq country of origin: UK style(s): Ambient, new age, environmental, drone, ethno-ambient, ambient […]

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Mark Isham

Pioneer of new acoustic music Windham Hill Records roped in some impressive talent during its 70’s and 80’s heyday and jazz trumpeter Mark Isham was one of its most impressive artists. His ambient excursions for the label are graceful, delicate and exude a subtle grandeur. artist: Mark Isham country of origin: USA style(s): Soundtrack, jazz, […]

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Irresistible Force

Music journalist, DJ and composer Morris Gould aka Mixmaster Morris was one of the major players in new-school ambient electronica and its emergence from the dance world in the late 80’s and early 90’s. A passionate, kooky campaigner for the ambient cause, he told David Toop in the book Ocean Of Sound: “We’ve had sixty, […]

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International Peoples Gang

To list IPG’s musical references and styles would take pages of text; what matters is that they know what to do with it all…what makes their music so special is that they are able to translate what could easily be a private language into something warm and accessible, even if listeners struggle to put a […]

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Interchill Records

Canadian-based label Interchill Records has been releasing music since the mid-1990’s and has trodden its own quietly idiosyncratic path. Nearly all the music is in one way or another related to electronic dance and its sub-genres, and co-founders Andrew Ross-Collins and Gordon Field have kept things varied…using quality as their filter rather than committing the […]

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Instinct Records (Instinct Ambient)

New York-based label Instinct’s serious forays into ambient sound started a few years after of its 1990 launch during which it had early success with rock-dance artist Moby, who himself also dabbled in ambient techno. What started in the chillout spaces of raves and clubs was coalescing into fresh ambient sounds on record, particularly those […]

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Tetsu Inoue

Of the many artists who have recorded on German new-school ambient label Fax Records, it’s perhaps the music of Tetsu Inoue that most closely resembles classic Brian Eno. That’s in the best possible sense, of course; Inoue’s music rarely comes across as derivative. artist:  Tetsu Inoue country of origin:  Japan style(s):  Ambient, environmental, minimalism decades […]

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Iasos

Iasos has made some of the most celestial, intricately textured electronic ambience ever to come out of the original Californian new age scene…the synth sounds are very distinctive, and lush without being overly glossy. artist: Iasos country of origin: Greece/USA style(s): New age, ambient, spacemusic, environmental decades active: 70’s – 10’s essential releases: Inter-Dimensional Music […]

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