Category Archives: Reviews – J-K

Essential albums: Japetus

Visions of Paradise (1986) is stunningly pretty ambient psychedelia. Its two long pieces – each with three movements – flow like the deepest river, their textures glowing and swirling like luminescent mist. artist: Japetus country of origin: Australia style(s): New age, meditation, drone, psyambient, spacemusic decades active: 70’s – 10’s essential releases: The Great, Great […]

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Essential albums: Kreidler

Kreidler’s forte is rhythmic instrumentals that straddle rock, synthpop, club techno, ambient, dub, repetitive minimalism and always some degree of avant-garde strangeness. Their brand of 21st century Krautrock shows an amazing flair for meshing harmony and noise. artist: Kreidler country of origin: Germany style(s): Krautrock, ambient rock, techno, neoclassical, electronica decades active: 90’s – 10’s […]

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Essential albums: Kraftwerk

Much of Kraftwerk’s output is hardly what you’d call ambient, but their technological innovation and machine minimalism has informed some of ambient music’s sources – art rock, electro lounge, ambient techno – in a myriad of ways. Much electronic music in the new century would be unthinkable without them and no collection of electronica can […]

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Essential albums: Leo Kottke

Another heir to alternative guitar tradition pioneered by John Fahey, Leo Kottke has the double honour of being both one of the masters of the twelve-string guitar (he also plays six string) and a major influence on the development of new acoustic ambience embodied by labels such as Windham Hill. artist: Leo Kottke country of […]

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Essential albums: Kosma

As a member of now-disbanded nu jazz pioneers Jazzanova, the German DJ-producer-composer Roskow Kretchsmann aka Kosma comes with impeccable credentials in the genre and this – the last and best of his Kosma albums – is really quite stunning. artist: Kosma country of origin: Germany style(s): Nu jazz, nu lounge, trip hop decades active: 2000’s […]

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Essential albums: The KLF

An impressionist soundtrack to an overnight drive through the Deep South of America, Chill Out is clever, surreal and always accessible…Elvis Presley’s “In The Ghetto”, silky pedal-steel guitar, a ranting evangelist and Mongolian throat singing are all wrapped in layers of electronic tones and effects to create a dislocated, dreamlike experience that tastefully recalls the […]

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Essential albums: Jon Kennedy

Call it trip hop if you like; there’s no denying the stoned appeal of its laid-back beats and hazy melodies. Emotionally, however, Kennedy’s personal touch places his music in a sublime world all of its own. artist: Jon Kennedy country of origin: UK style(s): Trip hop, instrumental hip hop, downtempo breaks decades active: 2000’s essential […]

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Essential albums: Rena Jones

Rena Jones’ best music is light years beyond the random digital doodling of artists who delight in the kind of glitchy noises that clear rooms and annoy your dog. Imagine glitch as just one of many sonic tools, rather than a whole genre: now there’s an idea with a future. artist: Rena Jones country of […]

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Essential albums: Jean-Michel Jarre

Jean-Michel Jarre was among a handful of European artists in the 1970’s responsible for propelling synthesiser music into the mainstream. His early records were also a major influence on 80’s synth pop and – in the 90’s and beyond – on the rise electronic dance music, particularly club trance. artist: Jean-Michel Jarre country of origin: […]

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