Category Archives: Reviews – M

Gigi Masin

Italian musician Gigi Masin is one of the unsung pioneers of the Balearic chillout sound, releasing his first album nearly a decade before Ibiza DJ Jose Padilla kicked off his six genre-defining┬áCafe Del Mar compilations in 1994. Masin’s music is blessed with a curious quality that makes it very special, something a reviewer once evocatively […]

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Motionfield

Luftrum is incredibly dreamy and expansive, crowning ten years of releases by this gifted artist. There’s a perfect word for his sound: oceanic. With his synthetic paintbox Motionfield has conjured ten pieces of music, ten oceans of psychedelic sound, that bathe you is some of the most profoundly beautiful harmonic progressions and textures ever heard […]

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Mystical Sun

Richard Plom aka Mystical Sun makes a panoramic, celestial brand of psy-ambient and his distinctive tracks like the exquisite “Nebulous Mist” have graced many chillout compilations released since the mid-1990’s. His own full-length albums are relatively modest in number but many of them are masterful. artist: Mystical Sun country of origin: USA style(s): Psyambient, ambient […]

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Ennio Morricone

So prolific is his catalogue and so conspicuous is his movie music, Ennio Morricone deserves an entire encyclopedia on his own. But for now, here are four essential albums to get you acquainted with one of the acknowledged masters of contemporary film music who has scored literally hundreds of films over his lengthy career. artist: […]

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Peter Miller aka Perpetual Ocean

The Violet Flame (1993) is stunning; an unforgettable walk though the world of horror writers like Edgar Allan Poe and Ray Bradbury, with an occasional detour via the wreck of the Titanic and the twilight world of hypnotism. Every track is characterised by intelligence and invention, at times spiced with a wonderfully wry sense of […]

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Stephan Micus

In a way Stephan Micus is the ultimate purist; all his instrumentation and sounds are acoustic and unprocessed. In another sense, however, he’s completely non-purist, having collected a massive array or instruments from all over the world and learnt to play them in his own unique and deeply personal way. artist: Stephan Micus country of […]

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Massive Attack

Although they constructed their tracks using hip hop methods, like Brian Eno they took the recording studio and played it as a kind of giant instrument. Massive Attack re-fashioned borrowed samples and drum loops with remarkable production expertise, bringing in guest vocalists and studio musicians to help fill out their heady sound. artist: Massive Attack […]

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Cliff Martinez

Martinez’s bubbling, chiming, luminous score for Solaris (2002) holds up very well indeed when disengaged from the film’s images. It’s not exactly sweet, but it’s not quite depressing either. It’s a quiet, contemplative work that occupies the same ambivalent space as the film itself. artist: Cliff Martinez country of origin: USA style(s): Soundtrack, orchestral, ambient, […]

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Jon Mark

A breathtaking achievement, Jon Mark’s ambient debut The Standing Stones of Callanish (1988) mines its source – the Celtic legacy of Britain – with exceptional sensitivity. His tone is unmistakable: broad, sweeping, multi-layered keyboard harmonies of incredible richness and textural subtlety, underpinned by deep, resonant bass drones artist: Jon Mark country of origin: New Zealand […]

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Marconi Union

There’s something distinctly cinematic about Marconi Union’s music, though its rarely ‘soundtracky’ like a functional commercial film score. There’s a signature sound of sorts – clean and non-distorted electric guitar figures, reverberating electric pianos, live drums and and synthesised washes – and melody is rarely far away save for the occasional foray into abstract landscapes. […]

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