Category Archives: Reviews – S

Jordan De La Sierra

Gymnosphere is a lost gem from the earliest days of American new age music. Sierra’s blurry, cyclic, melodic creations on his ‘prepared piano’ are partly improvised and take some ideas from classical minimalism, yet the album has not a trace of academic coldness. The music positively glows; you can almost feel the love coming out […]

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Sinepearl

Sinepearl dwells in the new age zone of ambient dance music – that is, ambience that has some roots in techno, trance, breaks and/or dub but is focused on meditative calm and spiritual reflection, far removed from the dance floor. Themes of nature worship and Eastern mysticism run deep in his music and – like […]

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David Sylvian

Sylvian’s Plight And Premonition (1988), recorded with Holger Czukay of Krautrock legends Can, consists of two extended, droning compositions that are a highly sensitive and subtle marriage of electronics with ethnic flavours. Mesmerising and meticulously detailed, they’re all atmospheric keyboards and eerie chimes, embellished with seductive Eastern and Mid-eastern textures.” artist: David Sylvian country of […]

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Morton Subotnick

Morton Subotnick‚Äôs Silver Apples Of The Moon, written in 1967, was the first piece of fully electronic music ever written specifically for commercial record release. Today it sounds quaint and a little dated, understandable when you realise it was performed on the primitive Bulcha which, along with the Moog, was one of the earliest synthesisers. […]

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Stars Of The Lid

Stars Of The Lid makes mood music that sighs and surges with tidal-like speed and power. Beatless and never hurried, it differs from much other electronic-based drone music in its delicate pauses and near-silences. These musical breaths, these spaces in between, draw your focus into spaces where not much actually happens. But in the best […]

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Spacecraft

Spacecraft is an actual group, an exception in the sub-genre of spacemusic which is usually the preserve of solo composers. What Klaus Schulze, Ashra, Tangerine Dream and other Berlin-school pioneers started in the late 1960’s, Spacecraft continued magnificently through the 90’s and beyond. The band’s love of improvisation produces music that doesn’t simply recycle the […]

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Sounds From The Ground

UK duo Sounds From The Ground makes some of the most stunningly rich, dynamic, bass-heavy downtempo instrumentals on the planet. They are pioneers of ambient dub, an exotic style first championed by defunct UK label Beyond Records in the 90’s and then picked up and continued to this day by North American label Waveform. artist: […]

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Solar Fields

While the often superb Fahrenheit Project compilations best define France’s Ultimae Records overall, Magnus Birgersson aka Solar Fields is one of the individual artists who stands out …his specialty is the panoramic ambient trance and new-school spacemusic the label is famous for, and there’s a picturesque quality to his music that is distinctively his own. […]

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Sola Rosa

Some of the best sample-laden electronic downtempo is in fact made by musicians with backgrounds in live performance playing instruments like the guitar, piano and drums. They supplement their sampled sources with live playing and a natural musician’s instinct for how things fit together. The first two albums from gifted New Zealander Andrew Spraggon aka […]

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Slow Mo (series)

Sitting on the downtempo end of the Stereo Deluxe label’s nu lounge spectrum are the three stellar albums of the Slow Mo series (1998-2002). These various-artists collections set an exceptional standard in the realm of jazz, dub and hip hop-influenced instrumentals, on par with Crammed Discs’ classic Freezone compilations. series: Slow Mo country of origin: […]

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