Category Archives: Reviews – U-V

Vibrasphere

It’s a bit odd to think of Swedish duo Vibrasphere – now disbanded – as having helped write the book on dubby psychedelic chillout, given that their first full downtempo album didn’t appear until seven years into their recording career. Yet I can’t think of any other act in the 2000’s which set standards higher […]

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Urbs

Despite the oft repeated comment that they sound “groovy”, many 60’s and 70’s Euro film soundtracks have an unmistakable air of mystery and melancholy about them. Austrian DJ-composer Paul Nawrata aka Urbs uses these qualities to his advantage on this outstanding instrumental opus, the only album of original compositions under the Urbs name that he […]

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Upper Astral

These marvellous artefacts of early American new age music are the work of three Californian musicians who recorded in different permutations under the name Upper Astral…multi-instrumentalists David Storrs, David Naegele and Robert Slap. Listening to Upper Astral’s music now, the range of styles and sometimes progressive and experimental nature of the music is surprising. artist: […]

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Ultimae Records

Some of the label’s music is quite danceable, certainly, but nearly always with the enveloping ambience of psychedelic spacemusic in all its intriguing shades and colours. Liquid sounds and epic panoramas are what Ultimae does best, beginning on the trance and techno axis and spiralling out from there into other genres and into spaces we […]

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Vidna Obmana

In the more muted, introspective and minimalist lands of old-school ambient, Vidna Obmana is a presence to be reckoned with. If you like the cerebral electro-acoustic soundscapes of American artists like Steve Roach and Robert Rich, Vidna Obmana albums have a similar appeal. The music traverses industrial noise, lovely Eno-esque minimalism, environmental music, dark tribal […]

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Vangelis

Beyond a few tunes played on the radio, relatively few people are aware of Vangelis’ extensive recorded legacy or his considerable influence on ambient, soundtrack and new age music. The Greek-born artist has always trodden his own path; idiosyncratic and restless, his recorded output varies widely in both style and quality. artist: Vangelis country of […]

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