Category Archives: Reviews

Ambient Music Guide’s Best Albums of 2014

Reviewed by Mike G, December 31, 2014 Best New Albums Sinepearl – Cycles Within Cycles Within (Interchill) Swedish artist Björn Ekegren aka Sinepearl has released three albums to date; all of them are distinctive but he’s reached something of an apogee on this, his third release. This one comes to us from Canada’s much respected Interchill […]

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Ambient Music Guide’s Best Albums of 2015

Reviewed by Mike G, January 7th 2016 Reviews Index: Best New Albums Abakus – The Beginning/Dreamer e.p. (Modus Recordings) Ascendant – Ætheral Code (Synphaera Records) Alan Brown – Silent Observer (alanbrown.co.nz) Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana – Holographic Codex (Projekt Records) Another Fine Day – A Good Place to Be (Interchill Records) Alpha Wave Movement […]

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Zoviet France

The UK collective Zoviet France is a strong contender for the ultimate cult electronic band. Anonymous, uncompromising, wryly humorous and famously fond of weird album packaging, the band has grown a loyal and obsessive fan base since the original lineup made their recorded debut in 1982. artist: Zoviet France country of origin: UK style(s): Industrial […]

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Zero 7

Beneath the restrained delivery and surface polish, Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker’s songs and instrumentals show a talent for harmonic progression that’s consistently impressive and occasionally jaw-dropping. Simple Things (2001) and When It Falls (2004) are Zero 7’s first two albums, and they remain the band’s finest releases. artist: Zero 7 country of origin: UK […]

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Zen Connection (series)

Zen Connection’s blend of spicy world melodies, trippy breaks, hazy dub and new age prettiness unquestionably echoes the more famous Buddha Bar albums but is a better proposition all round. The Zen series is more adventurous and relies less on the slick soft pop and Latin clichés that its overpriced, better-known French cousin too often […]

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Xerxes

Xerxes is the ambient pop and downtempo beats project of Norwegian electronic composer Klaus Lunde…although he has only ever released one proper, cohesive full-length solo album, The Mirror Formula (2006) sets a standard that is exceptionally high. artist: Xerxes country of origin: Norway style(s): Ambient pop, chillout, psyambient, cinematic decades active: 00’s – 10’s essential […]

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Woob

The atmospheric electronica of Woob is cinema of the mind with few peers: cerebral, musical, vivid and emotional. In particular, the first two Woob albums – released in on the legendary UK ambient label Emit Records – are among the most refined, subtle and innovative examples of the meeting between electronics and live instrument sampling […]

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George Winston

Probably the best known of all the “new age” pianists active in the 80’s and 90’s, George Winston sold millions of records during this period with relatively little media hype. His music has been described as impressionistic, folk, blues, jazz and any number of other terms. Winston himself prefers ‘folk piano’. artist: George Winston country […]

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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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