Ambient Music Guide’s Best Albums of 2017 Mix

Mix #1: Atmospheric Grooves

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Mix #2: Sounding The Deep

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Compiled & mixed by Mike G at Rubycon Sound, Oct-Nov 2017.

My annual mix is once again in two parts. Sounding The Deep features generally beatless music, while Atmospheric Grooves is much more rhythmic.

These mixes are based on AMG's Best Albums Of 2017 reviews, and tracks from most of the reviewed albums are featured.

ATMOSPHERIC GROOVES

Starting with a gorgeous Si Mathews lullaby, we dive into 140 minutes of multi-coloured groove. The mix snakes it way through seductive downtempo shades of exotic breaks, lounge, dub, techno and trance including Bonobo, Irresistible Force and Carbon Based Lifeforms, before a final 30-minute serve of electronica epics featuring Sasha, L.S.G, Mystical Sun and Jean-Michel Jarre.

TRACKLIST

start time/artist/track/album/label

00:00 - A New Star In The Night Sky (edit) by Si Matthews | Aurora (Txt/Bandcamp)
05:38 - Vapor by L.S.G. | Double Vision (Bonzai Progressive)
14:45 - Late Night Dawn by Animat | How To Be A Shadow (Disco Gecko)
19:41 - Kerala by Bonobo | Migration (Ninja Tune)
23:00 - Call It Music by Irresistible Force | Kira Kira (Liquid Sound Design)
29:03 - Om Shanti by Alice Coltrane | The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane (Luaka Bop)
36:01 - Deep Bass 9 by Autrax | Rechauffe (Carpe Sonum)
41:37 - Fast Dive by Crisopa | CRISOPA – Transhumante (Sound In Silence)
45:34 - Reconstruction of Function by One Arc Degree | Cosmos In Flux (Synphaera)
52:05 - Star Station Earth (100th Monkey remix) by Banco De Gaia | Big Men Cry (1997, reissue by Disco Gecko)
59:30 - Celestine (edit) by Banco De Gaia | Big Men Cry (1997, reissue by Disco Gecko)
1:07:00 - Ambitronic II by Thomas Lemmer | Ambitronic (Sine Music)
1:12:40 - Return To The River Ganges (dub mix) by Dub Trees | Celtic Vedic In Dub (Liquid Sound Design)
1:19:18 - Tungsten by Autumn of Communion | Metal (Txt/Bandcamp)
1:27:46 - Somersault by Sounds From The Ground | Native Soul (Upstream Records)
1:33:33 - Everything We Touch Turns To Dust by Ghost | Everything We Touch Turns Into Dust (n5md)
1:38:01 - Cantorum by Penguin Cafe | The Imperfect Sea (Erased Tapes Records)
1:45:09 - Nattväsen by Carbon Based Lifeforms | Derelicts (Leftfield Records/Blood Music)
1:50:41 - Xpander (live) by Sasha | Refracted: Live at the Barbican (Late Night Tales)
2:00:22 - Altitude One (edit) by Mystical Sun | Altitude (mysticalsun.com)
2:05:21 - Belfunk (live) by Sasha | Refracted: Live at the Barbican (Late Night Tales)
2:09:59 - Little Wing by L.S.G. | Double Vision (Bonzai Progressive)
2:10:49 - Aviation by L.S.G. | Double Vision (Bonzai Progressive)
2:17:09 - Oxygene part 17 by Jean-Michel Jarre | Oxygene 3 (Columbia)
2:21:07 - end

SOUNDING THE DEEP

140 minutes of bliss. This is the 2nd of my two Best Albums Of 2017 mixes and spotlights some of 2017's quietest and most awe-inspiring moments in ambient. Subtle psychedelia and beatless reveries for expanding minds by Bonobo, Ishq, bvdub, Alice Coltrane, Kevin Braheny and more.

TRACKLIST

start time/artist/track/album/label

00:00 - The Natural Shape Of The Blue by Olivia Summer | Landings (I Low You Records)
04:42 - Journey To Satchidananda by Alice Coltrane | The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane (Luaka Bop)
11:07 - Grace and Lightness by Channelers | Slow Leaf Spell (Inner Islands)
14:48 - Autumn Wind by Hirotaka Shirotsubaki | Wet Petals (Naviar)
20:20 - Another Place by Gaussian Curve | The Distance (Music From Memory)
24:22 -The Failed Experiment of Consciousness by David Franklin | Songs of Potential Embrace (davidfranklin.com)
28:58 - Biosymmetry in Aquatic Light (edit) by Ishq | Aquaphonics (Virtual)
38:32 - Discover by Mantaray | Numinous Island (1995, reissue by Demon Tea Recordings)
42:35 - Second Sun by Bonobo |Migration (Ninja Tune)
46:40 - Dissolve by Simon O'Reilly | Evolve (Bandcamp/CD Baby)
50:10 - Anthoe by Olan Mill | Orient (Hidden Vibes)
53:55 - On Deaf Hearts Your Prayers They Fall by bvdub | Epilogues For The End Of The Sky (Glacial Movements)
1:02:01 - Lunatics by Omrr | Devils For My Darling (Dronarivm)
1:06:05 - Give Blood (Introit) by James Murray | Floods Returned (Slowcraft)
1:10:35 - I Affirm All That Is Good by Anaamaly |  Urban Metta vol. 2 (Anaamaly.com)
1:16:22 - High Vibration by Alex Crispin | Idle Worship (Sounds of the Dawn)
1:22:29 - Lullaby (edit) by Kevin Braheny | Lullaby for the Hearts Of Space (1980, reissue by Hearts Of Space)
1:31:11 - Lost in the Ergosphere by Lingua Lustra | Ice Age (Silent Records)
1:36:40 - Zero-Crossing by Ascendant | Particle Horizon (Synphaera)
1:42:10 - Sea of Leaves by Inner Travels | Sea of Leaves (Inner Islands)
1:49:40 - Scrubber by Mano Milonakis | Festen (Moderna)
1:54:28 - Festen Theme by Mano Milonakis | Festen (Moderna)
1:56:42 - Geometry In Her Eyes by Yoyu | Ordinary Moon (Archives)
2:01:40 - Silent Pool by Crystal Moon | Temple (1997, reissue by Txt/Virtual)
2:10:06 - Return of the Lost At Sea by My Silent Wake | Invitation To Imperfection (Opa Loka Records)
2:14:05 - Woodmen's Story by Stacxk | Water Stories (stacxk.com)
2:20:30 - end

 

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