The Ambient Music Guide blog

Reviews of new stuff I like + posts on random other music topics.

REVIEW: Global Communication ‘Transmissions’ box set

GLOBAL COMMUNICATION Transmissions (3CD set, Dedicated/Evolution) Global Communication is the duo of British composer-producer-DJ’s Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton. Both are still active today but it was during the 1990’s they recorded as GC, creating three albums of original and semi-original material. They’re still best known for the classic 76’14 (1994), one of the most […]

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Follow AMG on Soundcloud

I’ve recently re-joined Soundcloud and uploaded my entire mix archive for streaming. This will be the main platform for all my mixes from now on, and the AMG Podcast mixes will also continue in their current form. I am no longer using the previous platform. I hope you’ll find Soundcloud a decent alternative. Please head over […]

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REVIEW: Kompakt’s ‘Velvet Desert Music vol. 2’

VARIOUS ARTISTS Velvet Desert Music vol. 2 (Kompakt) This is a marvel. German musician/producer/selector Jörg Burger’s second Velvet Desert Music compilation for Cologne’s Kompakt label serves up warm, groovy, atmospheric electronica of startling freshness. The exclusive and mostly instrumental tracks by artists from France, England, Mexico and Germany – including Jorg himself – were commissioned […]

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REVIEW: ‘After Today’ by Gregory Paul Mineeff

GREGORY PAUL MINEEFF After Today (Cosmicleaf) Australian artist Gregory Paul Mineeff’s fine new album sees the Greece-based Cosmicleaf label taking another successful departure from the psychedelic downtempo beats it’s best known for. The often beatless After Today is awash in electric piano lines, meshed with minimalist synth pads and textures and some weird phrasing using […]

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Best Albums of 2019: Wanderwelle & Bandhagens Musikförening ‘Victory Over The Sun’

WANDERWELLE & BANDHAGENS MUSIKFÖRENING Victory Over The Sun (Semantica) An eerie historical account of weird shit happening in the skies above Basel, Switzerland in 1566 is the inspiration for this dark and powerfully evocative blend of cinematic ambient and atmospheric techno. Dutch duo Wanderwelle were responsible for last year’s Polynesian ambient techno delight Gathering Of […]

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Best Albums of 2019: Silent Records

VARIOUS ARTISTS Tonic Immobility: From Here to Tranquility vol. 11 (Silent Records) LINGUA LUSTRA Red Shift (Silent Records) Rebooted in 2016 by founder Kim Cascone after a 20 year break, San Francisco’s Silent Records these days is very much about the psychoactive drone music and experimental noisescapes that its academically-trained founder has been immersed in […]

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Best Albums of 2019: Various Artists ‘Cosmic Duality’

VARIOUS ARTISTS Cosmic Duality (Synchronos Recordings) From San Francisco’s Synchronos label comes this fine sampling of the kind of downtempo instrumentals you’ll hear on the better chill stages at psytrance and electronica festivals. New tunes, and good ones, doused in multi-coloured tones, layered and trippy arpeggios and lots of head-nodding grooves. Dub is the cornerstone […]

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Best Albums of 2019: Fantasy Enhancing

URBAN MEDITATION Currents of Space (Fantasy Enhancing) SVEN KÖSSLER & SI MATTHEWS A Constant State Of Flow (Fantasy Enhancing) MOSS GARDEN Understanding Holy Ghosts (2013, reissue on Fantasy Enhancing) Fantasy Enhancing is one several fabulous new labels recently birthed by the respected – and apparently inexhaustible – Brit electronic producer/composer Lee Norris, his other current […]

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Best Albums of 2019: Sven Laux & Daniela Orvin ‘The Writings’

SVEN LAUX AND DANIELA ORVIN The Writings (Dronarivm) From the Moscow-based Dronarivm label comes this first-time collaboration between two Berlin-based artists, an exceptional quality hybrid of modern classical and droney electronica. The Writings is very cinematic at times with piano figures set against hovering strings in a way that echoes Thomas Newman. At other times […]

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Best Albums of 2019: Motionfield ‘A Clear Horizon’ and ‘Signals’

MOTIONFIELD A Clear Horizon (Txt Recordings) Signals (Neotantra) Swedish composer Petter Friberg’s contributions to ambient as Motionfield include the towering Luftrum (2015), a slow-motion masterpiece of lush, oceanic, IDM-inflected chillout. After that album he made a few more that commendably took a somewhat different direction, seemingly ignoring any pressure for more of the same. Now […]

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