Every week I try to keep it short. Every week I go way over budget.
Silent Isle - Surrounding The Dragon
Weird gloopy electronics, inspired by acupuncture treatment for shingles.
9ine5 - Holo 0001
Found this one on Twitter — shared by Robert T Wilson, air traffic controller turned modular wiz. This guy 9ine5 made some tapes for his friends, then put it online. Somewhere between ambient and techno, in an eerie kinda way.
MHYSA - HIVEMIND
New release on NON from Mhysa, aka E. Jane from SCRAAATCH. It's a bold release that moves between foggy vocals and crisp, explosive samples and heady percussion. There's also a stark cover of No Doubt's 'Just A Girl' that's really quite striking.
VA - Ambient Archives Vol. 4
Spanish label Archives does really beautiful artwork (see above), and this four-track compilation of ambient numbers is equal to its cover. Sifting languid phrases over monotone bass, they each express their moods in quiet reflection, and then the last one goes on for some 20-odd minutes. Totally welcome, that, don't get me wrong.
Ocean Viva Silver - The Sleep In Opera
Swedish label The Sublunar Society has resurrected this fantastic piece of work from French artist/composer Valérie Vivancos. In 2002 a sleep performance took place in Copenhagen. Bizarre tales were told. Anti-snoring techniques employed. The sound of sleep was recorded, and more than a decade on, Vivancos has made this wonderful release from those recordings. Wibbling sonics, calming atmospherics and sounds that are alternately synthetic and earthy. Maybe — just maybe — it might help you sleep?
Kanye West - Fade (Gant-Man Juke Remix)
Apologies for this one. Chicago's Gant-Man jukes up 'Fade', the closing track from The Life of Pablo. It's a strange beast, built around a Larry Heard bass line and a Rare Earth vocal sample, with minimal lyrical effort. It sounds great, but it feels stuck on awkwardly at the end. This version ramps it up from slow-burn house to full-on juke tempo, adding in the 'Deep Inside' melody as well as the vocal. Huge barrels of fun.
SHM Podcast #56: "камлание" by ijinle
ijinle — ábyssos
This mix for Shimmering Moods is by ijinle, about whom I know next to nothing. The title translates (through Google) as "Rite", which is appropriate given the cold austerity of the movement. There's also this mix titled ábyssos, which features clanking church bells as well as the strangest of sounds throughout. Fascinating.
Ragnar Johnson assisted by Jessica Mayer 'Mo-Mo' (SOMA024)
A reissue forthcoming on Ideologic Organ, this is superb. Recorded in Papua New Guinea in 1976, the album showcases the sound of the magic flutes, played to make the cries of spirits. There feature examples of 10 different kinds of flute, this one the Mo-Mo, a kind of repeated shriek. A fascinating artefact.
Stella Polaris Mixtape 015 - Ena Cosovic
I was sent this by Morten Løwenstein, who's part of the Stella Polaris festival in Denmark. It's the latest mix in their series, where artists offer a silky soundbed of "downtempo" music — however they interpret that term. Here Ena Cosovic treads through lush waves of slow-groove techno, drifting into ambient and sailing home via Fit Siegel's irrepressible 'Carmine'.
HELENA CELLE - Music for Saint Valentine
HELENA CELLE - Music for Loss of Consciousness
Another double whammy here, this time a pair of tracks from Helena Celle. Two synth jams, no melody, just wonky weird sounds. One is tagged as "synthesis", the other dedicated to lonely souls. You can guess which is which.
In Stereo: Steve Hauschildt
Several years on I still find it hilarious that Boiler Room managed to get the username "platform" on SoundCloud. Anyway. Did you listen to Steve's album Where All Is Fled last year? It was spellbinding, just utterly gorgeous. This live set for BR is magical, taking in tracks from the album as well as other experiments and ideas. It has a Global Communication feel to it at points, particularly around the 20-minute mark. Sigh.