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DR - Convolution Reverb
Oh my this is so dreamy. This week's ambient wonder is an album that features 12 untitled tracks that offer one single tone after another, undulating softly, barely noticeable swells carrying the music along. Wonderfully calming.
Peter Van Hoesen - Terrene
Terrene was composed to match a visual installation by Dutch artist Heleen Blanken. This was "a construction depicting the myriad interactions between geological structures and the earth’s atmosphere", which "reimagines the friction felt by the changing perception of what we find natural or artificial in our world". The music is a counterpoint to Convolution Reverb above, an unsettled edge permeating the work.
Sandunes - DOWNSTREAM
Sandunes is a Mumbai-based musician and this is a funky collection of instrumental hip-hop beats. Lazy sun-drenched lounge music with a kick.
El Mahdy Jr. - Die Before You Die - MIXTAPE
This was the first thing I listened to on Wednesday morning when I got to work (after listening to Kendrick, Kanye, Gong Bath and DJ Richard on the way in). It felt calming and energising, a really amazing tread through different sounds and worlds. Humbling.
Beta Librae - Sea Dune
I'm used to Beta Librae making bangers, but this foggy beauty is coming soon on Chicago's Lillerne Tapes. We'll have to wait and see what the rest of the release is like but I have high hopes.
PTP x NTS (w/ Geng & Dis Fig) | 17 October 2016
As you can see, this is a few weeks old, but I waited until I was in the right state of mind to listen to it. That state of mind came yesterday. It's a hugely varied pair of mixes that feature brash moments of horrid noise, Chinese folk singing, shamanistic rock and even plaintive pop guitar.
IMA - IMA
I don't usually like to share snippet previews but these work as tracks on their own, I think. IMA is a duo made up of two artists, Amma Ateria (electronics) and Nava Dunkelman (percussion). Reversed whispers, chilling bells, droning patterns, these tracks are equally haunting and enthralling. I'm not quite sure when or if they will be released, but these are stunning pieces to enjoy as they are.
FE102 - John Daly - Paradise
This is completely different! John Daly, who recently dropped a gorgeous autumn palette-cleanser as The Smoke Clears, returns to the floor with these bouncy tracks on his own Feel Music label. 'Paradise' is squiggly and warm, despite the Alpine vista of the release's artwork, while 'Crystal Visions' goes deep, a bit proggy almost. Lush.
Eric Cloutier - Driftwood Records Mix
I saw someone share a record from Driftwood on Facebook, a label I'd never heard of, so I googled that particular 12" and in the process came across this old mix. It's by the renowned Eric Cloutier, who proudly owns all the releases from this short-lived label, and it's beautifully deep as well as being a fitting introduction to Driftwood. An absolutely gorgeous hour that will fly by before you know it.
moon gangs - Live at TFC 05.11.16
And finally, here's a live set from Moon Gangs recorded last week at Total Refreshment Centre in London. It's really nice. Read his mum's wonderful description above there.
It feels churlish to self-promote at a time like this but I'll be on Dublin Digital Radioagain on Sunday night from 8-10pm (GMT). Listen if you can, I'll say hi.