Halllllloooooo. SO MUCH MUSIC ALWAYS.
VA - Styles for Relaxation
"An important note: this was not designed to promote a brand or represent any sort of scene or movement. It is released without a label and exists solely for fun and mood-inspiration." This is a four-hour, double-cassette release that features music from some 20+ artists, and I won't lie, not all of it is perfect! But tracks from Body-San, Aquarium and Raica are all superb, as you might expect. Dig in and float on.
Futuro Antico - Isole Del Suono
The opening track here, all 20 minutes of it, is a delight. It starts with whispering, vaporous entities, before moving into more defined territory, wild flute and percussion joining electronic synthesis in terrestrial harmony. The remaining tracks are more direct summations of this approach, but the opener is the killer for me. Hard to believe it's from 1980. No download, sadly, but you can buy the LP here.
Tsunxmi - Shrouded in Light
This one is a series of very simple, wavering electronic tones, gauzy ambience that feels like tweet Boards of Canada. Auditory self-care right here.
Andrew Pekler - Tristes Tropiques
I should really have played this on my show but two hours really flies by. Another stellar release on Jan Jelenik's Faitiche, it's a huge array of sonic quirks, the soundtrack to an enthusiastic mind. While a lot of it is abstract and bleepy, 'A Savage Topography' manages to sound like Joe (43).
Maria w Horn - Minutiae
This is a superb live show that was recorded at Norbergfestival, which takes place in an old mining facility in Sweden. Suitably, it's heavy with dank dread.
Daniel Klag - Dreams of Northern Ireland
The Stadiums & Shrines Dreams series asks artists to compose a piece of music inspired by a collage. This one is inspired by a really amazing portrait of Northern Ireland (see above, click the image to see the full artwork). It reminds me of the many levels of Delphi in Greece, and foregrounds the majestic Giant's Causeway. At four minutes, this plaintive piece is far too short, but it's beautiful nonetheless.
mix for sisters #25 - Space Jam
Damn. I listen to sad music when I'm happy, and this is just spiralling into full-on despair. Space Jam is Stephanie Neptune from New York, Truants fam and host on The Lot with Archie P's Kroba. Here she plays "a contemplative, ambient mix for dark and confusing times". There's an ambient number that uses the well worn "deep into the sounds of house" quote, which is jarringly beautiful, as well as BC faves Talbot Fade and Kara-Lis Coverdale. I'm still not over that Unsound performance.
Truancy Volume 163: Valentino Mora & Amila
I haven't included a Truancy Volume in some time but this one is so special. Ninety minutes of deep house, in the best possible style. Sprinkles and Ron Trent are the major touchpoints, with the vibe stretched across eras. Tracks from this year sit next to 90s tracks yet fit perfectly.
gadget and the cloud — 3600 Seconds
This is a neat track, it feels like it could be a rave anthem yet drifts off into beautiful ambience. There's lots going on, from train reverb to glistening melodies, but this drifts by rather than overwhelming. Gadget is a Cork-based producer named Kelly, she's cool.
Plebeian/Deflector Tour Split
New York's Pləbeian and Deflector team up for this tape of gnarly rave bangers. The first side is largely cheeky and wonky house, tongue-in-cheek party jams. The second goes ham, as the Embalming Lately really ramps up the tempo and cranks out the noise.
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