There's so much out today I feel guilty for not including it all in here, but there's only so much space you know.
Yamaneko - Spa Commissions
Right at the top we have a new digital release from Yamaneko called Spa Commissions. That title is no joke - it's music he made on commission to be played at a spa. Following the Pixel Healing Spa mix made to coincide with the release of his debut album, it fits in with his character and his musical trajectory. The music is simply beautiful. I listened to it on an early flight to Lisbon last month and it was soothing and emotive. From the deep yearning of 'Sleep Navigator' to the intangible bounce of 'Glacial Healing Aid', the other-worldly and enriching elegance of 'Lily's Dream Fountain' to the rolling shimmers of 'Flower Garden (Night)', it's just a perfect body of work.
Valiska - On Pause
I believe it was Krzyzis who tweeted this into my life. Valiska is a Canadian producer whose work here is not unlike that of Ian William Craig. Imagine deeply heartfelt ambient sounds riven with catastrophe and heart-wrenching wails and oohs, that just about sums it up, in the most reductive of fashions. Dive in and wet your cheeks.
r beny - cascade symmetry
I followed Valiska above and he tweeted this one. It's similarly beautiful but much less mournful. Rumbling drones and decaying feedback, blissful ambient wash and reverbed organ sounds, it's not earth-shattering but it's better than most releases of its ilk.
VA - Trash n' Tantrum (worldwide circuit bending compilation) vol II (A NEW HAI)
It's a worldwide circuit-bending compilation. What else is there? Noise, squeaks, fuzz, found sound, it's a dizzying and numbing melange of nature and electronics. Oh and plenty of bleeps and whirrs and crashes.
Pauline Anna Strom - Morning Splendor
The new release from ReRVNG is simply masterful. It's a collection of music made during the 1980s by Pauline Anna Strom. A "loner and heretic" in her youth, she found her way to Northern California in the 1970s. She was drawn to synth music and started to build her own collection, experimenting with and communicating through these machines in her own unique way. RVNG have selected 80 minutes of choice pieces from her catalogue, beautiful "new age" music that exists outside of time. What's more, some of the proceeds from this album's sales will be donated to BookShare, an online library for people with print disabilities, as part of the label's work in supporting non-profits and charities. This is quite a big blurb. This track is floral, heavy, dainty and gorgeous.
ANBA - Removed Bliss
Here we have a four-track selection from Egyptian label ANBA. The music moves from wide-eyed electronic vistas to dark and crisp club tracks, dank, subterranean beats and searing screeds over thumping rhythms.
Afrikan Sciences - Have It Tall (order)
Hey, this one is a vibe. Gurgling bass, chippy bleeps, furious handheld percussion. Afrikan Sciences throws all this together and makes it sound perfectly natural, to his credit.
Oslated Mix Episode 74 - Lynne
Japanese DJ Lynne throws down an hour of dark, dark stuff, from harrowing ~ambient~ to slow and rolling techno that's a hair's breadth away from flipping into frantic dnb. Masterfully drawn together, it's real end-of-the-world music.
Percival Pembroke - Music For Shin Megami Tensei Dungeon
I believe Shin Megami Tensei Dungeon is a video game, but this feels more like music for contemplation overlooking valleys and snowy mountaintops. Every time Percival Pembroke pops up after I stop paying attention I'm utterly wowed by what he does.
Guitar trio excerpt version. Liew Niyomkarn Arvind Ganga, Josue Amador
This is a deep and gnarly jam that's probably unlike any other guitar trio you've heard lately. Scuzzy noise, delicate picks, squawking scratches and raking feedback, it's true improv, wild and free.
Have a nice weekend. Ibiza Trance Special II coming this Sunday on DDR, with more of your 90s favourites alongside some unexpected gems.