IT'S FRIDAY. Giving this a bit of a redesign as I'm told the text is too tiny on mobile. Please let me know if looks better/worse. Huge thanks to Wonja and Tristan, I hope you enjoyed their selections as much as I did!
cétieu - MOVEMENTS
I had a conversation with a friend about how often, when it comes to ambient releases, I'm unsure whether or not anything is really any good or new or if it just uses the right tropes and presses the right buttons (figuratively or otherwise). This free release from Polish producer cétieu is delightful though. Dank and foggy, with the right amount of musty piano, it sounded great as I walked around on my lunch break yesterday. There's a lengthy interview with her here from last year.
Mnemonic45 - Live at Radio Kanal 103
Also from last year, and also emphatically good (imo, of course) is this live performance from Macedeonia 'sound explorer' Mnemonic45. It starts out in blissful fashion, but enters a phase of corrosion and slight distortion. Restrained beauty.
Pan Daijing - SEX & DISEASE
This is jarring and brash but nonetheless charming and engaging. Want that red tape.
S. English - Conscious Walk
Kinda dankish EBM-ish stuff. Heady techno vibes, lost in a murky whirlwind.
This Other Space - Pop Yard
Absolute banger on Argot that I'd missed somehow. Palms Trax played it on his always enjoyable BCR show this week.
Temple Volant - Blue Aurora
Temple Volant has released on 1080p and Speaker Footage, but this is just a nice lengthy jam he's shared on SoundCloud. Kind of hazy techno forms with ambient washes, but somehow both light and urgent.
Galcher Lustwerk at Sustain-Release Year Two
The Long Count Cycle at Sustain-Release Year Two
Follow this link and you'll find two sets from last week's Sustain-Release in New York. Galcher's is full of beautiful party bangers for about two and a half hours, then he just plays what he wants for a bit (The Weeknd, for example). TLCC (won't lie, haven't heard of them before now) keep it deeper but no less beautiful.
Lorivambe - Drumgita Solo
You should all follow Al English on Twitter. He regularly tweets what he's listening to - strange and wonderful tapes and records, with links to stream them somewhere online. He tweeted about this release from 1982 recently, and it's super. "Minimal & cyclical psychedelic sounds, performed on a drum that incorporates amplified strings."
Under A Dead Sky - Shadow Of A Dead Moon
How can the moon be dead if it is not real? Half-hour dronish ambience. Found it through a special Facebook group I joined this week. Get at me for details.
And that's it. Hope you're well. I'm tired. Happy though.