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Future Beat Alliance – Earth Message
10th June, 2010 | 170 views

A track from Matthew Puffet’s unreleased ‘Hidden Emotion’ album on Void Records.

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Louis Haiman – Outpost
7th June, 2010 | 181 views

A rich electronic vista from a producer who releases material sparingly.

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D5 – Floatation Tank
15th September, 2009 | 158 views

A welcome re-release for this track which was getting nigh on impossible to find – a techno soundscape for the head and reason to shuffle on the dancefloor.

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Trademark – Tropic Of Capricorn / South Central
9th September, 2009 | 136 views

New electronic label with big plans, big artists and a big release schedule ahead… support the artists and buy new music.

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DJ Mix: On Earth – 110 Life
13th January, 2009 | 325 views

An ambient mixtape with a few more livelier tracks weaved in and throughout. A few unknown track IDs remaining; are you ambient enough?

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Aphex Twin – We Are The Music Makers
25th November, 2008 | 462 views

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Continuing with the Aphex Twin, his own work this time. My favourite track from Selected Ambient Works 85-92; the spongy, slightly squelchy bass and the sample of Gene Wilder from Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

We are the music makers
And we are the dreamers of dreams

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Shiver – Future World
3rd November, 2008 | 447 views

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Berwick Street in Soho has always been home to a few shops for vinyl junkies even if the area as a whole has seen a decline in their number; I was there recently and noticed the building at the end of the street had been demolished. This was the former location of the Ambient Soho music shop although it had ceased trading at that actual spot some years previously and it was also where I got this release. Colin Dale pushed this track on his Kiss 100 show and, if I recall correctly, mentioned that Ambient Soho as one place to get it, so off there I went. The bassline and beats have been lifted from Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do), another track that is also a personal favourite of mine but transformed here into a mellow electronica excursion by Erik Van Den Broek.

Welcome to my future world

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Music that is more for the head and heart than purely for the feet but a skilled jock on the wheels of steel could throw this down and slip it in to deliver relief from a sustained period of battering by other beats. A track that epitomised a different direction to the majority of electronic music in the early nineties and The Black Dog were better equipped than many to lead the way into this uncharted territory. A contemplative and uplifting tune that I never tire of, even after repeated listens.

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Autechre – Slip
7th October, 2008 | 191 views

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This is by far the most outstanding track on the album Amber, which was one of the main reasons that I bought it (along with the photo used as the album cover) although on first listens, the quality across the whole album can seem a little patchy. I recall reading somewhere that the location for the photo is somewhere in Turkey, unsure if the colour of the sand is pink or it’s due to the way the sunlight is falling upon it, possibly a combination of the two; anyhow looks like a peaceful place to spend some time. I’ve listened to the album a couple of times since writing this post and it’s growing on me; certain sounds and the way some of the tracks are constructed remind me of Richard H. Kirk’s album The Number Of Magic, which was also released by Warp shortly after this album in ’95. Got the album when it came out and, like most pieces of music, they evoke memories of that time – Blackheath, South London, living with my mate Andy, lying on the couch, smoke curling towards the ceiling…

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Revelation – Resurgan
9th June, 2008 | 171 views

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Kiss 100 was a pirate radio station in London that got a legitimate licence in September 1990. It must have acquired a very strong transmitter as I could tune in, way out in the hinterland that was rural Essex. For me it was the right station at the right time as I had just got turned on to electronic dance music so this fed my interest. At 9pm each weeknight, they broadcast a specialist show and I always tried to record Steve Jackson (called ‘The House That Jack Built’) and Danny Rampling’s broadcasts. I then listened to them again on the bus into school the next day, making a note of the releases that I wanted. Most of these stayed on a growing list for years as I had no income save a paper round and pocket money which would have been swallowed up by the purchase of just a couple of import twelves! Steve Jackson played a lot of US deep house whereas Danny Rampling (remember this is in 1990) showcased a more European flavour and played a lot of Italian house/deep house releases.

I remember Steve Jackson playing this release and to me this seemed the natural progression of dance music and why it was the music of the moment as it continued where bands like Tangerine Dream and Jean-Michel Jarre had left off in the eighties. They had been my first introduction to electronic music and although their earlier material is still relevant and fresh sounding to me, by the late eighties it had sounded increasingly irrelevant. The track Resurgan is probably the least explicitly dance-orientated track on the release hence my categorisation; I find it mesmerising, even now, eighteen years after it was released.

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Axiotronic – Stitch In Time
10th May, 2008 | 96 views

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The little story behind discovering this equisite piece of electronic music is by listening in to Alucidnation’s Eclectronica show on Chill DAB Radio (also available as a live stream and has a ‘listen again’ facility of past shows to download). I’ve been following his output for some time since his Induction album, anyhow, he’s got good taste and his show is worth checking out for varied tempos and vibes; he played this track a few weeks ago. I love the sheer happiness and hope that springs from these computer generated sounds, the perfect accompaniment to a carefree day when the sun is shining and it feels like everything’s gonna be alright.

Naturally, I had to get the album that this track is from and it’s dreamy melodies entrance from start to finish.

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