Arno Vancolen – 6 Fragments – EPMmusic

The soaring elevation of Venus Loop Revisité which begins this album from Arno Vancolen is a statement of intent. The blur of fuzzy guitar, throbbing drums alongside the chiming, repetition of keys all capture your thought processes in exhilarating ways. The pulse of memory is then revisited on the retrospective rhythms of Theme 4 which again devastates via its use of intense, provocative instrumentation. Long playing notable music should also be about contrast and the sublime Itta plunges depths in searching, probing ways as does the equally engrossing, lonely strum of the title track itself. The compelling positivity of Dances references 1970’s minimalism in perfect ways sketching the word smile upon your face. Leaving the completing motorik beat of Theme 3 to ingrain the sensation into your consciousness filling the void with an imaginative reflection of the past.

Release: November 13

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Created by French artist, Julien Brunet: https://burnbrunet.com

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Brian Eno – Film Music 1976 – 2020 – UMC

Strange that I’d never really thought of Brian Eno in terms of defining timelines, although of course history plays a very big part in his existence. That attachment is all the more ready as this selection of his work for film and television is collated here (including seven unreleased numbers) between 1976-2020. Eno’s music has always been about evocation and picture forming which is most apt here. In ways it seems slightly odd however that your thoughts are guided by a title of a moving picture rather than what’s created by your own imagination, as so often occurs through experiencing his overlapping electronics. The list of directors and accompanying works are never less than impressive too from David Lynch to Derek Jarman to Danny Boyle, plus a host of other significant names. This is very much the sound of an artist fully-fledged embracing traditional elements of piano, guitar and even Bono’s voice on the hauntingly beautiful Passengers – Beach Sequence (from Beyond The Clouds). Likewise is the treatment of the studio and its abundance of creatively charged effects as a radical instrument in itself, which he has shaped full of the future. The music is wide and varied, touching upon a wealth of influences, caressing the sumptuous just as it does the more introspective as you will witness on – An Ending (Ascent). Which is also perfect.

Release: November 13

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Steve Hadfield – Displacement Activity Vol. 3 – See Blue Audio

The third instalment in the series of timely disruptions from Steve Hadfield reflects the time we live in as all good Art could and should. Saying something without the use of words may seem daunting but in the hands of creative minds that doesn’t seem to be a barrier to good intention, much as is the case on Vol.3. Where this album continues the theme from previous editions is in its evolution of musical attainment, encompassing grainy ambient resolution alongside a flair of warmer, more expectant instrumentation playing out as a prospect of hope, listen to the captivating Blossom Is a Vector. You may well prefer the melancholy, introspective swathes on offer such as the opening Refection or the more brutal landscapes found at Liminal Night Feeds but listening as a whole you can’t escape the feeling of expanding ideas plus forward motion. Which of course leads onto the exciting prospect of a number 4.

Release: November 6

https://stevehadfield.bandcamp.com/album/displacement-activity-vol-3

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Jonathan Kaspar – Tia EP – Ouïe Music

Cologne-based producer Jonathan Kaspar sequences the sort of sassy syncopation we could do with a lot more of on his delirious and dangerous title track. Tia is served by acidic stabs, pulsating bass plus an intoxicating whirl of electrifying synthesis, all produced for maximum effect. The funky percussion which accompanies the proceeding Bigna feels even more intense to me alongside its brutal basslines and brooding, manifest potency that almost distracters your attention from the underlying, subtle musicality at play. Finally the excellent digital exclusive: Elin has more of that carefully crafted percussion along with a captivating expanse of heavy low-end working further magic into the equation.

Release: November 6

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Cyclonix – Efeito Borboleta – Percebes Música

The music produced by John Wilcox aka Cyclonix is both rich with emotion plus fiery, percussive persuasion. The sting in the very excellent Butterfly Effect lies within its crunchy percussion, contrasted notably by the warm embrace of keys and a bag full of soul. The low-slung kicks of Gift Of A Patient Soul then detonate an altogether slinkier groove lit by swirl of heady Acid, and are neatly complimented by a moodier Sheri Vari Remix. Contrasted yet again by the almost unfeasibly fast Warm As Hoth which revisits the bounce of early 90’s Rave via cut-up keys and voices.

Release: November 6

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Kit Grill – Ride – Primary Colours

Listening to Ride causes a strange dilemma. One on hand you reach out for those time defining albums from the early eighties (for me that begins with The Cure’s, Seventeen Seconds) which altered how guitars and synthesizers intertwined. Yet on the other you simply relish revisiting the influence of these sounds as they still resound magnificently. Of course it would be lazy to not to dig further especially given the beautifully captured waves of emotion rushing through each of the numbers. There’s an innate quality which chimes with melancholy created via these particular electronic instruments and you can hear the echo of various bands which have influenced the thinking here. But again that doesn’t detract from the here and now. The opening, Night strikes at the heart of it all with brushes of seemingly lonely atmosphere offset by the pulse of indiscriminate melody. While the positive strive of Forward sets pulses racing elevating what is once again possible through this timeless medium. Indeed, it’s quite remarkable the sheer extent, the width and scale of notes, moods and colour found, that are then succinctly celebrated by Kit Grill.

Release: November 6

https://kitgrill.bandcamp.com/album/ride

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Bedouin & Santiago Garcia – Bay of Skaill – Human By Default

It’s easy to get caught up in the waft of dispensable that passes for danceable at times. Then you listen to something like Bedouin and Santiago Garcia’s remix of the emotive vocals from The Magnetic North’s, Bay of Skaill. And swoon. Music is meant to about reaching depths or heights of what it is to be human and this tastefully crafted, probing production does both seemingly at once. Driven by the punch of deep drums and bass a loose configuration of sounds gather around a unique blend of cinematic guitar, alongside the wired and definitely wonderful. Then the voice…

Release: November 6

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https://www.humanbydefault.us/

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Foam and Sand – circles inside a circle – Modularfield

Proposing melody which doesn’t always chime this collection of four numbers from L.A based Foam and Sand dance around like there’s no tomorrow – who knows, perhaps there isn’t. Overlapping rhythms, hints of voice and weighty synthesizers create a unique series of process’s that are all at one heart-warming yet in resounding, slightly nervous ways. The joyous resolution found in the warm, heavenly expanse of circle 14 is also more than special. Artworks by Loredana Lupu complete the EP.

Release: October 30

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https://foamandsand.bandcamp.com

https://modularfield.io

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CHIHEI HATAKEYAMA & DIRK SERRIES – Black Frost – Glacial Movements

Four imaginations of sound occupy the space of Black Forest. A sometimes lonely existence that eloquently unfolds revealing a more open, rustic landscape. Drawing you in like a flame as embers disassociate and re-join lost memory in serene, almost spiritual ways. You get that strange sensation that in amongst all the intense waves of motion that something beautiful is escaping into your arms. All of which are simple thoughts received when listening to this joint venture of CHIHEI HATAKEYAMA & DIRK SERRIES, following on from their equally telling debut, The Storm Of Silence. There is of course an ambience to this but then again perhaps the longevity it strives for suggests Classical might be more of an appropriate word.

Release: October 30

https://glacialmovements.bandcamp.com/album/black-frost

http://www.chihei.org/

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Daniel Maunick – Musica Encantada EP – Far Out Recordings

I guess the singular thread spun throughout each of these productions is that of life assuring, soulful intensity. That, plus the heavy-duty amount of funk ingrained into each of the four numbers. Excitement drips from every pour of Daniel Maunick’s, Hurt Feelings as the rush of energised percussion plus deep bass start this new EP with a definite bang. The drums provide an array of intricate patterns while the instrumentation plays like it means it. A Chance To See Again sequences the distinct flair of Detroit next, with the succinctly irresistible Africana playing like a drummers paradise in Latin. The self-explanatory Black Magic (vinyl only) completes care of punchy piano alongside more hot, rolling grooves compacted by that signature intensity.

Release: October 23

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