Wednesday, 12 June 2013

City Flickers, Quivion Mix 18

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This dark and incredibly atmospheric mix by Quivion blends a collection of experimental, ambient, techno and electronic genres together.

Featuring tracks from the Blade Runner Soundtrack, Andy Stott, Pole and Teleferick among others. This is a great mix and well worth checking out for anyone who is a fan of dark experimental and ambient genres.

I have listened to it multiple times now and I am yet to get sick of it. It is especially enjoyable at night, in a dark room with headphones. You can check it out for yourself over on MixCloud.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Ruis - Sonmi 451

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Image courtesy of Slaapwel Records.

Since 2005, Belgian artist Bernard Zwijzen has adopted the name Sonmi451 when releasing his music under various record labels.

Originating in David Mitchell's Cloud Altas, Sonmi451 is the name belonging to a Slave robot from a distant future.

Bernard manages to beautifully blend minimal, soundscape-laden atmospheric electronics together to create something that I can only describe as totally unique.

You should check out his limited edition album titled Ruis over at Bandcamp, or his free EP, The Quiet EP.

Friday, 7 June 2013

††† (Crosses)

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Crosses are an electronic/alternative group from Sacramento, US with Deftones front man Chino Moreno and Far members Shaun Lopez and Scott Chuck.

Since forming in 2010 they have released two EPs, EP† and EP††. Blending electronic and alternative genres, as well as adding Chino's harmonious vocals just frames their music perfectly, creating a sound that I really love.

They are worth checking out for anyone already interested in either band and also for anyone interested in similar genres/sounds from the 80s.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

An Ambient Kind of Experience

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This is a playlist of some of my favourite tracks from the ambient, drone and soundcape genres. They sounded great together so I decided to share.

The playlist includes tracks from Belgian artist Sonmi451, Marsen Jules and Pie Are Squared. It took me longer than expected to get the tracks fitting perfectly together, but it works and the feedback have been great.

You can check it out here and follow me if you like. I do intend to create more playlists when I get the time.

Little dragon

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Image courtesy of Little Dragon - Summertearz (Bowery Ballroom, 2011).

I have spent the past week listening (nearly constantly) to Swedish based electronic/indie pop group Little Dragon and I cannot get enough.

To date they have released three studio albums, Little Dragon 2007, Machine Dreams 2009 and Ritual Union 2011. They have also appeared on Gorillaz 2010 release Plastic Beach. They manage to perfectly combine gorgeous vocals with an electronic style that is truly unique to themselves.

I am not normally a fan of vocals in my music, but Little Dragon have completely captivated me since I started listening to them. Their track Never Never is what initially caught my attention and it's my favourite track of theirs by a mile.

Fluid Radio

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I love finding new music and resources, so when I discovered Fluid Radio, I was ecstatic. The richness in content is worth every minute of your time.

I love Fluid Radio because it focuses on a wide range of experimental music that is never really featured in popular media and is in my opinion far superior. Their philosophy is to share the creative process and the experience of inner exploration through musical expression.

It has everything from downloads, interviews, news, photography, reviews and live sessions, they even have an online store, so there is plenty to check out and explore. So check it out.

Jon Hopkins

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One of my favourite movie soundtracks (and movie) to date has to be monsters, directed by Gareth Edwards and composed by Jon Hopkins.

I was completely shocked by the movie itself, the trailer and movie title are deceptively misleading and I cannot think why or how this could have happened. I had watched it expecting a typical monster flick, but it was far from it. I later saw that someone had described it as Lost in Translation meets District 9 and I am inclined to agree, although I would say it leans strongly to the Lost In Translation side.

I was amazed by how good it was, the soundtrack repeatedly drops in at key moments in scenes and add that extra bit of emotional depth and atmosphere so much more effectively that many other movies manage.