Top 10 Albums For April

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The eagerly awaited third Bluetech album on Aleph Zero – The Divine Invasion.
Three years in the making, The Divine Invasion offers an irresistible mix of spacey dubby beats, dreamy atmospheres and unique compositions.
The same irresistible mix that made the New York Times label Bluetech as ‘one of the best ambient artists’ following the release of his previous album – Sines and Singularities.

In The Divine Invasion, Bluetech, a master of downtempo electronica, goes deeper and farther into new uncharted territories. From his distinct mellow oceanic ambience, emerge playful complex sound games and subtle yet sweeping currents of emotion, amalgamating into wordless songs.
Bluetech is a master in the art of creating danceable music full of ambience and ambient music that makes you dance, as The Divine Invasion perfectly proves.
www.bluetechonline.com

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LA-based electronic musician, multimedia artist and mad scientist collector Steve Nalepa combines deep dub bass, glitchy breaks, bioacoustic atmospheres and beautiful sinewave melodies to create his patented brand of ambient glitch dub. Nalepa has produced tracks with such legends as Bill Laswell and Pharoah Sanders, worked with the LA Philharmonic, shared a bill with Amon Tobin and DJ Spooky at Walt Disney Concert Hall, rocked Flavorpill’s Friday’s Off the 405 Series at the Getty Museum and performed on The Do Lab Stage at Coachella 2007. Nalepa is one of the artists featured in Visionaire 53 SOUND which includes 100 original sound pieces by David Byrne, U2, Danger Mouse, Dan The Automator, Yoko Ono and more. Nalepa’s Flatlands project drops March 20th on 1320 Records
www.myspace.com/nalepa

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Somnia is proud to present an atmospheric and delicate journey through textural dub landscapes and machinistic techno ambience. exquisite sculptures of reverb drenched chords and clicky percussion wind and float their way through hazy electronic vistas.
Representing a palette of restrained minimalism and more beat oriented fragment of the somnia aesthetic, this 9 track album establishes p. laoss, a.k.a vakuum sounds (native state records) as a mature and thoughtful designer of intricate dub and digitalia.
Limited to 777 copies worldwide, soy inks on recycled paper, sewn and sealed in wax with incredible cover art by Ray Massini
www.somniasound.com

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A few travels Sweden to France and vice-versa; constant bandwidth; and duo H.U.V.A. Network composed an album of immersive tunes infused with oneiric trip-hop, ambient geometry’s and morning trance.
[ Ephemeris ] is a deep sonic ground swell, an album of contrasts, 10 tracks structured upon subterranean bass lines, transversal and luminous pads, crisp, crunchy beats. A mesmerising ensemble of fresh atmospheres and intense, forward driving melodies.
The inspiration for the album title comes from the artists Vincent Villuis and Magnus Birgersson’s collaboration process, determined by the patterns of encounter in time and space, the alignment of creative moods and co-ordination of life’s innate forces.
www.ultimae.com

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Nottingham-based Tom Hill shifts course from his beat-driven electronica releases on Wichita Records to sculpt an eccentric album of classical guitar and organic environmental samples for the Expanding Records label. Cracked Mirrors and Stopped Clocks opens with impending doom, as cinematic strings and spidery guitars emerge from a tunnel of noise, fading into estranged solo acoustic guitar refrains. The following Noshi is just beautiful, as Hill plays out a delicate guitar track, with the microscopic creaking of chairs and strings deliberately heightened in the mix – it has a wonderfully natural, melancholy feel and the chords are gorgeously arranged. The album fluctuates between these states, classical guitar merged with spotlessly organic creaks and clicks, all intermittently manipulated, although it’s hard to always pinpoint where the line is drawn. There are some very bizarre tracks here too, like Dissect Ephemeral, where the components mentioned above are bewildering diced and spliced, then joined by strangely filtered computerised vocal mutterings. Bizarre but definitely good. Meanwhile, perhaps a career in soundtrack beckons for Hill, The Last of Its Leaves succeeds in building a climax of foreboding strings and plucked/picked guitars, and elsewhere the track Remnants demonstrates Hill’s qualities as a sound designer – a much slower combination of wooden instruments and electronics, where every key tone, guitar string and studio technique is available for intricate inspection. If there is a negative, it’s that too many tracks are similar in their characteristic; much of Cracked Mirrors and Stopped Clocks wanders gracefully but retains a heavily fractured uniformity that can leave the listener a little detached – it’s also a little too slow in places. Still, there’s just about enough diversity here, the eerie Unknown In The Walls is a true ghost story of an effort, its spindly guitars wriggling like evil worms over a threatening, slow building cascade of sound – if they remake The Shining this should be first in the soundtrack queue. One thing’s for sure, if you fancy something a bit different then the Expanding label has come up trumps yet again.
www.origamibiro.com

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Includes Monday(Glitch Mob Remix), voted #2 in XLR8R Best Mp3s of 2008, + remixes from Heyoka, Ruxpin, Deru, Nosaj Thing, [a]pendics.shuffle, David Last, RD, RaNDom, Slidecamp, Kero, Rena Jones, Kraddy, Aerostatic and Bluetech!!!
LA-based electronic musician, multimedia artist and mad scientist collector Steve Nalepa combines deep dub bass, glitchy breaks, bioacoustic atmospheres and beautiful sinewave melodies to create his patented brand of ambient glitch dub. Nalepa has produced tracks with such legends as Bill Laswell and Pharoah Sanders, worked with the LA Philharmonic, shared a bill with Amon Tobin and DJ Spooky at Walt Disney Concert Hall, rocked Flavorpill’s Friday’s Off the 405 Series at the Getty Museum and performed on The Do Lab Stage at Coachella 2007. Nalepa is one of the artists featured in Visionaire 53 SOUND which includes 100 original sound pieces by David Byrne, U2, Danger Mouse, Dan The Automator, Yoko Ono and more. Nalepa’s Flatlands project drops March 20th on 1320 Records
www.myspace.com/nalepa
www.1320records.com

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(val)Liam’s debut album “Daydreamer” being released on Celestial Dragon Records is a musical journal written by Liam Skogland documenting moments when the mind drifts off and becomes free, yielding to vivid imagination. The result are ten tracks covering a wide variety of influences, tones and moods that draw the listener out of the everyday mundane into a space where they create realities of their own.”
The scheduled release date is April 10 of 2009.
This is a beautiful album very reminiscent of ishq – orchid yet very much unto its own style bringing in both idm and progressive elements.

Track List:

01 Gaia
02 Happy Accidents
03 Freefall
04 Earth
05 Somewhere Not Here
06 Lotus Dancing
07 The Mystic
08 Solace
09 In Samsara
10 Daydreamer
www.sonic-dragon.com

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A sampler of Fat Cat’s 130701 offshoot label, this compilation lifts one track from each of the imprint’s albums released to date, moving in chronological order from the inaugural Set Fire To Flames release right up to a recent Hauschka track. Significantly there are three exclusives here too – from Max Richter, Sylvain Chauveau and the aforementioned Hauschka. You’d never really expect a label sampler to play out like an album in its own right, and yet the selections here make for a satisfyingly complete playlist. This is possible perhaps because the 130701 label has a fairly stringent, cohesive A&R policy, meaning there’s somehow not too great an ideological departure from the operatically-proportioned post-rock of SFTF’s ‘Steal Compass/Drive North/Disappear’ to the sparse melancholy of Chauveau’s ‘Il Fait Nuit Noire A Berlin’. For all the elegant gloom of the album there is at least one startling, comprehensively spine-tingling standout thanks to the almost obscenely beautiful ‘On The Nature Of Daylight’ by Max Richter. Few examples of contemporary composition in the neoromantic mold can boast such a grip over the listener, and even if you’re generally inclined towards the more dissonant end of the modern classical spectrum, this packs a massive emotional punch. As for the three exclusive tracks, again, its Richter who comes up with the most intriguing piece. ‘January Timelapse 2’ combines wistful string progressions with a jumble of shortwave static, morse code blips and airy environmental sounds, while Hauschka returns to sprightly and kinetic prepared piano emissions for ‘Waiting For The Bus’, before Sylvain Chauveau shifts the tone towards more sparsely laid out fare, keying his way through an edited soundtrack work for a 2008 Sebastien Betbeder film. Highly recommended.

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Guy Gelem is a London based composer/producer playing mainly Guitar and cello,
recording and mixing in his home studio. Guy is reaching his sound by improvising and
Experimenting with acoustic instruments and electronics.
Guy started to play guitar at the age of 10, studied in various schools of music and private tutors, played with local bands from the age of 13.
After performing and recording with various groups and artists decided to focus on his own project…
Guy’s second release with Summer Rain builds on the strength of his first EP, combining traditional instruments with minimal electronica to provide folk inspired, fresh melodies that appeal to all generations.
10% of all sales proceeds are being donated to NextAid.org
www.myspace.com/flowmotion

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As dusk settles in and many people are winding down for the evening, a few of the chosen ones are slowly pulling open their blinds to a darkening synthetically lit world. Vampire Sunrise is the soundtrack to the elusive beings whom we never see yet ever so often run across while we move throughout the neon lit nightscape. As dusk first sets and the clock turns to six the computer starts the vampiric morning off with Colourform’s light ambient tune Magic Carpet (with a special Ishq remix soundscape), The slow movement to rise is then beckoned on with the slightly more upbeat Spirit Happening that was handcrafted by Evan Bartholomew. While stiffened from the daylit rest our friend stretches out his sleep stiffened body as Overflow provides a perfect segwey to the immortals first sip of the nocturnes espresso, with Scintilla. As Is by (val)Liam then sets what would be a mortals version of a pancake breakfast with its lush yet quietly energetic flow. The plasma screen displays a CGI sunrise for our waking friend, as Distant System’s Lost Sequence ushers in a sense of foreboding fate, the prospect of an endless nocturnal existence, with the tracks soulful yearns of the absence of light. Ishvara’s Nomad Arabian rmx however, brings forth memories that no other mortals could ever have experienced and changes the mood to a focus of the gift that was bestowed ages ago. Open Systems Rise and Shine reinforces that the night is for the immortal with its upbeat tone. As the ambience of the morning dusk starts to fade, the artificially lit city skyline is observed in silence through the window. Finally the time to prowl amongst the living has come and the minimal techno beat Nub which KiloWatts has created puts an end to the morning and starts the day or as the mortals would say the night…from here who knows where the day will end. The plasma screen is turned off as the sun has risen and our friend exits his door as the last beat of the Vampire Sunrise fade out. Compiled by Pete Pan.
www.sonic-dragon.com

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