Ileus, by Daniel[i]

Lowless Records presents us with this lovely dub techno 4-track EP by Daniel[i]. Lush and vibrant while maintaining a nice relaxed atmosphere, Ileus is a hypnotically atmospheric project with satisfying depth.

Exploring different corners of deep techno and soundscape electronics, Daniel[i] builds off foundations of soft rhythmic elements, layered meticulously with luscious pads and synths sprinkled around. A wonderful balance of light and dark – that subtle melancholy vibe I adore so much.

Unfortunately the Vinyl has already sold out – but you can stream the release and purchase the digital version still via bandcamp!

Wave Variations, by 36

The ever-intoxicating sounds of 36 are coming back to us on fresh waves – this time in the form of a so-called “mini-album” Wave Variations.

A collection of short flowing compositions – Wave Variations features 12 tracks (2 of which are exclusive to the vinyl release) presented as Sequences One to Twelve. Now that would typically seem like a full-length album, but I understand what the producer is going for when they dub it a mini-album. Each track floats around 3 minutes in length, which is a definite oddity in the world of ambient music. 36 explains…

‘I feel like a lot of ambient music (including my own) is often unnecessarily long and these small vignettes work as a nice counter to that. Don’t expect long build-ups or over-extended crescendos”

It may seem like a negative and/or blanketed statement, but it’s quite spot on. And in the case of this album, the brevity definitely plays to its advantage. I actually think this is a fantastic introduction of sorts to 36 in general, with each track highlighting different aspects of their signature sound – melodic and melancholy, expressive yet relaxing.

Wave Variations takes cues from it’s own name, with each track having pulsing hypnotic qualities. Tracks like “Eighth Sequence” masterfully coaxing the listener into a pensive state, floating in time for a brief reflective moment. The tempo and pacing of the noodling synthesizers and humming pads translate across the project, whether taking a more playful approach or sinking back into a numbing melancholy.

The album was originally released back in July by Past Inside The Present – and although the physical editions are currently sold out, we are lucky to have access to this digital edition. Support the artist directly via Bandcamp.

The Glimmering Plane, by Field Lines Cartographer

Fresh and wonderful modular ambience from UK producer Field Lines Cartographer. The Glimmering Plane does exactly what it sets out to do – self described as “62 minutes of long-form electronic music intended to be an immersive, transportive experience” – FLC hits the nail on the head. By the time you are halfway through the listen, it’s easy to find oneself inside this fabled Glimmering Plane, looking casually out the window as the landscape unfolds below. Massive sweeping synths coat the tracks in ethereal joy, peppered with rhythmic melodies. Touching darkness but not bathing in it, there is a expert balance of mood and emotion, letting the listener fill in some gaps regarding expression and intent. A very solid long-player perfect for rainy Mondays….

Tigress, by Coppice Halifax

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The incredible output of Coppice Halifax continues with this wonderful double-length LP – Tigress. This commissioned 2-hour double album has an interesting story (please read via the bandcamp page!), and we are certainly lucky to have it available publicly! Aside from the unique intent and concept of the album, it’s packed with lush and warm atmospheric synthwork. Tracks built with heavy ambience, evolving into trip-hop grooves that would satisfy any Boards of Canada fan. It’s a wonderful record to throw on and get lost inside…

No Ordinary Home, by James Murray

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Headphone Commute is one of my favorite places to discover interesting new ambient music – much to my delight they have a new featured mix highlighting minimal sound label Home Normal to commemorate their 10th anniversary. Quite the achievement indeed, and worthy of celebration – much like the mix, which is packed full of blissful atmospheric soundscapes, masterfully curated for optimal relaxation and immersion.

Read more about the mix by James Murray via Headphone Commute

Moving On, by Schulz Audio

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Fresh and flourishing dub-techno sounds from Schulz Audio, brought to us by Kopoc Label out of Spain. The 4 track EP packs a subtle punch – chilled rhythms and mellow synths pluck here and there, maintaining a nice causal energy. It’s pretty lighthearted as well – not overwhelmingly melodic, but also not falling into the doom-dub pit. Kopoc always brings some nice sounds to the table, and with Moving On being available at name-your-own-price, it’s impossible not to recommend!

Different Worlds Compilation, by Drift Deeper Recordings.

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Different Worlds is a new Various Artists compilation, put together and released by the UK’s Drift Deeper Recordings. Gathering an international roster of producers, Different Worlds does a magnificent job of highlighting the subtle differences in Deep-House style and interpretation from around the globe.

With a healthy 13 tracks, Different Worlds is a lovely long-player with a great energy. It has introduced me to a few deep-house producers I was unaware of, so I definitely encourage giving this one a listen! You can stream the whole thing via Bandcamp or purchase a digital copy from the label!

Concepto Hipnotico Five Years Anniversary

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Concepto Hipnotico celebrates their 5-year Anniversary with one heck of a compilation. 22 tracks strong, you can purchase the album via bandcamp.

Cavaliers EP, by O. Lopez Beat

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Argentinian Label Concepto Hipnotico brings us a EP of twisted techno by O. Lopez Beat. 4 tracks of throbbing, acid-infused techno to get your week started right. Purchase the EP via bandcamp.

Dub for Helly – A Charity Compilation

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If you buy one techno album this year, make it Dub for Helly, a new compilation record benefitting dub-techno artist Helly Larson and his Brain Cancer Journey. Through the power of crowdfunding and the music community coming together, there are hopes to raise 30,000 EUR to help Helly conquer this epic battle with the help of a Private Clinic.

You can download the album or donate more via the albums Bandcamp page, or alternately you can donate money directly via GoFundMe.

Lars Helbig aka Helly Larson -Dub Techno and Deep House artists –
needs our help. Born near Dresden and now living in Cologne. Helly was diagnosed 6 Months ago with brain cancer. His last chance to win the fight is to go to a private clinic, which costs around 30.000 EUR.
In addition to his crowdfunding campaign the community of artists around him has started this compilation to provide him with some good music, positive vibes and of course to help him to get the money he needs to survive.

Helly Larson has been producing music for more than 15 years now and contributed his releases to the people around the globe on labels like LucidFlow, Plastic City, Sofa Sessions, Etui Records and many more. Ibiza is a second home for him and his wife, where they play regular dj-sets at Ibiza Live Radio.

This compilation is a way to say THANK YOU HELLY AND STAY STRONG! All money goes to Helly Larson’s Brain Cancer Journey Fund.