Electronic Midsummer Jams 2015

Ujjaya – De retou – Spheredelic

A remastering of the original 1998 cassette album, Malagasy artist Ujjaya creates something stunningly magical here. A mixture of ethno-ambient, traditional elements of world music (namely Malagasy, a little bit of raga, etc…), field recordings and ambient’s more organic side, it is easy to see why folks have likened this to the music of Tuu. And yet, at times, things take on a somewhat space-ambient feel, going pretty far out and deep. It really blows my mind that this came out back at the end of the 90s and yet, didn’t pop up on anyone’s radar. I guess that’s one good thing about the net these days. Download this album while you can (it’s free!) and turn on, tune in, and drift away. Thanks for bringing this gem back to the surface! (4.8 out of 5)

Analog Dreams – Out of the Sky EP – Terminal

Dimitris Avramidis (Five Minutes Alone, Middlemarch) teams up with Craig Gillman (Loose Link, Sturmazdale, Clockwork Keyboard) and create an EP that’s a wildly insane mixture of ambient, illbient, experimental and industrial. It’s unearthly, retrofuturistic, dark, lively and mind blowing. I should have expected nothing less when these two brains got plugged into each other and a set of amps. The remix by Akkya is a gem in itself. It strips some of the nightmare away and creates a darker, industrial version of the title track, adding to the very wild nature of the EP as a whole. The closing track goes darker still, leaning a bit more on the ambient side of things but remaining fiercely illbient, much like Small Fish With Spine, DJ Spooky’s early material and FSOL’s darkest dreams. Holy god, why isn’t this on a CD/vinyl yet with some additional tracks? This is stunning. (5 out of 5)

HOT DATE – Burn On Continuum – Talking Skull

HOT DATE return with another sonic explosion on their newest cassette. This is some in your face material, consisting of three tracks. Would I be wrong in assuming they’re improvisations? Either way, these are intense and yet capture the experimental spirit of electronic composition, something I’ve not picked up on a noise album since those old “computer tape music” or those “new electronic music compositions” records came out in the mid 60s. This tape, much like those records, are boldly mapping out new frontier while making as much noise as possible, even at their quietest moments. This tape is out of sight. Grab is ASAP! (4.8 out of 5)

Sy/van – Odette EP – self-released

Minimal-ish electronic music that oozes between house, ambient and dub, in the end to create its own sound. This is one of the first electronic submissions I’ve had pop on my radar that remotely touches on dance music and it was a fairly decent release. While leaning on some solid genre frames, it’s not afraid to venture out and make its own paths and sound. Don’t ask me to make comparisons, this is best left for you to hear for yourself. The tunes are fairly dark overall, but surprisingly light in spots, giving this music a vibe that’s sweet and wildly unique. Scoop up this bit of ear candy NOW! (4.7 out of 5)

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About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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