Psychonavigation Records and other Crazy Fun
No Mask Effect – Quick Smart
Sweet and delicious longform ambient! Field recordings, phonography, soundscape, atmospheric space and true ambient music come together to make huge, lengthy and engaging sound environments. The time it took to pile all the samples and sounds together must have been something; the end result reminds me of a more organic form of FSOL’s first Environments LP. I can’t praise much higher than that. Fans of FSOL, Namlook’s more experimental side, Herd and Arthur Dent will dig this. Spin today and enjoy the trip! (5 out of 5) – Seriously, I want a copy of the entire disc.
Lorenzo Montana – Trilogy
Having been on the label’s mailing list for a while, I’m quite familiar with Lorenzo’s material and I was kind of surprised to see a three disc set sitting in my inbox. It featured the long awaiting reissues of Eilatix / Leema Hactus & Vari Chromo all in one neat case. Yeah, you read that right. You can now get your paws on these three sweet ambient gems. For those of you who’ve not had a listen to any of these, the music on these three LPs are stunning. Lorenzo makes some prime ambient material, ranging from atmospheric/space/Namlook to Lifeforms-esque or even Boards of Canada/Spacetime Continuum styled soundscapes. Every minute of every track is a moment of captivating bliss, showing Lorenzo’s production and composition skills. Take everything you loved about ambient music from 1994 and add massive amounts of ingenuity and push it lightyears into the future. Get it while you can! (5 out of 5)
Music on a Shoestring – DJ Food / Strictly Kev
Brace yourself! The mixmaster himself, DJ Food has teamed up with Psychonavigation to spin a massive mixture of tunes from the label, spanning fifteen years. The track listing is massive, featuring a varied range of artists/bands from FSOL, Off Land, to New Composers, Lorenzo Montana and others. The resulting sound is something out of an ambient fan’s wet dream…. Soundscapes from every end of the genre, space, dub, modern classical to whatever you want. I’ve not heard a more coherent and diverse ambient mix in ages. Brilliant! What more can I say about this? Hear it for yourself! (5 out of 5)