Blistering acid, mid-’90s ambient, a space age Italo edit and much more…
Watching the events of last weekend’s warehouse fire in Oakland, California, unfold was nothing short of heartbreaking. One of the victims, 100% Silk artist Chelsea Faith Dolan AKA Cherushii, had earned a reputation as a purveyor of dreamy, sweeping house music and having contributed to the New Information‘s Styles for Relaxation cassette last month, this seemed like a fitting way to pay tribute. The undulating textures were emotive enough already, but listening now the track feels particularly poignant: a soaring, synth-driven lament for those who passed that tragic evening.
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Mothball Record‘s Hysteric gets on the cut and paste, giving an oddball slice of vocoder-driven Italo quite a drastic makeover, putting on the handbrake and transforming it into a half-speed, space age groover.
Now available as a free digital download, the Pukemaster General inaugurated Schrödinger’s Box with a blistering and abrasive 5-tracker back in 2015. Brimming with harsh analogue rhythms and typically hair-raising electronics, vinyl enthusiasts can still grip the wax from most reliable outlets.
With his dual aliases, Aquarium (AKA 外神田deepspace) can explore the same palettes and textures through two different lenses. Where 外神田deepspace productions lay Detroit-tinged electronics over strapping kick drums and full-bodied, rounded bass tones, the Aquarium material is as inward-looking as it is expansive. Strung out, dubbed out and sun-bleached, the Japanese artist approaches a track from his recent Coastal Haze release from a different perspective.
From cassette to CD and now digital download, Chronoglide only needs a vinyl release to complete the set. In a classic example of mid-’90s ambient music, Simon Rees‘ sound is a staging ground for experimental electronics where ambient, dub, techno and drone coalesce in captivating fashion.