Liner notes on 2020 – Part II

“It was my own countryside and I loved it with an intimate feeling, though all its associations were crude and incoherent. I cannot think of it now without a sense of heartache, as if it contained something which I have never quite been able to discover.” – Wardown Liner Notes With a slight delay, thisContinue reading “Liner notes on 2020 – Part II”

Liner notes on 2020 – Part I

“When someone isn’t there any more, the empty space is charged with emotional power. As if the act of vanishing leaves behind an ethereal, supernatural signature. As ever, the closing of one door leads to the opening of another. Without the experience of loss, this album would not be in existence and that is aContinue reading “Liner notes on 2020 – Part I”

The Dutch Connection: GodIsNoLongerADJ for Radio Salto Amsterdam

I’ve had a friendly chat with the lovely people Trademarc, Morty and Kredo for their radio show ‘The Drum and Bass Break’, which is broadcasted every Sunday (22.00-00.00, GMT+1) on Salto Radio Amsterdam, selecting also the music for the show. I’m afraid though I couldn’t spare you my rantings about blogging, music, artwork, air trafficContinue reading “The Dutch Connection: GodIsNoLongerADJ for Radio Salto Amsterdam”

Neon Loneliness: Inside Eschaton & Parallel’s ‘PM:AM’ LP

“Reflective, haunted by something and praying for absolution, then realizing that you had the power to change it all along” In the last decade, the rapid advancements in technology effectively changed the channels of publishing and promoting music. A plethora of artists and smaller net labels emerged to fill in the new creative space, asContinue reading “Neon Loneliness: Inside Eschaton & Parallel’s ‘PM:AM’ LP”

Sing me a line from your favourite song

“Ever get that feeling, when you experience some sort of musical epiphany and strive to memorize the melody and the lyrics of a song you have just listened to, before they‘re lost into the next morning’s haze?” This month is my blog’s 8th year anniversary and to be honest I’ve never expected to make itContinue reading “Sing me a line from your favourite song”

Postcards from Wales – Serein

“There is a thread that runs through all this music that ties it together. Listening to ambient came much later, but again you hear similarities. I mean, in the early days you could just remove the beats and call it ambient! No beat? Ambient!” The first blog post of 2020 is the third part ofContinue reading “Postcards from Wales – Serein”

Liner notes on 2019

“Forget the times ahead” As another exceptional year for important things, like new wonderful music, draws to an end, I would like to take the opportunity once again to thank all artists and record labels for gracing this year with their beautiful music and safeguarding the art, the passion and the romance. Despite our cultureContinue reading “Liner notes on 2019”

Songs for the misfits: Inside Klute’s ‘Whatever It Takes’ LP

‘Whatever It Takes’ is a phrase I’ve been saying to myself over the last few years, when I despair with manipulative behaviour, in the face of what seems to be happening in the current climate of media/consumer culture; the lengths that people will go to, the things that they will do to get attention orContinue reading “Songs for the misfits: Inside Klute’s ‘Whatever It Takes’ LP”

Killer Smile (The sequel I never thought I’d write)

“The name Killer Smile just seemed to fit with our vision of the label, a multi-genre label putting out dancefloor tracks built around killer breaks and basslines, as well as more emotive tracks made to put a smile on your face…” There’s music that captures and echoes a beautiful time and place, staying with youContinue reading “Killer Smile (The sequel I never thought I’d write)”

Adrift in your very own strangely isolated place

“As musical cultures, I think ambient and drum & bass certainly find parallels in each other – they both loosely connect around personal freedom – be it euphoric or mindful, as genres they are similar in the emotions they elicit …” – Ryan Griffin In last year’s anniversary feature I had given a hint aboutContinue reading “Adrift in your very own strangely isolated place”