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”

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”

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”

Liner notes on an exceptional musical year

“Sacrificing time, energy and money to keep an independent record label afloat in a niche and saturated market is a reality we often ignore or overlook, especially when it comes to investing on the vinyl format. So, I take the opportunity to thank all artists and record labels for gracing this year with their beautifulContinue reading “Liner notes on an exceptional musical year”

On Reflection: Six Years Of Blogging

“What came first, the music or the obsession?” This coming month is the sixth year anniversary since the blog went officially online. Three years ago I shared some thoughts here about how it all started, a retrospective account of the events that influenced the blog’s thematic basis, as well as a quick walk-through the blog’sContinue reading “On Reflection: Six Years Of Blogging”

Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #10): Ulrich Schnauss & ASC – 77

From Kiel & Berlin to London & San Diego, cool has been re-imagined “… ‘77’ seems a piece that has a rather elegant flow, something I always appreciated about d&b very much. Although this might not be a d&b release from a ‘genre-stalinist’ perspective, I’d still argue that it at least attempts to relate toContinue reading “Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #10): Ulrich Schnauss & ASC – 77”

Short Trips (down memory lane)

“Modern, cinematic takes on ambient electronica and vintage aesthetics, sprinkled with bitter-sweet nostalgia” In the dawn of the 90s emerged a new musical hybrid, fusing various elements and structural forms of electronic music, relying upon composition, experimentation and innovation rather than adhering to formulaic standards associated with specific genres and styles. Free from dance-floor reactionsContinue reading “Short Trips (down memory lane)”