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Michael Jones and Turk Dietrich's Belong project is surely about to take off, lifting the duo high up on the ever-expanding 'ambient' wave that seems to have swept over the wider music scene. As a matter of fact, their debut for the excellent Spectrum Spools, out of Austria, is a wonderfully thought-out collection of works, and October Language seems to be the best name for it. While this is an album of admittedly loose and explorative sounds, Belong's arrangements, sound, and general aesthetic render these tunes fully capable of standing their own ground, across just about any sort of music enthusiast. Deep with aqueous flair and cinematic glow, this is more of a journey than a one-off collection of tracks, edging ever-closer to what we like to call the 'musical ether'. Breathe some of this in, and you'll see...
This remix package is quite a coup for Death In Vegas. Featuring tracks from the band's sixth album, Transmission, Drone has managed to secure not just the services of Silent Servant, but also former Drexciya member and Dopplereffekt founder Gerald Donald, working here under his lesser-known Rudolf Klorzeiger alias. Silent Servant delivers two interpretations of "You Disco I Freak". The first remix is a heads down, hypnotic techno pulser, while on his 'Version", the LA-based producer opts for a noisy, take, with the rolling groove laden down with screeching riffs and eerie shrieks. Meanwhile, Donald does his own version of "Metal Box", where found sounds and creaky samples unravel over a linear rhythm.
We recently saw the release of Summer Cottage Soundscapes, a spontaneously recorded debut album from atmosphere-obsessed ambient techno trio Shorelights, AKA Walter Wasacz, Christopher McNamara and Echospace man Rod Modell. Here they pop up on Subwax BCN with a surprise follow-up, delivering a warm, meditative and tactile journey. While they start said journey with a drowsy, sunset-friendly chunk of drifting ambient warmth and end it with a creepy trip into dub techno deep space, in between you'll find two more obviously dancefloor-focused affairs. While these naturally include their usual atmospheric sonic textures and gentle melodies, they're far bolder and more club-centric than the trio's previous excursion.