Cologne's Kompakt label requires no introductions, so we'll stick to our words and leave it at that. They do, however, like to release a diverse and immersive variety of electronic music, and this latest comp, Pop Ambient 2018, taps into the sort of mood that's occurring throughout our society. Kompakt have always been good at reflecting what is happening to people, music and situations, with this new compilation executing that better than ever before. Each artist and each tune on here manages to offer experimentation and interpretation while still grasping at something that will appeal to the contemporary listener. No sound is out of shape, nothing is gratuitous. What's more, among the many excellent waves of beat-driven ambient flexing, you even get an appearance from the legendary Orb. This is one that will be remembered.
Yamaneko's debut album - 2014's Pixel Wave Embrace became a cult classic - quietly but notably influential on the artists around him and further afield. For his third full length effort on hometown imprint Local Action, the London based producer Joe Moynihan (who has released under the names Talbot Fade and Yaroze Dream Suite with Miles Mitchell) has been combining electronic music with ambient by way of grime, new age cassette music, video game soundtracks and techno. This album follows up last year's colder, less inviting Project Nautilus (Keygen Loops) but is a complete change of perspective. Story has it that earlier in 2017, he was commissioned to create music for a spa in Europe. These commissions eventually developed into a mass of material which formed the basis of this entire album. Here he has created his most blissful, beatless record to date.
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