Prins Thomas, Stereolab & The High Llamas - "Wrap Your Arms Around Me" (Stereolab vs High Llamas remix) - (4:15) 130 BPM
Prins Thomas & 120 Days - "Sleepless Nights" - (0:22) 124 BPM
Prins Thomas, Carmen Villain, Continental Fruit, Mats Gustafsson & Sonic Youth - "The Moon Will Always Be There/The Moon Was My Only Witness/Art 3 - Contrabass Sax" - (6:16) 92 BPM
Prins Thomas, Erik Wollo, Alexander Rishaug & Sun Araw - "Ody At Sea/Satellites/B - Sun Araw Saddle Soap Remix" - (3:18) 156 BPM
Prins Thomas, Bjorn Torske, Mats Gustafsson, Sonic Youth, Serena-Maneesh & Sun Araw - "B - Sun Araw Saddle Soap Remix/Arthur's Return - Extended Version/Introspection/Leipziger Love Life - Ancient Mix/Part 4 - Voice" - (9:36) 159 BPM
Prins Thomas & Wildest Dreams - "Off The Lip" - (6:21) 112 BPM
Prins Thomas & Four Tet - "Lovesick" (Four Tet remix) - (4:40) 97 BPM
Review: After a recent string of EPs and mini LPs, it's a pleasure to hear Biosphere's tantalizing drones and ambient loops across two full tracks. The Hilvarenbeek Recordings are the perfect encapsulation of the man's sound and vision, forever iterating his subtle sounds to paint rich and vivid portrays of the world and of his surroundings. The new LP, much like his best material to date, comes to life thanks to the amalgamation of field recordings, raw talent, and a pensive outlook on the world. A constant thirst for applying sound to vision, and vision to sound. Wonderful, as always, and utterly recommended.
Review: Norway's Geir Jenssen is one of ambient's true pioneers. A man who has done nothing but good to the scene, stretching its boundaries across different sounds and harmonic landscapes since the early 90s. He's so renowned, in fact, that even his albums from the post 00's era are worthy of represses, such as this 2002 outing on London's Touch, the solitary and immersive Shenzhou. It is an impossible task to condense its freeform structures into words, a wide-eyed horizon that blends field recordings and reverb-laden pools of sonics into neatly executed frameworks. Rich with drama and suspense, it glides elegantly from beginning to end. This is all about feeling and mood - it's what Biosphere thrives in. If there was ever a runner up to Vangelis for the Blade Runner, we'd have chosen this guy.
Review: Norway's legendary Geir Jenssen aka Biosphere returns to action with a solid 2-tracker for his own Biophon household but, unlike his previous outings, this one has a beat-laded spin at its core. "Black Mesa" is reworked and anted-up by Spieltape, who takes the energy and charmisa of the original as the foundation for a techno platform composed of dusty, intricate percussion patterns. The man himself follows up with "Dignity Village", a predictably looser, beat-free excursion that is carried forth by gltichy, minimalistic hi-hats and a bittersweet sequence of bleeps. Lovely stuff, as always!
Review: Any new release from reclusive Norwegian ambient colossus Geir Jennsen is cause for celebration. The Petrified Forest was inspired by a 1936 movie of the same name, the plot of which revolves around a world-weary British writer meeting a fellow idealist in an isolated diner in the middle of the Arizona desert. Jenssen's music has always been cinematic in tone - think widescreen visions with multiple related movements, sitting somewhere between icy loneliness and comforting homeliness - so it's little surprise to find that The Petrified Forest regularly hits the mark. Evocative, atmospheric and quietly melodiousness, it's a mini album chock full of brilliant downtempo electronica.
Review: Featuring dialogue by Oscar nominated actress of the silver screen Joan Lorring, Norwegian ambient legend Geir Jenssen aka Biosphere presents two atmospheric and moody excursions into the deep. The man behind such seminal releases like 1997's Sub Strata LP presents "Black Mesa": a deep and mesmerising IDM cut interspersed with samples from the 1936 film The Pertrified Forest. Then we have got the brooding ambient house epic "Turned To Stone" with its breathtaking strings arrangement supported by hypnotic synth textures and chilled beats. Jenssen never fails to impress over his 30 year career and this fine EP is no exception.
Review: Paper Recordings comes through with the absolute goods; a compilation that many true-school house heads wound dream of, especially to own it on digital formats. This is the Northern Disco Lights compilation, a total treasure chest of Scandinavian house jams that are going for serious amounts of money on the second-hand market. In short, this is your chance to own these beauties and mould them into your sets. Inside, you'll find timeless tunes from the likes of the great Bjorn Torske, Doc L Junior, and even the dearly missed Erot with the stone-cold classic "Song For Annie". But, there's more; Biosphere appears with that inimitable drone flair, and even Todd Terje features proudly, as per usual. An absolutely essential release. Warmly recommended.
Review: Geir Jenssen's Biosphere project is, for many enthusiasts, a mecca-like project for ambient, and any sort of music that strays far left of field. Not only has he been an integral member of Jon Wonzencroft's Touch imprint, but the Norwegian artist has released plenty of mesmerizing work through his own Biophon Records, the perfect spot for his new album, Substrata. Through twenty-one segments of pure sound, Jenssen paints a subtle yet extremely candid picture of what life looks like at below zero temperatures. Through an intricate blend of field recordings and finely tuned electronic shapes, this album is a journey from start to finish. One shouldn't listen to these tracks individually, but rather in their entirety. You can thank us later.
Review: Norway's Geir Jenssen has been a pivotal figure of the ambient techno sound since the early 2000s and, unsurprisingly, his Biosphere moniker has been consistently chosen by what is possibly the best ambient label of our time, Jon Wozencroft's singular Touch stable. Cirque is an album from the year 2000 itself, but it could just as easily be from the year 2150; the rich textures and deep sonic landscapes are timeless to say the least. Moreover, this is an escapist piece of work, a whole world in itself which precipitates the listener into vast and endless journey through sound. This reissue is not to be missed, and should be regarded as a blueprint for what we consider to ambient music in the present day. Terrific stuff.
ELEH & BJNilsen & Nana April Jun - "Side Two" - (17:21)
Chris Watson & Mika Vainio & Carl Michael Von Hausswolff & Jana Winderen - "Side Three" - (18:19)
Philip Jeck & Francisco Lopez & Z'EV Hildur Gudnadottir & Biosphere - "Side Four" - (17:49)
Review: It's always a pleasure to see new Touch material coming out, but this new LP marks their thirty years of experimentation and success with four exclusive collaborations by their most celebrated artists - epic? We think so...Even their compilation comes as part of a concept format, depicting "Collosus" on its front cover - the first computer ever made. Each of the four pieces is a fluid combination of at least three producers, broken up into seventeen minute fragments of field recordings, modular excursions and spacious drones. It would be a shame to spoil it for you, so instead we thought we'd just let you know that it includes the works of: Mika Vainio, Eleh, Fennesz, Bruce Gilbert, BJ Nilsen, Biosphere, Hildur Gudnadottir, Philip Zeck, Z'EV, Jana Winderen, CM von Hausswolff and Oren Ambarchi. Pretty damn impressive and downright unmissable in our books...