Review: Described as something like 'new age John Fahey' - Australian duo Angophora turn in an ambient synth, percussion mixed and definitively steel strung album of guitar lead music. Exploring elements of jazz and folk music across the LP too, Together expresses sonic visions of outback landscapes, coastal views and bonfires burning under starlit skies. With earthly percussion added to a breezy mix of yacht rock, ambient listening and other cosmic inspirations, Music For Dreams brings folk inspirations, '90s new age music and its shamanisms to 2021.
Review: Reinhard Vanbergen follows his 2020 debut LP on Music For Dreams with another superb collection of mood music for the label. "Eb Numbers" and "Db Droplets" are dubbed out, mid-tempo groovers, while on "C After Dark", Vanbergen opts for the kind of balmy deep house that Kenneth Bager's label is known for. However, there is another side to this artist: "F Dreams" is a dark, bass-heavy groove, populated by eerie vocal samples, while he raises the tempo on the rolling "D Lighted" and "B Routine" is a busy, breakbeat workout, led by a jittery rhythm and incessant vocals.
Review: Music For Dreams continues to offer-up rather good remixes of tracks from Belgian quartet Rheinzand's 2020 debut album. The latest cut to get the rework treatment is previous single 'Blind', a saucer-eyed fusion of chugging synth-pop haziness and revivalist rave riffs. Gerd Janson steps up to provide the tweaks, first delivering a 'Dance Remix' that adds lo-fi bleep melodies, starry chords and other mid-80s stylistic tweaks to a bolder, Italo-disco style bassline and unfussy machine drums. It sounds like an update on the Bobby 'O' Orlando sound, which is no bad thing. He explores this angle further on the accompanying dub, which also boasts some soaring synth synths and a genuinely rush-inducing vibe.
Review: A legendary producer and engineer in his own rite, Reinhard Vanbergen outta Belgium was by and large known for his role in Das Pop and the hand he played in producing Goose's breakout LP, Bring It On (among many other pursuits). Last year the artist took to vinyl to release a three album package with Ubuntu lifted last for a digital release (following Stringworks and Presents For Friends). It sees the jazz violin specialist combine movie-synth soundtrack music with classic strains of orchestral strings and pumping electronic elements - shining forth at large in "The Road To Memphis". Find touches of epic traditional instrumentation in numbers like "Blast From The Past" with stronger techno elements to be found in tracks like "Lucky Me". A seriously profound artist left to his own devices.
Review: Back in November (2020), Music For Dreams boss Kenneth Bager once again proved his A&R skills by showcasing a suitably superb set of remixes of Rheinzand's 'Obey'. Here he looks to repeat this success via a swathe of fresh reworks of 'Kills & Kisses', which first featured on the band's self-titled debut album. Red Axes kick things off with a typically bass-heavy dub disco revision full of fluttering synth riffs and driving drums, before Musemici opts to re-cast the track as an analogue bass-propelled nu-disco roller. Elsewhere, Skylab joins the dots between weirdo krautrock, oddball new wave and driving darkroom disco; the RZ Dub mix is a wickedly trippy and percussive beast, and the band's instrumental flits between noir nu-disco and flowery synth-house bounciness.