Category Archives: ambient

is it possible to get a more thick inky blackness than Sumatran Black ?

His dark Ambient music is truly a thing of rare beauty , I never even knew it was an old friend from my home town making it as he is a happy go lucky guy

I never knew he had such a dark side to him !! anyway enough guff from me check him out

living in Istanbul he makes creepy downtuned smothering waves of sound that are perfect for the living and the dead I realy really hope we can make music together !!

go buy this album

he turned me onto Gas and for that I will be forever grateful


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March 14, 2017 · 8:08 pm


bit  late to blog this but in an effort to get back into life and celebrating music I will note that the ever excellent casper / volte Face / electro survivor has put out out lots of good music on his own BleeD label and the finest one out of many fine ones for me is EP2 and track ,  Rote 3 is the great ‘running through the forrest but not necessarily scared’ track

Im getting Bandulu   Neu /Rother  and Gas  feelings from the very metalic but warm sounding techno and ambient available here

hail the ghost child

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havent posted in over a year …new music Fox Shadows …big beaty Tape Of Love remix


no blogging in over a year … so I will post my own music

been busy learning ableton and getting the right plug ins and watching terrible youtube instruction videos 😉 tooo busy to fanny around blogging but I will be blogging again some fave artists mates , cos its all mates at the end of the day, making music to me is also making mates and sharing their music


this is a remix for austrian dream pop / electronic group Fox Shadows 

they are a group comprised of three and make nice floaty electronic stuff and work with guest vocalists, nice hypnotic stuff , I turned in a big beat remix as I love the sabres   and the chems 




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The link between Becoming Real & Nick Papadimitriou. Deep Topography

Im going to write about the musician Becoming Real – Toby Ridler – It has been my pleasure to book and promote and spend some time with in Vienna- a charming , modest and erudite musician – download these recent remixes he did for FACT of Dam Mantle and Blonde Red Head and buy his music here get the wax jack

His music is ideal for the dancefloor ( if you can keep up and foot werk it out ) and head noddingly infectious equally great for looming around dark urban places with your headphones strapped on

Here’s a vid from the Campari Safari /TBA Vienna gig way back in Jan at Market …. the venue was freezing ! Not too many people came out to witness him and the previously written about D/R/U/G/S but Wien is like that in january nasty cold that chills you to the very core and makes for very hard work as a promoter …

He has mentioned in an article in the Guardian New Band Of the day that he walks alot and finds inspiration from the strange spaces in London and translates it into making ghostly unnerving music …

Someone who does alot of walking and recording and cataloging strange spaces is Nick Papadimitriou. You can watch and learn a bit about him here and the background of pyschogeography and what Nick Calls Deep Togpography …from the wilds of the hinterlands Nick looks at the minutae of the countryside or the space just outside the city cutting and roving in the borderlands there’s a documentary featuring Will Self and Ian Sinclair and RusselL Brand talking about him ....The London Perambulator

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Indoor Life – Jorge Socarras – Catholic – Patrick Cowley – Simon Reynolds – Brandt Brauer Frick – Macro Records Berlin – Elektro Guzzi – Eternal Heroes Vienna

what ho ?

totally by chance i Met Jorge Through a very good friend Stavros Kargas ( the nicest bear i ever did meet ) in Barcelona july last year at Razzmataz when i djed with Fab May Day … we fbooked back and forth and he sent me a link to a new project hes working on with Mathias Schaffhauser of hey Little Girl fame but also respected minimal / tech house productions – more on this when they release …

after looking up Jorge i was a bit miffed to find that there is little mention of his work with Patrick Cowley with the group Indoor life and Catholic their collaboration out there – why didnt i know about this beautiful soulful abstract ( yet still funky ) music ? definetly deserves more attention … hopefully if I and other wibblers of the web go on about the greatness of their magnificence resulting in more dues …. which brings me to note after almost finishing reading rip it up and start again and theres no mention in the San Francisco section about Cowley or Jorge – massive oversight ! but an amazing book along side the other Simon Reynolds tome Energy Flash (which is going to get a 2012 update ) and recent Retromania which pretty much nails it in the theory that humanity has pretty much run out of fresh ideas in music – yet to read it but cant wait to nerd out on it – simon reynolds writing style is brilliant he speaks with conviction and doesn’t sound smarmy …

Anyway back to Jorge and his work as Indoor Life and Catholic

Indoor Life was formed in San Franciso and moved to New York and comprised of
J.A. Deane
Bob Hoffnar
Jorge Socarras

with contributions from

Patrick Cowley (first EP)
Sabella (first EP)
Sally Be
Oren Bloedow

Indoor Life Relativity side A stream then search for vinyl on discogs

Sunshine Superman

Indoor Life Indoor Life

Contre Nature

buy the mp3s (in 320 kps naturally ) – buyer beware itunes is shite and gives you 192 which isnt good enough for playing out for all you jocks out there …. speaking of jocks the great Francois K plays out Indoor Life in his sets – FK of the legendary and unpretentious dance parties Body and Soul NY institution and dare i say it dance-floor educator – Body and Soul made it to 15 years this weekend just gone …

I digress !

So Catholic – what a work – Cowley a synth master … Jorge with his distinctive soulful rich voice – I would go so far as saying that this has the sublime qualities of Arthur Russel or even Talking Heads only more reflective and outre – listening to ‘You Laugh At My Face’ you can feel the smarting feeling of unrequited love or at least missing out on a good shag …. Saturday Night Heart Ache in the Castro …. Jorge sounds proud and resilient his voice is really distinct – the eerie synths and pads create a really jarring atmosphere given all the room needed – the album was canned by cowleys label Megatone only to languish for over 30 years and today it sounds completely fresh with its Eno- esque traits – dig up the ep which was made Socarras & Cowley buy mp3s and dig up the vinyl and potentially come and see Jorge In Vienna at Eternal Heroes !

Catholic was unearthed recently in 2009 on the Macro Label from Berlin – Macro also the Home to Electro Guzzi a Viennese Band of rock gypsies making syncopated dance music with live instruments and produced by Patrick Pulsinger – ( theres a lot of it about see also Brandt Brauer Frick who may or may not of nicked Elektro Guzzis ideas ? )

I have to give credit to Fritz Ploeckinger who runs the amazing disco and house haven that is Market Records in vienna for telling me about Elektro Guzzi – proof that going to a record shop is stil the best way to learn about music

feel the Austrian darkness of …Elektro Guzzi

now compare with their German Cousins Brandt Brauer Frick

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Location Baked – looptop music or Musique Concrete for the masses

Location Baked is ‘looptop’ music: An album evocative of different places and times, constructed entirely on a laptop from loops and found sound. Inspired by the “Pop Concrète” experiments of The Beatles (Revolution No.9), OMD (Dazzle Ships), Saint Etienne (Wilson), early Art of Noise, Ready Made, Negativland, Girl Talk and others.

Location Baked is the alias of Justin Toland, a Cardiff-based music-maker, music critic (FACT magazine), music historian (New Hormones Records) and music fan.

there’s something really immediate about this collection of ambient works – highly recommend following this loop scamp – go to his band camp

Location Baked may be listened to, purchased and downloaded via Bandcamp:

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D/R/U/G/S do Good Things to Your Lugs (holes)

Hello 2011 looks like there’s going to be more great stuff made with cheap tech and put out there via the interweb – this year i have to make something a bit more advanced than a 25 minute mini mix ( self flagellating oneself with a copy of sound on sound magazine)

anyway enough of my electronic ambitions heres D/R/U/G/S with some loaded questions ahead of their trip down to One Party State the electronic oasis in a world of Trilbey wearing tossers at the Barfly on tonight! – D/R/U/G/S grew up on Underworld , Warp Records , Eno, Boards of canada and Aphex Twin by the sounds of it and have been making tunes / remixes with Egyptian Hip Hop those fellow Mancunian candidates for greatness – unlike Delphic these guys actually take you to ecstatic places with their music

here’s an interview slightly leaning towards the opinion that England is a bit shagged out – we need another summer of Love ! bring on the power pingers drug lords of holland and russia!

Have you ever been to an outdoor rave / free party / warehouse event that was DIY and was it good ?

Nah, we don’t mix with those crowds ie people with the money to put something like that on. I think you get shit like that happening
in places like Oxford, not grime cities like Manchester and London. There’s this big feeling especially in Manchester among people our age
of having missed out on some golden generation of rave or whatever, i dont see it like that at all.

What do you think of Tiesto / Swedish House Mafia / Guetta et al

These are like massive mainstream dance guys right? I couldnt say ive ever heard any of their beats although I probably will have done while walking past some hideous bar where people with jobs go. I can’t deal with that production style at all, super compressed pounding beats, the synths all squelched into a huge mess of sound.

What do you think of the idea of conscription ( compulsory social work/army ) I live in Austria and they still have it and it seems to keep the young uns busy– I think its a pretty good idea but then again i wouldn’t want to do it!

Im not sure that arming and training the feral youth of this country to run faster is such a good idea.

Do you like Britain in 2010 ?

Nope. Too many people leaving angry Youtube comments. Few people our age even seem interested in anything creative. It’s all fucked.
We are so far away from what we could be its untrue.

Do you think we are going to see the end of the world or serious discomfort for us spoilt westerners ?.

Most westerners live in serious discomfort, at least in this country. The wealth % split is outrageous.

Is there a point in voting anymore ? Could you give a rats assssss

I think last year just about summed it up, you vote Lib Dem and get Tory. The agenda is clearly already set. No matter who you vote for
they’re guaranteed to be capitalist scum fucks out to line the pockets of whoever paid for them to get there in the first place.

questions OVER!

well there you go – erudite and angry young men disenfranchised with the UK – time to find the Neu Welt when the government no longer serves the people – just leave and get adopted by a new one – I dont want to sound preachy but since i moved away i realize what a shit pit the UK is. Sorry! thers lots to Love but for me … nah too many DFS sales and constant barrage of people trying to skank you, shank you an what not … rant over

anyway shameless plug -go see them tonight 8/01 /11 barfly

and in Austria 27th Jan at Market TBA Love Club with Becoming Real! whoop – big line up with Metaxis too from austro land

check here with TBA mag

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