17 years after Pop, Wolfgang Voigt, the fearless visionary behind the timeless techno project GAS and co-founder of the legendary German label Kompakt is back with new material, aptly named Narkopop. Now, if you’re familiar with the music of GAS, you know exactly what to expect: orchestral samples stretched into ambient oblivion, sometimes also complimented with a relentless, hazy techno beat that just goes on and on forever. The music of GAS has no beginning and no end, the lengthy tracks on Voigt’s albums are just tiny glimpses of the endless processes that take place somewhere deep, deep in the primeval woods of Germany, like the hearbeat of Mother Nature herself. Just naming it “ambient techno” doesn’t cut it. At all. This is something much more abstract and primal. This is some Twin Peaks kind of stuff. Highly recommended!
If you’re more into airy, outsider house electronics than acid rock abandon, maybe you’d enjoy spending this Ghost Night [tm] with Shedbug, the Australian ambient techno whiz whose ambient-worshipping grooves fuse the future and the past into acid-influenced Eternal Now, hooked in an an endless repetition built around skeletal melodies and wobbly basslines that makes you wish they could carry on forever. If you’re a fan of Huerco S. or most of 1080p catalog, then Shedbug should be right up your alley. It’s the kind of ambient techno the genre needs – the one with a muscle. Acceptance doesn’t suffer from anemia – fear not. Recommended!
What’s that? Weed Temple is not dead? Apparently, it’s not! I survived a week during the Woodstock Festival, the mud and the dust didn’t kill me, so I can survive pretty much anything at this point. Anyway, it’s time to go back, and it’s gonna be with this mellow banger (isn’t that an oxymoron?) from Adam Feingold. Clearly inspired by Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works, Ex-Terrestrial glides softly between ambient techno (“Paraworld”) and prime time stoner’s delight (“Blue Smoke” proves that the Amen Break will NEVER go old, no matter how many millions of times it was already used) to give you some of the best late night listening sessions of 2016. Highly recommended!
Warsaw based dub tekno magician Mateusz Wysocki aka Fischerle throws some deep techno beats, broken & fried electronics and vintage porn aesthetics and throws them into the concrete mixer on the newest cassette for the BDTA label, becoming yet another idiosyncratic standout in BDTA’s increasingly eclectic catalogue. Fischerle’s style, based around minimal basslines and eerie atmospheres is more suitable for a late night listening session than club settings, but after seeing him putting people into a trance state during his performace at Avant Art Festival in Wrocław (the windows shaking dramatically together with the rhythm really contributed the experience) using some absolutely minimal, deep bass I’m not so sure anymore. Hypnotizing and carefully danceable. Recommended!
The British duo Perfume Advertare poised to make you serriously irradiated with their follow-up to the 2013’s Tulpa, expanding the minimal house sound with some serious ambient haze on their newest album, released via Opal Tapes imprint. +200 Gamma gets caught in the transition zone between the beat and the atmosphere, resulting in some tracks that balance between being hazy, druggy zones (“Sissy Drip”) and straight-up dancefloor bangers (“+200 Gamma”). Absorb enough radiation from Perfume Advert and you will start glowing. And no amount of anti-rad is going to help that. Highly recommended!
The second album by the Torino based producer Yari Malaspina, who took on the mystical alias OOBE, released on a London label Cleaning Tapes, is a journey into the zones occupied by Huerco S. and Andy Stott, covering the thumping, booming techno beats with a thick coating of digital dust and distant sensual wails. It’s stealth music, but it’s something much more than ambient. More like some sort of codeine boogie (thanks for that, Boomkat!). Clearly a serious progression since the hit-and-miss stuff of OOBE’s 1080p release, Digitalisea. Worth checking out for the behemoth of an opening track. Highly recommended!