Rachael Philip Talks Nature, Decay & Sound

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Blending electronics, field recordings, and chamber music, Wax Ephemeral is the debut album from Manchester-based composer Rachael Philip. Described as ‘a tribute to the carousel of life, death, and recycling and revival into new forms,’ the record is absorbing and immersive. With a background in film and commercial soundtracks, Philip’s sound worlds are strikingly visual. … Read more

Sleepsang Reflects The Bitter And Complex Present In Ambient ‘Beyond’

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It feels as if ambient and experimental soundscapes are the most suitable musical response to our times. With sentiment around the ongoing pandemic decaying from a fragile optimism to a dreary, head-down resignation, music that tries to address the situation with words often grates, and misses the mark. Listen: Sleepsang – Beyond Beyond, the new … Read more

Zyggurat Journey Through Imagined Landscapes In Earth II

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The debut EP from Birmingham-based future jazzers Zyggurat represents a passage through imagined landscapes. Travelling across abstract wilds to urban civilisation and beyond, the band arrive at Earth II. Led by Pete Grimshaw (synths, trombone, samples, production), Zyggurat combines elements of jazz, electronica, experimental, and ambient music. The journey is cerebral and sonically pleasing. Underpinned … Read more

Spacey Basement Cult Continue Down The Rabbit Hole With New Wonk-Pop Single

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Spacey Basement Cult’s new release sees the Leeds trio continue down the experimental-wonk-pop rabbit hole. The tongue-in-cheek description on their Bandcamp (“chill beats you can’t study to”) is suggestive of the artistic milieu the group push off from, if not where they land. There may be a quick nod to seminal electronica artists of the … Read more

Seigfried Komidashi Drops Experimental Lofi EP ‘Sagittarius Rising’

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Poet and saxophonist Seigfried Komidashi collaborates with Sheffield-based producer Zillch on his new EP Sagittarius Rising, combining jazz samples with lo-fi, experimental production, elements of noise, and spoken word. Bold, meandering, and at times abrasive, Komidashi’s low-energy vocal murmurs combined with unpredictable and at times lopsided production makes for a listening experience that is at … Read more

L.A. Salami Plays The Mime In Bewitching ‘Age of Glass’

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Age of Glass is the enchanting final single from L.A. Salami’s new album, The Cause of Doubt & a Reason to Have Faith. With reverb saturated harmonicas, rolling chromatic guitar picking, and implacable references to the ‘Age of Glass’ concept, this is something to marvel at. Lying musically somewhere between folk and experimental, Lookman’s performance … Read more

Kayla Painter Talks Sound Design, Sync, and Creativity

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Producer, a composer, and academic Kayla Painter is an experimental sound design artist who has a lot to say to the world. Influenced by many of the early Warp Records artists, she uses field recordings and manipulates audio to create intricate, complex, and at times stunning soundscapes. Coinciding with the release of her AA-side Prey … Read more

Hatch Drop Sheffield DIY Music Compilation, ‘Echo from Below’

Sheffield DIY music collective, Hatch, have just dropped their first-ever release. The album travels through punk, power pop, experimental, and beyond, for a wild ride that wonderfully captures the eccentric, unpredictable, and boundary-pushing dynamism of this oddball collective. Comprising 18 tracks, all from members of the Hatch family, the record is exclusively available on Bandcamp, … Read more

Jackie Moonbather Returns With Experimental, Soulful ‘Jones On The Phone’

The new single ‘Jones On The Phone’ shows Jackie Moonbather at his most experimental and most enigmatic. Slow, hip-hop grooves, punctuated with bass pops, piano glissandos, and draped with luxurious melodies, the mysterious lyrics gesture towards addiction (to a have a ‘jones’). The Blancmange Lounge producer and artist developed from a guitar-based, almost punky form … Read more

Jilk Drop Majestic Ambient Isolation EP ‘Endless Rushing Waves of The Same’

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Endless Rushing Waves of The Same may indeed describe a mood that, on a better day, we might feel in the midst of this strange time. But as the name also suggests, this record is concerned with something bigger. Something wider-reaching than this peculiar moment in history, and something more personal. In their words, the … Read more

Lifting the Leaves: Aaberg’s Tape Treated Guitar Meditations

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Finding an album that you can disappear into like a reverie is a rare pleasure. Calf, the newest release from Aaberg (aka Hunter Mockett) seems to be fit for that exact purpose. It’s an album of thoughtfully constructed guitar music which dissolves the world outside, creating space for your mind to roam.  Listen Now: Aaberg … Read more

What Is Algorave? Live Coding With Alex Mclean

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In the world of live coding, Alex McLean is a prime mover. His open source TidalCycles software is used by musicians across the world to code music quickly and dynamically in real time. He co-founded the Algorave movement, bringing programming out of obscurity and onto the dancefloor.   Writer Sarah Sharp (proficient in Microsoft Office, handy … Read more