Video Premiere: Alexia, Berlin (Live session) by Jay Chakravorty

Written in the aftermath of a long-term relationship, multi-instrumentalist, composer, & producer Jay Chakravorty calls his modern-classical solo debut “a kind of a break-up album, but for a place as much as a person”. Recorded in homes and studios around London with the help of musician friends, ‘A Map With No Memory’ is essentially an…

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Sound Impression: Spirit Awake by Freya Arde

Freya Arde is an award-winning composer, guitarist and music producer from Germany. She has scored a number of feature films such as My Extraordinary Summer with Tess and documentaries like The Hidden Life of Trees (Das geheime Leben der Bäume) in which she challenged the boundaries between classical music and sound design through the use…

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PREMIERE: “The Hall” by Martyn Heyne

Born in Hamburg and based in Berlin where he has established his Lichte Studio, guitarist, composer, & producer Martyn Heyne was classically trained at the music academy of Amsterdam going on to serve as a live member of the acclaimed indie rock band Efterklang, share the stage with the likes of A Winged Victory For…

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Video Premiere: Im Fenster by CEEYS

Continuing their musical exploration of themes surrounding their Communist-era, East German heritage, the duo of brothers Daniel & Sebastian Selke known as CEEYS will soon be releasing the fourth full-length album entitled Hausmusik. Temporarily foregoing their use of vintage electronics, soviet synthesizers, and effects, the new record finds them relying solely on their main instruments…

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Track Premiere: Zola by Aukai feat. Lisa Morgenstern

The music of Markus Seiber as Aukai has always embodied a spirit of wandering and a palpable sense of the outdoors. Informed by his wide-ranging travels across Europe an the Americas and a deep appreciation of nature, Aukai’s redolent, peregrine style owes much to his use of the ronroco, a small guitar originating in the…

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Travelogue: A hibernate recordings Collection

After a relatively sparse 2019, it is very nice to see a flurry of new activity over at hibernate recordings, the Yorkshire-based ambient label founded a little over a decade ago by Jonathan Lees. The catalyst has been something called the 2.6 challenge, a charitable initiative intended to fill the void left by the cancellation…

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Track Premiere: Fired by ABADIR

ABADIR is the solo alias of Berlin-based Egyptian producer Rami Abadir, also one-half of the experimental production duo 0N4B and the electronic music section editor of Arabic online music magazine Ma3azef where he covers music theory, critical studies, history, reviews and interviews. After solo releases on Italy’s Yerevan Tapes, Germany’s Kaer‘Uiks, and Montreal’s D.M.T. Records,…

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Premiere: Infinite by Valeska Rautenberg

“My heart melts into rivers … into the infinite until it becomes pure tenderness. My heart, my infinite heart … it always loves.” Born in East Berlin to actor Klaus-Peter Thiele and painter Rosemarie Rautenberg, music was the art form that became Valeska Rautenberg‘s true love leading to a career as an instrumentalist, singer, composer,…

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Travelogue: A Journey With Whitelabrecs

By my count, Whitelabrecs has come out with nearly 70 releases in the four years since it was founded  by Harry Towell (aka Spheruleus).  For the first three, the label strictly followed a set formula in which each release came out on vinyl-effect CDs in a limited run of 50 copies.  This year, Towell has…

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