Premiere: Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres – Fall Fly Run (feat. Josh Semans)

Founded in 2016 by Peruvian musician Sergio Díaz De Rojas, the piano and coffee collaborative platform turns five this year and is celebrating with the very first compilation style release from its associated label which enters its fourth year. Realismo Mágico is a conceptual project featuring “unconventional works” by a dozen artists some of whom…

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Sound Impression: The Perception of Invisible Forms by Lee Yi

Perception Of Invisible Forms is a release that marks two occasions – the 10th anniversary of Lee Yi as a recording artist and the inauguration of a new series of digital offerings from the Rottenman Editions imprint which previously only released bespoke limited editions. The notion the label will be expanding their catalog in this…

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Premiere: I’d Still Say Yes by Awakened Souls & Pepo Galán

A sublime new transatlantic collaboration comes our way in December thanks to Seattle’s Hush Hush Records, a label curated by KEXP DJ Alex Ruder whose weekly Pacific Notions show has become a welcome Sunday morning fixture for a growing audience of ambient listeners around the globe. Palettes is a mini-album consisting of five deeply immersive…

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Streaming Premiere: Orbit by Axel Toben

Alejandro Bento is a multi-instrumentalist and composer born in Spain and currently based in the coastal town of Javea. Though he is self-taught as a pianist, Alejandro, the son of Argentinian artist Oscar Bento, was traditionally trained in music from a young age. After taking up a variety of instruments in conservatory, he went on…

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Travelogue: The Whitelabrecs Home Diaries

Since its inception, Harry Towell’s Whitelabrecs label has been nothing less than prolific with release after release that seems to bring out the best in any artist that appears on the roster. In fact, Whitelabrecs made more appearances in my 2019 retrospectives than any other label. Given the creative impetus that represents, perhaps it is…

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Track Premiere: “Dora” by Olec Mün

The grandson of four Jewish refugees who escaped the Nazi regime in 1938 and emigrated to Argentina, Marcelo Schnock, aka Olec Mün, has played the piano since he was six years old. Now based in Barcelona, he is the first of his family in two generations to settle back in Europe and his forthcoming album…

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Travelogue: The Drones of Spring

When I first began to really diving into ambient music I was surprised just how much of what I liked what what was classified as ‘drone’. The name just seemed off-putting. For the uninitiated it appears to promise something monotonous, something to zone out to rather than tune into. As I quickly learned, however, in…

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Video Premiere: Piano Textures 5 II by Bruno Sanfilippo

Argentinian pianist & composer Bruno Sanfilippo released Piano Textures 1 in 2007 thus launching a series of thoughtfully sculpted, introspective works that have come to be among the most beloved recordings of his prolific catalog. The arrival of spring will bring with it the fifth volume in the collection recorded by Sanfilippo at his Onix…

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Travelogue: An Eilean Rec. Journey

Eilean Rec. is a non-profit independent French label founded on a rather original concept – a map of an imagined land populated with 100 points each of which corresponds to an album release. A little over five years since it began, that map is nearly complete and during that time, the label has introduced us to…

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