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Top 10 ambient albums of 2011

It’s that time of the year again, and as always the ‘Best Of’ lists for 2011 were flying in thick and fast pretty much since the start of December. The critics’ consensus and Let England Shake aside though, there has unsurprisingly been a pretty large omission of ambient and drone albums at the top of […]

Theophilus London: Flying Overseas

While many likely can’t wait until the term chillwave – that somewhat elusive electronic sub-genre popularised by Washed Out, Neon Indian and the like – disappears off the musical radar, one man seems determined to hold onto it. New York emcee Theophilus London’s new single, ‘Flying Overseas’, opens with that characteristic über bassy synth, steadily […]

Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues

Ever since their near explosion out of Seattle in 2008, Fleet Foxes have been the epitome of calm and composure in everything they’ve done – a stark contrast to the musical background of the city that harboured them. Their live shows, characterised by pinpoint harmonies and an unassuming yet commanding stage presence, have ensured that […]

Antonionian: Antonionian

The name Antonionian probably isn’t going to ring any immediate musical bells for the majority of people. It’s only when you find out that the moniker belongs to Jordan Dalrymple – one sixth of experimental group Subtle – that you get any sort of clue of where he’s going to be heading on his debut. […]

Austra: Beat and the Pulse

For Canadian electronic pop band Austra, who operate within a genre fundamentally rooted in a strong four-on-the-floor rhythm, the decision to entitle their new release Beat and the Pulse emits an aura of confidence in simplicity. There’s no cryptic New Order song titling here; the music is left to stand on its own merit, and […]

Mophono: Cut Form Crush

Anyone who has listened to DJ Shadow’s seminal 1996 debut Endtroducing… can appreciate its lasting influence on hip-hop. The seamless fusion of such a diverse spectrum of samples into an exciting and, importantly, highly listenable format produced an album which stands as the benchmark for any modern producer of the genre. Fifteen years on and […]

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