An effervescent, mellow and energised summer playlist for 2020

An effervescent, mellow and energised summer playlist for 2020

Here's a few cool albums I have been listening to lately. They have a nice beachy vibe, which is the kind of weather we are getting in Australia and New Zealand right now. Great background music for BBQS, on the headphones while sinking a few cold ones on the beach, while reading, and some of…

Album Review: Robohands 'Green'

Album Review: Robohands ‘Green’

In case you have been living under a rock, Robohands is a UK jazz musician whose real name is Andy Baxter. His debut album Green which came out in mid-2018 is superb. With almost zero effort to promote the album, Robohands has grown in underground popularity getting over a million views on his album and…

Boring Yet interesting: Drone Music

Drone music doesn't change much in tonality or tempo. The nature of this means that it can confuse some people and attract others. Unlike most other types of music, drone cultivates a unique emotional soundscape that allows people to sink deeply into it. Some drone music is less like a warm fuzzy hug and more…

Ambient Album Review #2: 'The Disintegration Loops' by William Basinski

Ambient Album Review #2: ‘The Disintegration Loops’ by William Basinski

American avante-garde composer William Basinski created The Disintegration Loops by a serendipitous and heart-wrenching series of events in his life and in the history of the world. This led to one of the great classics of the ambient and avante-garde genre – a four album opus called The Disintegration Loops. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjnAE5go9dI Basinski recorded some loops…

Ambient Album Review #1: 'Everything' by Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano

Ambient Album Review #1: ‘Everything’ by Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano

Here are a collection of my favourite ambient, dub, experimental and drone albums of all time. They are in no particular order because they're all brilliant. I hope you will give them a listen, let me know if you enjoy them! Everything is a spawling, epic atmospheric soundtrack that echoes the enormity of the universe.…

Travel: A roadtrip through the remote Eastern Cape, New Zealand

People seldom visit the Eastern Cape of the North Island because of its complete isolation from the rest of the country’s bustling travel routes. It’s quiet in terms of other cars – there are none, except for the occasional local farmer and logging truck ferrying wood from forests to the port in Gisborne.  It’s an…

Raveen: Delicate, dreamy floral art-pop for your reflective moods

Emerging Genius: Raveen are delicate, dreamy floral art-pop for your reflective moods

Raveen are a Montreal based band described as offering “dark, yet earnest pop-electronic with some serious R&B undertones”. Their ambient jazzy and chilled beats along with sparse singing style bring a distinctly Canadian glacial sound to their music, which to me sounds like open spaces and an atmospheric outdoor amphitheatre of emotions. Raveen released their…

Emerging genius no.4: Waveshaper - A Picture in Motion

Emerging genius no.4: Waveshaper – A Picture in Motion

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no.2 on the jukebox is Swedish synthwave producer Waveshaper's latest single A Picture in Motion (2017).  https://soundcloud.com/waveshaper-2/a-picture-in-motion-furi-original-soundtrack Waveshaper is a Swedish Synthwave musician who is inspired by classic synth artists like Jean Michel Jarre,…

Album Review: January Tapes by Cut Copy (2016)

Album Review: January Tapes by Cut Copy (2016)

Cut Copy are electro-pop icons of Australia. The band is  known primarily for glitchy, synth-laden and uplifting beats that are perfect background music for pool-side BBQs in the endless Australian summer. Although quite unexpectedly this September, Cut Copy released a limited edition, 44 minute collection of ambient music entitled the January Tapes. It’s their first…

Churches, Weeds, Wildflowers and Wonder

An Interview with Dreamy Dark Ambient Ingénue: Pat Moon

Pat Moon is the artist name of 26 year old musician Kate Davis. She’s a busy woman whose record label Track and Field in Portland Oregon is in its third year of existence and pulling in eclectic musical talent from LA, Australia and beyond. Don’t Hide from the Light by Pat Moon is a holy…

One electronic music channel to rule to them all

One electronic music channel to rule to them all

I love my music fast, furious and energetic. Electronic music of all kinds certainly rocks my boat. It's been a long term companion soundtrack to my life from the late 90's until today and for the foreseeable future. So I happened upon an amazing channel on YouTube the other day, called MA Lite, or Most…

Psychadelic Trips Into Aural Space: Six Lost Soundtracks Of Cult Sci-Fi Films

Psychadelic Trips Into Aural Space: Six Lost Soundtracks Of Cult Sci-Fi Films

Back when Daft Punk weren't even molecules in their parent's loins. Before the remake of Tron. Before techno and electro were born - during a weird primeval melting pot phase of experimentation in music, there was a whole canon of 70's and 80's sci-fi soundtracks that pushed the boundaries of ambient, electronic and rock music.…

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How to find the right music for coding, writing or any other absorbing activity

A playlist can have magical import upon your creative output. Here's some music styles that have helped me for writing, creating, sorting and doing the more mundane but necessary tasks in daily life. A few tips on selection 1. Seek out music that's unobtrusive and doesn't command all of your attention. It should overall be…