Travel: Walks along the Water of Leith, Edinburgh

Ambient Album Review: Place Language by Various Artists @RobGMacfarlane

Sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy this one. It's a compilation album inspired by the themes and evocative words in celebrated nature writer Robert MacFarlane's book Landmarks. The book focuses on showcasing poetic landscape words, gathered from the dialects of Britain and Ireland. Ambient Album Review: Place Language by Various Artists The…

Ambient album review: The Fifty Eleven Project by Kasper Bjørke Quartet

Just a few weeks shy of his 35th birthday, Kasper Bjørke, a Danish ambient producer, discovered a tumor. The next five years of his life were spent in the clinical surrounds of hospitals and clinics. So he decided to document his feelings into his newest release, The Fifty Eleven Project. It's deeply moving, fragile ambient…

Cats Love Species-Specific Music

A crate-digger’s guide to embarrasingly cringey music: 70’s and 80’s edition

I had my mind bombarded by a lot of great music and a lot of crappy music growing up. This was thanks to Rage (an Australian version of MTV). Also my dad had a massive vinyl collection that was filled with some great albums - Led Zeppelin and Kate Bush, as well as some really…

One electronic music channel to rule to them all

The most embarassingly shit songs of my 90’s adolescence

This list is inspired by Anthony Fantano AKA The Needle Drop's list of the most cringe-worthy songs that he loved as a teenager. In case you don't know of his channel, Anthony normally reviews amazing music both new and old in a really interesting way.

Ambient album review: Suzanne Ciani Buchla concerts 1975 @sevwave

Electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani never achieved the critical mass appeal of Brian Eno or Aphex Twin. Although once you listen to her album I'm sure you agree, she deserves to be up there with the greats of ambient music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vZGeHBfxU0 You never really hear much about female ambient music artists, it's always men really…

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.…

17 songs by inspiring women that shaped my life

My favourite songs of all time by female artists

Although the world is full of amazing female musicians I always come back to songs by these women because they are particularly amazing and always inspiring. I hope you will also share your favourites with me too in the comments below. The Knife - A colouring of Pigeons A colouring of pigeons by Swedish Electronic…

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…

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…

FIlm Review: Radio On

Film Review: Radio On

The epic post-punk British road movie nobody has ever heard of Made in England in 1979 at the height of post-punk, this is a very unique film. It's like what Joy Division would have looked like if the band's music was made into a film. This is also a unique British film because it's a…

Moondog: The enigmatic jazz wizard of post-war NYC

Moondog: The enigmatic jazz wizard of post-war NYC

I came across Moon dog on one of those long and meandering trips through obscure music on YouTube. He was a true innovator and an avante-garde enigma. For one he looked like Gandalf or Hagrid. Aside from that he invented several new muscial instruments including a small triangular instrument he called the Ooo and another…

Every Picture Tells A Story: When Depeche Mode met Derrick May in Detroit in 1989

Every Picture Tells A Story: When Depeche Mode met Derrick May in Detroit in 1989

In 1989, Depeche Mode came to Detroit to hang out with Derrick May and Juan Atkins. The two early techno pioneers had been mixing the band’s songs into their sets at clubs in Detroit like the Music Institute. So Depeche Mode's David Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher ventured from Essex in the UK to…

Words and Music: Miss Hollywood & Shanghai

Words and Music: Dave Clarke’s World Service & Shanghai

I wrote this poem because I came across an album I hadn't heard in years, it reminded me so much of Shanghai where I lived briefly as a teenager that I had this all rush into my head and I needed to get it out. So here is a memory purge of my time in…

Emerging Genius: North Atlantic Drift, Departures Vol.1

Emerging Genius: North Atlantic Drift, Departures Vol.1

North Atlantic Drift is the experimental from Toronto-based ambient and electronic duo of Brad Deschamps and Mike Abercrombie. North Atlantic Drift were formed in the summer of 2011. The band sound uncannily reminiscent of their name, with a glacial, hynotic, pleasant drone and ambient meanderings into music. This is expansive, atmospheric ambient in the same…

Emerging genius no. 5: Hiroshi Yoshimura - Soundscape 1 Surround

Emerging genius Hiroshi Yoshimura – Soundscape 1 Surround

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.5 on the jukebox, Japanese ambient/new age producer Hiroshi Yoshimura's floaty album Soundscape 1 Surround from 1986.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJSuKb8YAYI&t=603s There is something eerily familiar about Hiroshi Yoshimura's 1986 album Soundscape 1 Surround. It's…

Emerging genius no.9: Lav & Purl - Absorbed in Serenity

Emerging genius: Lav & Purl – Absorbed in Serenity

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.8 on the jukebox, a gorgeous new age ambient track called Absorbed in Serenity from the album A State of Becoming, by producers Lav (Christopher Landin) and Purl (Ludvig Cimbrelius).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZbittxnjo8 These…

Fuck Parade in Berlin 2009

Fuck Parade in Berlin, 2009

Fuckparade is a part protest and part techno street party in Berlin which happens every summer. Since 1997 local Berliners have demonstrated against the forces of commercialisation of public life and culture which can stifle and crush creativity. These photos are from when I went to Fuckparade in 2009. I was at the U-bahn station…

Emerging genius no. 7: Hidden Spheres - Beachy

Emerging genius: Hidden Spheres – Beachy

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.7 on the jukebox, from the Lobster Theremin label it's producer Hidden Sphere's single Beachy.  Imagine silky sunsets and waving palms, rollerblades and a real 90's acid house/ chicago house bar vibes.…

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,…