2020 April-July: Hello Old Friends

As lockdown continued, time spent listening to music on the daily walk became even more important. I discovered some old albums (Virginia Astley – ‘From Gardens Where We Feel Secure’), uncovered some new (Exo - Tineidae,  more to follow...) but most of all listened to new releases from some familiar names. Three albums in particular... Continue Reading →

Bruce Brubaker & Max Cooper – ‘Glassforms’

In really simplistic terms, this is pianist Bruce Brubaker beautifully interpreting the music of Philip Glass with Max Cooper providing the electronics and atmospherics. However, there is nothing simplistic about this phenomenal album. What Bruce Brubaker provides is the core of the album, its heart. What Max Cooper brings is the atmosphere and the monster... Continue Reading →

Q1 2020 – Let the music play

You'd think I'd be hammering out the blogs given all the time I/we have on our hands these days. It's a product of these times that I find myself tired a lot despite not travelling anywhere. I've always been a home lover but adjusting to it 24 hours a day has been more challenging that... Continue Reading →

Best of 2019

It's late November and apart from next weeks (Nov 29th) release of Pop Ambient 2020 there's nothing likely to scare my annual album list. I spent a ridiculous amount of time listening to old 80s records this year. Despite that, many gems were still found in 2019.   #10 The Brian Jonestown Massacre - The Brian Jonestown... Continue Reading →

Jaykits Vol. 14

The annual Jaykits mix. It's been a good year. 1.     ‘Tuning Out’ - Halftribe 2.     ‘Capsules of Energy’ - Max Wurden 3.     ‘You’ve Arrived’ - Cocoon 4.     ‘The Assassination’ - Martin Phipps 5.     ‘Purples’ - Sebastian Plano 6.     ‘Eventually’ - Helios 7.  ... Continue Reading →

Klaus Schulze – Timewind

A friend of mine does a lot of work restoring old houses. He often clears them of stuff that's been left behind. Sometimes there's some vinyl left over. If it is not claimed, he gets lucky. One of the albums he got, he passed onto me. That album is Klaus Schulze - Timewind. My word,... Continue Reading →

Halftribe – Backwater Revisited

I can always rely on Ryan Bisset (aka Halftribe) to deliver an album that totally speaks to me. Also, a label (Dronarivm) that includes Brock Van Wey (bvdub), is likely to present a joy. Backwater Revisited is definitely that. Most of this summer Halftribe (along with Warmth - Wildlife) have soundtracked my sleep over the... Continue Reading →

Pop Ambient 2019

It’s the end of the year and decent music releases have tailed off. The Christmas albums flood the retailers. Buble and Slade are everywhere. One thing I can always rely on is the November release of Kompakts’ Pop Ambient series. The 2019 edition is textbook. Another compilation of such a high standard, a standard that... Continue Reading →

2018 Album List

I’ve spent a lot of 2018 revisiting old music, call it my age or a lack of imagination. Talk Talk, King Creosote and the Cocteau Twins consumed a lot of the year. As did my new found love for The War On Drugs (first to the party as always). Anyway, 2018 did provide some wonderful... Continue Reading →

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