VA – Air Texture Volume V [AIR005]

Besides their mesmeric and inventive live sets, EPs and LPs, Juju & Jordash are also accomplished selectors. They prove that here by linking with Spacetime Continuum to curate one CD each for the ambient and down tempo series, Air Texture. Their majestic disc includes one of their own pieces, tracks made with Move D as Magic Mountain High, plus other unreleased tracks from Donato Dozzy, Gigi Masin and others. It makes for a brain soothing and escapist listening.

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VA – Air Texture Volume V [AIR005]

Danny Wolfers – Unfolding The Future With Amateur Space Jazz [NW014]

What is Amateur Space Jazz One could call it a Lo-Fi Minimal Wavish version of Cosmic Space Jazz and anything closely related to it…from spiritual soul, G-FUNK, ethiopian jazz to ambient and everything in between…no knowledge of musical theory is required…Played with a D.I.Y punk approach on crappy digital synthesizers – preferably with dubious renditions of real instruments. Warmed up to the right temperature with some offbeat effectsbox. Multitracking is a technique widely used…to Create a “one person band with all its members oneself’s multidimensional copies in time.”…….Comes with a 24 page graphic novel written and drawn by Danny Wolfers himself and a Nightwind Amateur Space Jazz gummy domed sticker…….Let’s enter world of Amateur Space Jazz!!!

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Danny Wolfers – Unfolding The Future With Amateur Space Jazz [NW014]

Move D & Thomas Meinecke – On The Map [OMLP12]

The long-standing partnership of Moufang and Meinecke hit album number five with On The Map. A conceptual piece comprising five tracks that explore and celebrate black music and cultural history in five neighbourhoods across America, we’re treated to an arresting blend of found sounds and motifs across the deliciously slo-mo soundscapes. From the coastal blues of “Norfolk” and the darker, paranoid twangs and unease of “Washington DC” and “Watts” to the strutting space bound “Houston” and jazz blasts of “East St Louis”, this could be M & M’s best trip to date.

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Move D & Thomas Meinecke – On The Map [OMLP12]

Gaussian Curve – The Distance [MFM018]

New LP from Gigi Masin, Jonny Nash and Young Marco. Although their methodology remained the same, the inspirations were different. Whereas Clouds was intimate by design, The Distance reflects more on spaciousness, distance and time. It is instantly recognizable as a Gaussian Curve record, but feels different in scope and tone.

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Gaussian Curve – The Distance [MFM018]

Sentomea – Preface [123DSR]

Delsin’s next trick is a debut double 12″ from Sentomea, an Amsterdam native, real name Sander Schuurman, you might not have heard of but a real synth freak. Exclusively producing his music in hardware-based live takes, and that gives rise to perfectly imperfect stuff that feels visceral and alive. Often making music with a visual connection, this EP is full of versatile 909 beats and fizzing electronic textures. ‘Relative Solace’ is up first and is a frosty house trip with bell textures and melancholic strings sounding all celestial and heavenly. ‘Wander’ is all about a sludgy 909 groove being lit up with bright strings and icy hi hat ringlets as dissonant pads stretch and skew all about the arrangement then ‘Fortitude Boogie’ has classic Detroit pads, a lovely broken rhythm and a funkateer bassline that makes the whole cut dance and emotional dance. ‘Fluid’ is more stripped back and clean, with rubbery 909 drums plodding below watery, gurgling synth sounds up top and this most expressive and textural EP closes with the experimental FM synthesis that is ‘Matter’ with its raw, off beat grooves and glassy surfaces, and finally ‘Reminiscent,’ a horizontal, star gazing cut that encourages you to lay back and day dream in the grass.

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Sentomea – Preface [123DSR]