VA – Air Texture Vol.7 [AIR007LP]

Since launching in 2011, James Healy’s Air Texture label and compilation series has become something of an institution within the ambient scene. As with its predecessors, the seventh volume in the series has been jointly compiled by two artists with an existing musical relationship, in this case Rrose and Silent Servant. Their selections are on point, drowsily drifting between academic ambient compositions (see Rrose and James Fei’s “For Bass Clarinet 8.97 (Rrose Version)”, uncomfortable electronic explorations (Ron Morelli, Anthony Child), modular movements (Not Waving), jazz-flecked deep space soundscapes (Luke Slater), horror-influenced throb-jobs (Phase Fatale, June & An-i) and 1990s style ambient electronica (Octa Octa, Function).

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VA – Air Texture Vol.7 [AIR007LP]

Octo Octa – Oh Love [SILK023]

Brooklyn’s Octo Octa pushes all the right buttons on his 2nd solo EP for 100% Silk. A-side stars the Aaliyah-sampling winner ‘Deep Hurt’, economically putting an over-used sample to fresh use in a percolating House context beside the Jersey swing of ‘Oh Hurt’. Flipside, the lights are dimmed for the warm chords, choice vocal samples and woozy subs of ‘Night Out’, and ‘I Can Feel You (Dub)’ rides that heat-hazy, sticky House vibe all the way to the middle of the floor.

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Octo Octa – Oh Love [SILK023]

La Vampires By Octo Octa – Freedom 2K [SILK031]

LA Vampires aka Not Not Fun & 100% Silk matriarch Amanda Brown returns alongside Octo Octa, on a sterling clutch of sensual, elegant House trax backed with a Malvoeaux remix. She suits the dreamy vocalist role beautifully contributions to ‘His Love’, and the raving request ‘Whereever, Boy’, and works best sailing high above the sweetly off-key ‘Freedom 2K’.

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La Vampires By Octo Octa – Freedom 2K [SILK031]