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Best new music of 2013-2014

As I didn’t write a 2013 list this time last year—I had just moved to New York and the year had been a bit too tumultuous for music to get adequate attention—here’s an aggregated list of my favorite music purchases over the past two years. My list for 2012 is available here. Minilogue / Son Kite / Sebastian Mullaert: overall output 2013-2014 From the very beginning of their career, Marcus Henriksson and Sebastian Mullaert have had a rare knack for the very fundamentals... Read More

A brief history of goa trance

Preamble This article serves a few different purposes: It documents my own understanding of the origins of this specific music genre, highlights some of my favorite tracks, albums and labels, and it attempts to explain the virtues of the genre to those who are new to it. I have had to make many large omissions, and if you’re familiar with the genre you may disagree with with some of my choices regarding what to mention. Additionally, what drew me into this music might not... Read More

Filteria – “Lost in the Wild”

One of the records that didn’t reach my Swedish mailbox in time for the October report is my good friend Jannis’ fourth full length album “Lost in the Wild“, released under his Filteria moniker. As usual I did the cover design and I’m quite happy with how it turned out. Interestingly, in my youtube video from Lost Theory festival 2011 where I played a very early version of the title track (it was just a couple of days old at that time and has been... Read More

New records, October 2013

From goastore.ch: Various – “Instrumentarium” Various – “Remember The Slime” Crop Circles – “Full Mental Jackpot” Comments A single order managed to reach my mailbox this month, with two more narrowly missing the mark. Both compilations are full of that most psychotic kind of nighttime psy-trance that I like, so while I almost never buy anything new in this genre it was time for an exception.  Read More

New records, August 2013

I honestly think I bought zero new records last month. At least I can’t think of a single one right now. I guess the weather was simply too nice to sit inside with the windows shut.  Read More

New records, May 2013

Sorry this one is a bit late. From the artist himself: Expo 70 – “Woolgather Visions” Expo 70 – “Live In The Pit KFJC 89.7 FM November 6. 2010″ Expo 70 – “Paralyzed” Expo 70 – “Virtually From The Unknown” Expo 70 – “Closet Full Of Candles” Expo 70 – “Corridors To Infinity” Comments Last months fave “Virtually From The Unknown” makes a reappearance here on cassette. Not the most necessary... Read More

Best new music of 2012

I generally don’t write these kinds of lists because a) there’s bound to be a bazillion great releases from this year that I haven’t heard yet, and b) of all the stuff I have heard I’m sure I have yet to fully appreciate some of it and I’ll probably very soon grow tired of some of the ones that sounded excellent the two times I listened to them. So in reality it would be much better to let everything settle and make this a 2011 list, but I’m... Read More

This is my music, part 2: Hypnotic techno from Italy & beyond

Techno—the proper stuff and not the sugar-coated, insultingly tasteless drivel that every now and then seeps into the mainstream—is a rather faceless type of music, so this post will not have a single hero artist representing the genre. It is utilitarian music, primarily made for DJ’s and to be heard in the context of more techno, carefully selected and mixed to create a coherent aesthetic theme, since tracks seldom come to their full right on their own. It is music... Read More

This is my music, part 1: Cosmic synth trips by Lunar Miasma

I know update this blog with olympic frequency, but now I have this idea for a series of posts that might actually motivate me to generate some worthwhile content. The idea is I’ll pick a genre I listen to and an artist to represent it, and then present a few key recordings and tell you why you need to hear them. We’ll start this exercise with Greek synth shaman Panos Alexiadis, a.k.a. Lunar Miasma. The first thing you’ll notice if you trawl the Lunar Miasma... Read More

New music: Incoming records, fall 2011

Here’s some records that are on their way here. I’ve linked each cover image to a site where you can listen to some samples and/or buy them. Spanning from the grimmest of noise and metal to serene piano improvisations and soothing drones, it’s quite an eclectic blend yet with a distincty autumnal mood: imagegrid {padding-right:11px; padding-bottom:11px;} img {padding-right:11px; padding-bottom:11px;}    Read More