Yamaneko has been one of the most prominent ambient and experimental producers in the UK in recent years. Since releasing his debut LP, ‘Pixel Wave Embrace’, on Local Action in 2014, the artist has developed somewhat of a cult fan base thanks to his enchanting approach to beatless soundscapes, new age forms and melodic subtlety.
We know next to nothing about Yeongrak. The Christchurch, New Zealand-based producer has quite a prolific and scattershot Soundcloud catalog of experimental, harrowing and hallucinogenic electronic music, and that's all we got. Having had an official release with emamouse earlier this year on Quantum Natives, Yeongrak is stepping up now on one of our favourite emerging London labels, Tobago Tracks.
On her new EP for Establishment Records, ‘Clockwise’, DJ/producer/sound engineer Jamaica Suk evokes her backgrounds in jazz, metal, dark-ambient and drone to deliver a four-track serving of relentless techno for the depths of the dancefloor.
A regular at boundary-pushing Berlin party Pornceputal, Suk channels her early influences of artists like Sunn O))) and Godspeed! You Black Emperor to create harrowing, cavernous techno with lush soundscapes propped on top of bone-shattering beats. The EP also comes with a killer remix of 'Clockwise' by Pulse One.
On his recent album ‘Atmospheres Vol. 2’ – released earlier this year via Cologne label Modularfield – Denver based musician and composer Ann Annie used modular synthesis to craft ambient music of a spellbinding quality, an almost disarming sense of calm and a dreamlike sense of space.
When Annie discovered the wide-open and liberated capacity of modular he was immediately captivated, he says, having previously played guitar and keyboards in bands as well as running a recording studio.
“I was immediately taken by its vast ability to make any kind of music or sound,” he says. “For me, the modular is such a personal instrument. It’s hard to find anything like it.”
For his debut EP on emerging art and music collective C.A.N.V.A.S. Berlin-based, west of Ireland native artist Lugh treads the line between lush ambience and impactful – and at times harrowing – sound design.
Following last year’s debut, ‘Womb Echo’, Malmö-based KAJA AKA John Cowie is set to release his new EP ‘Silent Age’ via RITE this Friday 1st June.
Music has been saving Matt Karmil’s life since he was a child. Spending much of his early adolescence debilitated by illness – which would later be diagnosed as Epstein-Barr virus – many of his formative years were spent in near isolation. Distanced from peers, from school and from most of the things that make a childhood “normal”, the Wiltshire-born kid turned to music and learning guitar for companionship in the face of physical and mental unwellness. He hasn’t looked back since.
Developing an expansive taste from an early age, Karmil fell in love with everything form Nirvana and blues to classic rave tapes and Musique Concrète. His longstanding love of ambient music in particular can be found everywhere in his granular, dusty, atmospheric back catalog, and even more so now on ‘Will’. ‘Sharehold’ hovers on a dense, smoky cloud of enveloping sound, its melody breaking through like sunbeams through smog at distanced interludes.
Oregon’s Graintable AKA James Cooke is set to release his debut LP, ‘Herons’, on London’s terrific Ransom Note Records next week. A lush, beautifully textured album in the vein of contemporaries Steve Hauschildt and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Cooke’s approach to ambience, energy and electronics is nothing short of stunning.
On ‘Atlantis’ – premiering below – swirling arpggios lift the listener from whatever foggy mental mire they’re in to a place of absolute clarity and space, the scope and space of the piece acting like a tonic for woozy souls.
Legendary UK electronic duo Underworld have shared a new track. ‘Brilliant Yes That Would Be' is a sombre, ambient affair full of lush keys and lamenting melodies.
In March this year, the duo played in Reykjavik, Iceland for the first time since 1994 and were inspired by the landscape and atmosphere of the area. This track is the product of that influence.
The track comes paired with a hypnotic visual accompaniment directed by Simon Taylor.
Check out the track and video below.
Danish experimental electronic artist Astrid Sonne released her debut album ‘Human Lines’ in February via Copenhagen-based label Escho. A classically trained musician and composer, ‘Human Lines’ found Sonne venturing into complex, otherworldly territory, fusing technical prowess with an exploratory sensibility, crafting an album which blended intense synth bass stabs and throbs with gripping melodies and rich textures.