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NI Komplete Kontrol A25: Initial Thoughts

Yesterday evening I unboxed a brand new Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 keyboard, to replace my Novation LunchKeyMini. I’ve wanted to replace the Novation for a while as the keys are too small for my sausage-like fingers, and I don’t tend to use Ableton in a way to use the clip-launching tools there. The A25 […]

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FavAlbums #1: The Cat

A 1964 jazz album might not be the obvious place to start a list of my favourite albums. But Jimmy Smiths The Cat is about as pure a musical experience you could ever hope for. Melodic, joyous, uplifting, exhilarating and frequently jaw-dropping in its dexterity and impact.  Possibly the biggest reason for the success of this […]

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review: Primal Code – Ēteru

The latest release from Hypnus Records is – to be pretty honest – much like all of their other releases. However, it’s a microgenre all of it’s own, and its one I happen to love. Subtle pads swell and sway, in the background, accompanied by a high-passed white noise. Tribal percussion and shimmering hi-hats bask […]

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Review: Gnoomes – Ngan!

Ngan! by Gnoomes Hailing from the small Russian city of Perm, deep in the Ural mountains, Gnoomes have produced an album of beauty. Where psychedelic rock meets kosmische meets shoegaze, there you will find Gnoomes. A lot of the genre conventions are in place – Motorik drumming, fuzz guitars, echoladen Ebow guitars and dreamlike vocals all […]

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Review: Field Lines Cartographer / Impulse Array

Magnetic Anomalies by Field Lines Cartographer is a new full-length ambient album out on Concrète Tapes – home of the wonderful Preston Field Audio. The album drifts through musical reference points such as Popol Vuh, Tangerine Dream and The Orb, merging fat analogue synthesis with field recordings. What results is an album that not only works as […]

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