Altar [Native States] (feat Scientific Dreamz Of U)
Review: Junior Loves has previously been spotted alongside Scientific Dreamz Of U on the excellent The Dreamcode cassette for 1080p back in 2015, and now the spiritually charged producer is stepping out on SDOU-friendly label Tabernacle to impart some well-travelled rhythm science to all astral journeypeople. There's definitely a psyched-out drum circle vibe to "Light/New Faith," but it's shot through with foreboding that makes it all the more alluring. "Hallowed (0.E.P)" is a strafing exercise in space age arpeggios and eerie chords, and the Scientific one lends a hand on the thrumming cosmic engine of "Altar [Native States]."
Review: With that excellent pair of remixes from Place No Blame's label debut last year still ringing in our heads, we've been awaiting new material from London's Japan Blues with a worrying level of anticipation. While his reworks of DJ Slyngshot's equally magnetic tunes saw the mask-ridden producer branch out onto new territories, this LP marks another significant change in his approach to releasing music. Sells His Record Collection, as with anything this man does, is an honest approach to sampling and a magnificent reflection of so many years spent digging through Japanese records. From folk dances, to soundtrack scores, and even glitchy waves of post-punk beats, this is an unmissable excursion into the most unknown territories of the music that the Far Easte Asian's island has to offer. There are few people who have taken such care, attention and dedication to bringing the listener a singular view of the country's music, and there is something in here for any serious music connoisseur's ears. Unmissable (and limited!).
Odi Et Amo-Bis (Johannson/Donadello rework) (2:55)
...Eins Og Venjulegt Folk (Paul Corley rework) (3:28)
Odi Et Amo (Theatre Of Voices version) (6:25)
Review: Icelandic neo-classical producer Johan Johansson could not be considered anything less than a pioneer and a driving force behind the contemporary ambient movement. Although his music is grounded in non-electronic instrumentation, he has allowed the analogue and digital world to gel more freely, giving inspiration to other like-mined artists. Thanks to releases for powerhouses such as Touch or 4AD, he has constantly grown and evolved, but it's this call-up to Germany's enedlessly respected Deutsche Grammophon which truly instils the sense that he is a master of his own art. Englaborn & Variations is a long and meaningful story, constructed with precision and vision, with the sounds of classical strings taking it from bleepy drone to an orchestral symphony of tonalities. An important record.