Maitreya – From the Mothership


Release data: Maitreya – From the Mothership CD, Council of Nine, 1999 “From the Mothership” is the debut-cd of Simon Lomax aka Maitreya, released on his own small ambient label Council of Nine. The cover states the album is “dedicated to the end of one life and the beginning of another”, some small letters elsewhere made clear that “the artist does not believe himself to…

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Jeff Greinke – Weather from another Planet


Release data: Jeff Greinke – Weather from another Planet CD, First World Music, 2003 “Weather from another Planet” is the second cd release by Jeff Greinke, but this one is quite different in both nature and sound compared to his Hypnos-recording “Wide View”. First of all, the album offers a daring and adventurous mixture of rather sophisticated beats and samples which are accompanied by cascading…

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E=motion – Infinite Motion


Release data: E=motion – Infinite Motion CD-R, Underwater Music/Syngate, 2002/2003 Electronic music from Polen made by one Jacek Spruch aka E=Motion. “Infinite Motion”” is his debut-cd, which was first released in private, but in 2003 it was re-released as a cd-r by Syngate. Well, fans of rhythmic, powerful and melodic music will surely find something here, as Jacek starts digging his way through 50 minutes…

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Carbon Based Lifeforms – Hydroponic Garden


Release data: Carbon Based Lifeforms – Hydroponic Garden CD, Ultimae Records, 2003 Carbon Based Lifeforms is the Swedish duo Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Ringström of which some music already appeared on the Fahrenheit Project-samplers of the same label. Well, what we encounter here is down-tempo ambient from up north in which spacy textures and tribal ambient grooves are combined, shifting from meditative chill-out to more…

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Kevin Bartlett – Near Life Experience


Release data: Kevin Bartlett – Near Life Experience CD, Aural Gratification, 2003 “Near Life Experience” is the awesome debut-recording of multi-instrumentalist Kevin Bartlett, offering over 73 minutes of evocative instrumental songs in which influences of Mike Oldfield, Enigma, Peter Gabriel and progressive/symphonic rock can easily be heard. The album kicks off with (my personal favorite) “Gayatri”, with a Celtic kindred melody before the haunting female…

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AuReality – Sense


Release data: AuReality – Sense CD-R, Private Release, 2003 The man behind Aureality is the Dutch ambient composer Paul Swennenhuis, of which “Sense” is his second album. On this cd he uses the Alesis QuadraSynth, Emu Morpheus en de NI AbSynth, and the outcome is above average. AuReality’s music contains nice melodic lines and mixes them quite often with ethnic inspired rhythms. His compositions contain…

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