Various Artists – Polarity: Mixed By Focal (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Various Artists - Polarity: Mixed By Focal (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Various Artists
Album: Polarity: Mixed By Focal
Genre: Ambient
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 1.72 gb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

From the passionate lands of France, Arnaud Galoppe, known as Focal and Kinosura, has hand-mixed an emotional labyrinth of dark techno and melancholy ambience in Ultimae’s latest compilation.
Polarity is a double-sided conglomerate of electronic expressions from all over the world, spanning across atmospheric soundworlds of intimate drone and deep, industrial progressions.
This collection of heartwarming soundscapes and foot-stomping house beats is smoother than butter, a series of 26 top-notch tracks that paint an interesting, auditory adventure.
Although the album has a minimalistic approach, it offers a surprisingly detailed production. Each track is layered with expert craftsmanship and hypnotic melodies laced against diverse, psychedelic noise echoing in the distance.
Polarity is certainly an experience worth traversing, and we are proud to host it as an excellent addition to any electronica connoisseur’s sound-library.

The Polarity artwork was imagined by plasticians Suzy Lelivre and Raphal Kuntz.
From a sphere, they conceived a parametric deformation protocol for a decomposition in several stages. While Suzy imagines shapes and the potential modifications to impact, Raphal works on the incarnation process to extract a mineral matter look, something geological, almost chemical.
As they materialise, with slow lighting work, shapes undergo random offsets, revealing the tension between a near scientific protocol and its subjective interpretation. Beyond the infinite production of singular shapes, the goal of both artists, especially for this project, is to invent new processes that invite a reconsideration of our attitude to shapes.
In the same way, from Ambient to Techno, through a game of modulation of pads, rhythms and frequencies, Polarity offers a variety of musical spectra flowing into one another, a melodic exploration of the twists and turns which link both universes.

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Lowercase Noises – The Swiss Illness (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Lowercase Noises
Album: The Swiss Illness
Genre: Ambient
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 182 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Lowercase Noises is Andy Othling, an ambient/instrumental music producer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Andy’s music is a unique blend of ethereal guitar sounds coupled with the occasional use of other more earthy instruments including banjo and harmonium.

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GAS – Narkopop (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: GAS
Album: Narkopop
Genre: Ambient
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 374 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Ambient and house music are just different kinds of eternity, and eternity never goes out of style. That’s one reason why Gas sounds as fresh on Narkopop as it did seventeen years ago. Another is the honed skill of minimal-techno polymath Wolfgang Voigt, the Kompakt cofounder who hasn’t exactly been gathering dust alongside his most influential alias. In four seminal ambient house albums as Gas, released between 1996 and 2000 and reissued last year in the covetable Box, Voigt infused the essentially mechanical concepts of The Orb, The KLF, and Aphex Twin with his own pneumatic naturalism, famously inspired by acid trips in ancient German woods. The resultant sound is dense yet vaporous, a liquified forest or a fume given form. Overlapping loops tessellate like canopied leaves, always the same and always changing, while a cardiac kick drum traces the only straight line through edgeless ecosystems.

But there’s a third reason Narkopop doesn’t feel dated: it briskly picks up the less static, more composed gestures that emerged at the end of the original tetralogy, on the effervescent Pop. Instead of a characteristic rustle and thump, Narkopop opens with a massive deconstructed chord, glowering like an alien sunrise. In fact, we don’t hear any textbook Gas until track seven, where wind-infused harmonic material patiently subdivides a shamanic bass drum. A couple of the drone bagatelles, though masterfully realized, break Gas’s signature hypnosis and could be mistaken for any number of Kompakt artists rather than being unmistakably his. But at best, Narkopop faithfully upgrades Gas’s murky fundamentals to HD.

Take the second track, where Voigt, with expert gradualness, sculpts a kernel of frequency into a rounded filigree of bass. It epitomizes his seamless changes in atmosphere, as a clear, watery environment imperceptibly shades into damp forest, then brown swamp, as the bass devolves from a cosmic mainspring to a wrinkle of primordial sludge. Gas has never sounded so vividly ominous before: on the fifth track, a grim war band inexorably closes in, revealing itself as a funeral procession only when it engulfs us. On the eighth, a decayed disco drum trembles in a cracked mirror between life and death, the air bad and hissing around it, showing all the colors of darkness. By the time we reach the seventeen-minute closer—the most classically Gas song here, with its dry slither and monastic hums—it feels like a cast-off skin. – spin

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