This week we are incredible humbled to have AUDIOGLIDER on Dusk Dubs. And true to his name, he has provided a beautifully crafted selection of stunningly created records for you to float across. AUDIOGLIDER has been making music since the early 90's, but his first break came via not one, but two exclusive tracks on Nick Warren's GU30 (Released Feb 19 2007) to massive critical acclaim. He followed this with two EP's, 'Halcyon' and 'Slight Return', and remixes on Morrison Recordings. He is also known for more experimental releases on the acclaimed German netlabel group FOEM (www.foem.info).
When you dive into his work, it's clear to see that there is a real creative mind at work. His music creates atmospheres, feelings and scenery. The images he paints with his sounds are of the sublime. This is why his inclusion to the Dusk Dubs Series makes perfect sense.
His current release 'Dewdrop Avalanche' (out on Stellar Fountain Records) is a masterclass in genre spanning production. Across the EP, you can experience a gorgeous progressive house ambience, deeper basslines and tech influenced vibes, and massive amounts of creative energies, warm pads and beautiful harmonies. It fully deserves its place in your collection.
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AUDIOGLIDER's Releases - Discogs
Here are a few words from the man himself....
It’s safe to say I’m a music junkie, always have been, and I’m amazed by those that just kind of stop looking for new and exciting sounds, new artists, new sonic boundaries. Without music life would make no sense. It’s part of our DNA. I’ve tried to make the tracks below sound like they are related - even though they are from different eras, from different worlds, they are all connected in some way - it could be a melody, or a guitar sound, Or a spaciousness. It could be just a feeling - but it’s there.
I hope you enjoy the selection as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
1) This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren
2) Crispy Ambulance - Simon’s Ghost
3) Limp - Interstellar
4) Man Without Country - Incubation
5) Faust - Jennifer
6) Rain Tree Crow - Pocket Full Of Change
7) Thievery Corporation - Satyam Shivam Sundaram
8) Planet Boelex (feat. Krister Linder) - Forever and Always
9) Mosaik - Vercors
10) Ulrich Schnauss - Between Us And Them
11) Diamat - I Can Only Love You If You Don’t Love Me
12) Aphex Twin - Analogue Bubblebath
13) Red House Painters - Mistress (original)
14) Engineers - Three Fact Fader
15) Essáy & Stumbleine - Rhiannon (Owsey Remix)
1) This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren - I was a 4AD Junkie in my long and distant youth, and have stayed so. The whole aesthetic and vision resonated with me, and none more so than their house band This Mortal Coil. This is such a beautiful piece of music with the inimitable vocals of Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins). Gives me goosebumps and tears every time.
2) Crispy Ambulance - Simon’s Ghost - Factory Records had bigger bands on their roster, but Crispy Ambulance released some blinders in their time…..this was on one of their best rated albums, The Plateau Phase. Beautifully textured and harmonious, chiming and wistful. Just lovely to drift away to.
3) Limp – Interstellar - A Danish supergroup of sorts, featuring Jonas Munk (Manual), Jess Kahr (Causa Sui), Rasmus Rasmussen (Aerosol), and Jakob Skøtt (Syntaks) these guys took up the mantel where 4ADs Dif Juz left off, creating compelling post rock instrumentals of deceptive complexity, without being nerdy. All feels natural and never forced. Beautiful.
4) Man Without Country – Incubation - Stunning track from Cardiff based Welsh wizards. Like M83 before them, MwC create epic soundscapes that are catchy and full of emotion. This is one of a whole heap of tracks I could have chosen. It opens up like a beautiful sonic flower of many colours and brings a smile to your face.
5) Faust – Jennifer - I discovered Faust after hearing John Lydon during his early PiL incarnation talk about his Krautrock influences on the band. I went through them all, but this track and the album it’s taken from is one of my favorites from this era. So many incredible ideas on this album - still sounds amazing today - just remember they didn’t have the equipment we have these days to make such incredible music!
6) Rain Tree Crow - Pocket Full Of Change - Japan and the individual members were one of the more intelligent and experimental bands of the new romantic era. They split up, but reunited for an album under the Rain Tree Crow moniker. In my eyes some of their best work as a group is on this album - melodic post rock with tunes and amazing vocals. This is spellbinding and leaves you wanting more.
7) Thievery Corporation - Satyam Shivam Sundaram - A huge influence on my sonic noodlings especially when creating entho-atmospheric tunes like this one. Some of their output lately hasn’t hit the spot for me, but this tune sees them at the height of their powers. Genre bending at its finest.
8) Planet Boelex (feat. Krister Linder) - Forever and Always - I discovered Planet Boelex while trawling through the netlabel scene and archive.org a few years back, before the days of Soundcloud and Bandcamp. their sound is otherworldly with arpeggios and basslines weaving in and out of each other, weaving a spell of hypnotic bliss. Throw into the mix Krister Linder’s vocal gymnastics, and you are swept up upon waves of emotion. Electronic soul food for sure.
9) Mosaik – Vercors - Another artist discovered through the netlabel scene from a few years ago and thier 80s influenced sound really resonates with me. beautifully crafted epic sonic stories told through the medium of lush instrumentation and timeless melodies. Amazing production values and attention to detail. Just gorgeous.
10) Ulrich Schnauss - Between Us And Them - From the first notes of this track I was hooked. Ulrich Schnauss seemed to come from nowhere with a sound that was fully formed and sounded like no other. This is the sound of a master at work. His mastery of melodic timing and space is unrivalled. A huge influence on me - a natural progression from the likes of Cocteau Twins sound palette and chord progressions. This is just perfect.
11) Diamat - I Can Only Love You If You Don’t Love Me - Born out of the mighty Italian band Port Royal - this side project has emerged to be just as powerful and influential in its own right. A merging of shoegaze, ambient and sometimes techno, this is a track that seems to be 3 or 4 tracks in one, with different phases…..somehow hangs together to tell a beautiful somewhat plaintive story. Quite a trip.
12) Aphex Twin - Analogue Bubblebath - Crikey - where to start with this one. when this came out, there was nothing like it, and there still isn’t. Brilliant intro that is relentless, and then THAT RIFF. Blissful in everyway. What an unlikely but genius track this is. I know its one of his oldest, but once again demonstrated that anything is possible if you forget about boundaries and just go by feel.
13) Red House Painters - Mistress (original) - Another 4AD band that were incredibly influential, but also fairly short lived. Most people tend to go for the slower piano version, but this really doesn’t have the impact that this track has, Great drums and sonic dynamics. But the words are arch, cruel, and bitter, delivered in a laconic manner. Mark Kozelek (for it is he) really is a maverick and has written some amazingly heartfelt songs before and since, but this one gets my vote everytime.
14) Engineers - Three Fact Fader - What a track! A hypnotic circular bassline and cracking chord changes as well as the sonics and vocal treatment. A powerful track from a band at the height of their powers. They sounded like no one else, especially with this track. A big sound to wrap your headphones around. Complete joy!
15) Essáy & Stumbleine - Rhiannon (Owsey Remix) - Three of my favorite artists in recent years discovered through Soundcloud. A couple of years ago they were really prolific and releasing stuff separately and together pretty much every week. Bringing their considerable talents together created a massive blissbomb of a track here. A perfect sunset or sunrise set closer if ever I heard one. Brings a smile to my face every time I hear it.