By Aoife O’Neil
1. Black Taffy - Geraldine
Black Taffy (Donovan Jones) is a Dallas-based composer and performer whose focus lies in pairing ambient music with large bass and percussion. He frequently employs the use of tape loops and other antiquated mediums to create pillowy worlds of wow and flutter. Geraldine samples therapeutic instruments such as the harp, koto, and flute instruments.
Dialogue - True Romance - An all time favourite love story written by Tarintino released over 25 years ago.
2. Cybe - The Running Water
Inspired by travels in Asia, this track features sound recordings and instruments from the East in the early eighties. This track has a real 80s feel and a sense of hopefulness and romance. Right up my alley, and hopefully yours too.
3. G.S. Schray - Greyfield Envoy
This track has a real nostalgic feel probably due to its incorporation of forgotten 80’s studio projects. It sits somewhere between new age, balearic and art rock with an epic climax towards the end.
4. Wilson Tanner - Before Lotus
Produced by Australians Wilson and Tanner, who are fans of turning the natural elements in their environments into beautiful warm composition
Dialogue: Napoleon_Dynamite - a quirky heart warmer that celebrates nerds and misfits.
5. salami rose joe louis - Cassionova flipp of Cheflee
Californian based Cassionova flipp presents a super cute mix of soft vocals, lo-fi beats and off key sounds, perfect for sleepy day dreamy afternoons.
6. Birdlabs - The View From The Big Window
Drawing influence from early 1970's synthesizer music, contemporary ambient and field recording concepts alike, "The View From The Big Window" thoughtfully revitalizes an age-old relationship between electronic music and the natural world.
7. mejiwahn - June
mejiwahn is a musician hailing from Minneapolis/Oakland. June is taken from his Lúil Ó Fadó ep which focuses on experimental beats that incorporate storytelling and dreams. Meditative in sound, it captures a tone that is reflective, helped by vocal snippets talking about peace and spirituality.
8. Ricky Eat Acid - Inside my house; some place I keep dreaming about
Synths, blips and melodies playfully create a sense of warmth and happiness in this short but dreamy number.
9. Khotin - Dotty
Dotty was taken from ‘New Tab’, an ambient album from the fantastic vancouver based producer Khotin. The release focuses on textures, melodies and samples that you can space out to.
10. Art Wilson - Rebecca's Theme (Water)
“audio incense of the most floral & tropical variety.”
Taken from an album produced using Synthesiser & Drum Machine, it was originally composed as a soundtrack for an australian contemporary dance work. Another new age vibey number that combines elements of nature.
11. Suzanne Kraft - Talk From Home
The warm synth loop playfully ebs and flows, picking up momentum as the melody progresses, creating a mixture of feelings for the listener.
12. Kobina - Unsure (Ambient Edit)
Unreleased material from Kobina who pulls together diverse and often disparate strands to create uniquely textured and emotive sound.
13. Brokenchord - When You Sleep
Brokenchord is a Lituanian music composer and producer - picked up by Black Acre after an exclusive mix of his was aired on BBC Radio One’s Experimental Show, hosted Mary Anne Hobbs in 2010. With nods to the likes of Bonobo, Radiohead and Illum Sphere within the LP, Brokenchord also has an exquisite cinematic quality to his production.
14. Maria Somerville - All My People
The title track from a fantastic debut LP by Galway native Maria Somerville. The track opens up with a hypnotic beat that draws you in before your immersed in a wash of delicate vocals, layers or distortion and ethereal sounds. Beautiful.
15. Grouper - Headache
More melancholic yet peaceful dream pop with stunning vocals and a gentle strumming guitar accompanied by the occasional sound of a finger slide - lush!
Dialogue - Requiem, for a Dream: “Imaginatively evoking the inner landscape of human beings longing to connect, to love and feel loved”. Not recommended after a big night out or your feeling emotional… unless maybe you want to cry.
16. Beta Librae - Shy
Beta Librae is a producer based in New York City, who co-operates the Technofeminism residency with Umfang at Bossa Nova Civic Club. Shy is the opener from her Sanguine Bond album which includes fluid ambient, tech, rave and dub numbers.
Dialogue: 2 17 18, Liminal Analytics: Applied Research Collaborative
Taken from series of phone calls between Dave Leech, former host of KZSU Stanford Radio's Thermonuclear Bar and independent researcher and experimentalist, David Metcalfe.
17. DJ Moonbeam/New Members - Aztec Dawn
New Members is a young and talented Irish producer who has released previously on the Dublin label Pear and SITU records. He finishes the mix by leading us into the balearic world of Cyprian dreams.