Ambient Music Guide Podcast
Ambitronica 08 compiled & mixed by Mike G

Ambitronica 08 compiled & mixed by Mike G

June 16, 2020

A 2 PART AMBITRONICA SPECIAL: DRUM 'N' BASS 'N' DREAMY BREAKS 1994-2017.

Compiled & mixed by Mike G at Rubycon Sound, May-June 2020. Tracklist at ambientmusicguide.com.

Around 1994 I remember hearing the track ‘Mutant Jazz’ by the mysterious T Power vs MK Ultra. It was getting airplay on Oz public radio station Triple J, which broke a fair bit of new indie and electronic music from the UK back then.

It started as a slow, funky trumpet-led lounge break that – completely unexpectedly – segued into the fast, stuttering, skittering beats of what I soon learned was called jungle. Then, following this initial segue, ‘Mutant Jazz’ improbably and brilliantly married both: slow and fast, dreamy and kinetic.

As jungle quickly morphed beyond the underground and spread around and outside the UK it became known as drum ‘n’ bass. The more ambient, atmospheric tip championed by the likes of LTJ Bukem and his label Good Looking Records became yet another iteration of ambient dance music alongside ambient techno, IDM, ambient dub, lounge, ambient breaks and a slew of other subgenres. Two or more of these styles were frequently fused together, and “intelligent” drum ‘n’ bass was one of the most eclectic and inventive styles of them all.

These two mixes capture rich, atmospheric drum ‘n’ bass and breakbeat tunes that are personal faves, mostly dating from back in the day but also a few recent ones including cuts from genre giants Blu Mar Ten. Pioneers like Bukem and A Guy Called Gerald are here, but so too are some stonking cosmic tracks from Australian and New Zealand artists which you have probably never heard and I think you’ll like. A lot.

Ambitronica 07 compiled & mixed by Mike G

Ambitronica 07 compiled & mixed by Mike G

June 16, 2020

A 2 PART AMBITRONICA SPECIAL: DRUM 'N' BASS 'N' DREAMY BREAKS 1994-2017.

Compiled & mixed by Mike G at Rubycon Sound, May-June 2020. Tracklist at ambientmusicguide.com.

Around 1994 I remember hearing the track ‘Mutant Jazz’ by the mysterious T Power vs MK Ultra. It was getting airplay on Oz public radio station Triple J, which broke a fair bit of new indie and electronic music from the UK back then.

It started as a slow, funky trumpet-led lounge break that – completely unexpectedly – segued into the fast, stuttering, skittering beats of what I soon learned was called jungle. Then, following this initial segue, ‘Mutant Jazz’ improbably and brilliantly married both: slow and fast, dreamy and kinetic.

As jungle quickly morphed beyond the underground and spread around and outside the UK it became known as drum ‘n’ bass. The more ambient, atmospheric tip championed by the likes of LTJ Bukem and his label Good Looking Records became yet another iteration of ambient dance music alongside ambient techno, IDM, ambient dub, lounge, ambient breaks and a slew of other subgenres. Two or more of these styles were frequently fused together, and “intelligent” drum ‘n’ bass was one of the most eclectic and inventive styles of them all.

These two mixes capture rich, atmospheric drum ‘n’ bass and breakbeat tunes that are personal faves, mostly dating from back in the day but also a few recent ones including cuts from genre giants Blu Mar Ten. Pioneers like Bukem and A Guy Called Gerald are here, but so too are some stonking cosmic tracks from Australian and New Zealand artists which you have probably never heard and I think you’ll like. A lot.

Ambitronica 06 compiled & mixed by Mike G

Ambitronica 06 compiled & mixed by Mike G

May 10, 2020

Episode 6 features new and old synth grooves spanning over 40 years - Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Woob, Phaeleh, Backstage Gurus, Beaumont Hannant, Cinnamon Chasers, One Arc Degree, Gen Pop, Rone, James Bernard, Thomas Lemmer, L.S.G. (Oliver Lieb) and Irresistible Force.

Compiled & mixed by Mike G @ Rubycon Sound, May 2020.

Dedicated to Kraftwerk's Florian Schneider (1947-2020). Cover art based on design by El Lissitzky (1890-1941).

The Ambitronica mix series mines the atmospheric grooves of ambient dance music at every level - newbies, classics, and the genre's pre-90's roots in early synthpop, dub, prog rock, art rock, Krautrock, lounge and Berlin-school trance. More at http://ambientmusicguide.com

Ambitronica 05 compiled & mixed by Mike G

Ambitronica 05 compiled & mixed by Mike G

July 14, 2019

Episode 05 features new tracks from Bluetech including a cut from his stonking remix album Liquid Geometries In Dub. Also music from new releases by The 7th Plain, Hibernation, Banco de Gaia, Entheogenic and Autumn of Communion, plus vintage cuts by Vangelis, Sounds From The Ground, Johannes Schmoelling and Xerxes.

Compiled & mixed by Mike G @ Rubycon Sound, July 2019. Cover art originally by Viron Erol Vert for The 7th Plain's box set Chronicles (2018, A-Ton).

The Ambitronica mix series mines the atmospheric grooves of ambient dance music at every level - newbies, classics, and the genre's pre-90's roots in early synthpop, dub, prog rock, art rock, lounge and Berlin-school trance.

More at http://ambientmusicguide.com

Ambitronica 04 compiled & mixed by Mike G

Ambitronica 04 compiled & mixed by Mike G

June 10, 2019

Music by Art of Noise, Sounds From The Ground, Bonobo, Quantic, Boozoo Bajou, Suns Of Arqa, Entheogenic, Ott, Saafi Brothers, Galaxy aka Boris Blenn and Urban Meditation.

Compiled & mixed by Mike G @ Rubycon Sound, June 2019. Cover art from the album Binary (2019) by Sounds From The Ground.

The Ambitronica mix series mines the atmospheric grooves of ambient dance music at every level - newbies, classics, and the genre's pre-90's roots in early synthpop, dub, prog rock, art rock, lounge and Berlin-school trance.

More at http://ambientmusicguide.com

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Ambitronica 03 This Is Beaumont Hannant compiled & mixed by Mike G

Ambitronica 03 This Is Beaumont Hannant compiled & mixed by Mike G

May 6, 2019

During his brief recording and production career in the 1990's, British DJ-composer-producer Beaumont Hannant was many things: a prolific and innovative figure in ambient techno and intelligent dance music (IDM); an adventurer in trip hop, hip hop, ambient pop, alt rock and underground house.

This 2-hour mix celebrates his formidable but largely forgotten body of work released under various names and aliases, with an emphasis on the more atmospheric examples of his solo releases, various collaborations, productions and remixes.

Compiled & mixed by Mike G at Rubycon Sound, March-May 2019.

More at http://ambientmusicguide.com

Ambitronica 02 compiled & mixed by Mike G

Ambitronica 02 compiled & mixed by Mike G

April 4, 2019

Music by Jean-Michel Jarre, Martin Nonstatic, d'Voxx, Tangerine Dream, Loom, Ishqmatics, Patrick O'Hearn, Androcell, Atmosphere Factory, Beaumont Hannant and Corrado Saija.

Compiled & mixed by Mike G @ Rubycon Sound, March 2019. Cover art from original design by Arnaud Galoppe & Vincent Villuis for Martin Nonstatic's Ligand Remixes.

The Ambitronica mix series mines the atmospheric grooves of ambient dance music at every level - newbies, classics, and the genre's pre-90's roots in early synthpop, dub, prog rock, art rock, lounge and Berlin-school trance.

More at htpp://ambientmusicguide.com

Ambitronica 01 compiled & mixed by Mike G

Ambitronica 01 compiled & mixed by Mike G

February 24, 2019

Music by LSG, Beaumont Hannant, Sacred Seeds, Ishqamatics, Dan Armstrong, Data Rebel, Sven Kössler & Si Matthews, Citystate.

Compiled & mixed by Mike G @ Rubycon Sound, Feb 2019. Cover art: Tony Obr from A Constant State of Flow by Sven Kössler & Si Matthews

The Ambitronica mix series mines the atmospheric grooves of ambient dance music at every level - newbies, classics, and the genre's pre-90's roots in early synthpop, dub, prog rock, art rock, lounge and Berlin-school trance.

More at http://www.ambientmusicguide.com

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