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Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records. Links: Moodgadget Records Jakub's Tumblr

Premiere: 10 Years of Moodgadget

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We’re celebrating our 10th year of “exposing the diversity in electronically made music” at Moodgadget Records with Dynamo, our 100th release. Offering a 22 track compilation of emerging new talents among our current roster which includes exclusive tracks from Dusty Brown, Kyson, Howlings, AceMo, and many more.

Made it real cheap over at iTunes if you want to support, $6.99 for 22 songs.

Floating Points + LoveLock

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Posting 2 growers from the synth world, I love intro of the Floating Points track because the white noise hiss hits like ocean waves in your ears while the song build beautifully with Sam Shepherd sprinkles the cut with his keys.

Furthering this dense journey this focused onslaught of mature synth work by Lovelock carries on into the patience of prepping yourself for relaxation and analog craftsmanship.

Free Download – Ghostly Swim 2

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Tracklist

01. Pascäal – Holo
02. Shigeto – Tide Pools
03. Anenon – Grapevine
04. Heathered Pearls – Supra
05. Babe Rainbow – Don’t Tell Me I’m Wrong
06. Dauwd – Kolido
07. Patricia – Spotting
08. Lord RAJA – Spilt Out In Cursive
09. CFCF – Oil
10. Feral – Mirror
11. Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler – I Only Have Eyes For You
12. AceMo – Futurism
13. Nautiluss – Lonely Planet

Legend has it that Brian Eno’s concept of ambient music came to him while laid up in a hospital bed after an automobile accident in the ’70s. A friend brought him some records, playing them too low to be properly heard, and Eno couldn’t get out of bed to adjust the volume. While the record spun softly, Eno’s idea for music you could ignore as easily as you could give it your full attention, like a sort of sonic wallpaper, was born. It’s in that spirit of quiet isolation that Ghostly International, in association with Adult Swim, shares Ghostly Swim 2, our way of giving listeners a space to get away from the manic holiday bustle.

For those keeping track at home, Ghostly is wrapping up its 15th anniversary as an Ann Arbor/Brooklyn-based indie. 2014 has seen the company soundtracking video games (Playstation’s Hohokum), collaborating with awesome companies like Warby Parker and VOID watches, and clearing 300 releases of forward-thinking music with records from Tycho, Com Truise, and HTRK. What better way to end this banner year than to revisit one of our favorite partnerships from the past decade and a half?

Released in 2008, Ghostly Swim was praised for its adventurous survey of exploratory dance and pop music. Our curatorial focus has shifted this time around, moving further inward (spiritually) and outward (as far as our roster goes) to reflect the electronic underground in all of its hazy and vibrant experimentalism. Ghostly Swim 2 is a document of textured ambient zone-outs and woozy, granular house and techno that will help you find some downtime away from The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. So sit back, lower the volume, and enjoy our selections.

The Most Refreshing Musicians of 2014

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We have our staple artists for the year all over the internet in Caribou, Aphex Twin, FKA Twigs, Todd Terje, I mean the list goes on. I wanted to bring forward my most listened to artists that kept the year in music enjoyable that might have been overshadowed or they just have an exciting path that they’re on that I wanted to share.

Please list yours in the comments, love seeing the readers lists.

#10. Leon Vynehall

#9. Lee Bannon

#8. Sophie

#7. Huerco S.

#6. Yung Lean

#5. TIE: Mark Barrott & Young Marco

#4. Moiré

#3. Torn Hawk

#2. Daniel Avery

#1. Galcher Lustwerk

NEW ISO50 / Tycho Shirts & Posters

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We have extended the holiday sale at Tycho / ISO50 shop now through Tuesday, December 2nd! We have some newly released prints and shirts available for the first time.

- 15% off all music products, all vinyl orders include a folded 24”x24” awake poster
- Digital Downloads 50% off
- 25% off ALL prints and shirts (Studio Editions INCLUDED)
- All poster orders include a free U.S. Tour Poster
- Free U.S. shipping over $50
- Free international shipping over $100

Shop now http://shop.iso50.com

ISO50 Exclusive: Loscil Album Stream

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Excuse the silence recently.

The master of tone is back with another album on Kranky. Loscil has been a blog favorite since the beginning, we are proud to be debuting this album stream, as always, ENJOY.

Sea Island is a collection of new material composed and recorded over the past two years. While many of these compositions were performed live extensively prior to recording, others were constructed in the studio and are being heard for the first time here. Musically, the album represents a range of compositional approaches. Murky, densely textured depths of sound are explored with subtle pulses and pings woven within, contrasted with composed or improvised moments of acoustic instrumentation making a move into the foreground. Certain tracks on Sea Island such as album opener Ahull make rhythm their focus by exploring subtle polyrhythms and investigating colliding moments of repetition and variation.

Though staunchly electronic at its core, instruments such as vibraphone and piano make appearances, and layers of live musicality, improvisation and detail appear in the looped and layered beds of manipulated sound recordings. A varied cast of players appear in the loscil “ensemble”, some familiar collaborators from the past such as Jason Zumpano on rhodes and Josh Lindstrom on vibraphone, and others new to the mix such as Fieldhead’s Elaine Reynolds who provides layered violin on Catalina 1943, and Ashley Pitre contributing vocals on Bleeding Ink. Seattle pianist Kelly Wyse, who collaborated with loscil on his 2013 edition of piano-centric reworks Intervalo, performs on the tracks Sea Island Murders and En Masse.

OUT: November 17th 2014 on Kranky
SUPPORT: 2X VINYL / CD

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