ROBERT LIPPOK – Open Close Open (2024 Remaster)

We remember when we first heard ‘Open Close Open‘ way back in the early 2000s, via a folder of early Rasta Norten mp3s swapped via hard drive. Lippok’s Mahler-sampling 2001 solo debut instantly grabbed people’s attention and has been remastered and reissued, bundled with a new track using the original sound archive. It’s a beautiful record that typifies the sample-glitch aesthetic of the time. Highly recommended!

The Closest Thing to Silence – Ariel Kalma, Jeremiah Chiu, and Marta Sofia Honer

The Closest Thing to Silence,” a collaborative effort by Ariel Kalma, Jeremiah Chiu, and Marta Sofia Honer, resonates profoundly from the outset. This work intricately weaves Kalma’s new age and fourth world sensibilities with the contemporary classical and ambient nuances of Chiu and Honer. It presents a beautifully complex amalgamation of sounds, offering a captivating auditory experience from beginning to end.

Yann Tomita – Forever Yann Music Meme 4 – Variations

This week, we take a deep dive into the expansive discography and career of Yann Tomita, a Tokyo-based multi-hyphenate – musician, composer, record producer, and professional steelpan player. Since his early 80s debut, he’s released a diverse array of music, exemplified by the 2008 compilation “Forever Yann Music Meme 4 – Variations” on his influential Audio Science Laboratory label. This collection showcases the label’s impressive range, encompassing ambient, environmental, and even pop sounds. The bonus disc, in particular, is a journey not to be missed!

Rosie Carr – yew

Released late last year, Rosie Carr’s “Yew” is a captivating journey into a singular soundscape. A passionate gardener, Carr crafts a beautiful record using field recordings, found sounds, and instrumental melodies. Discover more about her in this fantastic interview. Highly recommended!

Airforest is alive and back for 2024

Hey everyone, Airforest is alive and back for 2024! I’m excited to share a specially curated 3-hour playlist of my favourite ambient music discoveries from last year. It features the amazing work of some of my favourite artists, including Christina Vantzou, Kita Kouhei, Laurel Halo, Tomasz Bednarczyk, Imaginary Softwoods, and Jedi Dreams. Cover: Jonny Nash – Point of Entry.