I spend most of my day listening to music of all tempos and styles, so when I get close to the night, and bed is calling, I rarely put on music. I used to fall asleep with headphones in my ears but those times are gone and sleep is more precious. Occasionally, my head will be buzzing too much with work and plans that I can’t relax. Music can help then.

Here’s a 3-hour Spotify playlist featuring music for such an occasion, for sleep-inducing, quiet times, for background noise, for night-marches into a deep consciousness or whatever you’re having your self.

It features music, ambient, atmospheric and minimal from Aphex Twin, M83, Brian Eno, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Jon Hopkins, Ebauche, Burial, John Foxx, Julianna Barwick, Tangerine Dream, Air, Stars Of The Lid, Boards Of Canada, Harold Budd, Laraaji, Arca, Nils Frahm and more. It will be updated again in future so subscribe. In the meantime, press shuffle and drift off when appropriate.

Next up on the themed playlists? Halloween, Running, morning time or something else? Let me know.

Listen to the ambient playlist

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Posted on October 22nd, 2015


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With so many albums being released there is only so many that one man (me) can write about, so as another way of featuring some recommended albums beyond the reviews and album of the week posts, here is a list with links to the best albums of the last month with a regularly updated Spotify playlist you can subscribe to so you always have something long-playing to listen to.

Previously unmentioned albums include Irish producer Ebauche’s beautifully serene ambient album Adrift, the X-Files-influenced electronic of Palmbomben II, the teen duo Girlpool sharing their small worlds on the big stage and a potential classic in the Chance The Rapper / Donnie Trumpet all-star album (only released on US iTunes).

Listen/Subscribe on Spotify

  1. Shamir – Ratchet
  2. Jamie xx – In Colour
  3. Boot & Tax – Boot & Tax (vinyl only for now)
  4. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
  5. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf
  6. Hot Chip – Why Make Sense?
  7. Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys
  8. SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream
  9. Braids – Deep In The Iris
  10. Fight Like Apes – Fight Like Apes
  11. Young Wonder – Birth
  12. Girlpool – Before The World Was Big
  13. Lakker – Tundra
  14. Palmbomben II – Palmbomben II
  15. Ebauche – Adrift

Posted on June 8th, 2015

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