Spotify Playlists

I’ve finally managed to find the time to get a selection of my current favorite music up as playlists up on Spotify. Featuring music from RX Y, Lone, Amtrac, Four Tet, Guy Gerber, Yonderling, Emancipator, Kids0 to name a few.. there’s Warm Hypnonic Dance Playist, Magical Downtempo Playlist and an Ambient and Cinematic playlist. Hope you enjoy!

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New Ambient Mixtape #01

Russ Davies is a London based composer and producer who has released a multitude of music under various aliases including Abakus. In his work, he has composed and scored soundtracks for films and this experience has allowed him to imbue his music with both the ambience and the grandeur of cinema. This week he has released the first in a series of ambient mixtapes, which he used the following words to describe: “Surreal, dreams, peaceful, relax and meditate”. Across the roughly 40 minute mix, he evokes every one of these thematic concepts through the emotive impact of his ambient music.

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BBC1: The War Of The Worlds - Score by Russ Davies

Music for the show will be scored by, critically acclaimed composer Russ Davies and cinematographer is James Friend BSC (Rillington Place). The award-winning design team includes production designer Pat Campbell (Rillington Place), costume designer Howard Burden (The War Bride) and make-up designer Vickie Lang (An Adventure in Space and Time).

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Cinnamon Chasers – Luv Deluxe (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix) - Review

Russ Davies, the man behind Cinnamon Chasers, is someone I honestly do not know much about. What I do know however is that I will follow his every release from this moment, until I the day I go deaf. The man seems to have been active on the scene for quite some time, and I am almost ashamed of not having heard of him until Anjunadeep put out their eight compilation album last year. This remix by Jody Wisternoff and James Grant in pure joy in the form of music, and a stand out track in the Anjunadeep catalogue.

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Fred Perry: Interview

Russ Davies is well known in the global electronic dance music scene, having produced over 15 albums and toured worldwide as his alter-ego's Abakus and Cinnamon Chasers.

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Aiiso – Your Love Is An Echo EP (review)

Russ Davies has an enviable back catalogue under a number of aliases (if you do not know who I am are talking about, have a look at the review we wrote a few weeks back for his Cinnamon Chasers project). His latest project, Aiiso, continues a fine run of form. Debuting the moniker on the Anjunadeep ‘Explorations’ EP series in early 2016 with ‘Point Of Return’, Russ follows up with the four track EP ‘Your Love Is An Echo’.

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Abakus - Departure (New Album Review)

The prodigiously gifted Russ Davies releases his first Abakus album in three years, and the qualities that made last year’s e.p. The Beginning/Dreamer so outstanding are all here. Book-ended by two Daft Punk-like songs and containing nine lush instrumentals, Departure finds him applying his incredible pop smarts and grasp of melody on a blissfully chilled-out canvas. His downtempo distillations of punchy synthpop, underground trance, progressive house and Balearic lounge literally sparkle with life and light.

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EARMILK - Review "Great Escape" LP

London-based musician and producer Russ Davies has been gracing our ears with delicious, lush synthwave for several years now. He’s been busy releasing music under both the monikers Abakus and Cinnamon Chasers, all while touring extensively. The projects do sound similar to where you know it’s the same person, but there’s a sense of emotion that gets captured by Cinnamon Chasers that Abakus doesn’t tap in to. Davies has mentioned childhood fantasy tales like The Neverending Story as inspiration for the project, so maybe it’s that innocence that I’m hearing.

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Abakus – Prisms review

Rocket has a lush sun-kissed synthpop feel to it, complete with old-school drum fills tastefully added for full effect. Slam on the other hand is minimal and seriously hypnotic, a real throwback to Techno’s early roots in German motorik bands like Neu! and Kraftwerk. Album closer Voodoo is right up to date though, a smart piece of Breakbeat complete with bowel-rumbling bass and lovely reverbed percussion. All in all, Prisms is a beautifully produced album with as much range as any dance music fan could want.

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