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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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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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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