Turn on, tune in, chill out. We’re diving deep into the world of Ambient Music for the first Electronic Sound of the year and we’re bundling the magazine with a superb double CD featuring 24 soundscapes from across the spectrum of this fascinating genre. The centrepiece of this month’s cover feature is a jam-packed A To Zzzzz Of Ambient encompassing countless artists and records alongside labels, sub-genres, events, installations, books, fanzines, radio shows, concepts and much more. It’s an entertaining as well as informative directory. Brian Eno pops up all over the shop, as does Alex Paterson, and the list also includes things such as Deep Listening, Whale Sounds, Drone Metal, Repetition, Tone Poems, Mark Rothko’s Seagram Murals, Hypnosis, Floating, Ambient Church and Reversing Lorries. Yes, you read that last one right.
There’s lots of other good stuff for you elsewhere this issue, including a rare interview with enigmatic Swedish maverick Karin Dreijer, aka Fever Ray. Acclaimed Northern Irish DJ and producer David Holmes meanwhile gives us the lowdown on his new solo album and cultural polymath Don Letts talks about the influences that have made him the one-man tour de force he is today. Plus Mueran Humanos, Universal Harmonies & Frequencies, Peter Howell, Bas Jan, Montañera and Alex H Duncan. The latter is a plant and fungi synthesist, by the way. Yes, you read that right too.