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Banco De Gaia, Ian Urbina – My Little Country (Spotify)

“A classic buildup of arpeggiators opens the vibe. The mid-tempo techno vibe takes over and grabs you along for the journey. Strings appear and you want more. ”

Artist shared few words behind his song inspiration with Nagamag:

"I often work with field recordings but generally in abstract ways where the shape and texture of the sound is more important than its general context or meaning. For this project in particular, it is the meaning of what you are hearing that matters — the mood created by the sonic environment and the message of the words being spoken. One person stating a fact is less convincing than witnessing the reality, even if it’s indirectly.

I’ve always loved the sea, both being in it and on it. I’ve spent many happy days diving, snorkeling and being among sea creatures in their environment, and I value aquatic life as highly as I do life on land. Thus it saddens me to learn of the extent to which marine life is treated as nothing more than a resource to exploit, with no concern for what is impacted in the process. This project spurred me to not be complicit in this exploitation, and to instead call it out when I see it." - Banco de Gaia

Banco De Gaia has been performing and releasing for over 25 years now, along the way becoming one of the music industry’s most maverick innovators. His legacy is as glittering as it is diverse, ranging from Hollywood film sound credits to the critically acclaimed ‘Last Train to Lhasa’, first released in 1995 to a rapturous reception. His live act still packs out venues and festivals all over the world, with audio-visual performances renowned for their explosive, cutting edge quality: from sampling wizardry fused with haunting vocals and poignant acoustics to genre-hopping musical instrumentals, all accompanied by socially engaged visuals.

Mazoulew Interview on Nagamag



Which are the genres that describe your music style better?

My music has always floated across a few genres, I never really considered myself a 'Hip Hop' or 'Dance' producer for example as I found the idea of limiting yourself to a certain style or tempo of music rather limiting and constraining for creativity. My new record covers quite a lot of ground from downtempo/electronica all the way through to ambient/neo-classical works. I guess at the end of the day, I write what I feel at that specific moment and the result can be a lot of different feelings and emotions being conveyed.

Few words about your musical background and career?

When I first got into music I was involved in the Hip Hop/ Drum and bass world, I used to collaborate with literally hundres of different artists and bands. I spent a lot of time engineering and co writing works for people before I really started to focus on my solo material

Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

I remember when I must have been no more then 10 years old, standing in a charity shop with two casettes in my hand
It was something like Now 50 I think and in the other hand 'The Score' by the fugees. I didnt know anything about either record but I bought 'the score' for something crazy like £1.5 and that was it for me, I played that tape over and over till it wore out and snapped. I obviously went and bought another copy on CD after that but yeah that record changed my life really and opened my mind to different a different sound and different ideas.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the 'Movements EP'

So yeah, this record is quite special to me as I really felt like I had the possibility to focus myself and refine a lot of ideas that I had been thinking about in recent years. I wanted, as I say to cover a lot of ground and explore ideas that I am not really hearing other people put together at the moment. I wanted to show there is a way you can combine such moods as cinmeatic, orchestral arrangments with dance floor electronica. It could be very easy to make a project like this and for each of the individual tracks to sound disconnected from one another. The challenge is to imprint enough of your sonic character and style into the sound to give continuity across the tracks regardless of what genre/style they are written in

Many artists listen to genres that they are not producing music for. Which track is your favorite that is NOT similar to yours?

Burial "Ghost Hardware"

Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which is the track from a similar artist you admire?

Rival Consoles "Recovery"

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Arrowsmith – Nocturn – Live (Spotify)

“Sounds of the ocean combine with felted-piano and soft delay to create a luscious atmosphere of calm and reflection in this piece by Arrowsmith. Nocturn (Live) is a gentle track, perfect for taking the time to indulge in quiet contemplation or relaxation at the end of the day.

Artist shared few words with Nagamag behind this inspiration:

"This is the second part to a three part release I have created. The concept behind the music was to remove the separation between my ambient captures and musical compositions by physically recording it all in the same space.

You can see from the cover photo that I put a piano on a beach in order to capture the sounds I wanted. If it is of interest to you you can also view the video that I created via the below link. " - Arrowsmith

Claire Bigley – Quieting Tremors (Spotify)

“-Quieting Tremors- resembles an emotional storm, one solid ocean whose waves travel along. Peaceful privacy can be hidden in the isolated sandy coast. Here lies a philosophical and little melancholic reflection of the eternal. The neoclassical picture appears, instead of a thousand words.”

“-Quieting Tremors- эмоциональный шторм, один сплошной океан, волны которого то накатывают, то невольно отступают. Умиротворяющее уединение у размытых, песчаных берегов и философское, немного меланхоличное размышление о вечном. Когда неоклассическое полотно вместо тысячи слов.”

A newcomer to the New Age Piano genre, Claire's music is created with the intention of calming, empowering, and nourishing the listener. Pianistic and improvisational in nature, each track is a one of a kind in musical flow.

Dean Evenson, Scott Huckabay, Burke Mulvany – Across the Valley (Spotify)

“It breaks down in very old trees, it grows under bare feet on desirable grass, and from the water in the early morning mosquitoes grow. -Across the Valley- literally a living book in your hands, traveling on a page that dissolves in your eyes with all the great music.”

“Расступаются в стороны тени вековых деревьев, тает под босыми ногами пожелтевшая трава, а от воды ранним утром поднимаются комары. -Across the Valley- словно ожившая книга в ваших руках, путешествуя по страницам которой растворяешься в лучах обволакивающей тебя со всех сторон музыки.”

This is a beautiful track from Mountain Meadow Meditation with a beautiful mix of nature sounds, flute and quintessential relaxing feel of Dean Evenson.

Sleep Dream Meditate, Jah Freedom – Magic the Gathering (Spotify)

“Music can fit in all circumstances and eventually shape reality itself. In some cases though, the best way to describe a track is... silence! Meditative masterpiece with Ambient harmony and soft piano keys. Collaborative result which brings inner piece and can open a door to the divine.”

Music inspired by the card game Magic the Gathering

arc rae – Body Language (Spotify)

“Light Ambient synthesis with great precision in the volume levels and mix layout. This track brings pictures of glowing colours and natural sceneries in the mind. "Arc rae" seems to be a real master in sound designing and proves it via "Body Language"!”

"Body Language" is track number five on Primitive, the debut full-length album from Berlin-based synthesist and producer arc rae. A search for rhythmic patterns in mistakes + accidents create glitches, cracks and pops that evolve into precisely designed motifs - an album full of thoughtful, complex and dynamic displays of synthesis. Vinyl, cassette and digital editions available at

Matt Tondut, Jonathan Warman, Brightsand – Arrival (Spotify)

“When Ambient meets Classical, only valuable music can occur. In "Arrival" you can find some peaceful synth soundscapes along with soft violin strings. Slow soothing progression of sounds, ideal for an advanced level of experience.”

Arrival is the stunning compositional ambient piece made in partnership between Matt Tondut, Jonathan Warman & Brightsand.

A gorgeous blend of ambient textures, felt piano and warm strings.

This is the opening track from the 10track LP from Matt Tondut - Convergence.

In Inertia, Zaman – Hikari (Spotify)

“A refreshing, multi-layered ambient with light reverbed electric guitar and strings. These elements combine the kindest memories and feelings with a light, unobtrusive shade of post-rock. Peaceful atmosphere of solitude and harmony.”

“Освежающие, многослойные слои ambient и drone и лёгкая реверберация электрогитары и струн. В этих элементах сочетаются самые добрые воспоминания и чувства, с лёгким, ненавязчивым оттенком post-rock. Умиротворение в атмосфере уединения и гармонии.”

Hikari is the collaboration between instrumental duo In Inertia with neo-classical composer Zaman. This song is released under Angular//Momentum Records. In HIKARI is a Japanese term for light. In Inertia and Zaman write this song as their gratitude expression while seeing sunlight that passes through the trees in the morning.

The Paper Sea – The Eyelid Cinema (Spotify)

“An amazing and wonderful combination of ambient music elements and the most delicate piano melody. -The Eyelid Cinema- is easy to compare with the cooling ball of the sun leaving at night. A veil of fog descends on the ground, the sky is covered with feathers from clouds and a dream begins ...”

“Удивительное и прекрасное сочетание элементов ambient музыки и нежнейшей мелодии пиано. -The Eyelid Cinema- легко сравнить с уходящим в ночь остывающим шаром солнца. На землю опускается пелена тумана, небо застилают перья из облаков и начинается сон...”

Calming piano melodies on a bed of synth pad and organ

THE PAPER SEA is the solo project of Jared Matt Greenberg, cornet player and keyboardist for the post-rock quintet Whale Fall. Greenberg was a founding member of 1990s San Francisco shoegaze band The Rosemarys and teamed with Charles Wyatt to form Charles Atlas in the early 2000s, as well as playing with John Vanderslice, Dart, Sutro, An American Starlet, Carta, and others. After experiences touring the world and placing music in film and television, Greenberg comes home with THE PAPER SEA: intimate instrumental music recorded in Los Angeles, grounded in piano, laced with synths and organs, strings, and horns, and resonant with childhood memories, wistful moments, and lasting love.

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