Botany – Deepak Verbera (Western Vinyl 2016)
One of my favorites from last year, Deepak Verbera sees Spencer Stephenson’s lush, floral beat swagger distilled down to a transcendental ambience, with subtle hints of IDM and spiritual jazz, enveloping you in a rainforest of sound. Yes, that is a bacon sticker on my turntable.
Visible Cloaks – Reassemblage (Rvng Intl. 2017)
Spencer Doran and Ryan Carlile make a strange type of staccato ambient music, in a style that has similarities with Oneohtrix Point Never and James Ferraro. Subtly graceful but with an insidiously alien feeling to it as well, it’s furniture music for the levitating chrome recliners of some future civilization.