The first installment in the new series is due out at the end of October.
bvdub and Andrew Thomas have curated Air Texture Vol.1, the first installment in a new series of ambient compilations.
Air Texture is the brainchild of James Healey, AKA Escape Art, a co-founder of Brooklyn label theAgriculture. Inspired by series like Kompakt's Pop Ambient, or Excursions in Ambience from the early '90s, it aims to highlight the creme de le creme of "electronic music that is not dance floor oriented" by choosing respected ambient artists to curate each compilation (one disc each). As one of the genre's most prolific contemporary artists, Brock van Wey (AKA bvdub) is a natural choice for Vol.1. Thomas is something of a heavyweight as well, having contributed to nearly every Pop Ambient collection since 2003. The release features selections both new and old, with the likes of Wolfgang Voigt and Biosphere alongside Leyland Kirby and Oneohtrix Point Never. Future editions of Air Texture will be curated by Loscil, Rafael Anton Irisarri, Deadbeat and DJ Olive.
CD1: Selected by bvdub
01. Orla Wren - A Canvas For Your Yearning
02. Rafael Anton Irisarri - Flowstone
03. Let’s Go Outside - Hold Still Without Me
04. bvdub - Tried So Hard
05. Maps and Diagrams - The Shape of Things To Come
06. Ian Hawgood - Me, You and Nagano
07. Hessien - The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
08. Konntinent & Ian Hawgood - Ollo
09. The Green Kingdom - Kalimba Sketch
10. Ryonkt - Return
11. Arc of Doves - I Remember When
CD2: Selected by Andrew Thomas
01. Klimek - Ice Storm (Prelude to a Fratricide)
02. Andrew Thomas - Black Sky Bright Sun
03. Atlas Sound - Diorama Rendered
04. Oneohtrix Point Never - Sand Partina
05. Chihei Hatakeyama - Road After Rain
06. Klimek - Live in Murmansk (re-arranged excerpt)
07. loscil - Hyphae
08. Biosphere - Iberia 5
09. Markus Guentner - Senses
10. Oneohtrix Point Never - Alexander Scriabin (edit)
11. Bevan Smith and Tristan Dingemans - Dispatch 1
12. Leyland Kirby - Departure
13. Markus Guentner - To the Place
14. Wolfgang Voigt - Fresko 1
Air Texture will release Air Texture Vol.1 on October 31st, 2011.