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Electronic Anthologies Top the Echoes Top 25 for January

Ambient ZoneI can’t recall a time when two collections headed up our monthly Top 25 list, but it happened this month with a pair of predominantly electronic anthologies.   The Ambient Zone, the Echoes CD of the Month for November is in at #1.  This CD of melodic and lush electronic and ambient chamber is still enticing me with its expansive interior moods, especially those from Digitonal, Echaskech and Honeyroot.  While The Ambient Zone is thoroughly modern, the #2 CD,  Manikin Records Second Decade 2002-2012 harkens back to Manikinvintage German space music.  I almost overlooked this CD.  I had thought it would just be a collection of tracks from the German-based Manikin Records catalog, but instead, it’s all new, previously unreleased tracks from those artists and collectively.  Among the many highlights is W.A.dePHUL who records a beautiful version of “Sun Gate,” a tune co-written with Edgar Froese and Paul Haslinger when W.A. DePhul was a member of Tangerine Dream for a minute on the Optical Race album in 1989This double CD might be the best release yet from the Manikin label whose artists include Broekhuis, Keller &Schönwälder collectively, and individually, Spyra, Picture Palace Music, Rainbow Serpent, and Thomas Fanger.

Here’s The Echoes Top 25 For January

  1. v/a – The Ambient Zone: Just Music Café vol 4 (Just Music)
  2. v/a – Manikin Records Second Decade 2002-2012 (Manikin Records)
  3. Kaki King – Glow (Velour)
  4. Tycho – Dive (Ghostly International)
  5. Jon Durant and Colin Edwin – Burnt Belief (Alchemy Records)
  6. Seti the First – Melting Calvary (Seti the First)
  7. Tom Griesgraber and Bert Lams – Unnamed Lands (Inner Knot)
  8. Koan – Argonautica (Section Records)
  9. Hammock – Departure Songs (Hammock)
  10. Eberhard Weber – Résumé (ECM)
  11. Anthony Philips and Andrew Skeet – Seventh Heaven (Voiceprint)
  12. Jap Jap and Morgenfish – Tono Vala (Jap Jap & Morgenfish)
  13. Portico Quartet – EP 2 (Real World)
  14. Scott August – Hidden Journey (Cedar Mesa Music)
  15. Vic Hennegan – Nebula Waves (Alien Tribes Music)
  16. Balmorhea – Stranger (Western Vinyl)
  17. Dead Can Dance – Anastasis (PIAS America)
  18. Kevin Keller Ensemble – The Day I Met Myself (Kevin Keller)
  19. Uwe Gronau – Visions (Time Rider Music)
  20. Emeralds – Just to Feel Anything (Editions Mego)
  21. Jean Baudin – Mechanisms (Jean Baudin)
  22. Anawaty/Russell – Analog Universe (Anawaty/Russel)
  23. Saul Stokes – Formation (Saul Stokes)
  24. VocaMe – Hildegard von Bingen:Inspiration – Lieder und Visionen (Berlin Classics)
  25. Craig Padilla – The Heart of the Soul (Spotted Peccary)

~John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

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