XVARR – Beyond Illuminism (Thuluth).
Yet another one I have Rubadub to thank me for: Mark ‘Mother’ Maxwell was playing this in the shop during one of my visits this year and it caught my ear in between listening to stack of vinyl on one of the listening posts.
Beautifully packaged (including a CD copy), it’s an album of beatless electronic pieces that’s as far away from forgettable ‘ambient’ music as you can imagine. Intense, beautiful and otherworldly, there’s a purpose, purity and clarity in this music that is like little else I heard this year. Highly, highly recommended.