Helioscope Awards 2016 : Ambient / Modern Classical

Awarding my personal favourites from the genre spectrum of ambient, modern classical, drone and chillout (mostly covered by Planetarium) in five categories.
Highlighted in bold is the winner, the remaining ones are ranked by their importance to me personally.

> Best Track

In comparison to the other genres, the list for this award became incredibly long, but I felt this was the essential selection of tracks which should not be missed by any fan of this music.

Alexander Arnold – Lake Bell
Arovane & Hior Chronik – After Tomorrow (AMX) [astrangelyisolatedplace]
Twincities – Good Black Spring [dauw]
Lav & Purl – The Present Moment (Still Version) [Eternell]
Strie – 87 Billion Suns [Serein]
drombeg – Tumulus [Futuresequence]
Slow Clinic – I Miss Everyone [Archives]
Petrels – A Little Dust [denovali]
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Kangaru [Deutsche Grammophon]
nonkeen – re:turn! [R&S]
Eluvium – Strangeworks [Temporary Residence]
AEONN – Initiate
SineRider – To Care When No One Else Does [Silk]
Jason van Wyk – Coherence [eilean]
Purl – Sagan (Warmth’s Place of Peace) [Eternell]
Ruhe – Heritage
Porya Hatami & Arovane – uun [Time Released Sound]
Glacis – 23 March [Facture]
Otto A Totland – Storfjord [Serein]
Nil Ciuró – Magnetic [1631]
i.yugen – Light a Lamp [Dewtone]
The Green Kingdom – Haze Layers [dronarivm]
Hotel Neon – Chains [Facture]
Jason van Wyk – Stay [eilean]
Wil Bolton – Dot to Dot [eilean]
Solo Andata – Porcelain Blue [12k]
Robert Farrugia – Encoder [Archives]
Slow Meadow – Some Familiar… [Hammock]
Ólafur Arnalds – Öldurót [Mercury Classics]
Marihiko Hara & Polar M – On the Silent Way [mü-nest]
Kirill Nikolai – Reconstructions, For Lack of Anything Else [Facture]
Willamette – Four Films (Films Four) [Scissor Tail]
Lav & Purl – Gateway to Ecstasy [AMONE]
Nomad – Autumn Warmth


> Best Artist

SineRider
Purl
Olan Mill
Slow Meadow
Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Wil Bolton
Jason van Wyk
Chihei Hatakeyama


> Most Promising Newcomer

drombeg
Bålsam
Lyrae
Nil Ciuró
Marihiko Hara & Polar M


> Best Release

Jason van Wyk – Attachment [eilean]
Dead Light – Dead Light [Village Green]
Marihiko Hara & Polar M – Dance [mü-nest]
Hotel Neon – Remnants [Facture]
SineRider – Twilight [Silk]
drombeg – Earthworks [Futuresequence]
Ed Carlsen – The Journey Tapes [Moderna]
Wil Bolton – February Dawn [eilean]
Danny Clay – Stills [IIKKI]
Will Samson – Lua [12k]
Twincities – …plays the brown mountain lights [dauw]
Alex Smalley – JAN SBR 15 [Rural Colours]
Tim Linghaus – Vhoir [Moderna]


> Best Label

eilean Rec.
Archives
Eternell
dronarivm
Rural Colours
Erased Tapes
Hawk Moon Records


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Third support by Henry Saiz of the Turbobache mixtapes

This past weekend marked a hattrick-like milestone in Helioscope history: My collaboration mixtape themed around 80s music, synthwave and nu disco together with Maxthor has been played in full now by Spanish maestro Henry Saiz. A few weeks ago, his radio show El Laberinto featured the first hour of the 5 Years of Helioscope : Maxthor mix. Now even the second part was broadcast to the RTVE radio station.
You can get the full show on the radio station’s official page:
http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/audios/el-laberinto/laberinto-mixtapes-maxthor-parte-2-10-12-16/3825038/

El Laberinto – Mixtapes: Maxthor (Parte 2)
01 Den Harrow – Catch The Fox (Caccia Alla Volpe) [Baby]
02 Maxthor – Here
03 Pylot – Flashbacks [Monstercat]
04 Survivor – Eye of the Tiger [Scotti Bros.]
05 Raydar – Dream With Me [NewRetroWave]
06 Big Data – Dangerous (Oliver Remix) [Warner Bros.]
07 Foreign Boy – Devon Sands [Nude Disco]
08 Savage – Only You [Carrere]
09 Oscillian – L’infini
10 Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight (Anzo Remix)
11 Benatar – Love Is A Battlefield [Chrysalis]
12 M83 – Moon Crystal [Mute]

Exclusive bonus by Maxthor:
13 Digikid84 – Anything [Folistar]
14 Luke Million – Transylvania Disco [etcetc]
15 Oliver – Light Years Away [Fool’s Gold]
16 Maxthor – Buried Deep Inside

Helioscope Discoveries Issue No. 11

With the eleventh post already, Helioscope Discoveries returns once again for a huge chunk of new artists promising to bring an exciting 2017 for us!

Marihiko Hara {Kyoto, Japan} [1136 / 1444 / 633]
Polar M (Masuri Muranaka) {Kyoto, Japan} [434 / – / 193]
Kinbrae (Andrew & Michael Truscott) {Edinburgh, United Kingdom} [169 / 452 / 284]
Dead Light (Anna Rose Carter & Ed Hamilton) {London, United Kingdom} [- / 90 / 540]
Tontario (Tony Lagerström) {Vasa, Finland} [8435 / 270 / 2389]
Lyrae (Ola Sandberg) {Sweden} [11 / – / 148]
Polaris (Vlad Tiron) {Toronto, Canada} [545 / 145 / 783]
Rhucle {Tokyo, Japan} [224 / 475 / 89]
Tim Linghaus {Germany} [31 / – / 263]
Diamond Gloss (Gonçalo Pereira) {Lisbon, Portugal} [30 / – / 299]
Hugh (Andy Highmore, Joshua Idehen, Tino Kolarides & Izzy Brooks) {London, United Kingdom} [4263 / 622 / 2377]
Draso (Julien Ahching) {Melbourne, Australia} [193 / – / 167]
Joep Mencke {Rotterdam, Netherlands} [187 / – / 260]
Yasuha. {Nagoya, Japan} [1163 / 1418 / 125]
Å Asher-Yates (Anthony Asher-Yates) {Minneapolis, United States} [42 / – / -]
Salski (Arkadiusz Salski) {Nysa, Poland} [1185 / 74 / 533]
Edlan (Ernst Lanting) {Amsterdam, Netherlands} [579 / 35 / 550]
Paul Baule {Berlin, Germany} [354 / – / -]

Format: Artist Name (Real Name) {Location} [SoundCloud / Twitter / Facebook follower count]

Top gainers of the 10th edition:
IRAH (Stine Grøn, Adi Zukanovic & Oliver Louis Brostrøm Laumann) {Copenhagen, Denmark} : 317 (+ 29.9%)
Movement Machina {Helsinki, Finland} : 293 (+ 24.7%)
Valotihkuu (Denis Davydov) {Cherepovets, Russia} : 797 (+ 22.1%)
Swept (Oyeme Thomas) : 1498 (+ 14.2%)
Apothek (Morten Myklebust & Nils Martin Larsen) {Oslo, Norway} : 1035 (+ 11.5%)

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Winter 2017 schedule revealed

The new year is almost here (how about that…)!
That means a new 3-month lookout for upcoming releases from the Helioscope studio is due.

A quick excerpt of all the specialties in the coming months starting christmas week 2016:

Format : Channel : date | Cloudcast name (description)
December
H : 2016-12-26 | Schutzgeister (Helioscope on Romantic Techno Vol. 5)
H : 2016-12-29 | Reversed Polarity (Andre Sobota & Soundprank Artist Showcase, Pt. 1)

January
N : 2017-01-05 | The Cradle (Four Tet Artist Showcase, Pt. 3)
H : 2017-01-15 | Conundrum (Kobana Artist Showcase, Pt. 3)
D : 2017-01-16 | Distant Yearmix 2016
H : 2017-01-25 | Helioscope Yearmix 2016
P : 2017-01-31 | Best of Planetarium 2016

February
H : 2017-02-05 | Blue Mirrors (Worlds Between Us Deep Edition Vol. 2)
T : 2017-02-09 | Speedy Vengeance (Tribute to Hotline Miami Vol. 9)
H : 2017-02-12 | Idolatry 2 Year Anniversary Special
H : 2017-02-19 | Astronics Vol. 7
D : 2017-02-27 | Distant Anthology (Megamix with the best of 3 years)

March
N : 2017-03-02 | Pocket Safari
H : 2017-03-05 | The Starting Point (Sol-Archives, Ch. 3) (Theme: Electronic music pioneers)
H : 2017-03-19 | Worlds Between Us Vol. 11
N : 2017-03-23 | The Course of the Comet (Ellison Groove Vol. 8)

All dates subject to change, Planetarium releases less likely affected.

Link to the full schedule: https://helioscope.net/schedule/winter-2017/

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Henry Saiz plays Maxthor & Helioscope collaboration mix on El Laberinto

One of the more recent Turbobache cloudcasts which was also part of the 5 years anniversary has been supported by Henry Saiz on the Spanish radio station rtve. This is the second time Henry decided to use one of my mixes in his show. I’m really thankful for this huge exposure, since I myself am a loyal supporter of El Laberinto. The italo disco and synthwave sounds seem to hit a soft point in some people.
A genuine milestone for the Turbobache channel!

Nos adentramos de nuevo en el mundo de las mixtapes con una sesión que repasa clásicos de los 80 y música actual influenciada por esa década. Con motivo de la celebración de su quinto aniversario, el colectivo Helioscope ha invitado a varios artistas para que compartan su selección musical. En este episodio de El Laberinto escuchamos la mixtape del productor de synthwave e italo disco Maxthor.

El Laberinto 92 : Mixtapes: Maxthor
01 Harold Faltermeyer – The Running Man – Main Theme [Varèse Sarabande]
02 John Farnham – Break The Ice [Curb]
03 Billy Idol – Rebel Yell [Chrysalis]
04 Vince DiCola – Training Montage [Scotti Bros.]
05 The Midnight – Days of Thunder [Silk]
06 Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin [Parlophone]
07 Renegade – Threshold [Satan’s Circus]
08 Casal – Embrujada [Harvest]
09 Maxthor – Hunters
10 Desireless – Voyage Voyage [CBS]
11 Liar – The Ballad of Scorpio [Infinite Machine]
12 Client Liaison – Pretty Lovers [Dot Dash]
13 The Midnight – Daytona
14 Foreigner – Urgent [Atlantic]
15 Maxthor – Telepathic Love
16 Kristine – The Deepest Blue (Dance With The Dead Remix)
17 The Swiss – Kiss To Kiss (Pyramid Remix) [Kitsuné]
The 1-hour broadcast is available on the rtve.es website.

Listen to the full mix “5 Years of Helioscope : Maxthor” here.

Outlook on 2017

In my Twitter conversation with Michael McGarrity, I was reminded of how far the year already progressed.

This is the current state of things:
I tried to keep up with a four-mixes-per-week schedule, but lately I have been very busy and, what’s even more important, I will be even more starting next year. This is because I am about to graduate from my alma mater in Heidelberg and will continue with a masters programme at Potsdam University. This probably means I will either release two or three mixes per week or discontinue my fixed-day-per-channel schedule.

So here are some of my rough plans for next year:

Three yearmixes to be released late January (Helioscope, Distant, Planetarium).

Planetarium will definitely be fixed at once per week and always on Monday night / Tuesday midnight CET as always. I had some delays here and there lately, but this works pretty well overall. Formats are Planetarium (main show) every 14 days, Neptunian monthly, LEIMLAB every 6 weeks from September to March (Autumn/Winter season), Retrospektiven and Release Specials on weeks where none of the aforementioned shows occur.

Helioscope mixes at least once per week, hopefully two per week: Idolatry, Helioscope Radio, Worlds Between Us, HORT, Golden Age, Jade Bay, Silvan Soul and Astronics will have highest priority. All other mixes will be delayed until I’ve got some bonus time to spend on them.

Minor channels (Distant, Turbobache, Nutrients) will be renewed every three weeks and have occasional extra mixes like artist/label showcases or tributes to soundtracks. Distant main show has a high priority as it continuously rises in popularity.

– If everything goes perfectly well, there will be four mixes every week.

TL;DR : Everything will be continued, but on a smaller scale. Due to listener counts, Planetarium has the top priority.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed 2016 so far in terms of mix releases. Let me know what you think by replying to this post or leaving comments on my cloudcasts at Mixcloud.


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Celebrating five years of Helioscope at Mixcloud

On September 3, Helioscope celebrated its 5th anniversary.
Joining me for this special occasion are SineRider, Neon Discharge, Maxthor, novitzkas, Fluence and Blugazer with guest mixes now available via the four different channels of Helioscope.

Starting off is yours truly with a 90-minute mix of recent favourites (not a classics set, saving that for later this year…).


Devin Powers (SineRider), as the first guest mixer, combines ambient classics by Odd Nosdam, KW Whitman and Brambles with the moody soundscapes courtesy of the Spanish Archives label.


Luis M. Deltell is better known as Maxthor and Tentacle not only made himself a Natura Sonoris household name during this past year, but he’s even part of Henry Saiz’s live ensemble now. He recommended Howl into the Night, named after one of his tracks, to Henry which was then syndicated with Spanish terrestrial radio. This guestmix here seems like a lost cassette from the 80s. A 29-tracker hand-picked by Luis and mixed by Helioscope/Turbobache.


Ryan Kopka (Neon Discharge) is co-host of the The Rainforest podcast which I’ve been contributing to a lot over the course of the past years. He’s got a passion for deep trance – a sub-genre which I admire a lot, too. Here’s Neon Discharge in the mix showcasing the likes of Filterheadz, Gai Barone, Faskil, Blank & Jones and more!


Mark Novitzkas (novitzkas) is on duty for the fourth set. He delivers a sublime selection of field recordings, subtle drum patterns, entrancing dub techno and ethereal ambient soundscapes. Definitely check out his miniscule series for similar mixes!


Responsible for the drum & bass selection is Jason Podsednik (FLUENCE) who masterfully merges artists and labels from every corner of the bass-driven sub-genre into one beautiful piece of liquid art.


Closing the celebration week is Jack Barille (Blugazer) with his stunning atmospheric-but-balearic progressive trance style featuring vocals by Catherine (Blue Symmetry) and The Cynic Project for his own productions and embellishing the set with tracks from the deeper shades of house music.


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Helioscope Discoveries No. 10

Another quarter has passed and the Helioscope universe has revealed some major talents in the past mixes. Here are the most prestigious acts destined to rise in popularity soon in my opinion:

Movement Machina {Helsinki, Finland} [235 / 78 / 198]
Kiani & His Legion (Thomas Neyens) {Genk, Belgium} [906 / – / 2090]
Swept (Oyeme Thomas) [1312 / – / 245]
murkok (Ilya Glebov) {Vyborg, Russia} [941 / – / -]
Gaston Vigoo {Neuquen, Argentina} [746 / 579 / 405]
Jilk (Jonathan Worsley, Cags Diep, Terry Owen, Neil Gay, Matt Sunderland, Hannah Sweetnam, Robbie Burgess, Paul MacMahon, Helen Jenner & Claire Barnett) {Bristol, UK} [723 / 514 / 647]
IRAH (Stine Grøn, Adi Zukanovic & Oliver Louis Brostrøm Laumann) {Copenhagen, Denmark} [244 / 35 / 1806]
Suren Unka {Auckland, New Zealand} [410 / – / 1215]
Veeshy (Kaveesh Singh) {Brisbane, Australia} [477 / – / 344]
Valotihkuu (Denis Davydov) {Cherepovets, Russia} [653 / – / 324]
narkovich (Robert Ellmén) {Helsinki, Finland} [507 / – / 21]
Hidden Turn [1704 / 357 / 778]
Ghostlike {Sydney, Australia} [168 / – / 221]
Suonare (Ariel Ignacio Ruiz, Juan Ignacio Hang) {San Luis, Argentina} [968 / – / 519]
Apothek (Morten Myklebust & Nils Martin Larsen) {Oslo, Norway} [928 / – / 2131]
Grafter (Ilya Stepanov) {Petrozavodsk, Russia} [368 / 180 / 168]
Pasiphaë Group (Marcus Augustus Gonzalez) {San Antonio, United States} [129 / – / -]
Odison (Odej Haj) {Novi Sad, Serbia} [425 / – / 641]

Format: Artist Name (Real Name) {Location} [SoundCloud / Twitter / Facebook follower count]

Top gainers of the 9th edition:
Lumidelic (Alberto Garcia) : 181 (+70,8%)
Nil Ciuró : 142 (+69,0%)
Hudson Scott : 366 (+38,1%)
Stereo Underground (Yariv Etzion) : 2337 (+29,2%)
Desaturate (Janko Dragovic) : 1496 (+17,2%)

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Helioscope Discoveries No. 9

Tom Adams {Berlin, Germany} [1880 / 129 / 2063]
Kenneth James Gibson aka [a]pendics.shuffle {Los Angeles, USA} [686 / 361 / 3586]
Left With Pictures (Prod.: Richard Formby) {London, UK} [35 / 591 / 573]
Cave In The Sky (Cye Wood et al.) {Byron Bay, Australia} [68 / – / 334]
Stereo Underground (Yariv Etzion) {Tel Aviv, Israel} [1809]
Hudson Scott {London, UK} [265 / 528 / 565]
Aria Rostami {San Francisco, USA} [580 / 237 / 1355]
Giddyhead (Cesar Lopez) {Buenos Aires, Argentina} [275 / 45 / 374]
Subconscious Tales aka Tee-Ex (Ivars Tilix) {Valmiera, Latvia} [1201 / 326 / 688]
Robert Farrugia {Mosta, Malta} [220 / 192 / 331]
Mou. (?) {Alexandria, Egypt} [916 / 1405 / 523]
Matter (Matty Doyle) {Melbourne, Australia} [1997 / 157 / 659]
AntiAlias (?) {Berlin, Germany} [278 / – / 432]
Mark & Lukas (Marek & Lukaš Dorotovič) {Banská Bystrica, Slovakia} [192 / – / 368]
Nil Ciuró {Barcelona, Spain} [84 / 149 / -]
Snufmumriko (Ingmar Wennerberg) {Gothenburg, Sweden} [1373 / 520 / 83]
Ben Weber {Nordheide, Germany} [1229 / 38 / 1151]
Desaturate (Janko Dragovic) {Belgrade, Serbia} [1276 / – / 1160]
Lumidelic (Alberto Garcia) {Barcelona, Spain} [106 / 484 / 106]
Sixteen8 (?) [19 / 9 / 37]

Format: Artist Name (Real Name) {Location} [SoundCloud / Twitter / Facebook follower count]

Top gainers of the 8th edition:
Analogue Dear : 2108 (+268%)
Dulcet : 166 (+80%)
Haxxy : 473 (+49%)
Laolu : 1453 (+40%)
Atella : 1159 (+27%)

Henry Saiz features Turbobache mix “Howl into the Night” on El Laberinto

A milestone happened last night on the Spanish terrestrial radio station rtve.es. Natura Sonoris headhoncho, Renaissance and Balance compilation resident and tastemaker Henry Saiz supported my very own mix Howl into the Night on his weekly El Laberinto radio show. This marks the first volume of his Underground Mixtapes series. Maxthor aka Tentacle who I supported twice on the mix actually recommended my sub-channel Turbobache to him a few weeks ago, so I was aware of the imminent showcase.

Listen to the broadcast on the official website of Radio 3 website!

Howl into the Night
01 Opale – Sleepless [Lentonia]
02 Lane 8 feat. Patrick Baker – Ghost (Bwana Remix) [Anjunadeep]
03 Tentacle – Goliath [Natura Sonoris]
04 Chilly – For Your Love (Psychemagik Edit) [Psychemagik]
05 Jordan F – Our Destiny, Above Us [New Retro Wave]
06 Ki:Theory – Stasis (Cubicolor Remix)
07 Super Flu – Between ¾ Bars [Hommage]
08 Dialect – Ghost Of Red Hook [1080p]
09 Mr. Flagio – Take A Chance [Squish]
10 Hot Hot Hawk – Back To The Night City [Nang]
11 Chance – チャンス[Future City]
12 Roy RosenfelD & Guy Mantzur – Deeyo [Kompakt]
13 De Lorra – Le Chasse [Future City]
14 Jordan F feat. Le Cassette – Under the Sun [New Retro Wave]
15 Retröxx – Flatron [Future City]

Download the mp3 file here!