Isolationism

To help you both soundtrack and escape from these unprecedented times, we are asking some of our favourite musicians for the albums they would recommend for deep or solo listening 

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming by M83 – selected by Mattis Andersson (Echo Ladies)

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming by M83 – selected by Mattis Andersson (Echo Ladies)

“The music really cuts into you and makes everything feel so fragile. It’s on the verge of being complete euphoria and utter sadness at the same time” ...
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Monument Valley II by Todd Baker – selected by Paula García (Sobrenadar)

Monument Valley II by Todd Baker – selected by Paula García (Sobrenadar)

“I’ve been a video game fan since forever and always attached to soundtracks. In this case, for me, two enjoyments come together” ...
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In Her Gentle Jaws by The Depreciation Guild – selected by Iván González (Linda Guilala)

In Her Gentle Jaws by The Depreciation Guild – selected by Iván González (Linda Guilala)

“Beyond the production, which makes a difference, and all the aesthetic elements that envelop the album, this is simply a great collection of sublime pop songs” ...
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The Disintegration Loops I by William Basinski – selected by Daniel Avery

The Disintegration Loops I by William Basinski – selected by Daniel Avery

“The most perfect of mantras. The loop becomes a part of you, every scratch and imperfection only adding to the overall swell of beautiful noise. An important life lesson if ever there was one” ...
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The Pearl by Harold Budd/Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois – selected by Mark Peters

The Pearl by Harold Budd/Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois – selected by Mark Peters

“Many of the tracks have a ‘questioning’ quality and the title is perfect… searching for something precious in a sea of nothingness“ ...
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Ambient 4: On Land by Brian Eno – selected by Robert Hampson (Loop)

Ambient 4: On Land by Brian Eno – selected by Robert Hampson (Loop)

“This isn’t really a music album at all. It may evoke a sense of music at times, but it really is one of the first and very best examples of true sound design” ...
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Get Up With It by Miles Davis – selected by Emil Nikolaisen (Serena-Maneesh)

Get Up With It by Miles Davis – selected by Emil Nikolaisen (Serena-Maneesh)

“It’s 3D musical 5G. It’s up, down, speed and heroin. It’s bottomless grief and volcanic joy. Radical studio tricks, interruptions and manually switched hard-panning. It’s all in here” ...
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Dream Theory In Malaya by Jon Hassell – selected by Grasshopper (Mercury Rev)

Dream Theory In Malaya by Jon Hassell – selected by Grasshopper (Mercury Rev)

“The repetition, the drones, the tones, the other-world feel of these songs, these pieces, always takes me to that place I need to be. A place of walking in-between worlds” ...
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Crumbling The Antiseptic Beauty by Felt – selected by Phil King

Crumbling The Antiseptic Beauty by Felt – selected by Phil King

“It is not just what is there, but what isn’t. No multi-tracked guitars, percussion, backing vocals. There is so much space to get lost in – and to just let your imagination run wild” ...
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Epic Jammers And Fortunate Little Ditties by Bitchin Bajas and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – selected by Alberto González (Lorelle Meets The Obsolete)

Epic Jammers And Fortunate Little Ditties by Bitchin Bajas and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – selected by Alberto González (Lorelle Meets The Obsolete)

“If this album at least gives you a moment to heal and to think about walking towards a new beginning, then we will be able to overthrow the rotting system that got us into this” ...
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Morton Feldman Piano by Philip Thomas – selected by Jack Cooper (Modern Nature)

Morton Feldman Piano by Philip Thomas – selected by Jack Cooper (Modern Nature)

“The perfect use of abundant time and an insight into time itself. The weight of each note can feel overwhelming and a whole universe resides in its decay” ...
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Pure Phase by Spiritualized – selected by Maria Lindén (I Break Horses)

Pure Phase by Spiritualized – selected by Maria Lindén (I Break Horses)

“To me, this is one of the best Spiritualized records, where Jason Pierce not only secures his Spaceman nickname, but also it’s an album where he is not letting the listener off lightly” ...
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Salon De Musique by Su Tissue – selected by Brian Case (FACS)

Salon De Musique by Su Tissue – selected by Brian Case (FACS)

“It’s total dream time music, deeply textural and constantly being pushed forward by the addition and subtraction of elements that seemingly rise and fall without reason, but never overtake the repetitive, not looped, piano figure” ...
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The Moon And The Melodies by Harold Budd / Elizabeth Fraser / Robin Guthrie / Simon Raymonde – selected by Simon Scott (Slowdive)

The Moon And The Melodies by Harold Budd / Elizabeth Fraser / Robin Guthrie / Simon Raymonde – selected by Simon Scott (Slowdive)

“When I put the vinyl on, the audio instantly becomes a sonic perfume, and I can deeply breathe in the musical environment these songs create, as it’s so spatial. It is occasionally dynamic, too” ...
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The Return Of The Durutti Column by The Durutti Column – selected by Emma Anderson

The Return Of The Durutti Column by The Durutti Column – selected by Emma Anderson

“I fell in love with this record. It was hypnotic, immersive and transported me to European beaches drenched in blazing sun – although it was recorded and mixed in rainy Stockport” ...
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Cirque by Biosphere – selected by Olga Wojciechowska

Cirque by Biosphere – selected by Olga Wojciechowska

“Its repetitiveness makes you fall into a trance until the very end, when something very primal awakes inside. Maybe it’s freedom, a feeling of being part of something bigger than society. Maybe it’s fear” ...
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Bitches Brew by Miles Davis – selected by Simon Raymonde

Bitches Brew by Miles Davis – selected by Simon Raymonde

“Inside this impenetrable shell lies a world so colourful and rich, it’s almost unbelievable. It is like awakening from a Technicolor dream and reliving it in the waking world” ...
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Descending Moonshine Dervishes by Terry Riley – selected by Cheval Sombre

Descending Moonshine Dervishes by Terry Riley – selected by Cheval Sombre

“Once started, a slowing down, happens. The chattering – the incessant chattering with which we are all inundated – is quieted, and if you will allow it, something radiant is introduced, instead” ...
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Selected Ambient Works Volume II by Aphex Twin – selected by Jordan Smith (bdrmm)

Selected Ambient Works Volume II by Aphex Twin – selected by Jordan Smith (bdrmm)

“Devoid of narrative, the record is insular and that’s probably why I enjoy it so much. After a while you see yourself within the music; slumped and sedated without a notion of structure” ...
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Sonic Narcotic by Transient Waves – selected by James Chapman (Maps)

Sonic Narcotic by Transient Waves – selected by James Chapman (Maps)

”Everything on this record feels sedated. It’s a haze of feelings and emotions and half-forgotten memories... The kind of music you would hear as you drifted to another planet, rather than drifting off to sleep” ...
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Prelude by Brian Lopez – selected by Lars Andersson (MOLLY)

Prelude by Brian Lopez – selected by Lars Andersson (MOLLY)

“This album is the perfect quarantine soundtrack. It’s music for the individual, not for the masses. It’s overflowing with utterly beautiful melodies and genius songwriting and it really brings you back” ...
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Dusty In Memphis by Dusty Springfield – selected by Dot Allison

Dusty In Memphis by Dusty Springfield – selected by Dot Allison

“Andrew Weatherall introduced me to Dusty In Memphis. He introduced me to loads of amazing music before and during the recording of the One Dove album and this album was part of that” ...
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Trilogie De La Mort by Éliane Radigue – selected by Lorena Quintanilla (Lorelle Meets The Obsolete)

Trilogie De La Mort by Éliane Radigue – selected by Lorena Quintanilla (Lorelle Meets The Obsolete)

“The perception of time is transforming – and I would suggest we embrace it. This three-hour masterpiece has been my soundtrack during lockdown and it has turned my physical space into a sacred temple” ...
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Ruins by Grouper – selected by Adrian Dutt (Spectres)

Ruins by Grouper – selected by Adrian Dutt (Spectres)

“I don’t know if this record will give you a spring in your step during the lockdown, but if there was ever a time for reflection, it is now, and this is the perfect soundtrack” ...
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United States Live by Laurie Anderson – selected by Sonic Boom

United States Live by Laurie Anderson – selected by Sonic Boom

“There is an unusual German word, gesamtkunstwerk, meaning ‘containing all arts’, and this record might be one of the deepest in that rare multi-media category” ...
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