Review: Nobody ever comes out and says "you have to spend three days living in a yurt in the Welsh wilderness to make a good album", but clearly the move can help your efforts. Just add some analogue and digital synths, and a thought process in line with that of Lucie st?pankova (AKA Avsluta) and Christian Duka, here working together for the first time under the name Vadin.
What a murky world they lure us into. From the chilling opening moments on 'The Seven Laws', all moorland whispers in the digital mist, through the warbling sci-fi consoles of 'Merging' and the tribalistic ritualism that seems to drive 'Sufi Trance', it's as wild as the conditions it was made in, and as transcendent as that experience will have been for the pair involved.
Review: As his career has progressed, Jorge Velez has gone from serving up bleak and forthright slabs of techno to delivering the kind of woozy, off-kilter ambient fare that prioritizes mood and melody over willfully experimental flag waving. That's not to say that his latest full-length ambient excursion, "The Saturn Star", is fluffy or lightweight - far from it, in fact - just that it's far more melodious and accessible than some of his older work. There's much to enjoy across the album, with highlights including the modular-sounding drift of "Sunday/Furnace", the throbbing electronic bass and surging chords of "Sudden Guests", the krautrock-influenced hypnotism of "Labour", the droning creepiness of "Two Dogs" and the deep space weirdness of "Saturn Star".