Waypoint - Interchill Records - Review

Canadian label Interchill Records has released their latest compilation album. Titled "Waypoint", the new album continues Interchill's tradition of expertly curated downtempo compilations. With close to 20 years of top notch releases, the label is one of the most respected in the business. When I recently compiled my list of best psybient compilation albums I wasn't surprised to see Interchill feature heavily. 

Waypoint harks back to Interchill's "Earth Octave Lounge" series of downtempo/ambient compilations from about 10 years ago. Much like that series, Waypoint combines various styles that despite their differences do display a somewhat psychedelic jazzy/lounge feel to a good number of the tracks. 

Waypoint - Interchill Records
An exotic blend of freejazz, lounge grooves and tribal bass with chilled ambiance. Some of the artists featured on Waypoint are Interchill regulars such as Kaya Project and Adham Shaikh and a number of artists from the old Earth Octave Lounge series feature once again here. That's not to say this music is dated - quite the opposite actually - this compilation is as fresh and modern sounding as any compilation you will here in 2014 and quite possibly for the next decade too. 

The album has just the right amount of variation on offer to avoid becoming  a repetitive take on any one genre. It starts out with some sprinkles of stomp before gradually slipping into more sublime ambient territories. The tracks compliment each other so well that before you know it an hour has flown by as it sucks you in with sonic submission. 

This is music to create to, to dream to, to bath to, to love to and to celebrate with. A triumphant compilation that perfectly demonstrates why Interchill has been able to remain at the top of their game for two decades. Educating, entertaining and satisfy a hungry fanbase is what Interchill do and Waypoint is another pleasant meal of delectable audio delights.    

Here is quick run down of the tracks on offer :

01. Grouch - Indifference ( Hibernation remix )

A new and welcome take on the glitch-hop / beats genre where Hibernation ( Seb Taylor ) has spiced it up with double bass, jazz fx and guitars. A spine melting trippy soup of a track and a great way to open up the record as it peaks your interest into the possibilities that may lay ahead.

02. Drift - Invisible Spirit

Interchill regular and award winning producer Adham Shaikh then provides a brilliant new tune under the Drift moniker. Adham collaborated with Tim Floyd in  1996 and the pair released the now classic "Drift" album which should be in everyone's collection. Sadly, Tim is no longer with us and so Adham has crafted this tune as a tribute to his old friend. It really is an absolutely superb track with shades of Bluetech glitchyness wrapped in a bossanova groove with flourishes of Spanish guitar. 

03. Guru Shishya - Rich In Loss

Multi instrumentalist Guru Shishya ( Sandeep Bhandari ) who has previously appeared on Interchill's Earth Octave Lounge series back in 2005 makes a welcome return with a rather arty orchestral ambient arrangement on the track "Rich in Loss". A fascinating , contrasting mix of melancholy and hope that evokes a sense of beautiful escapism. The track originally appeared on the album "Dive Vol 1", a collection of music Sandeep wrote for a TV show in 2011/12. Sandeep continues to find success in the TV/film market where his mix of electronic and traditional instruments has proven immensely popular. 

04. Gaudi - Solaris Vision
Gaudi does what he does best - thumping dub. Interchill partly made a name for itself off the back of releasing many a now classic ambient dub track. It's pleasing to see the tradition continuing here. I recently read that Gaudi is teaming up dub lengends The Orb for a number of collaboration tracks - how cool is that ! This track is a simple straight up dub tune. Nothing particularly standout about it but it sits in the mix perfectly with plenty of distant echoes and reverb. It is also a great lead in for the next track.

05. Kaya Project - Dust Devil  ( Hibernation Remix )

We then have Seb Taylor ( Hibernation ) remixing Seb Taylor ( Kaya Project ). I guess when you have as many monikers as Seb then remixing your own tracks is almost unavoidable. I will say this about Hibernation - I like his remixes better than his original tacks. And this one is an absolute gem too. Maybe Seb should keep Hibernation as a remix project and just release full albums of kick arse remixes.The remix takes the original tune off the album Desert Phase, removes the blues vibe, softens tribal vocals and replaces it all with more of a jazzy backbone. A superb remix effort. If you like this you should also check out the "Desert Phase Remixes" album for the heavy Liquid Stranger version of Dust Devil.

06. Variant Field - Dulcet Dalliance
Variant field is a duo that have popped up now and then over the past decade on a number of top compilations. I've really enjoyed their tracks so far and would love to see them get a full release done someday. Here they offer a rather unique, cheeky house number with flourishes of lounge marimbas, organs, jazzy brass and double bass. A martini cocktail party for the discerning, sophisticated robot about town.  

07. Another Fine Day - Walk Tall ( Throwback Dub )

Tom green may not be a name so familiar to readers here but what if I told you he provided considerable input on The Orb's classic "Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld" ? Then again, it seems everyman and his modulating dog provided input on that release. Anyway Tom has been recording as Another Fine Day since the early 1990's and released the classic "Life Before Land" album in 1994. He is back with some new music at last with the track "Walk Tall" which sounds like a classic Ninja Tunes tracks. Smooth as silk jazz lounge piano, double bass and washes of distant squelchy synths. Kind of like a Jackson Pollock painting - free roaming chaos constructed under careful consideration. Keep an eye out for an all new AFD album next year on Interchill.

08. Austero - Fuerza Brutal
Austero ( half of Sunmonx )  who I know little about except for his super guitar work which anyone can appreciate has crafted a great track that continues the lounge jazz vibes with some subtle flourishes of chilled guitar served over a bed of fuzzy bass. An expertly crafted glitchy chill tune perfect for sunny afternoon hammock sessions. As far as I know "Fuerza" means "force" in English. So I'm not sure where Brutal Force fits into the equation here as I find this track to be full of beauty rather that anything malevolent. A great track that should have wide appeal.

09. Fredrik Ohr -  In Orbit

One of the standout tracks on the compilation. Fredrik Ohr has a habit of making utterly beautiful music that at first seems simple but reveals layers of complexity with each further listen. That to me is the mark of a musical maestro. More Ohr !

10. Liquid Stanger - Flipside

Liquid Stranger now has about a quarter of a million fans on Facebook. I wager that most of those fans are there for his stomping beats and bass that melt the fillings from you teeth. Which is a bit of a shame actually because he also producers some damn fine ambient music. He might do well to have an ambient project under a different name. This track is actually sitting somewhere between both sides of his music. It has a beautiful swirling ambient canvas with a slightly heavy stuttering beat. Dare I say this would sound even more brilliant with vocals.

11. Sinepearl - Cosmic Center

Swedish producer Sinepearl released an amazing album earlier this year titled "Cycles With Cycles". Easily one of the greatest albums of 2014, it has catapulted Sinepearl to the forefront of ambient producers worldwide. His blend of melodic echoing syths and lush pads continue here on Waypoint as the album spreads out into deep ambient fields of soothing abstraction. I'm eagerly awaiting the next full Sinepearl release which I hope makes it's way to Interchill Records again soon. 

12. Spiral System - Mondays

London based producers Spiral System ( Joe Crisp and Cliff Ovenden ) along with vocalist Lottie Child have released a number of EP on Interchill in the past. Their music is quite diverse - ranging from funk, dub to latin and buddahbar-esqu downtempo. Not quite my thing but there are a handful of tracks I dig. This track for example is particularly cool and probably my favorite to date. It is a kind of ambient dub, downtempo hybrid with tribal percussion, classic strings and piano and eastern sitar like effects. Quite a melting pot of ideas conducted with considerable aplomb.

13. Alucidation - Prefer To Stay In

Taking a leaf from the pages of Brian Eno, Alucidnation ( Bruce Bickerton ) provides the perfect way to close of this brilliant compilation. However stressed you feel, this tune is what you need. One of the best pieces of ambient music I have heard in my life. I wish it was 10 time longer !  

Waypoint is the most confident compilation album I have heard in quite some time. 13 solid tracks that work together a like well oiled machine. As every great compilation album should. Taken one their own, each track shines brightly. Taken as a whole, Waypoint is an unforgettable listening experience.  

The album is available online now through the following links :

Waypoint on Bandcamp
Waypoint on Beatport
Waypoint on Itunes
Waypoint on Amazon 
Waypoint on Juno

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Top Psybient Compilation Albums

Following on from the recent best psybient albums post which you can check out here, today I present to you a list of top notch psybient compilation albums. Once again I've decided to be fairly liberal in my approach here and expand the list to include various genres that often get lumped in along side the psybient tag. 

To make each album easier to track down I've also added their associated record label. For albums that make up part of a series I have simply listed the series name with a marker (s) behind the name to indicate it is a series. 

Rather than list the albums in rank of popularity or my personal choice I've decided to go for a simple alphabetical sort so that you can find what you are looking for easily. 

I hope you find this list of use and it points you to some new listening experiences. Of course, feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section. I've only added the albums I have actually purchased so if there is something amazing you think should be included then by all means let us know.

  1. 13th Moon - Interchill
  2. 6th Element - Altar Records
  3. A Conversation Between Two Trees - Critical Beats
  4. Air/Water/Earth/Fire (s) - Altar Records
  5. Alchemy - Arcadia Productions
  6. Amber : Gold Of The North - Zealotry Music
  7. Ambi-Ant Beatz - Green Ant
  8. Ambient Auras - Rumour Records
  9. Ambient Meditations (s) - Return To The Source
  10. Ambient Selections (s) - Cyan Music
  11. Ambrosia - Ultimae Records
  12. Ancestral Lullabies - Astronautic Records
  13. Angelic Science - Surreal Audio
  14. Anti Particle - Phantasm Records
  15. Arcana - Interchill
  16. Area 69 - Afrogalactic Recores
  17. Backroom Beats (s) - Twisted Records
  18. Beneath The Surface - Native State Records
  19. Between Earth and Sky - Tempest Recordings
  20. Bioluminescence - Native State Records
  21. Bliminal - Interchill
  22. Butterfly Dawn - Liquid Sound Design
  23. Cafe Marrakesh - Avatar Spirit
  24. Caribbean Eclipse - Flying Rhino
  25. Chill Out (s) - Tua Records
  26. Chilling Goddess - Peak Records
  27. Chillosophy (s) - Digital Structures
  28. Chillum  - The Ultimate Tribal Ambient Journey (s) - Agito Records
  29. Chilly Peppers Vol.1 - Beats and Pieces
  30. Cornwall Eclipse - Flying Rhino
  31. Cosmic Balance - Uxmal Records
  32. Depth Charge - Interchill
  33. Desert Phase Remixes - Interchill
  34. Devil in the Detail - Interchill
  35. Discovering Plexus Music - CosmicLeaf Records
  36. Dissolving Clouds - Interchill
  37. Down The Fractal Dimension - Liquid Seed Recordings
  38. Dreams - Millenium Records
  39. Dub Dimensions - Ajnavision Records
  40. Dub Mates Meeting - Gliese 581C
  41. Dub Warriors (s) - Triple Drop Productions
  42. Earth Octave Lounge (s) - Interchill
  43. Ease Division (s) - Spiral Trax
  44. Eclipse 2012 Following The Eye Of God - Twisted Records
  45. Eclipse: A Journey Of Permanence and Impermanence - Twisted Records
  46. Electroriental Delight (s) - Ultra Vista Records
  47. Elucidations - Liquid Sound Design
  48. Emptinesses - Sentimony Records
  49. Entheos Audio Archive (s) - Entheogenetic
  50. Epistemology ( ambient side ) - Maia Brasil Records
  51. Epistemology - Maia Brasil Records
  52. Ethneomystica (s) - Mystic Sound Records
  53. Everything Is Possible - Trimurti Records
  54. Fahrenheit Project (s) - Ultimae Records
  55. Fantazma - Sentimony Records
  56. Fire/Water/Fire/Air/Ether (s) - Altar Records
  57. Floatation - Interchill
  58. Floating Point (s) - Iboga Records
  59. Floating Spirals (s) - Altar Records
  60. Flutter - Flow Records
  61. Four A.D. (s) - Waveform Records
  62. Future Memories - Interchill
  63. Future Sound Theory (s) - Celestial Dragon Records
  64. Global Slowdown - Tempest Recordings
  65. Green Instant - Clima Records
  66. Greenosophy - Ultimae Records
  67. Grower - Lookinglook Records
  68. Hadravision - A Chillout Exploration (s) - Hadra Records
  69. Hammock - Synergetic Records
  70. High Priests Of Electronic Dub - Hypnotic
  71. Higher Mind - Maia Brasil Records
  72. Illuminations - Liquid Sound Design
  73. Imaginary Friends - Ultimae Records
  74. Infinessence - Interchill
  75. Infinite Excursions (s) - TIP World
  76. Interior Horizons - Liquid Sound Design/Interchill
  77. Intermittent Memories - Celestial Dragon Records
  78. Into This Wired Abyss (s) - Into This Wired Abyss
  79. Kumharas (s) - Space Teepee Music
  80. Left Coast Liquid Vol.1 - Native State Records
  81. Life Is.../Another Life...(s) - YoYo Records
  82. Liquid Dub Vol 7 - Liquid Sound Design
  83. Little Pieces Of Infinity (s) - Hispanodelicious Records
  84. Live At Dakini Nights - Dakini Records
  85. Made Of Dawn : Chapter One - Blue Hour Sounds
  86. Magnetic Blue - Interchill Records
  87. Mahamaya 5 Years Compilation - iT Records
  88. Mana Medicine - Liquid Sound Design
  89. Mar Y Tierra (s) - Zulu Lounge 
  90. Mashing Up Creation - Dubmission Records
  91. Materia Musica - Ajana Records
  92. Mellout - ID Siral Records
  93. MIDItation (s) - Ceiba Records
  94. Midnight Soul Dive - Aleph Zero
  95. Mind Gap - Kupuri Music
  96. Mira - Nutek Records
  97. Module (s) - 3D Vision Relax
  98. Mountain High (s) - CandyFlip Records
  99. Mutantribe - Iboga Records
  100. Mycelium Music Compilation (s) - Mycelium Music
  101. Mystic Chill Chapter 1 - Mystic Sound Records
  102. Natural Born Chillers (s) - Aleph Zero
  103. New Entry - Iboga Records
  104. Next Destination - no label ( via ektoplazm )
  105. Next Step - Nutek Chill
  106. Northern Circuits - Interchill
  107. Nova Natura (s) - Cosmicleaf Records
  108. On A Dub Mission (s) - Dubmission Records
  109. One A.D/Two A.D/Three A.D (s) - Waveform Records
  110. Opus Iridium (ambient disc) - Suntrip Records
  111. Organic Beats (s) - Altar Records
  112. Oxycanta (s) - Ultimae Records
  113. Painting Pictures On Silence (s) - Enig'matik Records
  114. Passages - Ultimae Records
  115. Paz (s) - Ovnimoon Records
  116. Peace And Love (s) - Vertigo Records
  117. Peace Therapy (s) - Kagdila Records
  118. Penduloom Waves - Sonic Loom
  119. Planet Blue - MikelaBella Records
  120. Planet Meditation (s) - Avatar Records
  121. Polymorphic Convolutions - Electronic Soundscape Records
  122. Portal of Perceptions - Celestial Dragon Records
  123. Psychedelic Chillout (s) - Insolation
  124. Psyderchill (s) - Psyderweb Records
  125. Psymeditation (s) - Organic Records
  126. Quality Relaxation - Chill Tribe Records
  127. Raja Rams Pipedreams (s) - TIP Worldg
  128. Relaxed Journeys - Chill Tribe Records
  129. Resonant Heart - Merkaba Music
  130. Resonant Mind - Merkaba Records
  131. Rhythm Code - Shanti Planti
  132. Rhythm Of Life - Solstice Music International
  133. Seeing Things - Twisted Records
  134. Serenity Dub (s) - Incoming!
  135. Siesta - Phonokol
  136. Signs Of Life (s) - Blue Room Released
  137. Sky Dancing Nada Masala (s) - Dakini Records
  138. Slow Motion - Blue Tune Recordings
  139. Soul Vibration (s) - Liquid Records
  140. Sound Drops - Warp Brain Records
  141. Space Forming (s) - Gliese 581C
  142. Special Places - Sentimony Records
  143. Spirit Of La Selva - Critical Beats
  144. Sticky Jam - Sticky Music
  145. Sub Signals Volume 1 - Interchill
  146. Summer/Spring (s) - Altar Records
  147. Sunset Magnetic North - Waveform Records
  148. Talisman - Interchill
  149. Temple Of Science - Nice Dreams Music
  150. The 14 Dragon Tales - Space Radio Records
  151. The Martian Chronicles - Trimurti Records
  152. The Mystery of the Yeti - TIP World
  153. The Next Mission (s) - Dubmission Records
  154. The Prophecy - Phantasm Records
  155. The Riddle Of Isla De Pascua - Avatar Records
  156. The Riddle Of Santa Catherina - Avatar Records
  157. The Second Coming - Mind Tweakers Records
  158. The Warp Experience - Liquid Sound Design
  159. Time Loop : Beyond Borders - Sentimony Records
  160. Top 40 Ambient Tracks - Altar Records
  161. Tranchillizer - Peak Records
  162. Transatlantic Chillout - Heart's Eye Records
  163. Turlitava (s) - Neogoa
  164. Twelve - TIP World
  165. Unity Dub's Voyage Into Paradise - Liquid Sound Design
  166. Unusual Suspects (s) - Twisted Records
  167. Up And Away ( ambient disc ) - Up Records
  168. Global Psychedelic Chill Out (s) - Spirit Zone
  169. Vampire Sunrise - Celestial Dragon Records
  170. Voodoo Roux (s) - Waveform Records
  171. Wabi - Flying Rhino
  172. Waveform Transmissions (s) - Waveform Records
  173. Wider Horizons - Liquid Sound Design

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