Ambient/electronic artist John Beltran has put together a formidable compilation that happens to be a collaborative release between Delsin and his very own Dado label. It features exclusive tracks on the first disc and pulls together previously released tracks on the second disc. This compilation sounds like it could’ve been released on Ghostly, with its ample blend of ambient and IDM. At times, you’ll be reminded of the most blissful post-rock anthems, Boards of Canada and Gizeh Records. The cover to Music For Machines reminds me of some of the surprisingly sterile highway structures we have here in Texas, with the sterility only amplified by the faded blue skies in the background. The cover also reminds me of the blanched industrial/urban setting put forth in the Matrix (a dystopian utopia) and Primer, which takes place in and around office complexes and nondescript suburban North Texas houses. If you like one disc more than the other, you can opt to only buy one. Check out a preview of Music For Machines via the SoundCloud player below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

The coming months will see celebrated ambient artist John Beltran jointly release not one but two vinyl compilations on Delsin Records in association with his own Dado label. The compilations, named Music For Machines Part 1 and Part 2, will take the form of two vinyl LPs released apart, with both releases complied together onto one CD available at a later date.

Michigan born producer Beltran, of course, has released countless legendary EPs and LPs on labels like Peacefrog, Carl Craig's Retroactive and Belgium's R&S. His music has been licensed to high profile HBO TV series and a number of films, and pulls together elements of jazz, world music, organic soundscapes and electronic textures into compelling listening experiences. Most recently this came in the form of his Amazing Things album in 2013, whilst his career spanning Ambient Selections from 2011 is still a vital listen.

Part 1 of the compilation pulls together new and exclusive tracks from the likes of Winter Flags, Blair French, David Elpezs and John himself, whilst part two focuses on the likes of Natalie Beridze, Kirk Degiorgio and Vincent Volt.

Part 1 opens up with the found sound lushness of 'Winterfall Winds' before naturally unfolding through Reinehr's wintry harmonics and the crowning glory of Beltran's own titular track, which is a moving bit of textured modern classical music that sooths your mind, body and soul.

As for Part 2, it is riddled with sumptuous sonic delights like Greg Chin's icy and alpine 'Dashboard Angels' and Mick Chillage's beautifully suspended 'Only In My Dreams’. Vincent Volt keeps things beautifully beachy with his 'Subway Arp' and A2B2C2's 'Stereometry' is a suitably sombre affair that closes the compilation down in style.

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