CUE DOT 007:
SHUNYATA : EMPTINESS
by Toby Wiltshire
Toby Wiltshire is a composer, sound artist, saxophonist and meditator who lives in Leeds. His work is predominantly in audio-visual art installations and ‘beatless’ electronic music.
‘Shunyata : Emptiness’ follows on from Toby Wiltshire’s two previous self- released albums ‘Surfacing’ (2019) and ‘Selected Works 2012-2017’ (2017). The album uses imagery and concepts from the Buddhist world as a starting point to inspire musical creation. Toby uses field recordings, modular synthesis and software in a drifting and loose compositional style influenced by abstract visual art, often working with texture and subtle combinations of the natural and the synthetic.
BBC 3, Night Tracks with Hannah Peel
KEXP, Pacific Notions with Alex Ruder
“Toby Wiltshire has been producing and making music for around 20 years. He’s been widely influenced by the visual arts, his explorations in meditation and his experiences working with audio-visual art installations. That knowledge and experience combined with a spiritual sensibility and a deep appreciation of how to listen has led to the creation of a genuinely magnificent listening experience.” – Bobby Gant, Iniquitous Glory
“There is an intelligence and level of originality in this collection that has to be admired, one that creates an utterly enveloping and thought-provoking listening experience. It’s like stepping into a cocoon and isolating yourself from the craziness of the world we live in today. We could all benefit from that…” – Gordon Rutherford, Louder Than War
“An album of profundity and aching beauty. If you are desirous of the profound and seeking beauty, then this is the album you need…” – Paul Laird, Our Sound Music
“Shunyata does have the power to remove yourself from the world for a while and absorb its message. It is beautiful and it is rich and it is easy to say that with it Toby Wiltshire can indeed sit at the table and break bread with the greats of the genre that have gone before…” – Simon Tucker, At The Barrier
“Wiltshire’s free-standing style allows for slow, untethered musical movement, adding field recordings, modular synths and software to the equation. It is music for mindfulness, but with a license to develop along the way…” – Ben Hogwood, Arcana
CUE DOT 006:
by Moth Effect
Moth Effect, is an instrumental electronic music project by Andy Le Gresley. Andy has been making music as Moth Effect since the mid-2010’s using processed guitars, loops and synths to create a spaced-out mix of beats, drones and melodies.
‘Hovering,’ was produced during 2020. Infused by his love of Kosmische Musik, New Wave and anything that stays on one note for too long. It features nine tracks, covering chugging melodies and sinister drones, heavy self-oscillations and spacey ambience
“With Hovering, Moth Effect has crafted an intelligent and bold album, one that wonderfully fuses psych, electronica, space-rock and kosmische. Ultimately though, at its core this is a pop record and a damn good one at that.” – Gordon Rutherford, Louder Than War
“Sometimes you just have to listen to an album to experience the majesty, the joy, the feeling, the power, the quality, the size, the intricacies. Hovering is that sort of album. You should listen to it.” – Bobby Gant, Iniquitous Glory
“There is nothing throwaway or disposable in Hovering’s passion for the more electronic side of pop music yet it truly does manage to carry throughout a wonderful sense of fun and happiness . A fine balance between the playful and progressive and an album that leaves you in a far better state that when you first hit play.” – Simon Tucker, At The Barrier
“Slathered in kosmische synths and enough post-punk guitars to make veteran John Peel fans shudder under their blankets, it’s terrific fun” – Bob Fischer, Electronic Sound
CUE DOT 005:
Veryan is a female electronic musician based in Scotland. She follows up recent 2020 self-releases (‘Ebb & Flow’, and ‘Hiraeth’) with this collection exploring feelings and associations that come with a sense of place and belonging.
This album is, in part, influenced by Somewhere-Nowhere, an environmental arts and research practice. At this critical time of climate change and biodiversity decline, their work aims to influence government policy, community engagement and environmental activism through shared stories, reflections and insights. Sometimes they are stories of joy and wonder, sometimes they highlight struggle and loss.
HERE is one of those stories.
“It is an album of big skies and wide expanses – an album of awe…” – Bobby D Gant, Iniquitous Glory
“Do you feel like you belong? what is belonging anyway? These are big questions and with this album, Veryan allows you time and space to maybe find a few answers for yourself and any album that gives you that feeling of security to explore such deep emotional themes certainly belongs in your collection…” – Simon Tucker, At The Barrier
“A powerful, life-affirming addition to the Cue Dot Series, and one that reminds you to treasure the precious things in life” – Mat Smith, Electronic Sound
CUE DOT 004:
by Manfred Hamil
Manfred Hamil is just one of the many aliases used by music producer Steve Kelly.
Steve started producing electronica back in 2001, initially under the pseudonym SK123, but later as his more targeted alter egos, Douglas Deep, Macerator and Manfred Hamil. And it is through Manfred Hamil that Steve chooses to channel the more ambient, cinematic side of electronica, inspired by releases from legendary labels such as City Centre Offices, Erased Tapes and Ninja Tune.
With “EVERYTHING FADES” he continues an emphasis on some of the darker and melancholic aspects of electronic music, yet still creating space for quiet optimism.
As we enter an era of newly defined norms, we feel honoured to share this perfect soundtrack reflecting upon times we’ve endured and the hopefulness of a future to come.
“Cue Dot and Steve Kelly/Manfred Hamil have set the bar high for 2021 with Everything Fades and other releases under the electronica banner will do well to match the brilliance of this collection.” – Gordon Rutherford, Louder Than War
“Manfred Hamil has produced an exquisite album of electronic music. Great art should always be celebrated and this is great art.” – Bobby Gant, Iniquitous Glory
“Everything Fades allows enough space for the listener to paint their own images whilst gently pulling you along. It is a hymn and a celebration for a scene that needs us now more than ever.” – Simon Tucker, At The Barrier
“…typified by a feeling of spaciousness that takes time to revel in its expertly honed, sharp sonic design” – Ben Willmott, Electronic Sound
CUE DOT 003:
Stories From An Island
by SAD MAN and Francis Lowe
SAD MAN is the music producer Andrew Spackman. Francis Lowe is a writer, actor and animator. His career has taken him from working in TV and movies for Turner Entertainment and Boss Films in Los Angeles, to delivering talks around the world on storytelling and drawing.
Together they have collaborated to create and record six stories, each one unique, but each one revealing layers of a mysterious place where magic, the supernatural and tales of the unexpected intertwine across time.
“Press play and begin to absorb yourself in Stories From An Island. Close your eyes, listen carefully and allow yourself to be transported.” – Gordon Rutherford, Louder Than War
CUE DOT 002:
A profound hand into a peaceful death
by Lying Cat
Lying Cat is an anonymous UK producer drawing influence from glitch, ambient, drone and experimental electronica.
Although Lying Cat remains anonymous, the album features contributions from Bristol based experimental electronic art collective, JILK.
The album is a soundtrack to a film story never realised…
“Lying Cat has produced an album that will enthral and stimulate your imagination” – Gordon Rutherford, Louder Than War
CUE DOT 001:
by Lyndon Scarfe
The first installation in our “Cue Dot Series” is this collection of cinematic ambient drone pieces created by musician Lyndon Scarfe.
Lyndon has been involved in making, producing and releasing music since the early 1980’s when he was an original member of post-punk group The Danse Society.
Since then he has recorded and released ambient, electronic and soundtrack music under his own name, he plays guitar in the group The Black Lamps, and with Sam Horton he makes the experimental, drone, noise project [retreat].
Featured on BBC 6 Music:
– Mary Anne Hobbs Recommends
– 6 Music Ambient Focus
“The overall effect is almost psychedelic” – Mark Roland, Electronic Sound
“An immersive electronic dreamscape… A transcendental masterpiece.” –
Bobby D Gant, Iniquitous Glory
“It’s a blueprint for what ambient music should be… there is something here for all those who appreciate great music, irrespective of genre.” –
Gordon Rutherford, Louder Than War