Holland's Michel Banabila has apparently been recording and releasing albums for many, many years. Some are solo ventures and some are collaborations with other musicians. Spherics is my introduction to his music, featuring seven compositions covering a nice range of ambient/mood music that is slightly similar to some of Bill Laswell's work. Banabila uses a variety of relatively slow beats and rhythm patterns, overlaying it with tranquil synth washes and effects. The result is a sound that is soothing and spacious. His music often sounds like it's being recorded over the expanse of a broad desert plain and results in altering one's mood to a sedate, relaxed mindframe. The tracks all tend to be lengthy, although one often isn't aware of the time passing. Banabila is very successful in creating a calming, lush and warm album recommended for headphones during the late night.

John Chedsey.