BACKSEAT MAFIA: Cassina (Ambient Layers)

'Banabila & Machinefabriek thankfully ease back on the intensity a little while also creating an entirely alien, evocative click scape with whirring propulsion and the leavening of lonely, dispossessed acoustic instruments'.

(quote from: Ambient Layers compilation review, read the whole article here =)

7K!'s Ambient Layers is really quite a trip through the current state of the blissful/emotive sonic arts. The tracks herein come from IDM, post-classical, drone, electronics; and from right across the globe. There’s so much to burrow into here, experience deeply; and unlike many compilations, there are no absolute curveballs, no wacky weird cuts and no filler. Everything is at the very least very good indeed, and ranging up to breathtaking.

I know I carped slightly at the beginning about the unavailability of this comp on vinyl; but here’s the great thing about it being digital. Set it on repeat and like Max Richter’s Sleep, let it guide you through a whole, amniotic diurnal cycle. It’s really very great. (Chris Sawle)

Ambient Layers


Music composer & sound artist. Michel Banabila releases music since 1983 and has produced musical scores for numerous films, documentaries, video art, theatre plays & choreographies. His music varies from minimal loop-based electronica, 4th world and neoclassical pieces, to drones, experimental ambient, and punk-as-fuck tape music. In addition to acoustic instrumentation, Banabila uses electronics, field recordings, and snippets from radio, tv and internet.

Bureau B, Eilean Rec, Séance Centre, Pork Recordings, Tone Casualties, Challenge Records, Steamin' Soundworks, Knekelhuis, Tapu Records.