'This is an excellent compilation from the always interesting Just Music label'
'Weightless is a blissful way into a collection that also features sumptuous tracks by recent Brian Eno collaborators Jon Hopkins (A Drifting Down) and Leo Abrahams (Seeing Stars), as well as a brief but lovely piano and guitar duet by Dan Arborise (Flicker)'
Compiled and mixed by DJ Ben Mynott, The Ambient Zone is coupled with exclusive first releases of blissfully ambient pieces created for the campaign by Just Music's Laki Mera, Digitonal, Echaskech and Honeyroot, together with a selection of deliciously ambient tunes from other Just Music artists and alumni including Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams, and also introducing music from new electronica signing to the label, Op.
Says Ben Mynott : 'I have absolutely LOVED putting this album together. Once again it highlights just how prolific the Just Music label is - it defies genre pigeonholing - instead concentrating on electronica with melody, vocal tracks with meaning and instrumental tracks with feeling. The Ambient Zone is an album that just screams (albeit quietly) of pure class.
'Masters of ambience' Marconi Union kick off the proceedings with the majestic ‘Weightless' before the subtle but addictive guitar led Jon Hopkins produced ‘Flicker' from Dan Arborise hits your speakers. The hugely talented Digitonal serve up some ‘Sense', an exclusive track, where beautiful electronica meets ambient acoustic flavours. Exclusive tracks from new signing to the label, Op. ('Prelude'), from Echaskech (‘Little Rays'), Laki Mera (‘Under The Glow') and Honeyroot (‘Radiant') add further kudos to the album, while Jon Hopkins' rare ‘A Drifting Down' (a stripped back reworking of ‘A Drifting Up' from his album Insides) is as breathtaking a track as you'll likely to hear for some time. Firm favourites and unearthed gems are here from Loner (‘Beneath the Ivy'), Leo Abrahams (‘Seeing Stars') and Viragi (‘Slowtide') before the album closes with the gorgeous ‘Laguna' from Andrea Terrano.
The Ambient Zone is a beautiful journey into ambient and electronica. The subtle beats and warm bass drive the mix along in a way that enables you to find that ‘headspace', that zone. That peace. Whenever and wherever you choose to go on this trip, be prepared to zone out and float off to a place that has no troubles, no silly politics, no wars, no natural disasters. Just peace. In YOUR space.'