Icelandic producer Adalsteinn Gudmundsson aka Yagya now launches his own new Small Plastic Animals imprint with a brand new album, Old Dreams and Memories. After nearly two decades of releasing his Icy dub techno on labels like Sending Orbs, Delsin Records and A Strangly Isolated Place, his latest album marks a subtle move away from the sound he has dealt in before. Still slowly propulsive rhythms underpinning every track, but they are only a small part of the overall picture. Old Dreams and Memories is a rich symphony of luxurious sound, with transportive rhythms and hugely evocative layers of melody, the human voice and cinematic sampling all showing a further evolution in the art of this standalone producer. With vocals by Natsuko Yanagimoto, poems by Michizo Tachihara and saxophone by Oskar Gudjondsson.
In May 2014, Icelandic Producer Yagya Will Release His Fifth Album, Sleepygirls, Across Three Slabs Of Vinyl And One Mixed Cd On Dutch Label Delsin. Its A Deep, Spacious And Dubbed Out Affair That Stays Locked At A Pleasingly Sedentary Tempo Throughout.
Ambient and dub techno types probably know this all too well, but Rigning is one the lushest albums of its ilk. Unfurling as one piece in 10 movements, it is ideal as a melancholic, minimalist accompaniment to slow nights indoors, both solo or with loved ones.
Icelandic techno veteran Yagya enjoys a release on X/OZ that celebrates both new and old material. The tempo is noticeably ramped up on “One Weak Light” but never at the expense of that dark and mysterious Icelandic hue. “Existence Is Weird” is no slouch either, but Yagya shapes out his atmospheres with such a refined touch that you barely notice how quick the tracks are running. “A Very Long Daydream” is a gorgeous ambient track dug out of the archives, while “Getting Closer To An Unknown Goal” sees the re-release of a track Yagya released as Rhythm Of Snow back in 1999.
Two years after Sleepygirls, Icelandic producer Yagya (aka Aðalsteinn Guðmundsson) is back with another album on Delsin. Entitled Stars And Dust, it features 10 more tracks of hugely atmospheric music that encourages you to get horizontal. Guðmundsson has been making music for years both solo and as part of the Thule Musik collective. He is an album specialist who has worked as Yagya since 2002 and has put out six albums since then. They come on labels like Force Inc and Sending Orbs and manage to be both absorbing and detailed yet suitable for relaxing background listening. His style is patient and slow burning and finds him marry moving melodies and soft synths, gentle grooves and deep moods into captivating and cerebral soundtracks that really take you on a trip.
In June 2014, Icelandic producer Yagya will release his fifth album, Sleepygirls, across three slabs of vinyl and one mixed CD on Dutch label Delsin. It’s a deep, spacious and dubbed out affair that stays locked at a pleasingly sedentary tempo throughout.
Since 2002 the definitive member of the Thule Musik collective has been crafting lush electronic albums under his Yagya alias and always manages to find pure bliss and beauty and his simple, nature inspired soundscapes. He deals exclusively in full lengths and to date they have come on labels like Sending Orbs, Force Inc. and Subwax Bcn.
The album is a fine fusion of tropes from Yagya’s earlier albums, features jazz instrumentalists that improvise beautiful melodies over monotonic, almost drone-like, techno beats and also uses live recordings of Japanese vocals, saxophone and guitar to counter the repetitiveness of the rhythms.