Various – Ambient Not Not Ambient – Audio Dregs
(Not a very good comp. Only a few standout tracks among the eighteen on offer—the Christ Herbert and Yellow Swans are winners but the rest just sound like outtakes and scraps that never made it on full albums)
I have to agree—I like a track here and there (Chris Herbert, Grouper, White Rainbow), but as a whole it's quite lousy.
Some recent stuff:
v/a—Exercises in Obscurism
Nice Second Sun compilation, though it's a bit uneven. Some great ambient tracks mixed with a few noisier ones that don't always gel. I no longer buy CDRs, but I've been making exceptions for the Second Sun/Milieu releases, because I always enjoy them.
Hakobune—We Left the Window Open Sometimes
I like the Hakobune records I've gotten, but don't love them. The track on the David Tagg split is excellent, but the full-lengths, to me, are simply decent room fillers and not ultimately memorable. I've never seen a CD packaged like this one on Symbolic Interaction—it's this weird mechanical jewel case; very cool.
Eluder—The Most Beautiful Blue
There have been some great ambient records this year, but I think this one is my favorite thus far. Absolutely outstanding. Similar to the Northern CD on Infraction but a bit more environmental.
I've played this repeatedly for about three weeks now. Incredible ambient pop, and way better than his first one, which was also excellent.