I am just getting into the Hypnos catalogue, loved Sense Project - Sublime and I am thinking of a getting between 5 and 10 albums next month. What would you say are the must haves?
I was wondering how many hypnos cd's I have listened to, so I went to the hypnos section of the store and found out it was a whopping 34 releases! That's a lot for me, for one label, so let me give you my faves.
In the category of more melodic, beautiful ambient/spacemusic, I'd recommend these:
James Johnson- The Butterfly Chamber
Jeff Pearce- Daylight Slowly & To the Shores of Heaven
Ma Ja Le & James Johnson- Seed
Jeff Greinke- Wide View
Of the deeper and/or darker/spacier releases, my favorites are:
Tom Heasley- Where the Earth Meets the Sky
Vidna Obmana- Landscape in Obscurity
Saul Stokes- The Zo Pilots
Viridian Sun- Perihelion
Numina- Sanctuary of Dreams
If you go the Hypnos Binary route, which the releases are more rhythmic, Dweller at the Threshold's Ourobouros and Vir Unis/ Saul Stoke's Thermal Transfer
are essential listening.
I've tapered off buying lately and haven't heard any of the Secret Sounds releases yet, though a few do look quite appealing. Even if you randomly select 10 cd's from various years of Hypnos releases, you probably won't go wrong... and of course you'll get a bunch of different recommendations from each individual listener.