I don’t make best-of Ambient lists, but I know a lot of people search for music that way and some end up here on ASIP wanting an introduction to what others may deem the ‘best’ Ambient music out there or good albums to start with. I also get a few people asking me for recommendations without much context of what they like. A broad mix full of a range of styles, artists and labels is always a good place to start. So with that in mind, we wanted to pull all of our annual Reflection mixes together in one place as a good introduction to Ambient music and its many facets.
Since 2010 (give or take), up until today, they have taken the shape of mixes, as part of our ‘Reflection on…’ series, which is an annual feature we create that combines some of (my) favorite Ambient music of the year and related styles in one long mixed journey, for you to not only explore more but to enjoy without interruptions. Within these, you’ll find plenty to listen to, crossing all genres related to Ambient music, including drone, chill out, experimental, modern classical, IDM, electronic, dub-techno, and many more surprises that bring the mix to life, plucking select tracks from albums that have bene on high rotation that year.
Jump over to the dedicated page with all the features and a Soundcloud playlist.
This is also my own personal challenge to complete the missing years (2011, 2012) and maybe some retrospective earlier years! Stay tuned!
If you’re new to Ambient music, this feature detailing my own personal journey and history with Ambient music is also a good place to start.