THE SUMMER JAM 2: Beat The Heat – Carbon Based Lifeforms

Välkommen till en annan episod av The Summer Jam 2: Beat The Heat! Sounds about right, doesn’t it? As always, you’re free to yell at me online if I butchered the Swedish language here. Anyhow, it’s my distinct pleasure to announce this week’s contributors to this feature: The legendary Swedish ambient duo Carbon Based Lifeforms were so nice as to send us their picks for their favorite records to listen to during summer! Please enjoy!


Carbon Based Lifeforms

Since we mostly play at trance festival across Europe, summertime is our busiest season for live shows, so it’s important to get some good down time between the shows. For Daniel that means spending as much time as possible in his summer house in the south east part of Sweden with the family while Johannes
prefers to go on road trips and hanging out at home in Gothenburg. Here are a few of the albums we like to listen to when we get some down time in the summer, hope you enjoy!


Solar Quest – Orgship

The biggest influence for us back in the 90’s. This album was what got us into making ambient music in the first place. Lots of textures, melodies and old synthesisers.

Very nice album to chill out to.

Boards Of Canada – Music Has The Right To Children

The almost mythological pioneers of the ambient/IDM genre.

Said to be inspired by the Canadian Public Service TV.A big inspiration for our own music.

Tycho – Awake

A lot of guitars, textures and arpeggios. Close to BOC sound-wise but with more of an American sound.

Perfect for sunsets by the campfire and late night road trips.

Sleep – Sleep’s Holy Mountain

One of the seminal stoner rock albums. Perfect for road trips or walking around in the city in the summer time.

Movitz – Äppelknyckarjazz

We stumbled upon this Swedish gem a few years back and were immediately hooked.

Inspired by old swing music they found their own genre in the Swedish rap scene. They do really good live shows.

Ye Banished Privateers – The Legend of Libertalia

Another Swedish gem. Recommended by a co-worker and I was hooked on the first note.

I would imagine that they saw ‘Pirates of the Carribean’ and transferred the essence into music.

Marek Hemmann – Bittersweet (Freude am Tanzen)

Very melodic and shuffly minimal.

As if he has a tombola of rubber balls connected to his studio. Perfect to put on as the barbecue goes out and the sun sets.

Dreadzone – Second Light

An old favourite of ours, perfect for drinking beer in the forest.

An interesting meld of 90’s techno sounds, and dub reggae.

Fu Manchu – The Action Is Go

Another really great stoner album. A bit more funky than Sleep but perfect music for roadtrips or hanging out and getting wasted.

And that’s it for their list! Thanks again to Carbon Based Lifeforms for being a part of this year’s The Summer Jam, it’s been a blast. Make sure to follow them on Facebook, and to check out their amazing back catalogue of records if you haven’t already. They also have a new album coming out later this year via Blood Music, so keep an eye out for that!

Come back next week for more summer album-age. We’re nearing the home-stretch with this feature, so I hope you’ve been enjoying these articles so far! There are still some amazing contributions in the pipeline, so do stay put! Before you go, let us know what your favorite records to listen to in the sun with a cold drink are. Leave ’em in the comments! Stay safe, and as always…

…thanks for reading!

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