ALBEDO [ambient refractions and kaleidoscopic grooves mixed by Nova] Ultimae

nova (ultimae records)

Junior Members
Reaction score
Ultimae Records [ ] is thrilled to present its new panoramic story :

ALBEDO - [ ambient refractions and kaleidoscopic grooves mixed by Nova ]

Albedo is a concept compilation where all tracks contribute to a single unified story.
On his first official mix release on Ultimae Records, Nova has selected a kaleidoscopic array of new panoramic tunes with a strong cinematic feeling and a common fil rouge that tells a story of light beams falling on Earth, reaching different corners of the planet, from natural lonely environments of forests, empty shores and arctic landscapes to more busy urban cyberspaces ending in an ethereal, tribal yet meditative sunset.
Included in the compilation are established in-house artists such as Aes Dana, Solar Fields, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Hol Baumann and Sync24 alongside other well known and respected projects within the international ambient music realms : Ishq, Ochi Brothers, Vir Unis and Antonio Testa.

Also included is a very interesting newcomer, Between Interval and a track by Nova himself with the artistic supervision of label manager and producer Vincent Villuis (Aes Dana)

These new ambient refractions are mastered by Huby Sea and wrapped in a 3 parts digipack CD including a 16 pages booklet.

The Sun goes up, the Sun goes down...

Track listing ________________________________

01 . CARBON BASED LIFEFORMS - Digital Child [ 3.14 ]
02 . BETWEEN INTERVAL - Wishful Thinking [ 5.58 ]
03 . SOLAR FIELDS - Fiat Lux [ 8.25 ]
04 . ISHQ - Ra [ 6.47 ]
05 . OCHI BROTHERS - Silver Shore [ 6.31 ]
06 . NOVA featuring AES DANA - Kalaallit Nunaat [ 7.03 ]
07 . SYNC24 - Waiting [ 4.56 ]
08 . HOL BAUMANN - Human [ 6.01 ]
09 . AES DANA - Aftermath #8 [ 8.59 ]
10 . VIR UNIS - Light Curve [ 8.25 ]
11 . ANTONIO TESTA - Sunset [ 4.16 ]

Code : inre 016
Format : 3 parts digipack CD + 16 pages booklet included
Release date : 11th July 2005

Audio samples can be listened to :

Secure Orders :

Thanx again for your attention and perpetual growing support.

The Ultimae team


Reaction score
Aalborg, Denmark
V/A - Albedo


Artist: Various
Title: Albedo
Format: CD (digipack)
Label: Ultimae Records (France)
Cat. #: INRE016
Date: 11 July 2005

Track listing:

01. 03’14†Carbon Based Lifeforms – Digital Child
02. 05’58†Between Interval – Wishful Thinking
03. 08’25†Solar Fields – Fiat Lux
04. 06’47†Ishq - Ra
05. 06’31†Ochi Brothers – Silver Shore
06. 07’03†Nova feat. Aes Dana – Kalaallit Nunaat
07. 04’56†Sync24 - Waiting
08. 06’01†Hol Baumann - Human
09. 08’59†Aes Dana – Aftermath #8
10. 08’22†Vir Unis – Light Curve
11. 04’19†Antonio Testa - Sunset


Kaleidoscopic, arctic chill…

Albedo is the reflective property of a non-luminous object. A perfect mirror would have an albedo of 100% while a black hole would have an albedo of 0%...

French-based Ultimae Records is out with their 16th release – following the gargantuan chill-blast Fahrenheit Project Part Five… This time it’s a conceptual compilation, hand-picked by Massimo Terranova showcasing albedo from different parts of the world… Put on your sunglasses – let’s take a ride with Nova!

Let me take you thru the tracks…

#01: Carbon Based Lifeforms – Digital Child
Daniel Ringström from Gøteborg, Sweden is one of the leading acts when it comes to soothing, melancholy ambient… This here is also very, very mellow, drifting ambient… The melodic, naïve melody is incredibly beautiful – a dreamy soundtrack setting the pace for what’s about to happen… Amazing track – I wish it was longer…

#02: Between Interval – Wishful Thinking
Despite the fact, that this guy (Stefan Jönsson) has released two albums, this is my first encounter with his work… This is a very nice track that immediately stood out when I first listened to this CD… Radio-static and undecipherable voice samples mixed with dark ambient… And eerie orchestral pads and synth-stabs… This is some spooky shit actually – Icy cold, dark ambient…Beautifully executed!

#03: Solar Fields – Fiat Lux
The icy-cold journey through Swedens deep ambient territory continues with a track by Magnus Birgersson also from Gøteborg… One of my fav’e producers for sure… The H.U.V.A. Network album still sends shivers down my spine when I listen to it… This is a little more upbeat, though still in deep ambient territory… The melodic pad here is among the most beautiful I’ve heard in a long time… This is a truly wonderful, magical track… So hypnotizing and mesmerizing…

#04: Ishq – Ra
Matt ’Ishq’ Hillier from the UK serves up a dish for the sun god Ra… This is also an upbeat tune – though with enough soothing, floating elements to keep it chilled… The tight percussion is in focus here – kinda tribal, but then again not really… This is a nice little track with crisp production – but it’s not my fav’e here…

#05: Ochi Brothers – Silver Shore
This is my first encounter with these Japanese brothers (Yoshiaki & Yoshihisa Ochi) from Tokyo.
And wow, this is heavy stuff – a deep, filtered bassline surrounded by rich, icy-cold, and metallic percussion… Close your eyes and you can almost imagine the digital water washing up on the silver shore… Brrr – freezing! This is interesting stuff for sure, but a little too experimental for my taste…

#06: Nova feat. Aes Dana – Kalaallit Nunaat
Let’s travel further up north… Nova who compiled this compilation is joined by Vincent Villuis on this track bearing the native name of Greenland... Started in London UK and finished in Lyon France – with arctic references… This is stunning music – huge orchestral, yet simple pads make out the lead here… Subtle voices beautifully surrounding the classical cello-pieces… Reminds me of the Theme of Rohan from LOTR Amazing stuff!

#07: Sync24 – Waiting
“Waiting people run around. I am here lying on the ground. Smiling because I do not agree, that running is more comfortable for me… †Sync 24 is Daniel Ringström from Carbon Based Lifeforms again. Just as on Fahrenheit Project Part Five this is experimental fusion downbeat – a mixture of urban space-chill and soothing, organic ambient… Bubbling with life… A nice little tune…

#08: Hol Baumann – Human
This is the first track from Frenchman Oliver Orand outside the Fahrenheit series… His style is intact though, and we get more fusion downbeat here… An experimental percussion section with psychedelic bleeps and blobs is mated with a gargantuan orchestral background… The crossover potential is evident here, and yeah – I really dig this… Nice track!

#09: Aes Dana – Aftermath #8
French wizard Vincent Villuis is with us again – now joined by Mahiane…Following the seven Aftermath tracks on their 2003 album…This is Opus 8 which is a tour de force piano-performance by Vince… After a lengthy intro we’re also introduced to some lazy, dusty beats – in perfect union with the chilled melodies… This here is very potent downbeat music – with enough spark to keep your head bobbing… Nicey nice!

#10: Vir Unis – Light Curve
Vir Unis is an American producer based in Chicago who among others has worked with Steve Roach… Despite his 20 album releases (!!) I’ve not heard any of his stuff before… This is synth-based electro-chill somewhere in between ambient and downtempo… Subtle bass and tribal drums in the background – and floating soundscapes in the foreground… Pretty standard chill to be honest…

#11: Antonio Testa – Sunset
Mr. Terranova brings in another newbie to finish things off… This time it is Italian producer Antonio Testa and he’s with us during the final sunset… Soothing, naïve piano keys – and crystal bowl sounds… All very relaxing and nice - will send you into dreamland easily… Nice way to finish the compilation!

Another brilliant Ultimae release – taking you by the hand and accompanying you from sundown to sunset – in 11 easy pieces… The cinematic feel is very much present in most tracks here, but I don’t really know how much I picked up on the whole albedo-story… Maybe I’m not perceptive enough… Anyway, I really like this compilation – and especially the first half hosts some very, very good tracks… The rest is pretty good too, and there are no bad tracks here – as always with Ultimae… I also like the fact that we’re presented with a mix of the usual suspect + a variety of new, talented producers from around the world…

Everything is high-quality, and the artwork and 16-page color booklet has beautiful pictures in it… My copy has a mistake in it though – the individual track-pages are in the wrong order. But that’s most likely a mistake made by the pressing plant – or it could be just my copy? Either way, it doesn’t ruin my experience of a nice, chilled downbeat journey - compliments of Nova and Ultimae … Very nice – any fan of intelligent downbeat and ambient soundscapes should check this out – you’ll not be disappointed! Enjoy!

Favourites: 1, 2, 3(!!!), 6(!!), 8, 9


External links:
Ultimae Records:
Ultimae E-shop:
Saiko Sounds:


resident american
Reaction score
One of these days I will sit down and write a review for this cd. I've been listening to it at least once a day. Simply amazing music! I really think Ultimae have outdone themselves with this one...I have to say I think I like it even more than the Fahrenheit Project many of the artists on here putting a new spin on their sound...and every time I listen to this it takes me back to Nova's set at the Rhakti Dei Festival.... :Smile3: :Smile3: :Smile3:

Now all we need is a Hol Baumann album.......

nova (ultimae records)

Junior Members
Reaction score
some quotes on Albedo

“Nova conceives and mixes a beautifully inspired selection of tracks that'll take you to the dizzy heights they're meant to!â€

DJ Pathaan []

“In his first comp experience Nova did an excellent job with so much
quality! Soothing and artistically very pleasing. Respect.â€

Gaudi []

“…If you're enjoying this year's exploration of chillout environments, you won't find anything much better than this CD - Nova tells a compelling musical narrativeâ€


nova (ultimae records)

Junior Members
Reaction score
another quote on Albedo

"Nova has set himself a challenge with his first cd
compilation Albedo. This ear-soothing ambient selection will surely be a
hard act to follow. It is far more than just a collection of tasty tracks.
Flowing smoothly from start to finish, Albedo takes us upon a voyage of
light, beautifully illustrated in the booklet of photos accompanying the cd.
Well done Nova and your collaborators"

Gregory Sams - writer- []


Cake Or Death
Reaction score
in bed................
hehehehe...i keep putting this on when i gho to bed....i've made it as far as track 4 at the moment........zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...........................

..must be a nice CD :p


Reaction score
Sauntering about...

nuff said


morbidly obese midget
Reaction score
Hehe.. i put this on when i go to bed too, it really is a properly chilled mix although it does pick up the tempo and develop very nicely while still remaining so relaxed it's horizontal. You definately get a feel for ultimae's ambient soundscape style too with quite a wide variety of approaches and different sounds on display in the tracks chosen without losing any coherency... :Smile3:

Other than that I'd say Death Posture's review's pretty acurate. The Nova feat Aes Dana track really is good!!

Fav tracks: 2,3,6,8,9,10