Following a series of increasingly abstract club EPs for PTP and Rinse, Joni Judén aka Celestial Trax is releasing his debut album this Friday. Nothing Is Real is a departure from his previous work - both sonically and spiritually, reflecting Judén's increased interest in mysticism and esotericism. Deleting all sample packs and software synths, using his own field recordings of New York and turning his focus inward, he's come up with a more organic album which stands as his most complete work yet.
Celestial Trax has put together an Influences playlist that sheds a lot of light on his particular headspace while recording the album - so from the trance-inducing qualities of Manuel Göttsching to the wisdom and love of Alice Coltrane, dig in below.
Nothing Is Real is out 27th October on PTP.
Manuel Göttsching - Echo Waves
I listened to a lot of Kosmische Musik in the process of making 'Nothing Is Real' and I love the trance-inducing quality of the music. This minimalist track is full of ostinatos and repetition. It's by the guitarist from Ashra Temple, who was massively ahead of his time.