For over fifteen years, the German label Drone Records has specialized in released limited edition, beautifully handcrafted vinyl 7"s from an array of artists who focus almost singlemindedly on the exploration and creation of drones, intense and moving music that is pure atmosphere, a kind of "dream music" that is felt as much as it is heard. These EP's, designed by the artists themselves and released in extremely small editions, tend to go out of print soon asfter they are released, and are highly sought after documents of heavy, soul stirring drift. This two disc set Tumult Records came out about a year or so ago and did us all a huge solid by collecting some of the best material ever released through the Drone series, bringing these long out-of-print tracks to CD for the first time ever and creating a massive collection of drone music that's pretty essential for anyone that is a fan of the form. The collection features tracks from Maeror Tri, Aube, Reynols, Yen Pox, Francisco Lopez, Tarkatak, Spear, Alio Die, Dual, Ultra United, Vir, Kallabris, Klood, Vance Orchestra, Inade, Delphium, Dronaement, Toy Bizarre, Die Feinen Trinkers Bei Pinkels Daheim and Osso Exotico, each one a mysterious and darkly shadowed world of slowly shifting nebulae and tonal colors, ephemeral melodies and blissed out fuzz. So beautiful. And completely essential for fans of the drone and artists like Aidan Baker, Fennesz, Colecough, Noisegate, William Basinksi, Philip Jeck, Luasa Raelon, Envenomist, Chalk, Tim Hecker, Troum, and Lustmord. The two discs come packaged in a beautiful, austere gatefold jacket, with a full color foldout poster that features the original 7" cover art from the releases reproduced on the one side, and liner notes on the other. Highly recommended.