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James Murray - Celestial Waters

James Murray - Celestial Waters

About the show

Playing tracks by

James Murray, Alapastel, Ghost and Tape, Bowditch, Hannu Karjalainen and more.

Chart positions

This upload was 1st in the #experimental chart, 1st in the #instrumental chart, 3rd in the #eclectic chart and 4th in the #ambient chart.

Today we're celebrating an upcoming release from James Murray, Heavenly Waters, out on September 29th, on his own Slowcraft Records, so naturally, I have invited Murray to showcase his wares, just for you. Here are some words from James:

"Once in a blue moon, I compile a mix, always ensuring I give the narrative, track selection and each and every transition my full, unhurried attention. In other words, I like to get them just right. They’re usually loosely themed and often coincide with an album release. Also, for the first time and at the suggestion of Headphone Commute, my solo contributions are not studio recordings but live improvised versions of tracks from the new record. It’s the first time I’ve taken this live approach to a mix and it may very well not be the last."

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Beautiful journey - dark as a pocket...deep water swimming, light fish darting...towards the end I wanted to be sitting in "Ricks Cafe" - drinking a dry martini, smoking a Turkish cigarette while waiting for a mystery or a man...(maybe both) to unfold. This mix felt like a soundtrack to an alternate universe where anything was possible. I prefer all things deep and dark. Perfect for 2:00 Am drifting. Thanks so much for a great trip through the looking glass.

The Vietnamese Space Program

Highly recommended to any urban deep divers, great work! Cheers. C.


lovely song at minute 50. what is it? reminds me of Gunshae.

James Murray

Fieldem - Stijn Huwels + James Murray (unreleased)

Stefan Heinrichs

excellent tune!


Gorgeous make. Now to listen again while watching Angel's Egg on mute :)

James Murray

Thank you for the kind words and appreciation! Heavenly Waters is available now:


beautiful gems. looking forward to the next album James. Still got your signed postcard on my fridge :)

Ted Schlechte


dom paradise

nice deepness

Headphone Commute

A special note from Headphone Commute:
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Hello my faithful fans and listeners! I hope you are enjoying all of this music. I've been curating the mixes on here for nearly eight years now, publishing every few weeks a brand new exclusive selection for your enjoyment. But did you know that I also run an online magazine publishing my personal album recommendations? If not, check it out, you know the site, and also please follow me on FB so that you can get the latest updates directly in your mailbox. Anyway, sorry for the interruption and back to the regularly scheduled programming ;)


Been following your site for these last few years , In my opinion the best ambient album reviews site on the planet.Just one glitch ,how come you stopped reviewing albums after 2014?

Headphone Commute

Hey @Sequenchill, I'm not sure what you mean... I've been writing non-stop! is the place where I publish all reviews!


Ah ok sorted ,it's just the dates on the review page shws 2014 the latest then it's on to the archieve years.Thanks for all the great work friend