Aliases: 1x, 2x, 7x, 9x, Stephen Philips
Labels: Dark Duck Records
Bio: Excelsior began as Stephen Philips' experimentation with multi-layered ambient techno and trance. Initially heavily influence by the Orb, FSOL, and Autechre, and Aphex Twin, then later Richie Hawtin, Boards of Canada, Biosphere, and others, Excelsior has evolved into a living breathing cosmic entity.
Excelsior continues to amaze with their unique brand of ambient/ trance/ techno/ breakbeat. Their music continues to span many different styles. Spherical Realms featured mostly ambient techno stuff while the Sky Harbor features an even broader range of styles and influences. It goes from straight ahead techno to ambient to breakbeat and back again. Their singles feature experimental techno and house mixes and the Impulse EP is an outstanding exercise in very hard trance. Excelsior's Level 3 features minimal ambient techno. Sounds like Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman meets Boards of Canada meets Spyra. Structured Resistance features ambient IDM in the Boards of Canada meets Lackluster meets Aphelion style. Excelsior continues to explore new territory. Their next release (their 5th full-length CD) will likely be released in spring 2002.
Sky Harbor (CD) Dark Duck Records 1997
Level 3 (CDr, Album) Dark Duck Records 1999
The Phoenix Experience (CD) Dark Duck Records 1999
Structured Resistance (CD) Dark Duck Records 2000
Subconcious Release (CD) Dark Duck Records 2000
Planets & Moons ◄ (3 versions) TZP Drone Company 2005
Singles & EPs
Celestial (Mirror) Ball (CD, Maxi) Dark Duck Records 1998
Spherical Realms (CD) Dark Duck Records 1997
Impulse (CD) Dark Duck Records 1998
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