Connect.Ohm ‎– 9980

Ultimae Records ‎– inre054
CD, Album, Mixed


1 Evolution 1:1 8:20
2 Snow Park 8:45
3 9980 8:05
4 Mol 9:01
5 Fossil 10:50
6 Take Off (Album Edit) 6:32
7 Gentle Perception 5:02
8 Time To Time By Time 7:53
9 Winter Sorrows 7:06

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Written & produced at Atmospheric Studio - Paris - France | Double Life Studio - Tokyo - Japan.
Audio mastering at Ultimae Studio - Lyon - France.

On back cover: ℗ & © 2012 Ultimae Records
In booklet: ℗ & © on this album 2012 Ultimae Records

ISRC numbers extracted from CD tracks metadata.

Released in a three-part fold-out Digipak with a 16-page booklet.

Track durations (listed above) differ slightly from those listed in the booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (EAN): 3760180501052
  • Matrix / Runout: CA ALLDUP-12C09126 @ IFPI L039 10/03/12 08:41:47 PM
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L039
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 1287
  • ISRC (Tracks 1 to 9): USA2P1264000 to USA2P1264008
  • Rights Society: SACEM SACD SDRM SGDL

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inre054.2 Connect.Ohm 9980(2xLP, RE, RM) Ultimae Records inre054.2 France 2018 Sell This Version
inre054.2 Connect.Ohm 9980(9xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM, 24b) Ultimae Records inre054.2 France 2018
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inre054 Connect.Ohm 9980(10xFile, WAV) Ultimae Records inre054 France 2012
inre054 Connect.Ohm 9980(9xFile, FLAC, Album) Ultimae Records inre054 France 2012


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October 6, 2016

For me, this is best modern release from this genre. I think it's more solid and satisfying whole than anything by those most popular futuristic ambient downtempo artists such as Carbon Based Lifeforms, Solar Fields or Aes Dana (which are also worth listening). There're no distracting moments or cringe worthy ethnic gimmicks, just 73 minutes of pure, cleanest of tones, deep bass and sustained pads. I hear a lot of familiarity with Global Communication's 76:14


May 9, 2015

Fantastic album! I felt Hybrid Leisureland and Cell's previous albums "Scroll Slide" and "Hanging Masses" were rather lacking, but here the best aspects of each artist come together and mesh perfectly. Increadibly smooth, melodic, and calming soundscapes.

The artwork for the digipak is beautiful as well. Highly recommended!

Favourite track - "Fossil"


March 24, 2015

This album is certainly my favorite from the 2012-2014 period of Ultimae. Better than Asura's or Aes Dana's offerings from that period, and the reason is that here, you are absolutely submerged into gentle sounds, flowing so perfectly together that you can't feel how time passes by. The album must be enjoyed as a whole to experience the most of it. Amazing to listen to also while reading a book or in any relaxing activity. Cell and Hybrid Leisureland crafted a wonderful work!


April 21, 2013
Amazing incredible fabulous album!!
melodic, spacey, foggy... somehow a little bit innovative because of the shorter tracks (more like 5-6 min each instead of the usual 7-9 mins). So an accessible yet magnificent ambient album, incredibly enjoyable. Guys... I'm running out of superlative adjectives here.... ;-)
First part of the album is outstanding (tracks 1 to 6), the ending is less striking, more minimalistic, yet still lovable.
You can sometimes tell the difference in track composition between the two authors: Cell and Hybrid leisureland. It's interesting how their style mixes: some tracks are exclusive compositions by cell, others are by H.L., but the majority is a collaboration of both. Cell tracks tend to be more melodic, HL tend to be more minimalistic, with a gentler tone. The combination of both is just awesome, and it's cool to see how sometimes their style mixes so well you can't really tell.
10/10 for me. One of the ambien albums of th year 2012.


March 12, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
Aural beauty. Tonal brilliance. Subtle genius. Expansive atmospheres. A way of seeing the world that reverberates with profundity...

This album is a sheer delight, simple as that. All the tracks are amazing, though I'm particularly obsessed with Snow Park, Fossil, and Mol at the moment. Again, though, the whole album is a wonderful journey, and I encourage you to take it.

Well done, gentlemen. I hope to hear more from Connect.Ohm in the future!



February 23, 2013
[Editor's Note: This review was written on October 29th, 2012, just a few hours before Hurricane Sandy has hit the coast of New Jersey and New York. Today is February 1st, 2013 - it took me almost three months to publish these words. I'm not sure if there is a particular reason behind that or what the connection is between the music and that devastating event. Perhaps I've been trying to suppress those memories. Instead I choose to not over analyze and share with you this great music. ~HC]

It’s still a few hours away from the time when Hurricane Sandy makes its final landfall on the south coast of New Jersey. The news channels have turned the broadcast into an apocalyptic blockbuster showcase, their intensifying reports approaching the edges of hysteria. The worst is not over, but at least it won’t be as bad as I thought. All I can do now is wait. I’ve been listening to a lot of dark and depressing music all day. By the evening the mood has finally caught up with me and now I need a little pick-me-up. And nothing reminds me more of an uplifting (dare I say ‘spiritual’) experience, like a new album from Ultimae Records.

I’ve been listening to Ultimae since 2005. I first discovered the Lyon (France) based label in the morning hours of my outdoor music festival days. These days felt like freedom, enlightenment and true awakening. But although I speak of those days in the past, I can always rely on the music to bring back that feeling, and know that it is truly here, in the now. Ultimae was founded in 2000 by Sandrine Gryson (aka Sunbeam and Mahiane) and Vincent Villuis (aka Aes Dana). Their catalog of downtempo, psychill and psybient music continues to dominate my yearly Best Of charts, in the Music For Awakened Spirits And Open Minds selections. The label surpasses all expectations, tirelessly signing new acts and promoting a unique sound of early morning beats.

This is where I talk about Connect.Ohm. Although the moniker at first appears to be a brand new act, it is indeed a collaboration between two known composers previously appearing on the label: Tokyo based Hidetoshi Koizumi (aka Hybrid Leisureland) [see Scroll Slide (2010)] and Paris based Alexandre Scheffer (aka Cell) [see Hanging Masses (2009) and Headphone Commute's Interview with Cell] In fact, the two musicians have discovered each other through their respective releases on Ultimae, and after meeting in person, decided to collaborate on a new project.

The outcome is subtle and emotive. The nine tracks released on 9980 compose a ballad in atmospheric realms where finely chiseled rhythms and fluid melodies are sustained by discreet downtempo grooves and deep drones. A pure delight for vast soundscapes audiophiles.

An audiophiles delight indeed! Crystal clear tones submerged in some pure modulated soundscapes are hovering in the stereo field of my headphones as I write this review. The attention to miniature detail is only surpassed by the careful manipulation of the frequencies – each living in its own space. Atmospherics float in that uplifting manner I was craving for, carrying me through tranquil, stillness and calm. And when they bass drops with glitchy rhythms and beat, I fall through the darkness behind my eyelids and all I could see now is blue. Aural euphoria may not be the right phrase, but it’s the first phrase that I see drift by. Sounds flutter like glowing insects in the night sky of sonic vastness. And in that grand and endless space I watch the life unfold.

As always, packaged in a glossy three-part booksleeve digipack, the release comes with a 16-page booklet, featuring gorgeous photography for each of the nine tracks on the album, and shots of Scheffer and Koizumi. With Vincent Villuis’ mastering touch, this album will surely turn out a favorite for fans of Asura, James Murray, I Awake, Hol Baumann and Solar Fields. This is a must, and you know it…