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Inspired by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, this five-track ambient wonder finds the New York producer letting pulses and motifs overlap until the tracks resemble the inside of a lava lamp.
Jorge Velez has long been prolific, but that’s been especially true in the past few years. Like many underground electronic musicians, the New York producer has taken advantage of the internet’s self-publishing opportunities—in particular, the direct-to-fans platform Bandcamp—to sidestep label gatekeepers, streaming services, and crowded retailers. (Velez’s Bandcamp page currently numbers 26 releases.) Velez first gained recognition a dozen years ago with blippy disco derivatives for labels like Italians Do It Better, but his output has gradually become more esoteric and inward-looking. He’s still capable of ebullient club tracks, as last year’s excellent Forza attests, but many of his long, undulating machine jams sound like late-night missives to himself.



Dyson Cool Desk Review

Dyson Cool Desk Review
  • $299.99
Dyson is just about the only company in the world that could take a fan and make it cool. The first Dyson bladeless fan was introduced way back in 2009, but there’s still a tremendous novelty to a fan which looks like anything but, and they don’t work half bad either.

We’ve tested out the desk-size version of the Dyson Cool, which is the simplest Dyson fan you can buy, with no smart features, air purification, or heating: it’s just a fan. That might not sound great, but it also means this is the cheapest Dyson fan on the market. And with how pricey Dyson products can get, that’s no bad thing in our books.

The regular Dyson Cool comes in two models: the desk version (AM06), which we’ve reviewed, and the larger tower size (AM07). The desk-size model costs £229/$299.99 from the Dyson site, while the tower is steeper at £339/$399.99. Since they’re slightly older models you can often find them cheaper from Amazon however, and they’re also the Dyson fans most likely to see serious discounts in the sales.

If you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated, the Dyson Hot + Cool throws in a heater option (surprise surprise), while there’s also a whole range of fans with air purifiers built in - read our review of the Dyson Pure Cool to find out more about them.
If you’ve seen any of Dyson’s bladeless fans, then the current Cool models will look familiar - the company really hasn’t played around with its basic design very much over the last nine years.

The ‘bladeless’ claim is really a bit of a fib. There are in fact fan blades, but they’re hidden inside the body, leaving empty space free where you’d normally expect to see the fan bit. That means it looks totally rad, but also makes it safer and much easier to clean.

The circular fan sits on a cylindrical base, which is broken only by a couple of thin lines and a metallic grille. The curved line at the bottom is actually a point where the fan can pivot forwards or backwards, altering the angle it blows the air at. The base also has a small power button, with a built-in LED count which displays the current fan speed, from 1 to 10.

The fan also comes with a small, curved remote control that is rather handily designed to sit right on top of the fan, with a magnet to hold it in place, so you shouldn’t have to worry too much about losing it.

If you're in the UK, you can only get the fan in white right now, though the US also gets a choice of blue or nickel - which is what our review unit is.

Finally, a note on size. While this is billed as a desk fan, at 55cm/20in tall, it would be best suited for quite a large desk - this thing isn’t small. We actually found it well suited to a bedside table, where the height seems less jarring, and it’s still powerful enough to cool a typical-size bedroom.

Obviously if you’re looking to cool a bigger room than that, the Cool is also available in a bigger, more powerful tower model - which at 1m tall is definitely too big for your desk (and if it’s not, then we’d really love to see what your desk looks like).

As we said above, this is the most stripped-back, basic Dyson fan model, so in a sense there’s not too much to discuss. It blows air out, keeps you cool, and is mostly quiet while it does it.

There are ten fan speed settings which you can switch through with the included remote (there’s no app support, so it’s the basic remote control only here) and at top speed it’s apparently pumping out 37 litres of air per second, which at the very least sounds like a lot.

Dyson has been making its fans quieter and quieter as it goes, and so the Cool doesn’t run quite as quietly as the more recent Pure Cool models, but it doesn’t exactly make a racket. I’ve had it next to my bed running on the fourth setting and have slept comfortably through the noise, and while it’s definitely audible at max speed, it’s hardly deafening.

You can also use the remote control to turn oscillation on or off, but that’s as much control as you get. It will only turn by 90 degrees, no more, no less, so you’ll probably want to manually move it about a bit to face the right direction to make the most of that arc.

Finally, there’s also a sleep timer, again controlled through the remote. You can set the timer to the time of your choice, and the fan will continue to run for that long before entering standby mode to conserve energy.


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