Under the alias Aquaboogie, Wellingtonian Stuart McDonald released several singles and EPs during the heyday of net labels around the turn of the century, as well as more self-releases, including three albums. The last, Bellend Epoque, was self-released in 2012. But Selected Ambient Whelks 2004-2009 (2009) is the obvious starting point for this site.

Elsewhere, Aquaboogie’s music routinely include beats courtesy of the sounds of vintage drum machines, but I still think there’s strong appeal for ambient fans with his use of field recordings and the prevailing gentle atmosphere.

Stuart is one half of Malty Media with me.


Aquaboogie Bandcamp page

Aquaboogie Discogs page

Intensive Care (2003, Kahvi)

Little Star EP (2003, Monotonik)

Woozy Dog (2003, Monotonik)

Has heaps of: Beats, Field recordings, Synths
Decades active: 2000s, 2010s
Location: Wellington