Dronelock & Ontal :: Parallax EP (Shadow Story)

Dronelock & Ontal :: Parallax EP (Shadow Story)

Dronelock & Ontal conjure up some powerful atmospheres on Parallax that work well in any number of settings—a hardworking blend of industrial techno, dance floor beats, looped found sounds and mechanical workouts for your ears [...]
Celer / Achim Wollscheid & Bernhard Schreiner :: Double review (Baskaru)

Celer / Achim Wollscheid & Bernhard Schreiner :: Double review (Baskaru)

Experimental electronics and sound art curators, Baskaru, issue few but select releases each year. With a roster spanning Maurizio Bianchi to Lawrence English through Francisco López, enhancement of the French imprint’s artistic and visual project, seen last year here on igloo, is further [...]
Twerk :: Otter EP (Erotus)

Twerk :: Otter EP (Erotus)

Hopefully the playful-yet-meticulous process that served Twerk so well on Otter continues to produce adorable results. So I’d written this long and probably bullshit summary of the early days of the San Francisco glitch scene [...]
MUTEK Barcelona :: March 4-7, 2015

MUTEK Barcelona :: March 4-7, 2015

Mutek has increasingly aimed to consolidate its audience while expanding into new territories, promising a memorable array of both new and established musicians, workshops, and conversations. Like its fellow and flagship festival in Canada’s Montreal, [...]
eyesix :: Conet Communications Workshop EP (Sparkwood)

eyesix :: Conet Communications Workshop EP (Sparkwood)

Conet Communications Workshop continues where Limerence left off—heaping melodic spoonful upon melodic spoonful of straight up lovely synth lines upon loping beats. To state that eyesix producer Jason Dowd is a Boards of Canada fan is probably a bit of [...]

Features

LARS LEONHARD :: Panoramic Frequencies Vol. 1 (Ultimae Special Mix Series)

Lars Leonhard takes us on a slow-pulsing journey through sonic districts filled with dub techno seduction, micro electronica movements and ghostly ambient whispers. Igloo Magazine is happy to present the first installment of a special mix series dedicated to Ultimae artists. The first mix comes courtesy of skillful sound sculptor Lars Leonhard. A regular both […]

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MUTEK Barcelona :: March 4-7, 2015

Mutek has increasingly aimed to consolidate its audience while expanding into new territories, promising a memorable array of both new and established musicians, workshops, and conversations. Like its fellow and flagship festival in Canada’s Montreal, MUTEK Barcelona—now in its sixth year—offers up a program heavy with audiovisual collaboration, electronic, and experimental music spread across a […]

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Profiles

SONIC EXPOSURE :: Ambient Jazz Ensemble

“The album evolved over a few years. I instinctively loved the marriage of jazz and ambient electronica, and sketched a few ideas whenever I could. This culminated in a 3-month phase when it became the focus of my attention. I scored horns, piano, bass and string parts, but the key players were given the freedom […]

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Reviews

Dronelock & Ontal :: Parallax EP (Shadow Story)

Dronelock & Ontal conjure up some powerful atmospheres on Parallax that work well in any number of settings—a hardworking blend of industrial techno, dance floor beats, looped found sounds and mechanical workouts for your ears and brain. Dronelock & Ontal’s Parallax is a hardworking blend of industrial techno, dance floor beats, looped found sounds and […]

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Dronelock & Ontal :: Parallax EP (Shadow Story)

Dronelock & Ontal conjure up some powerful atmospheres on Parallax that work well in any number of settings—a hardworking blend of industrial techno, dance floor beats, looped found sounds and mechanical workouts for your ears and brain. Dronelock & Ontal’s Parallax is a hardworking blend of industrial techno, dance floor beats, looped found sounds and […]

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Celer / Achim Wollscheid & Bernhard Schreiner :: Double review (Baskaru)

Experimental electronics and sound art curators, Baskaru, issue few but select releases each year. With a roster spanning Maurizio Bianchi to Lawrence English through Francisco López, enhancement of the French imprint’s artistic and visual project, seen last year here on igloo, is further pursued with a brace of bright sparks from different spheres and eras of the electronic world, Celer and Achim Wollscheid & Bernhard Schreiner. ‘On […]

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Andreas Gehm :: Universe / I Don’t Care (Lower Parts)

Andreas Gehm is a modern Acid, with a capital A, stalwart. Greece has entered new political territory. New Democracy are well and truly out and Syriza well and truly in. Commentators are whirring out possibilities. Hope and uncertainty drip from lips. The climate of cuts created widespread hardship, pushing people to brink, forcing families into […]

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Twerk :: Otter EP (Erotus)

Hopefully the playful-yet-meticulous process that served Twerk so well on Otter continues to produce adorable results. So I’d written this long and probably bullshit summary of the early days of the San Francisco glitch scene — tracing the evolution of artists like Kit Clayton, Safety Scissors and, directly related to this review, Twerk. Drawing what […]

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Saul Freeman :: Wait: Speak (Vent Sounds)

Wait: Speak collapses several traditions stretching from Canterbury to Bristol via New York into a very tasty pudding. The first solo album by Saul Freeman, quite a few years after the break-up of his trip hop duo Mandalay, Wait: Speak opens up wide and Manhattanly on its first two tracks, “It Ain’t Over…” and “Intention And,” the latter […]

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MUTEK Barcelona :: March 4-7, 2015

Mutek has increasingly aimed to consolidate its audience while expanding into new territories, promising a memorable array of both new and established musicians, workshops, and conversations. Like its fellow and flagship festival in Canada’s Montreal, MUTEK Barcelona—now in its sixth year—offers up a program heavy with audiovisual collaboration, electronic, and experimental music spread across a […]

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eyesix :: Conet Communications Workshop EP (Sparkwood)

Conet Communications Workshop continues where Limerence left off—heaping melodic spoonful upon melodic spoonful of straight up lovely synth lines upon loping beats. To state that eyesix producer Jason Dowd is a Boards of Canada fan is probably a bit of an understatement—he has after all got a picture of Bill Clinton holding Boards releases on his Facebook page and even the […]

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Martin De Brig & Hermez :: Double review (Titantic City)

2015 and there’s only one place to go, back to Belfast. “The North” has seen an incredible surge in homegrown talent and with a knotweed like growth of local labels. I covered a number of these fledgling imprints in 2014, but one slipped beneath my radar. Born between the iconic Harland and Wolff cranes, Titanic […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Ambient Jazz Ensemble

“The album evolved over a few years. I instinctively loved the marriage of jazz and ambient electronica, and sketched a few ideas whenever I could. This culminated in a 3-month phase when it became the focus of my attention. I scored horns, piano, bass and string parts, but the key players were given the freedom […]

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Stefan Jós :: Things You Left Behind (raum)

A perfectly weighted and clinical sound straddling both dance floor and home listening territory. Tokyo’s flau brings us brand new label goodness in the form of raum—an imprint specializing in limited edition 12″s and they’ve certainly pulled out the stops for the debut release. In typical style, flau cast their net worldwide —taking in talent […]

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LARS LEONHARD :: Panoramic Frequencies Vol. 1 (Ultimae Special Mix Series)

Lars Leonhard takes us on a slow-pulsing journey through sonic districts filled with dub techno seduction, micro electronica movements and ghostly ambient whispers. Igloo Magazine is happy to present the first installment of a special mix series dedicated to Ultimae artists. The first mix comes courtesy of skillful sound sculptor Lars Leonhard. A regular both […]

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Kate Carr :: Fabulations (Soft)

Fabulations provides an inner voyage, a cinematic experience for the ears and dreamily intuitive sonic meditations where flowing droning chords subtly communicate with detached, touching guitar resonances and sound art narratives. Kate Carr is an Australian sound designer and experimental musician now located in Ireland. I’ve previously heard about her work and her name thanks […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: Welcome To Ghost Country (Component)

A seemingly momentous stream of leftfield voices, clips, clicks and disjointed bursts of melodic moments are stripped to the bone only to be reincarnated into vaporous mechanical layers of bliss and noise. A smattering of electronics fed through low end frequency tones, fellow Igloo Magazine contributor Charles R. Terhune (aka Cathode Ray Tub) drains every possible […]

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Eskmo :: B Sides Unreleased Vol. 1 (2008​-​2012) (Ancestor)

For someone with a production method so devoted to minute layering, any window into that creative process bears immediate scrutiny. Fortunately Angelides has given us exactly such an opportunity through the release of B Sides Unreleased Volume One on his own Ancestor imprint. Eskmo (Brenden Angelides) tracks are certainly known for their intense complexity—the sheer […]

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Arovane :: Aarlenpeers EP (Touchin’ Bass)

Andrea Parker’s Touchin’ Bass imprint deliver a new Arovane release on 10 inch wax—a two track EP baking serious algorithmic exploration across Arovane’s trademark melodies. Buried among the future thinking processing, those melodies gradually worm their way to the forefront of opener “Aarlenpeers” whilst a glittering array of  heavy duty processing explodes around ever developing […]

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James Murray :: Loss (Eilean Rec.)

Perhaps there are six stages of grief and they differ dramatically depending on who has been stricken. In his quest to capture the sound of loss, James Murray trapped certain keys on vintage synthesizers and treated them in real time, resulting in a suite consisting of “first takes only, no further editing.” Though “Fine” opens invitingly, […]

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Missqulater :: They Rave Us (Central Processing Unit)

Missqulater sits in a particular bubblegum bubble. This Rainbow Raver takes two fistfuls of Skittles, downs one and pounds his machines with the other. The result is an animated, at times hysterical, caffeine addicted Nintendo romp. School days are the best days of your life. I’ve never really went for that cliché. There were some […]

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Roger West & Run Dust :: Double review (In Paradisum)

Roger West teases his source material, pulling legs and wings off before re-assembling some sort of franken-Daddy Long Legs. Run Dust has a similar disregard for parameters, plucking and choosing what he wants to produce his sound. Igloo’s lists of 2014 are up, as are most others. We kept ours relatively simple, albums, EPs and […]

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Benjamin Finger :: Mood Chaser (Digitalis)

Digitalis don, Brad Rose, now offers the Norwegian sound-dabbler an outlet for further quirky collage and slippery soundscape fare with latest, Mood Chaser, which again leans toward a stylistically wandering gait—a set of hallucinogenic synthesis dissolved in woozy lo-fi ambient solution with liquid pulse and sundry electronic detritus. Benjamin Finger claims he has ‘by accident been composing music […]

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V/A :: In The Dark Again 02 (In The Dark Again)

The EP brings together clever club sounds, thought-provoking Techno, textured harmonies and even a bit of existentialism for good measure. It can sometimes take a label a bit of time to appear on radar screens, others appear quicker. In The Dark Again blipped onto mine with their second release. The German imprint, born from parent […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: John Lemke

“Bringing an audience to tears at the beginning of the show is maybe not an ideal way to start a concert, but it did amaze me to hear about such strong reactions. But I suppose you couldn’t ask for a better feedback—at the end of the day I guess it’s why we do what we […]

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Biodread :: Game Over EP (X0X)

Game Over brings together frosted futurist music, sterile synths warmed with IDM currents. A couple of years ago I moved the bulk of my record collection to Madrid, where I now live. I had trepidation’s about the move, but it all worked out well and it’s been brilliant to be reunited with old vinyl friends. […]

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The Thomas Family :: Dub Variations (Crow versus Crow Editions)

Elegantly merged, the synthetic and organic sound worlds become a city symphonic. Close collaborators Daniel Thomas and David Thomas are always careful to mention that they are not related. With the debut recording by The Thomas Family, they finally capitulate, tongues firmly planted in cheek. Combining modular synth sketches by David with field recordings made by […]

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Lackluster :: Lexicon of Goods (JellyFish Frequency)

Lexicon of Goods palpably sits atop nearly two decades of production experience and demonstrates the intricacies of his much refined work philosophy. When you’ve been putting out music as long as Lackluster (Esa Ruoho) has, it must be difficult to mentally locate your current project in the vast expanse of your previous material. Indubitably, his […]

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Frank Bretschneider + Steve Roden :: Suite Nuit (Line)

This space is the place for parallel trajectories of time and shape, inciding on perception of space and space for perception. Frank Bretschneider and Steve Roden strike as unlikely bedfellows. Despite both seeming to sit neatly under ‘post-digital avant-electronica’ or some such sub-genre, cursory comparison of two decades of separate endeavours reveals significantly differing aesthetics—lowercase Steve’s scuttling sitting-in-a-room stasis vs. minimal Frank’s LFOs […]

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Spin Marvel :: Infolding (RareNoise)

A mind-bending and skull-cracking hour of dreamy, hazy ambient drifts, explosive free jazz explorations and bursts of electronic esoterica. From day one the people over at RareNoise have set a goal for themselves: putting out outrageous, genre-bending, innovative music. So far, they have been delivering the goods. With the latest offering by the London-based multifaceted […]

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Machinedrum :: Vapor City Archives (Ninja Tune)

While it brings the current era to a close, Vapor City Archives is at its heart a harbinger of wonderful things to come. It firmly ensconces Stuart as the cross-generational ambassador, someone who is able to fully leverage modern production capabilities while never straying from the now deep roots electronic music has put down. This […]

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Strom Noir :: Urban Blues (Zoharum)

An artist whose ambient work is mostly beatific and bucolic impresses by just barely lifting the shround hanging over a blighted cityscape. The arcing rainbow promise of “Mal’ ovanie Dúhy” is quickly broken on this fulminating opus. Though its sanguine spirit is replicated later on “All Summer in a Day,” life and light seem to have been sucked out of […]

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V/A :: V.A. 1 (La Beauté Du Négatif)

Machine music that moves with emotion and dancefloor rhythm. Small fish growing fat on a big sound. I actively seek out small labels. That isn’t to say I shy away from bigger imprints. I don’t. But once a label, or artist, reach a certain popularity I feel that my words just sink into an ever […]

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