Anjou :: Anjou (Kranky)

Anjou :: Anjou (Kranky)

An album stark and austere but dynamic, its elements shift like ice floes; colliding, sinking, and smashing into pieces, directed by some mysterious but entirely captivating design. The self-titled Anjou marks the first time Mark [...]
Forrest :: Beyond The Withered Hills (I, Absentee)

Forrest :: Beyond The Withered Hills (I, Absentee)

A complex and disarmingly creative record whose sounds speak of the mystical and the physical in the same airy breath. Forrest is a project of Warren Kroll (aka Dorosoto), whose previous work has included a [...]
Metamatics :: Instamatic (XTT)

Metamatics :: Instamatic (XTT)

Instamatic opens an engaged musical channel filled with positive frequency bursts and head nodding rhythmic activity that will hopefully reveal further Metamatics material. Lee Anthony Norris‘ vast catalog has taken many twists and turns, venturing [...]
Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra :: When The World Was One (Gondwana)

Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra :: When The World Was One (Gondwana)

One of the most intoxicating spiritual jazz concoctions I have ever heard. Already now you can tell this is timeless music; I will be surprised if in ten or even twenty years from now I [...]
More Black Then God :: 1964 Zen in the Drones (Aetheric)

More Black Then God :: 1964 Zen in the Drones (Aetheric)

More Black Then God creates dank storm culvert ambient in 1964 Zen in the Drones. Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt of Berlin via Chicago has released an impressive amount of music both under his own name and as More [...]

Features

ALAN LOCKETT :: Elsewhereness mix

Igloomag’s Alan Lockett alias albient (mixcloud | soundcloud) dials in an ambient-electronic mix. Among its dream-scape streams and aether waves, reverb-trails and echo-veils, feature a number of recently igloo-‘viewed goodies. Here is elsewhereness… Route map to elsewhereness: 36, Beautumn, Christopher Bissonnette, Chronovalve, Dalhous, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Eluvium, Lawrence English, Faures, Fennesz, Francesco Giannico, Ligovskoï, Maps and Diagrams, Moss Garden, Pausal, Pjusk / Sleep […]

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DENOVALI SWINGFEST 2014 :: 26 tracks free download festival sampler

Denovali Swingfest will be returning to its home edition in the city of Essen/Germany with a 4-day-festival in the first weekend of October 2014 featuring Ben Frost, James Holden, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Oval, The Haxan Cloak, Demdike Stare, Hauschka, Bohren und der Club of Gore, Greg Haines, Rafael Anton Irrisari and more. […]

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Profiles

ZoiD :: Electronic Jazz Fractals

Music has been Jacobson’s life work. His history with jazz and electronic music is lengthy, business minded and academic. His desire to refocus left the strongest impact during our conversation. He had the strength of character to admit he wanted independence in an industry that seldom allows it. After an hour’s chat you’re left thinking […]

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Reviews

Senko :: Dronetudes (Hymen)

A vibrant, intriguing, digital and blissed-out collection of stylish electronic minimalism on the independent Hymen Records. Dronetudes, offered by the Denmark based sound art actor Daniel Kosenko (aka Senko), presents a vibrant, intriguing, digital and blissed-out collection of stylish electronic minimalism on the independent Hymen Records. The ensemble is surprisingly diversified and challenging, inviting the […]

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Senko :: Dronetudes (Hymen)

A vibrant, intriguing, digital and blissed-out collection of stylish electronic minimalism on the independent Hymen Records. Dronetudes, offered by the Denmark based sound art actor Daniel Kosenko (aka Senko), presents a vibrant, intriguing, digital and blissed-out collection of stylish electronic minimalism on the independent Hymen Records. The ensemble is surprisingly diversified and challenging, inviting the […]

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Anjou :: Anjou (Kranky)

An album stark and austere but dynamic, its elements shift like ice floes; colliding, sinking, and smashing into pieces, directed by some mysterious but entirely captivating design. The self-titled Anjou marks the first time Mark Nelson and Robert Donne have worked together since the excellent Fixed: Content by Labradford; here they are joined by Steven […]

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Forrest :: Beyond The Withered Hills (I, Absentee)

A complex and disarmingly creative record whose sounds speak of the mystical and the physical in the same airy breath. Forrest is a project of Warren Kroll (aka Dorosoto), whose previous work has included a split with Moustache Mountain (Anyteazers / Swepstone Songs) and the well-received Summer Sounds Asleep on U-Cover. Beyond the Withered Hills […]

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Enkephalin :: Cloud Surfer EP (Kaometry)

Cloud Surfer doesn’t venture too far off the beaten path but does allow for an expansive array of carefully woven sounds to forage into the subconscious. Enkephalin (aka Thomas Cordy) strikes again for Germany-based Kaometry. Gritty sound design, erratic dubstep bass and slithering lows form the foundations on the title track. “Stratophony” expands enriched shuffling data […]

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Ard Bit :: Ellioth EP (Lowriders)

Rotterdam-based Ard Bit reveals the Ellioth EP for Lowriders and condenses all form of glitch’n soul into one unique audio fabric. “6002” shimmies about in all directions akin to a buried Plaid artifact, its meandering bass and bubbling melodic synths are pristine and well tempered. “Brizal” and its softly rummaging low-end squabble, elicits a calming […]

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Metamatics :: Instamatic (XTT)

Instamatic opens an engaged musical channel filled with positive frequency bursts and head nodding rhythmic activity that will hopefully reveal further Metamatics material. Lee Anthony Norris‘ vast catalog has taken many twists and turns, venturing through all facets of electronic music as well as expansive ambient/atmospheric interludes along the way. He’s collaborated with many musicians […]

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Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra :: When The World Was One (Gondwana)

One of the most intoxicating spiritual jazz concoctions I have ever heard. Already now you can tell this is timeless music; I will be surprised if in ten or even twenty years from now I will play this gem via my CD player and it won’t move me. While as Gondwana‘s boss Matthew Halsall works […]

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Yvat :: Exeunt (Detroit Underground)

Exeunt is an impacted collage made from cohesive electronic chunks for extraterrestrial armchair listening. “Altair” busts open to reveal shimmering glitch tones, broken bass thumps and an uptempo IDM/electro sheen which sways about with rhythmic complexity. This sets the tone for Yvat (aka longtime veteran producer Octavian Justinian Uta) as melodic electrical scrapes adhere to DSP […]

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Lorenzo Senni :: Superimpositions (Boomkat Editions)

Superimpositions is cannier, burrowing inward to locate our limbic triggers, note by note. “Pure appreciation.” Desperate plea or empty promise? In an era of sky-high concept inherited from our modernist lineage, of publicity spin gone gonzo, of commodification and content strip mining, expressed in our virtual vernacular of the viral, is it possible to truly […]

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bvdub :: A History of Distance (n5MD)

Van Wey is able to take themes and stretch them until they are a fine thread, weaving so slowly and smoothly that actual minutes pass the listener by almost unnoticed. SF-Bay-Area-to-Shaoxing-China transplant Brock Van Wey recently released his thirty-third solo album, this time on n5MD under his moniker bvdub, and he is on exquisite form. […]

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The Bug :: Angels & Devils (Ninja Tune)

With the release of Angels & Devils, The Bug is no longer describable by mere genre distinctions. This is street music that derives its personality from grey landscapes and aggressive beats. Just as The Bug’s previous effort, Angels & Devils is packed with guest vocals and dark tunes. Unlike London Zoo’s opener “Angry,” however, this […]

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More Black Then God :: 1964 Zen in the Drones (Aetheric)

More Black Then God creates dank storm culvert ambient in 1964 Zen in the Drones. Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt of Berlin via Chicago has released an impressive amount of music both under his own name and as More Black Then God (sic). I’ve barely scratched the surface of the rest of his work, but find it fitting that […]

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Jvox :: Strange Universe (Component)

A level-straddling blend; earthy, groovy and easy to dig but with a deep, clever halo of abstract thematics and transcendent yearnings which might be harder to swallow were they not so smoothly anchored. Jvox started out as an MC before switching to the machines and although he doesn’t break out the mic on Strange Universe—his […]

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Aroy Dee :: Sketches (M>O>S Recordings)

Sketches is an album possessed of a refinement, restraint and nuance rarely found these days, and contains some of the finest and most evocative music about cities released in a good long while. Where has Sketches been all my life, and why has it been eleven years between the release of Aroy Dee’s debut EP […]

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Dalhous :: Will To Be Well (Blackest Ever Black)

Will To Be Well’s combination of stirring lyricism and smudged harmonics tilts the dark v. light face-off of the debut light-wards, yet a river runs through it that twists and turns with edgy jouissance. A salutary reminder too of halcyon days of synth and sample-based auteurs who were more than mere producers, but screenplay writers […]

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Lunar Lodge / Mai Mai Mai :: LL/MMM (Love Blast / Instruments of Discipline)

A vacuum of distortion and drone draws air from lungs, horror pouring from blurred thump and fuzzed out fear. Instruments of Discipline. If you’re wondering whether or not the name of the new sub-label from Love Blast is an indicator of what will follow let me tell you from the outset, it is. This is […]

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Quasi Dub Development :: Little-Twister vs Stiff-Neck (Pingipung)

Little-Twister vs Stiff-Neck is skinny dub adorned with beads and body paint that throws elbows at genre expectations. Luca Fadda and F.S. Blumm established the pan-Atlantic Quasi Dub Development collective with the highly-regarded Limousine to the Guillotine, featuring Alessandro Coronas on drums. Now the trio has expanded—it shrinks and expands according to the demands of track, album or […]

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Function / Vatican Shadow :: Games Have Rules (Hospital Productions)

With Games Have Fules, Function and Vatican Shadow have worked together to create a breathtakingly atmospheric and surprisingly ambient electronic album unique in both their catalogs. Despite Dominick Fernow’s latest Vatican Shadow release—the mammoth six cassette/digital-only release Death Is Unity With God—being a strangely strangled and muted affair, it was difficult to predict the content […]

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Calika :: Blelly (Abandon Building)

Calika lives comfortably between the realms of acoustic and electric, incorporating elements of both styles into tunes that have great groove and sonic depth, while still embodying a high level of experimentation and subtlety. Calika, née Simon Kealoha, returns with Blelly, his seventh release, through Abandon Building. Musically, he lives comfortably between the realms of […]

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Triac :: In A Room (Laminal / Mikroton)

In A Room floats by within minimal light beams and offers an engaging harmonious perspective. More in tune with sublime calming tones and light flickering, Triac—an electronic music trio from Italy formed in the end of 2011 by Rossano Polidoro (ex Tu m’, Line USA), Marco Seracini and Augusto Tatone—formed In A Room within minimal […]

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V/A :: Decapitated One-Liners (Contort Yourself)

Contort Yourself is the latest label to hail from that Scottish industrial heartland and with the rains returning, though they probably never left, the newcomer has a very curious 12” to introduce. I’ll always have a fondness for Glasgow. By the time I left it I wanted out, and I don’t mean any offence by […]

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Péninsolar :: Foreshadow Near The Mesa (Clean Error)

It is difficult not to immerse yourself into these minimized mechanical shards as cyclic ambient charges flow from all angles, nestled somewhere between human and extraterrestrial emotion. Minuscule clicks and cuts slide across grains of electrical detail, meandering rhythmic data streams, low-end downtempo flutter and the tiniest sounds coalesce into twelve micro-fragments. It is difficult […]

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Dntel :: Human Voice (Leaving / Stones Throw)

In a sense, Human Voice may be a telling clue of what this album definitely does not need. Bleep bloop, bleep bloop. So begins the latest album from Jimmy Tamborello (of The Postal Service fame) under his Dntel moniker. What might be in store for the composer after his band’s much talked about breakup? A […]

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ALAN LOCKETT :: Elsewhereness mix

Igloomag’s Alan Lockett alias albient (mixcloud | soundcloud) dials in an ambient-electronic mix. Among its dream-scape streams and aether waves, reverb-trails and echo-veils, feature a number of recently igloo-‘viewed goodies. Here is elsewhereness… Route map to elsewhereness: 36, Beautumn, Christopher Bissonnette, Chronovalve, Dalhous, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Eluvium, Lawrence English, Faures, Fennesz, Francesco Giannico, Ligovskoï, Maps and Diagrams, Moss Garden, Pausal, Pjusk / Sleep […]

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Involved :: Revolving Maze (Hidden Shoal)

A refreshing retro-style sonic tapestry highly capable of igniting the imagination. We all need to escape reality sometimes. For some of us often consuming a good Sci-Fi book or movie does the trick. We dive in, and for a certain period of time forget about everything else, it’s just us and the fantasy, time ceases […]

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Caught in the Wake Forever & Crow Versus Crow :: Excommunicado (Crow Versus Crow Editions)

The title Excommunicado makes the theme evasive, but while thwarting definitive interpretation, the sound and visuals embrace one another, proving the duo were anything but incommunicado. This distinctive collaboration is audio and visual. All sounds on Excommunicado are the work of Scotland’s Fraser McGowan while Yorkshireman Crow Versus Crow has created the splendid packaging, a plain brown envelope sealed […]

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Defrag :: Lost Lands EP (The Irrational Media Society)

Defrag deploys melodic bells, whistles, subtle chants, 8-bit triggers, and broken amen breaks venturing into distracted and often frenetic lost lands. Not afraid to eradicate preconceived notions of fast paced glitch’n bass, Defrag (aka Jeff Dodson) deploys melodic bells, whistles, subtle chants, 8-bit triggers, and broken amen breaks venturing into distracted and often frenetic lost […]

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LPF12 :: Cover the Sky With Vellum and Stone (The Crime League)

A pleasant and recommended musical listening that will definitely find new adepts in the space ambient music universe. LPF12 is a transcendental and abstract space ambient project coming from Germany and formed by Sascha Lemon back In the 90s. After a long time break the project has been back since 2010. LPF12 most recent materials […]

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Ethernet :: Tanuki Dreams (gterma)

A magic theatre that encourages the mind to wander and get lost, listeners understood as receivers of stimuli in an environment of sensory patterns to be enjoyed. Rabindranath Tagore once wrote, “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.” Each piece […]

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