Cathode Ray Tube :: Famous Monsters (Component)

Cathode Ray Tube :: Famous Monsters (Component)

Famous Monsters is easily recommended for listeners of dark space ambient crossovers nestled between Biosphere, Robert Henke and Loscil for stylistic similarity. Component is now a well known label for Igloo readers. I reviewed a few releases [...]
Flatland Sound Studio :: Ocean Radio Planet (King Deluxe)

Flatland Sound Studio :: Ocean Radio Planet (King Deluxe)

Flatland Sound Studio continue in their extraterrestrial pursuit of 8-bit electronics, bass, beat and breaks. Vancouver-based Max Greening’s Flatland Sound Studio (FSS) project pleasantly returns following up from Maximum Vacation Plus (Bedroom Research, 2015)—described as “…the [...]
Any Colour You Like :: Love Thy Nature (Eyesix)

Any Colour You Like :: Love Thy Nature (Eyesix)

Love Thy Nature is a call to action, so to speak. A reoccurring theme blends from one piece to the other as the artist dips into the far recesses of sampled sounds and voices, lost ambient [...]
Tehkla :: Yagé (Schematic Music Company)

Tehkla :: Yagé (Schematic Music Company)

A tripped-out mind travel based on abstract sound design and flexible electronic waves. To name an album with an explicit reference to this famous plant from the Latin American civilization promises to deliver lysergic soundscapes with [...]
V/A :: Secret Rave 02 (Art-Aud)

V/A :: Secret Rave 02 (Art-Aud)

A ragged rubble of broken rhythms are adopted by all involved on the 12”, each artist taking a different avenue down 90s retrospection. It’s the hottest September Madrid has had since god knows when; hitting [...]

Features

DUB TRANSMISSIONS :: Pangani, Mop Mop, Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno, Dub Spencer & Trance Hill

Deep heavy basslines, lingering rich echoes, relentless grooves, all soaked in colorful psychedelia; this Dub Transmissions installment brings you the latest and most piquant, eclectic and cutting edge gems from the bubbling mystical dub realms. Pangani :: In The Moment (Self-Released) Fourteen years after Ott released his Hallucinogen ‎in Dub album, the influence of the […]

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James Murray :: Ghostwalk EP Premiere (Ultimae)

British composer James Murray releases a new EP on Ultimae. Scroll down for an exclusive stream. James Murray, one of the most eccentric artists in the Ultimae roster, finally returns to the label, armed with Ghostwalk, his new EP, an amuse-bouche to his forthcoming sophomore album for Ultimae, Eyes to the Height, out later this […]

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Profiles

BITS & PIECES with Christopher Tignor

Composer, violinist and programmer Christopher Tignor has released a stunning new record via the multifaceted Western Vinyl imprint this month. Igloo Magazine asked him for just a few bits and pieces about his life… The first album you bought? Poison: “Open Up and Say…Ahh!” (cassette). The last album you were addicted to? The dirty truth […]

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Reviews

Dead Fader :: It Works 1 EP (Parachute)

Dead Fader draws from a variety of influences on this album, including but not limited to Boards of Canada, J.S. Bach, Pan_sonic, Clark to Kanye. Really nothing gets left off the table. Dead Fader’s It Works 1 is a mixed affair in that it offers four songs up in either light or dark mode, slow […]

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Recent Articles

Meat Beat Manifesto :: 2016 live dates, EP and new album

Returning after a six year hiatus since 2010’s Answers Come in Dreams, seminal electronic band Meat Beat Manifesto (MBM) is gearing up for a handful of U.S. shows, heralding the release of new material. (Press Release) San Francisco, CA – Returning after a six year hiatus since 2010’s Answers Come in Dreams, seminal electronic band Meat […]

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Dead Fader :: It Works 1 EP (Parachute)

Dead Fader draws from a variety of influences on this album, including but not limited to Boards of Canada, J.S. Bach, Pan_sonic, Clark to Kanye. Really nothing gets left off the table. Dead Fader’s It Works 1 is a mixed affair in that it offers four songs up in either light or dark mode, slow […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: Famous Monsters (Component)

Famous Monsters is easily recommended for listeners of dark space ambient crossovers nestled between Biosphere, Robert Henke and Loscil for stylistic similarity. Component is now a well known label for Igloo readers. I reviewed a few releases from two of their leading projects Snowbeasts and Pattern Behavior, both recommended for fans of dark challenging releases in modern […]

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Flatland Sound Studio :: Ocean Radio Planet (King Deluxe)

Flatland Sound Studio continue in their extraterrestrial pursuit of 8-bit electronics, bass, beat and breaks. Vancouver-based Max Greening’s Flatland Sound Studio (FSS) project pleasantly returns following up from Maximum Vacation Plus (Bedroom Research, 2015)—described as “…the soundtrack to a cold medicine overdose or the after effect of watching too many foreign language cartoons while recovering from […]

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Any Colour You Like :: Love Thy Nature (Eyesix)

Love Thy Nature is a call to action, so to speak. A reoccurring theme blends from one piece to the other as the artist dips into the far recesses of sampled sounds and voices, lost ambient psychedelia and post-shoegaze electronica mixed with tranquil and chilled interludes. It was only 6-months ago when we covered three EP’s […]

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Tehkla :: Yagé (Schematic Music Company)

A tripped-out mind travel based on abstract sound design and flexible electronic waves. To name an album with an explicit reference to this famous plant from the Latin American civilization promises to deliver lysergic soundscapes with irresistible psychic powers. This new effort is signed by Tehkla for Schematic Music Company—a historical and highly productive label specialized […]

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V/A :: Secret Rave 02 (Art-Aud)

A ragged rubble of broken rhythms are adopted by all involved on the 12”, each artist taking a different avenue down 90s retrospection. It’s the hottest September Madrid has had since god knows when; hitting 40C most days. Not a great time of year to be out and about collecting post. I had to go to […]

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Cascade Data :: Cmd_altz EP (Buried In Time)

Cmd_altz elicits a breakdown and rearrangement of itself, a sense of balanced and punchy bass, beats and distortion as machines elegantly crash into each other. Cmd_altz elicits a breakdown and rearrangement of itself, a sense of balanced and punchy bass, beats and distortion as machines elegantly crash into each other. Chang Turhune once noted that “Too […]

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DUB TRANSMISSIONS :: Pangani, Mop Mop, Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno, Dub Spencer & Trance Hill

Deep heavy basslines, lingering rich echoes, relentless grooves, all soaked in colorful psychedelia; this Dub Transmissions installment brings you the latest and most piquant, eclectic and cutting edge gems from the bubbling mystical dub realms. Pangani :: In The Moment (Self-Released) Fourteen years after Ott released his Hallucinogen ‎in Dub album, the influence of the […]

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BITS & PIECES with Christopher Tignor

Composer, violinist and programmer Christopher Tignor has released a stunning new record via the multifaceted Western Vinyl imprint this month. Igloo Magazine asked him for just a few bits and pieces about his life… The first album you bought? Poison: “Open Up and Say…Ahh!” (cassette). The last album you were addicted to? The dirty truth […]

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Project STS-31 :: Spiralgalaxie (Solar One)

Frosted spacewalks juxtaposed by cerebral machinations, fragile soundscapes and minimal ambience, in a record that brings together a founding father and modern day trailblazer for a future classic. Electronic music can be fickle, especially when it comes to popularity. Some artists are launched into notoriety, seemly ascending into regard and respect with little rhyme nor […]

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Simon12345 & The Lazer Twins :: Cheveux propres, cheveux gras (Holger)

Disjointed, neither rooted solidly in one idea nor fitting firmly into a particular genre. This isn’t necessarily bad as it can often be the chance for music to be heard in a way it might not normally. Simon 12345 & The Lazer Twins EP Cheveux propres, cheveux gras is an odd affair. While it sounds […]

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Legiac :: The Voynich Manuscript (Dronarivm)

Legiac leave behind their beat-driven past and evolve into pure ambience. Legiac have put together a lovely release on the Russian Dronarivm label, which finds Roel Funcken and Cor Bolten leaving behind both one Funcken brother and all trace of the crunchy, glitchy beatwork which characterized earlier releases. This new edition, named after “an early […]

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Rook Vallade :: Vestiges – Compiled DATs 92 -00- ADF_V1 (Touchin’ Bass)

Vestiges has a strange quality about it where a certain naivete or even a nostalgia pervades every track, manifesting in different ways across each. Oddly alluring and worth repeated listens. Rook Vallade’s Vestiges has a strange quality about it where a certain naivete or even a nostalgia pervades every track, manifesting in different ways across each. In “Badistmp” […]

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IXRQ :: EP1 (Self-Released)

While EP1 offers about 10-minutes of nostalgic synthesized lightening bolts, there are some great ideas buried within it that merit further exploration. IXRQ is Simon Matthews—mainly known as Ventolyn & Becotyde—and this 4-track EP sparks and spans through a myriad of classic braindance infused beauty. It’s not an Aphex Twin knockoff, but a kudos to […]

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Drvg Cvltvre | Inca Pax :: Split EP (Tutamen)

It’s a strange one to hear a record where Drvg Cvltvre is the milder offering, but that is definitely the case here. His tracks are on the less fierce side of his sound, although the tempos are kept up. Inca Pax is the one thrashing the floor on here, serving up a septic smirk of […]

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Crotaphytus :: Acanthosaura (Further)

A fascinating mix of live shots, library music, field recordings and cold hard machine sounds from this pioneering pair. Crotaphytus. Who? It’s not a name you hear very often, but the members of this group have made a pretty big impact on electronic music in their short careers: Robert Witschakowski and Nico Jagiella. This pair […]

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James Murray :: Ghostwalk EP Premiere (Ultimae)

British composer James Murray releases a new EP on Ultimae. Scroll down for an exclusive stream. James Murray, one of the most eccentric artists in the Ultimae roster, finally returns to the label, armed with Ghostwalk, his new EP, an amuse-bouche to his forthcoming sophomore album for Ultimae, Eyes to the Height, out later this […]

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J.C. :: Mugako (Semantica)

Throughout the album, there is musky woodiness to Cabrera’s meticulously programmed rhythms, hips swaying up the steps of Mayan ziggurats, which zigzags nicely with the sci-fi boogie of his synthesizers. Each piece follows its own eccentric space orbit, spearing forth as much as it boomerangs back. J.C. is Spanish techno producer Jose Cabrera and Mugako is an industrial-strength crossbreed of distorted […]

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Dimitar Dodovski :: Dérive (Shimmering Moods)

A fine collection of computerized and digital electronics, built around a dynamic structure which dives in an atmospheric dreamlike nebula. Based in the Netherlands Shimmering Moods records is progressively making its name in the field of contemporary craft based ambient music. Like on labels such as Time Released Sound, The white Lab, Cathedral Transmission, Triple […]

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Gnawed :: Pestilence Beholden (Malignant)

This Minneapolis based project carries on the path of uncompromising and solidly harsh noisy experiences. The soundscaping vein is utterly bleak, apocalyptic with massive industrial sections, droned-out textures and brutally black ambiences. With a release of a handful of tapes under a DIY approach Gnawed remains faithful to the rigorous underground tradition of the industrial-power […]

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Biodread :: Game Over EP – The Remixes (X0X)

Biodread’s Game Over EP is the inspiration as four machine minded musicians turn their hands for a remix 12”. X0X Records isn’t a label in a rush. The last time this Finnish imprint released I was still in my 20s. But what it lacks in a release schedule it makes up for in quality, no […]

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Morah :: You’ll Never Understand (Lux Rec)

Greece is cultivating a new generation of artists with quite a unique sound; one with youthful iconoclastic vision without forgetting past wave pioneers. Morah is one of this generation and his latest audio message is one of abrasion, harshness and guttural intent. My first exploration of Greek electronic music came with the uncovering of Eirkti, […]

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Shimmer Crush :: These Four Walls (The Crime League)

Above all else, there appears to be a luminous veil in the underpinnings of These Four Walls, a personal struggle that the artist reveals via lost mechanical data streams floating in the air. Shimmer Crush (aka Laurel Daugherty-Seto) opens up an account with Toronto’s The Crime League, run by Michael Morton (aka Displacer). Within These […]

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Fiction City :: The Shell (Psychonavigation)

By mixing other worldly instrumentation into a seabed of calm and refuge, Fiction City crafts surreal sonic landscapes. From Siberia and released on Dublin’s Psychonavigation in February 2016, the latest full length by Fiction City (aka Mike Belov) has had some time to settle. We covered their self-released Nova EP in 2011 which yielded an […]

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A WINTER TRANSMISSION :: Scann-Tec, Marconi Union, AES Dana feat. Miktek, Hoshin,Tortusa

Soon the autumn ghosts will start creeping in and winter will follow. Time to arm ourselves with some suitable, mysterious caressing sounds. Scann-Tec :: Unyt (Ultimae) The Russian producer Vladislav Isaev (a.k.a. Scann-Tec), returns to the influential French purveyor of ambient, downtempo electronica and progressive trance, but this time with a full-length album. Any Ultimae […]

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Snowbeasts :: + – (M-Tronic)

Haunted synth-experimental project, blending the dark ambient genre, ghostly minimalism and electronic body music with a fancy for lysergic-cosmic weirdness. Haunted synth-experimental project, blending the dark ambient genre, ghostly minimalism and electronic body music with a fancy for lysergic-cosmic weirdness. This new album is welcomed by Paris based label M-Tronic. After a more archetypical but […]

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Robert Logan :: Flesh Decomposed (Slowfoot)

Flesh Decomposed shows a bit of softness and light among the darker tracks that dominate this album of reworked tracks that breathes new life and new depth into Logan’s oeuvre. Robert Logan’s Flesh (Slowfoot, 2015) was one of my favorite albums of 2015. Flesh brought together modern electronics, classical music, jazz and soundscapes into something evocatively […]

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Kronodigger :: ENC015 EP (Encrypted Audio)

A two track manifesto, Kronodigger yields even further refinement in the art of broken industrial bass. These are hard-edged kinetic electronics that merit further investigation. Based in New York, Alexey Gorokholinskiy’s crafts sonic sculptures with utter clarity and visceral distortion. His Subliminal Design extended player from March 2015 marked a roughened breaks, bass and dub signature sound […]

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