Very Clever Music – V/A :: Brainbox (De:Tuned)

Very Clever Music – V/A :: Brainbox (De:Tuned)

Rose tinted glasses aside, Brainbox is a seriously impressive undertaking. Six records from some twenty five pioneers, masters and newcomers. This new collection displays another side of Belgian label as a range of styles come into [...]
Day For Night 2016 :: December 17-18 (Houston, TX)

Day For Night 2016 :: December 17-18 (Houston, TX)

Day For Night, though only in its second year, is presenting a world-class lineup of forward-looking music and visual art. Organized by Free Press Houston and Work-Order, the festival offers a weekend of live music [...]
Yagya :: Stars and Dust (Delsin)

Yagya :: Stars and Dust (Delsin)

I don’t know what’s happened to Guðmundsson in the last few years, but Stars and Dust is shot through with the heady euphoria that only romance and nostalgia can trigger. This is at least partially [...]
Franck Kartell :: Coïncidences (Bass Agenda)

Franck Kartell :: Coïncidences (Bass Agenda)

The second LP from this Frenchman was his soundtrack to a 1962 film. Coïncidences is music of a broader narrative. Links, crossovers, connections between our lives, our technology and our ideas. Through a reduced lens [...]
Elsewhereness revisited #3 :: Party Like It’s 1991

Elsewhereness revisited #3 :: Party Like It’s 1991

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camped-up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #3 1991 made waves in 2012 with High-Tech High-Life (Opal Tapes)—chewy New Age synth ‘n’ soundscapes laced with [...]

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Very Clever Music – V/A :: Brainbox (De:Tuned)

Rose tinted glasses aside, Brainbox is a seriously impressive undertaking. Six records from some twenty five pioneers, masters and newcomers. This new collection displays another side of Belgian label as a range of styles come into focus, from squirreled out acid and ambient immersion to electronica and glitch. There´s a fair bit of childish innocence that […]

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Day For Night 2016 :: December 17-18 (Houston, TX)

Day For Night, though only in its second year, is presenting a world-class lineup of forward-looking music and visual art. Organized by Free Press Houston and Work-Order, the festival offers a weekend of live music on four stages (both indoor and outdoor) and a large array of visual art installations. As its two biggest headliners […]

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Profiles

“This is Analogical Force. The club. The label. The music.” :: Beneath Madrid

What Analogical Force are doing is releasing a wide range of electronics with definite nods to the past whilst searching for new talent. What they are doing is bringing international music and talent to the Spanish capital, the next being B12 performing Electro Soma live. 90s Britain and electronic music are synonymous. Skam. B12. Warp. […]

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Reviews

Yagya :: Stars and Dust (Delsin)

I don’t know what’s happened to Guðmundsson in the last few years, but Stars and Dust is shot through with the heady euphoria that only romance and nostalgia can trigger. This is at least partially achieved through the skillful blending of classical instrumentation, most prominently and touchingly, the piano, together with some of his warmest, […]

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Very Clever Music – V/A :: Brainbox (De:Tuned)

Rose tinted glasses aside, Brainbox is a seriously impressive undertaking. Six records from some twenty five pioneers, masters and newcomers. This new collection displays another side of Belgian label as a range of styles come into focus, from squirreled out acid and ambient immersion to electronica and glitch. There´s a fair bit of childish innocence that […]

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Day For Night 2016 :: December 17-18 (Houston, TX)

Day For Night, though only in its second year, is presenting a world-class lineup of forward-looking music and visual art. Organized by Free Press Houston and Work-Order, the festival offers a weekend of live music on four stages (both indoor and outdoor) and a large array of visual art installations. As its two biggest headliners […]

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Day Before Us :: Nihil Interit (Rage in Eden)

Each track develops its own atmosphere, sometimes mysteriously cinematic and underpinned by wistful melodies. Day Before Us is a French based project which originally blends textured electronics with a strong lyrical sensibility of somber beauty. The project was formed in 2011 by Philippe Blache. Titled Nihil Interit, this new album is the third published by […]

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Yagya :: Stars and Dust (Delsin)

I don’t know what’s happened to Guðmundsson in the last few years, but Stars and Dust is shot through with the heady euphoria that only romance and nostalgia can trigger. This is at least partially achieved through the skillful blending of classical instrumentation, most prominently and touchingly, the piano, together with some of his warmest, […]

read more

Franck Kartell :: Coïncidences (Bass Agenda)

The second LP from this Frenchman was his soundtrack to a 1962 film. Coïncidences is music of a broader narrative. Links, crossovers, connections between our lives, our technology and our ideas. Through a reduced lens Kartell has produced a sheer and stylistic record, one that finds incredible depth through a shallow selection of sounds. La […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #3 :: Party Like It’s 1991

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camped-up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #3 1991 made waves in 2012 with High-Tech High-Life (Opal Tapes)—chewy New Age synth ‘n’ soundscapes laced with arpeggiating timbres and shimmering drones, and self-titled (Astro:Dynamics)–IDM-y sounds shot through with post-ambient forms and off-kilter melodies, while his Skogen, Flickan Och […]

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“This is Analogical Force. The club. The label. The music.” :: Beneath Madrid

What Analogical Force are doing is releasing a wide range of electronics with definite nods to the past whilst searching for new talent. What they are doing is bringing international music and talent to the Spanish capital, the next being B12 performing Electro Soma live. 90s Britain and electronic music are synonymous. Skam. B12. Warp. […]

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Lost Trail :: The Lost Trail Orchestra (Shimmering Moods)

The Lost Trail Orchestra gives a large space to warm layers of fuzzed-out guitar drones seconded by dream-pop melodies, concrete noises and minimal patterns. Shimmering Moods is back with two new autumnal albums in the craft based ambient / modern classical / semi-experimental genres: Selected Piano Works by π∆ππ and Lost Trail’s The Lost Trail […]

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Huron :: The Other Side of Reality (The Remixes)

The Other Side of Reality (The Remixes) is a must have remix collection, one that combines Huron’s original post-industrial audible strands and re-configures them into what feels more like an extended Version 2.0. In 2013 we covered The Other Side of Reality (Raumklang) described as having “…Sharp edges, fluid rhythms, mechanical pulses, chiseled percussion and a darkened veil […]

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Two on the Radar :: Amiina and Ryan Teague

Two albums from two different corners of the musical spectrum offer a true sense of a story for us to immerse in. Amiina :: Fantômas (Mengi) Amiina is well known for its work with Sigur Rós but also for its full length solo outputs and EPs. Originally a string quartet, formed by four girls (Edda […]

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Inkamera :: Time Rewind (Last Known Trajectory)

Cold computer electronics which thaw with palpable emotion, the fragility of flesh beside metal, the soul in a synthesizer. Victoria Lukas has focused on collaborations over the last few years. After a spate of releases on labels like Frustrated Funk, as Vita, and Clone, with Gerald Donald as Zerkalo, Lukas’most recent partnership has been with […]

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meanwhile.in.texas :: Twin God Fragments (Orb Tapes)

Twin God Fragment is an articulated collection of buzzing, weird and abrasive drone rituals mainly delivered by a vast array of pedal noise effects, electric guitar and feedback. Angelo Guido carries on his personal sonic voyage with a new recommended industrially tainted noise ambient release. Orb Tapes is a new label devoted to home made, uncompromising […]

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Weldroid & Friends :: Silicate Recursions (Section 27)

Weldroid and friends surely pack an electronic punch here—with an abundance of remixes, it all blends into a cohesive, tangible and magnetic whole. Section 27 really deserves more attention. With all of the political riff-raff spread across Planet Earth lately, Section 27 continues to plant its own exp-electronic music seeds, the fruit of which has […]

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Dean De Benedictis :: Salvaging The Present (Spotted Peccary Music)

It’s almost like Salvaging the Present is a journal of De Benedictis’s travels, a collection of discarded sounds and ideas brought together to paint outlines of emotional states, leaving silences that encourage conscious listener participation, eventually filling with vocal samples, strings, or the idiosyncratic beeps and whirs of IDM. Eleven years after releasing Salvaging the Past on […]

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Not just jazz :: Soulful rejuvenations

Azymuth and Yussef Kamaal bring jazz-funk back to the forefront, and The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble and Papa Chango summon the old spirits of afrobeat, ethio-jazz and soul to perform outrageous new choreographies. Azymuth :: Fênix (Far Out) When it comes to the catalog of Brazil-based trio, Azymuth, you can’t go wrong. What they do […]

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Antonio :: Breeze (Smashing Tape)

The overarching style comes from the pits of punk, a mechanized revolt of pistons and gravel. Yet there are softer moments lurking under those creaking sounds, warm keys cutting through the oil soaked gears. Tough, true, but there’s also a tender edge that counters, and compliments, the harshness. Antonio Barbetta has had a very successful […]

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Mnemonic :: Moral (Halbsicht / M-tronic)

Delivering focused, dark and robust synthesizer mood-swings, Moral is a fine tuned effort. Dipping into the past with signature rhythms, Mnemonic redefines itself as a standalone force to be reckoned with. Mnemonic returns to Halbsicht, co-released with M-Tronic, and rightly so. Here we see further German electrical bits revamped in a swath of rhythmic, turbulent […]

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Luciano Lamanna / Cosimo Damiano :: LB19 (Love Blast)

It’s obvious that this pair didn’t come to techno in the usual way, their music (and inner labels) tell of a punk past. They’ve come to their audio expression via thrash guitar and the mosh pit, a same devil-may-care attitude that is now being communicated through machines with fierce results. I didn’t come to industrial […]

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Metamatics :: Bodypop (Neo Ouija)

From braindance to bodypop, this album carves its own colorful and bumpy melodic pathway. Lee Norris continues to focus efforts on his music, the Metamatics nameplate is one that spans almost 20-years, believe it or not. With the return (again?) of Neo Ouija, the label that brought us names like Bauri, Penfold Plum, Geiom, Solenoid, […]

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Dronny Darko :: Drone Ambient Mix for Sleep

Dronny Darko’s mix for Igloo Magazine is composed around lowercase minimalist drones and atmospheres that are aimed to put a listener into a meditative and relaxed state of mind. Tranquility and calmness are the key emotions within this experience. Dive into this ambience chasm and explore how deep a rabbit hole can be. Tracklisting :: […]

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The Lure of the Synth :: Forma & Steve Hauschildt enchant with new albums on Kranky

“I was never worried that synthesizers would replace musicians. First of all, you have to be a musician in order to make music with a synthesizer.” (Robert Moog) Ah…those velvet lush pads, endless sparkling arpeggios, sharp basslines and liquid lead sounds. Those crafty, intelligent machines, little and sometimes enormous, in the right hands can create […]

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Simfonica :: Song of the Volcanoes (Cathedral Transmissions)

There is no scruff of the neck or badgering here, it is a falling-into experience, mind-expanding, languid but smoldering for an overall intoxicating experience. A stimulating impetus to either reach over for the play button again or visit Pompeii Released on a Friday sold out by Monday: not bad for a musician performing for a change under […]

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V/A :: Echt Walle Traxx | Lem/Tobs :: Double Portrait (Drowned)

The crew of Drowned definitely lean towards the darker edges of the dancefloor. An elbow, followed by a shoulder and then a shove is how the Bremen lads meet the club, don’t forget a fair bit of thump in there too. An enviable seam of talent underpins the Bremen electronic scene. Drowned and ZCKR have […]

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Subheim :: Trails EP Track Premiere (Denovali)

The Berlin-based producer returns to Denovali armed with Trails, a brand new 4-track EP featuring his boldest and deepest work to date plus a pulsating, hypnotic techno-ish remix from label mate John Lemke. Scroll down for an exclusive stream of the EP’s third track, “Forsaken Part II.” In the course of a decade Kostas K. […]

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GLOBAL NOISE :: Astral Travel Agency, EarthCry, Fourth Dimension

Old school trance vibrations from Hungary, mind-bending electronica from the U.S. and retro space music from Serbia. Astral Travel Agency :: Digital Spirits (Self-Released) Hungary-based producer Tamás Olejnik creates music under many monikers. Under Astral Travel Agency he conjures the ancient spirits of Goa trance and the deep vibes of the psychedelic chillout of the […]

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Everyday Dust :: The Green Decay (Sparkwood)

Combining outdoor recordings with retro synths and epic chord progressions, The Green Decay is an homage to the sounds of the 80s and horror fiction that eschews cheesiness and revels in the rush of terror. The album is delicious. Just like The Principality of Dustland, it yearns for stories to be told alongside it. Nearly two years […]

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Ascanio Borga :: Raw Science (Sonic Boundaries)

Raw Science deliberately embraces a more sonic and claustrophobic sound universe where crackling industrial noises are melted with tripped out and freezing black noise textures. Asciano Borga is one discreet but continuously creative sound artist coming from Rome and whose objective is to cross various fields of electronic experimentation, from retro-ish cosmic synth excursion to vaporous […]

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Loscil :: Monument Builders (Kranky)

Loscil has crafted a multilayered, hauntingly beautiful and addictive piece of music that flows smoothly through the veins like a powerful drug (minus the side effects) and percolates deep into the heart. Eccentric sound architect Scott Morgan returns as Loscil via Kranky to deliver his latest idiosyncratic ambient creation, Monument Builders. You never know what […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 9

We must admit we’ve taken our time since the last update on all things tape. We even missed Cassette Store Day—but every day is Cassette Store Day, right? So, time to delve into some new tape releases that have been tickling our eardrums with delight. We stretch across genres with six releases taking in crackers […]

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