exm :: Overscore EP (Touched)

exm :: Overscore EP (Touched)

While Autechre long ago left this planet in search of the most alien of rhythms and melodies, exm hews to a more earthly path finding melody and harmony amidst the jarring broken rhythms and effected [...]
2 8 1 4 :: 新しい日の誕生 (Dream Catalogue)

2 8 1 4 :: 新しい日の誕生 (Dream Catalogue)

新しい日の誕生 (Birth of a New Day) isn’t an album that begins, it’s one you arrive at, as if slowly waking from a fever dream in the back of a car approaching that purple, neon-tinged city [...]
Emiliano Romanelli :: Tabulatura (Terziruolo)

Emiliano Romanelli :: Tabulatura (Terziruolo)

Though little of Tabulatura may strike the outside ear as new, the inner will likely not have heard it so before—with indeterminacy’s agency laying the grain of the voice open for fuller listener occupation. Indeterminacy is a bit [...]
SsS… soon from SHXCXCHCXSH

SsS… soon from SHXCXCHCXSH

Techno mischief-makers SHXCXCHCXSH return soon with a new LP on Avian. A follow-up to 2014’s Linear S Decoded, SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs has the pron.-challenging Swedes revisit signature stop-mo percussion and hypertensile synthesis hitched to caustic sound design on 15 warping maximalist pieces. [...]
Beneath the surface of Blackwater :: Interview and Mix

Beneath the surface of Blackwater :: Interview and Mix

And what is that sound? Techno I would say. Not specific enough? Add some of the following and you’ll get a picture. Black. Psychological. Industrial. Melancholic. Introverted. All styles that the London/Rome label of Blackwater [...]

Features

ALAN LOCKETT :: Daliance #14 mix

Dalliance #14 is an Ambient Techno mix from igloomag Contributing Editor, Alan Lockett, aka Mist-Maxer albient—latest in a series from Techno’s Outer Limits (check incoming April 2016 transmission). Dalliance #14 is the fourteenth in a series of mixes, assembling more than a score of dalliers with alliance to 4/4 pulse geared to smeared Outer Limits atmospheres. MistMaxer albient assembles… Artists: A […]

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SsS… soon from SHXCXCHCXSH

Techno mischief-makers SHXCXCHCXSH return soon with a new LP on Avian. A follow-up to 2014’s Linear S Decoded, SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs has the pron.-challenging Swedes revisit signature stop-mo percussion and hypertensile synthesis hitched to caustic sound design on 15 warping maximalist pieces. SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs sees these Swedes ‘digging into untamed textural territory full of delay feedback and troubled synth lines, keeping the Avian veneer of […]

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Profiles

Beneath the surface of Blackwater :: Interview and Mix

And what is that sound? Techno I would say. Not specific enough? Add some of the following and you’ll get a picture. Black. Psychological. Industrial. Melancholic. Introverted. All styles that the London/Rome label of Blackwater has explored in its two year life. I was chatting with Marco Moreno Graziano of Analogic Density about electronic music […]

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Reviews

Posthuman :: Back to Acid (Balkan Vinyl)

Acid loving Posthuman serve up a 12 track digital album packed to the gills with 303 drenched club workouts. The versatility of the 303 as a dance floor weapon never fails to surprise. By pure chance, those 1980s Roland engineers somehow harnessed a worm like machine funk that could be programmed in multiple formations and still come […]

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Posthuman :: Back to Acid (Balkan Vinyl)

Acid loving Posthuman serve up a 12 track digital album packed to the gills with 303 drenched club workouts. The versatility of the 303 as a dance floor weapon never fails to surprise. By pure chance, those 1980s Roland engineers somehow harnessed a worm like machine funk that could be programmed in multiple formations and still come […]

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exm :: Overscore EP (Touched)

While Autechre long ago left this planet in search of the most alien of rhythms and melodies, exm hews to a more earthly path finding melody and harmony amidst the jarring broken rhythms and effected sounds of modern electronic music. Too often one hears a snatch of electronic music and thinks, “This is trying too […]

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2 8 1 4 :: 新しい日の誕生 (Dream Catalogue)

新しい日の誕生 (Birth of a New Day) isn’t an album that begins, it’s one you arrive at, as if slowly waking from a fever dream in the back of a car approaching that purple, neon-tinged city pictured on the cover. Don’t you just hate being late to the party? All the good music has already been […]

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Emiliano Romanelli :: Tabulatura (Terziruolo)

Though little of Tabulatura may strike the outside ear as new, the inner will likely not have heard it so before—with indeterminacy’s agency laying the grain of the voice open for fuller listener occupation. Indeterminacy is a bit of an odd one. The use of computers to make music is familiar, as is its motivation in the desire of […]

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SsS… soon from SHXCXCHCXSH

Techno mischief-makers SHXCXCHCXSH return soon with a new LP on Avian. A follow-up to 2014’s Linear S Decoded, SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs has the pron.-challenging Swedes revisit signature stop-mo percussion and hypertensile synthesis hitched to caustic sound design on 15 warping maximalist pieces. SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs sees these Swedes ‘digging into untamed textural territory full of delay feedback and troubled synth lines, keeping the Avian veneer of […]

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Beneath the surface of Blackwater :: Interview and Mix

And what is that sound? Techno I would say. Not specific enough? Add some of the following and you’ll get a picture. Black. Psychological. Industrial. Melancholic. Introverted. All styles that the London/Rome label of Blackwater has explored in its two year life. I was chatting with Marco Moreno Graziano of Analogic Density about electronic music […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Naima

“Although there are never any defining labels, we have sometimes been taken for a post-jazz band. The definitive idea would be to take the jazz trio into other domains.” Soulful deliverance Although it took shape during difficult times of loss, Bye, the new album of Valencia-based trio, Naima, is full of life, color and uplifting […]

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Olga Wojciechowska :: Maps And Mazes (Time Released Sound)

Maps and Mazes, her first solo album, is a collection of truly sublime pieces from a generous handful of these concordances. The search for connectivity and reciprocity stands boldly as its unifying theme. Szczecin composer and violinist Olga Wojciechowska has proven a prolific collaborator, striving far beyond Poland’s borders to engage in a string of dance, theater and multimedia projects. Maps and Mazes, her first solo […]

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V/A :: Perfect Language (Brokntoys)

Brokntoys has established itself within the canon of British electro, but it’s also a label exploring techno and electronics with musicians outside of the UK. Perfect Language is an illustration, a spread of styles and influences on one platter with the colder side of machine music being central. Brokntoys is a label I’ve been watching […]

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Tobias Hellkvist :: Vesterhavet (self release)

Vesterhavet has been shaped and fine-tuned, the Swede’s swathes stretched and swollen over years in teeming layers of transportive tone accretion, into chronostatic sprawl. Ambient electroacoustic artist Tobias Hellkvist‘s latest album, Vesterhavet, has been slow to emerge following his two self-defining works, Evolutions and Everything Is Connected (Home Normal, 2010, 2012), though in the meantime his creative fields have not lain […]

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Nimh :: Circles of the Vain Prayers (Rage in Eden)

A very sensorial and tripped out hypnotic avant-folk ambient album. For those who are not yet familiar with the work of Giuseppe Verticchio (Nimh), this Rome-based artist has created a handful of ethno-ritual, soothing and ominous industrial drone releases for labels such as Silentes, Eibon and Rage in Eden. Circle of the Vain Prayers appears […]

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WC0016 & Abono :: All Is Number (ALLISANDNOT)

My only worry would be that the pressure to pander, to move to easier DJ friendly sounds might elbow emotion, and a desire to express ideas differently, out of the way. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen. When I first covered ALLISANDNOT and the partnership of WC0016 and Abono I tried to summarize their style with […]

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Stig Inge :: Bremen (ZCKR)

Stig Inge continues to hammer his hometown, subjecting its denizens to his brand of addled electronics, stretched sounds and fearful shades. I was chatting to a mate recently about how my penchant for industrial techno had been developing. I’m not a fan of the term. Standing solo. Industrial. Techno. They work as terms. Together they […]

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2VIEW :: Parallelism / Valanx (Shimmering Moods)

The first new releases of 2016 from Shimmering Moods—by Parallelism and Valanx—continue to champion the cause of artists blurring the boundaries of ambient, drone, electro-acoustic and sound design. Sage Taylor may be familiar to ambienteers from various beatless and beat-driven projects (Textural Being, aspect., Moxil & Taxil), most recently Parallelism, whose Untitled was a keynote release from SM‘s early 2015 […]

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Thin Films :: Komerebi/Mantis (Thin Recordings)

The two pieces are comfortable, inviting listens that shape electronic synth leads and brushed snares into an engaging soundtrack to daily life, whether that be studying, working, or any other intellectual pursuit. In listening to Mantis and Komerebi, the two new singles from Dan McRae (Thin Films), I was curious if they would be something that […]

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Rezo Glonti :: Budapest (Dronarivm)

Dozens of small dramas are being played out in a dense, urban setting festooned with shockingly green treetops. On the streets and in the stations, between the offices and apartment buildings, practical-minded men and women bustle past lazily drifting daydreams. Named not after the Pearl of the Danube but rather the street in Tbilisi where Georgian producer […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: The Comet is Coming

“As a band I think we try to directly interact with the universe’s parameters of space, time, matter and energy. Each track is a new experiment that feels ritualistic for us. We experiment with our bodies and minds as well as technology old and new.” A force to be reckoned with Is it a locomotive? […]

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ALAN LOCKETT :: Daliance #14 mix

Dalliance #14 is an Ambient Techno mix from igloomag Contributing Editor, Alan Lockett, aka Mist-Maxer albient—latest in a series from Techno’s Outer Limits (check incoming April 2016 transmission). Dalliance #14 is the fourteenth in a series of mixes, assembling more than a score of dalliers with alliance to 4/4 pulse geared to smeared Outer Limits atmospheres. MistMaxer albient assembles… Artists: A […]

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Mark Lyken :: The Terrestrial Sea (Important)

A very welcomed work made of intuitive, inventive soundscapes which are way recommended for listeners into the philosophy or phenomenology of sound art. Scotland based sound designer and multi-media artist Mark Lyken has developed a collection of rare cinematic experiences, notably in collaboration with Emma Dove. My first immersion into his work was with his […]

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Unland :: Die Ruhe nach dem Sturm (Midira)

Deeply engaging throughout, Die Ruhe nach dem Sturm offers a journey by a group currently at its best creative form. Unland has developed a unique sound and this new effort demonstrates it in all its soulful atmospheric glory. The mysterious trio, Unland, returns with its second output: Die Ruhe nach dem Sturm (The Silence after […]

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Mikimo Sosumi :: Disco Kill Disco (Daddy Tank)

Extraterrestrial soundscapes for long term audio consumption. Broken IDM construction welded to faded disco rumblings. Voices come from afar, and yet it all wisps by in a throbbing percussive jolt that ricochets back and forth with a bewildering style. When there’s something special and unique to display, Daddy Tank is the label to spotlight. Still […]

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Ionophore :: Sinter Pools (Malignant)

Sinter pools is a dark, ethereal and glitchy electronic album with moments of thrilling aspirations and post-modern inspired sound morphologies. A good musical discovery which demands several listening sessions before it could be fully appreciated. Based in San Francisco, Ionophore is an isolationist, noisy and eclectic experimental ambient trio formed by Jan Hendrich (a.k.a. Qepe), […]

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Beautumn :: Bordeaux (Infraction)

The promo discourse gestures vaguely to ‘something inherently Russian about Bordeaux, about this sound,’ before settling for ‘Tragic, cold, mysterious and beautiful—it is a product of the land whether it is meant to be or not.’ A stereotype perhaps, but with an element of truth to it, presenting as it does against an icy landscape with […]

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Huron :: Fissure EP (Mindtrick)

An emblematic burrow of sculpted sound and vision, morphed and collected to the nth degree, Fissure maneuver’s leftfield ambient layers and industrial-electronic precision in a full panoramic perspective. I’m not sure how this one got buried in the influx of review submissions as Huron’s intense sound is tried and true and I usually hoist his […]

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Fovea Hex :: The Salt Garden I (Headphone Dust ‎/ Die Stadt‎)

It is always an unmitigated pleasure to enter this house and warm oneself by its smoldering sod fire. Having reviewed well nigh everything Fovea Hex has released, the superlatives left to describe this unique chamber ensemble are fast running out. Clodagh Simonds, who sings like she is untying a secret, delivers another small, precious parcel, […]

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Möller Records visit Belfast (March 25, 2016)

“Möller exists to provide a platform for Icelandic musicians. We’re here to help. If we can’t work with a submission we even provide feedback to engage with the artist.” Möller were touring Ireland last week, both Belfast and Dublin in a bid to promote their work. Andrew Danso caught them at their Belfast show, close […]

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Aidan Baker :: Dualism (Midira)

Through drone, primal elements and a progressive rock spirit Dualism turns psychically deep with Aidan’s own recording of guitar, bass and drums. The far blow of heavy breathing, winds in deep night, suspense in many thoughts and dimensions, the heart races, slowly looking for a cradle of peace. The far horn is blown, suspensions in time […]

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Astrowind :: Semikarakory (Frozen Light)

Unresolved tension is the interpretive fog that cannot be penetrated by even the most intent listener. Ambivalence is the stuff of which the thick impasto of Semikarakory is made. Alexander Leonidovich Kaidanovsky (1946-95) is immediately recognized on the international scene as the smooth-pated, bold but wary guide who sherpas “the Journalist” and “the Professor” through the weirdly sentient Zone […]

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