Wolfgang Voigt & Deepchord present :: Peter Michael Hame’s Colours Of Time Re-Interpreted (Astral Industries)

Wolfgang Voigt & Deepchord present :: Peter Michael Hame’s Colours Of Time Re-Interpreted (Astral Industries)

Peter Michael Hamel’s Colors of Time Re-Interpreted features two artists on a split EP re-interpreting an obscure, multi-part kosmische synth epic from 1980. Since reviewing Astral Industries’ debut release, Deepchord’s now highly sought-after Lanterns, the label [...]
Krishna :: Ascend to Nothing (Silken Tofu)

Krishna :: Ascend to Nothing (Silken Tofu)

While free jazz, metal and electronic squigglism are all components, the relentlessly massed power drone of Ascend to Nothing might also aspire to something more, an extroverted, aggregate minimalism that shuts off your brain to massage the [...]
Drum Machine :: Space Suite (Lower Parts)

Drum Machine :: Space Suite (Lower Parts)

Subtle and soulful techno is shouldered by belligerent and bawdy bassline brutes. Lower Parts is carving out an enviable position for itself. True, within the sphere of electronic music there are other artists and labels [...]
Datach’i :: Machine intelligence and Monarch butterflies

Datach’i :: Machine intelligence and Monarch butterflies

Gabriel Weinstock caught up with Joseph Fraioli (aka Datach’i) and was able to speak to him about his new album System, the Eurorack modular format he used exclusively to record it, machine intelligence, monarch butterflies, [...]
Merrin Karras :: Apex (A Strangely Isolated Place)

Merrin Karras :: Apex (A Strangely Isolated Place)

Apex (also) spans a myriad of other styles and genres, often referencing current peers similarly inspired by John Carpenter or the Radiophonic Workshop. Brendan Gregoriy has been recording and releasing house and techno under the alias [...]

Features

Beyond The Bristol Sound… Subtext to Fluid Audio

A post-card from Bristol—post-trip hop, drum’nbass, dubstep, a view beyond The Bristol Sound. Alan Lockett surveys the field, and picks out new sounds from Subtext, Sullen Tone, and Fluid Audio. Moving to Bristol in the 90s offered a vantage point from which to view the rise of a group of artists whose time had come, media-constructed as […]

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Newswire

David Fyans’ Somnambulist’s Field Guide

Breaking from Broken20, news of an impending audiovisual release from David Fyans, man behind the label’s design aesthetic. ‘Sound has always been an integral part of ritual. The shared listening experience can give a sense of community, of synchronised brainwaves and collective movement.’ (Fyans, The Somnambulist’s Field Guide) Breaking from Broken20, news of an impending audiovisual release from David Fyans, […]

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Profiles

Datach’i :: Machine intelligence and Monarch butterflies

Gabriel Weinstock caught up with Joseph Fraioli (aka Datach’i) and was able to speak to him about his new album System, the Eurorack modular format he used exclusively to record it, machine intelligence, monarch butterflies, and his inspirations in this feature. System—an oddly comforting listen from start to finish Datach’i‘s eagerly awaited new release System is […]

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Reviews

Wolfgang Voigt & Deepchord present :: Peter Michael Hame’s Colours Of Time Re-Interpreted (Astral Industries)

Peter Michael Hamel’s Colors of Time Re-Interpreted features two artists on a split EP re-interpreting an obscure, multi-part kosmische synth epic from 1980. Since reviewing Astral Industries’ debut release, Deepchord’s now highly sought-after Lanterns, the label has gone on to release some decidedly strange, esoteric and surprising things, and in recent months, at a greatly accelerated […]

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Recent Articles

Displacer :: Curse of the Black Vinyl (Hymen / Crime League)

The sounds on offer here are rooted in dark drum ‘n’ bass and breakbeat but defy strict categorization as they push into uncharted territory of mutant hybrids. Michael Morton. Known aliases: Displacer. Musician, prolific remixer, owner of the Crime League record label. Friend to Igloo, provider of this hour-long journey. Something like 7 full-length and […]

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Wolfgang Voigt & Deepchord present :: Peter Michael Hame’s Colours Of Time Re-Interpreted (Astral Industries)

Peter Michael Hamel’s Colors of Time Re-Interpreted features two artists on a split EP re-interpreting an obscure, multi-part kosmische synth epic from 1980. Since reviewing Astral Industries’ debut release, Deepchord’s now highly sought-after Lanterns, the label has gone on to release some decidedly strange, esoteric and surprising things, and in recent months, at a greatly accelerated […]

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Luciano Lamanna :: In Vitro (Multiple)

Lamanna’s musical musings are far from clipped, most of his offerings are well into the seven minute mark. And this is what distinguishes his style. Tracks grow into themselves, steadily developing, morphing and mutating into beasts of cold beauty. I’ve mentioned before the trouble I have with keeping up with Luciano Lamanna’s productivity. I’m glad […]

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Krishna :: Ascend to Nothing (Silken Tofu)

While free jazz, metal and electronic squigglism are all components, the relentlessly massed power drone of Ascend to Nothing might also aspire to something more, an extroverted, aggregate minimalism that shuts off your brain to massage the black bile out of it. Krishna is a trio collaboration between Drvg Cvltvre—the “doomed-out psychic house” of techno experimentalist Vincent Koreman—and sax and […]

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Drum Machine :: Space Suite (Lower Parts)

Subtle and soulful techno is shouldered by belligerent and bawdy bassline brutes. Lower Parts is carving out an enviable position for itself. True, within the sphere of electronic music there are other artists and labels exploring similar avenues: the blurred fault-lines between house and techno, gritty analogue jams, hazy drum patterns and silky melodies. But […]

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Monolyth & Cobalt :: Sub + Rosa (Unknown Tone)

Monolyth & Cobalt invites you over the threshold and guides you by the hand through a suite of many chambers, each with one, curving wall, rendered white but weathered nicotine yellow. Monolyth & Cobalt invites you over the threshold and guides you by the hand through a suite of many chambers, each with one, curving wall, rendered white but […]

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6.9Hz :: Broken State (Daddy Tank)

Not entirely untraveled, Broken State gravitates towards the dark and gritty erratic beat, but also manages to evoke emotional sparks along the way. Moods shift on “The Crypt,” a tantalizing eerie foray into classical glich’n bass. “Seek & Destroy,” “They’re Like Ants” and “Infernal Raver” expands and contracts its ricocheting beats, as Photek-inspired rhythms reveal a […]

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Dexter St. Jacques :: Ancient Way of Knowing (Sequencias)

Both offerings have an enviable live quality, as though done on the hoof and recorded in real time; although a couple more tracks would have been welcomed. It can be difficult to shine as an electronic musician. There are the favorites, the godfathers and the flavors of the month. There are DJ’s and their followers, […]

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David Fyans’ Somnambulist’s Field Guide

Breaking from Broken20, news of an impending audiovisual release from David Fyans, man behind the label’s design aesthetic. ‘Sound has always been an integral part of ritual. The shared listening experience can give a sense of community, of synchronised brainwaves and collective movement.’ (Fyans, The Somnambulist’s Field Guide) Breaking from Broken20, news of an impending audiovisual release from David Fyans, […]

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EinarIndra :: Stories EP (Möller)

This electro-RnB combination is quite sensual in delivery—you’re feeling his music as you go along instead of hearing things and passing rash judgement. I caught up with Möller Records owner during their Ireland tour earlier this year, and he was ecstatic about einarIndra‘s debut due a few months later. The debut has since arrived and […]

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Datach’i :: Machine intelligence and Monarch butterflies

Gabriel Weinstock caught up with Joseph Fraioli (aka Datach’i) and was able to speak to him about his new album System, the Eurorack modular format he used exclusively to record it, machine intelligence, monarch butterflies, and his inspirations in this feature. System—an oddly comforting listen from start to finish Datach’i‘s eagerly awaited new release System is […]

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Hyboid :: Terrör of the Üniverse (Astro Chicken)

Hyboid always works best best when going for bombast and epic scale, and Terrör of the Üniverse opens impressively in exactly this style, with a sweeping synth epic filled with neon harmonics and glittering fanfares. Remember Astro Chicken? You know… that sadly short-lived label from 2010-11 with a penchant for obscure eighties computer game and […]

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Merrin Karras :: Apex (A Strangely Isolated Place)

Apex (also) spans a myriad of other styles and genres, often referencing current peers similarly inspired by John Carpenter or the Radiophonic Workshop. Brendan Gregoriy has been recording and releasing house and techno under the alias Chymera for over fifteen years, taking in labels like Delsin, NRK Sound Division and Connaisseur to name just a few. […]

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V/A :: V.A. 2 (La Beauté Du Négatif)

Despite being quite a different entity to its predecessor, V.A.2 feels like a natural development rather than a split from past lineages. Harder tones are present, the sharper edges of C.C.C., but these are then softened and ultimately tamed. A 12” that has already taken pride of place—on the couch. People treat their records in […]

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Neud Photo :: Dystopix (Mysidian)

Darker than his last partnership, Dystopix shows the influences of Belgium and greater Europe with its serrated synth stabs and glassy beats. Mysidian is a fledgling US label with a penchant for electro glazed disco and new wave romance. Following his Wall $treet collaboration with Pierre Klein, Nico Nightingale returns for a solo 12” under […]

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Nigel Samways & Foss Moigne :: Sanyo 07.1 / Sanyo 07.2 (Remixes) (I Never Think Of You)

Sanyo 07.1 / Sanyo 07.2 (Remixes), credited to the duo, are on the other hand smooth and refined, softening the clank of a temple bell, enveloping it in silken cigarette smoke strings on the first, gliding silently through the city streetscape on the second. INTOY – I never think of you – is a new imprint launched […]

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V/A :: The Echoing Black (Kalpamantra)

A recommended malicious industrial, noisy and cinematic ambient album and a quite effective post-apocalyptical soundtrack for your dark reflective moments. Kalpamantra is an active net-label since 2009 and specialized in blackened, noisy, tellurian and demonic  ambient music. Founded by musical journalist Steven D Williams (second manager at Malignant Records) Kalpamantra is exclusively devoted to digital […]

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Robert Curgenven :: Climata (Dragon’s Eye / Recorded Fields)

Environments designed to bespoke geometric parameters with apertures admitting specific amounts of light and sound. Site is the essence of Robert Curgenven’s music—from its semiotic banner, Recorded Fields, to its rootedness in embodied sound. Its subject is the auditory act, its effect on space, architectural or open, and situatedness in time. They Tore the Earth and, […]

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Kibble :: New Smell EP (Bonding Tapes)

A welcomed addition to any downbeat electronic music library. Bonding Tapes continues to expand (and contract) with their release smorgasbord and the rebirth of cassette tapes. Not to worry though, Bandcamp digital formats are also available and Kibble (aka Sacramento, CA-based Andrew Pycroft, former head of Suicide In Installments imprint and Awkward moniker) offers New Smell, […]

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Beyond The Bristol Sound… Subtext to Fluid Audio

A post-card from Bristol—post-trip hop, drum’nbass, dubstep, a view beyond The Bristol Sound. Alan Lockett surveys the field, and picks out new sounds from Subtext, Sullen Tone, and Fluid Audio. Moving to Bristol in the 90s offered a vantage point from which to view the rise of a group of artists whose time had come, media-constructed as […]

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Antikatechon :: I Feel Nothing but Repulsion (Rage in Eden)

I Feel Nothing but Repulsion embraces the path of Antikatechon original musical identity, with aural soundscapes based on enveloping, grainy and abrasive drone sequences which interact with more ethereal and semi melodious phrases. One regular dark-ambient project signed by the Polish Rage in Eden (previously known as War Office Propaganda and key label in the […]

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XXX :: Noorder Scannen (Poverty Is Violence)

Percussion bends into bars, thump hammered into spiking synth as XXX pours hot oil on his choking sounds. Poverty Is Violence bellowed into existence with the no-nonsense, punch you in the throat, sound of Drvg Culture. It seems that this Berlin/London enterprise is set to continue in the same venomous vein, his time the offering […]

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Touched 3 :: Macmillan Cancer Benefit Compilation (Touched Music)

Planet Earth’s largest electronic music benefit compilation Touched 3 featuring 4 17 songs and over five gigabytes is available now! Touched 3 Touched 3 is the last compilation out by Touched Music benefiting Macmillan Cancer Support. At 417 songs, over five gigabytes and a mere £15 there’s something for every lover of electronic music on this comp. […]

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Randal Collier-Ford, Flowers for Bodysnatchers, Council of Nine, God Body Disconnect :: Locus Arcadia (Cryo Chamber)

Locus Arcadia is a celebration of metaphysical, cinematic space music with a sense of experimentation and a few challenging ideas in the sound art department. Now true leader and avid promoter of the dark ambient universe with Cyclic law, Malignant and Cold Spring, Cryo Chamber (founded a few years ago by Simon Heath of Atrium Carceri […]

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nil.co :: Slowly Comes the Morning (Sparkwood)

Seasoned in wildwood, an intimate mingling of cozy indoors and stirring outdoors. Right off the top, a soft, downward swoop that could be the air beneath the wings of a short-eared owl, gliding down the fell in full daylight, quartering off the moorland. As nil.co, Colin Crighton is said to have previously made “deep, swampy music inspired […]

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Speck :: Antiheart (Eilean)

The four pieces on Antiheart are rich and repetitive, like the seasons of the year, which in fact appear on the album, as Bondarev makes discreet textural use of field recordings to accompany his piano, guitar and electronics. Nikita Bondarev is from Berdsk, less than twenty miles as the crow flies from Novosibirsk. Might as well […]

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Carl Finlow / Dez Williams :: Bleem ​/ ​Interference Pattern split EP (Bass Agenda)

An EP of gnarled and grinding gears, of twisted metal and jagged sounds from two artists illustrating why they are well considered among Britain’s electro elite. I would argue that the UK has been the breeding ground of electro’s revival. Actually, that statement would imply that the colder edge of electronics had subsided in Britain […]

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V/A :: Underground Wave Volume 5 (Walhalla)

Packed with variety, as was the Belgian scene of the 1980s. A spread of weird and wonderful styles are explored. Dense dark bitterness, minimal malaise and even some smiling silliness in this treasure trove. Walhalla seems to be the antithesis of other reissue labels. How so? There are those that pour out records, rivers of […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: Life Among the Rust (Component)

Life Among the Rust dips into and out of audible oxidation, revealing along the way its story of curious, exploratory and emotive electronics. Chang Terhune, fellow contributor and prolific electronic music savant, continues in his quest to elicit strange and effective new sounds from his sonic artillery. On the last go-around we saw Cathode Ray Tube exploring robust sound […]

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Cynthia :: Between Two Worlds (Shimmering Moods)

A strange, obsessional, spooky and mysteriously menacing noisy ambient release. Drawing its path in the world of modern ambient music (from experimental, to noise, avant-folk, primitive then abstract tendencies), Shimmering Moods offers here a new beautifully hand-made and meticulously conceived edition. It welcomes the sound art and free-form noisy project Cynthia. Supposedly released by a […]

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