V/A :: Soun Compilation 01 (Soun)

V/A :: Soun Compilation 01 (Soun)

Attainable childhood and adult fantasies and a few good scares. Comes in a stern, minimalist black and white package. Soun Records is the little Slovakian label that could, a small but shiny locomotive pulling a [...]
Visonia :: Impossible Romance (Last Known Trajectory)

Visonia :: Impossible Romance (Last Known Trajectory)

Ambient moments are paralleled by heartening Synth Pop and colder Electro. Dare it be said, Visonia has quietly screamed onto the electronic music scene. With releases on Last Known Trajectory and Lux Rec, Nicolas Estany [...]
Gnome & Spybey :: Reflective (The Crime League)

Gnome & Spybey :: Reflective (The Crime League)

This new Gnome & Spybey explores the possibilities of synthesizers, disrupted collage sounds and harmonic piano touches around touchingly emotional ambient pieces in a pure classy vein. Signed on the highly productive and pluralistic electronic [...]
Techno’s Outer Limits :: November 2014

Techno’s Outer Limits :: November 2014

Latest in a series of postcards from Techno’s Twilight Zone of 12″/EPs and LPs with notes in the margins. First up, Belgium’s Token, last seen in our August update in the form of Tech-vet Inigo Kennedy, brings back another [...]
Touched Two :: Mega Cancer Benefit Compilation out November 28 (Touched Music)

Touched Two :: Mega Cancer Benefit Compilation out November 28 (Touched Music)

What is particular about Touched Two is that so many artists came together to compose new material for the compilation. Certainly, while many other similar efforts often do the same, this compilation also showcases new [...]

Features

ALAN LOCKETT :: Dalliance #9 mix

Dalliance #9 is a Techno mix from igloomag Contributing Editor Alan Lockett in MistMaxer albient guise—the latest in a continuing series of audio-snapshots soundtracking his notes in the margins of Techno’s Outer Limits (November episode). Including: Austin Cesear, Cassegrain, Conforce, Conrad van Orton, Divided, Deepbass, Donor, Edit Select, Elle, Evigt Mörker, Fanon Flowers, Hiss:1292 (Francois X & Opuswerk), Jonas Kopp, Marcelus, Maurizio […]

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Bersarin Quartett :: S/T (Denovali)

Denovali has reissued the fantastic self-titled debut album of Bersarin Quartett. Many consider Bersarin Quartett‘s debut album a modern masterpiece of hybrid music. Originally released in 2008 by Lidar, and offering a very seductive, cinematic and original blend of modern classical, ambient and electronica, it received glowing reviews and responses from media and listeners alike, […]

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Profiles

Keeping time with Börft Records

Börft is one of the premiere platforms for out-there and interesting electronics. Some twenty five years since its first release and still singing to its own tune, fair play. In the last two years Börft Records has skyrocketed. The Swedish label has grown and grown. New talent, established names, fresh sounds and an ever expanding […]

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Reviews

V/A :: Soun Compilation 01 (Soun)

Attainable childhood and adult fantasies and a few good scares. Comes in a stern, minimalist black and white package. Soun Records is the little Slovakian label that could, a small but shiny locomotive pulling a string of lateral-thinking pop electronic musicians (both foreign and domestic) out of a quiet corner of central Europe all the […]

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V/A :: Soun Compilation 01 (Soun)

Attainable childhood and adult fantasies and a few good scares. Comes in a stern, minimalist black and white package. Soun Records is the little Slovakian label that could, a small but shiny locomotive pulling a string of lateral-thinking pop electronic musicians (both foreign and domestic) out of a quiet corner of central Europe all the […]

read more

Visonia :: Impossible Romance (Last Known Trajectory)

Ambient moments are paralleled by heartening Synth Pop and colder Electro. Dare it be said, Visonia has quietly screamed onto the electronic music scene. With releases on Last Known Trajectory and Lux Rec, Nicolas Estany immediately caused a well earned stir amongst the faithful. The Chilean’s analogue rich sound crossed the boundaries between Synth Pop […]

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Gnome & Spybey :: Reflective (The Crime League)

This new Gnome & Spybey explores the possibilities of synthesizers, disrupted collage sounds and harmonic piano touches around touchingly emotional ambient pieces in a pure classy vein. Signed on the highly productive and pluralistic electronic music label Crime League, this new Gnome & Spybey explores the possibilities of synthesizers, disrupted collage sounds and harmonic piano […]

read more

ALAN LOCKETT :: Dalliance #9 mix

Dalliance #9 is a Techno mix from igloomag Contributing Editor Alan Lockett in MistMaxer albient guise—the latest in a continuing series of audio-snapshots soundtracking his notes in the margins of Techno’s Outer Limits (November episode). Including: Austin Cesear, Cassegrain, Conforce, Conrad van Orton, Divided, Deepbass, Donor, Edit Select, Elle, Evigt Mörker, Fanon Flowers, Hiss:1292 (Francois X & Opuswerk), Jonas Kopp, Marcelus, Maurizio […]

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Techno’s Outer Limits :: November 2014

Latest in a series of postcards from Techno’s Twilight Zone of 12″/EPs and LPs with notes in the margins. First up, Belgium’s Token, last seen in our August update in the form of Tech-vet Inigo Kennedy, brings back another old school-boy, Surgeon, for 2 tracks of twisted broke-beat techno, Fixed Action Pattern: ‘A Side …a searing, peak time wall shaker…B Side dub […]

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Bersarin Quartett :: S/T (Denovali)

Denovali has reissued the fantastic self-titled debut album of Bersarin Quartett. Many consider Bersarin Quartett‘s debut album a modern masterpiece of hybrid music. Originally released in 2008 by Lidar, and offering a very seductive, cinematic and original blend of modern classical, ambient and electronica, it received glowing reviews and responses from media and listeners alike, […]

read more

Touched Two :: Mega Cancer Benefit Compilation out November 28 (Touched Music)

What is particular about Touched Two is that so many artists came together to compose new material for the compilation. Certainly, while many other similar efforts often do the same, this compilation also showcases new and upcoming producers. It’s pretty usual for pop artists to band together in order to contribute to a cause; enter […]

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The Future Sound of London :: Environment 5 (FSOL Digital)

Scene by scene, the album unfolds and embodies a new archetype. What carries through the record, somehow translated through these elegantly arranged pieces, is a thoughtful melancholy that Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans describe as the “space/time/dimension that exists when we die. The moment of departure.” From its opening notes, Environment 5 exudes tremendous and powerful […]

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L own :: Hardened Soul (Mindtrick)

Venturing through eroded and minimized percussive extracts, Hardened Soul‘s maximized eerie textures and broken beat liner prevails. Wind, air and water streams through these eradicated beats, spacious rhythm bursts and foggy atmospherics. Ambient sheets, dubbed low-end flickering, shifted voices among light clings and clangs have this reclusive Mindtrick recording artist detailing minuscule sound bytes into tangible […]

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Helena Hauff :: Shatter Cone (Lux Rec.)

Dirty, deviant and destructive, Hauff builds on the darker tracts of Techno with serrated skill and a desire to dissolve dancefloors. My skepticism will rise at any given chance. I don’t know if it’s being Irish, but there’s a decent volume of doubt running through my blood. Some claim it’s healthy, I’m not sure. Said […]

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Erik Truffaz & Murcof :: Being Human Being (Mundo)

Exotic, incendiary, outrageous. Truffaz’s intoxicating brass sorcery looms above and flows through Murcof’s surging, spiraling and throbbing ocean of electronic abstraction. The sonic love affair between Swiss-born French Blue Note veteran jazz trumpeter Erik Truffaz and Mexican ambient electronica artist Murcof, has already produced unique results before. In 2008 they released their debut collaborative effort, […]

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Pouya Ehsaei :: There (Entr’acte)

A captivating, engaging, gravitational and almost glitch-esque ambient release that will convince passionate listeners of haunted electronic experimentalism. Pouya Ehsaei is a young and rising sound designer and electronic music sculptor from Iran, now based in UK. There represents his debut album, available as digital release and vinyl for a limited edition of 200 copies. […]

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(PREMIERE) Jones :: Clear Air Turbulence EP (Loomis & Jones)

Liquid rhythms and cascading cinematic breaks all morphed into a tranquil sojourn through time and space. Bass nods and prods dripping from the edges of soft pads and melodic whirlwind’s. Brittle at times but with a certain luminous flow, Jones delivers fine tuned sonic escapades via five slices of life. Download the full EP for […]

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Iron Blu :: Science Probe Vessel (Flight Recorder)

The tracks all meet the ear with familiarity but refuse to sit happily in stylized pigeonholes. Instead, Iron Blu has cherry-picked, taking related elements and marrying them in a ceremony of armchair and dancefloor electronics. I was chuffed to be asked, couple of months back, to make a mix for Flight Recorder. I’ve been listening […]

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Stewart Walker :: Ivory Tower Broadcast (Mundo)

Organic and synthetic beautifully collide and merge into a highly emotive, colorful and atmospheric affair. Walker has managed to translate deep emotional landscapes into eleven attractive and addictive tracks that shine with creativity and musical integrity. A distinctive sound, a unique charm and emotional openness, are rare qualities in the vast territories of electronic music […]

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Sigma Octantis :: Dissipations (OPN / Malignant Antibody)

Among the best and most challenging post-ambient electronic albums of the year. Next to the melodious dark ambient project Lambwool, Sigma Octantis is an other French project who first signed materials on the legendary Divine Comedy Records before to find a new home at the indispensable OPN Records. Throughout their career Sigma Octantis had constantly […]

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Tonikom :: Seeking the Lost Mind (Hymen)

A thoroughly satisfying electronic smorgasbord of muddy beats and distortion that exhibits Tonikom’s vast musical tapestry. Tonikom (aka Rachel Maloney) returns to Hymen, this being her fourth album for the enduring German imprint and seventh overall. This time focused on a plethora of sonic invasion including but not limited to bass, glitch, ambient, industrial and […]

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Asura :: Radio Universe (Ultimae)

As opposed to many other contemporary artists who incorporate elements of seventies space music, Asura manages to sound classic and refreshing, not clichéd. This is an exciting and epic adventure best consumed as a whole. There’s nothing like starting the winter with an Ultimae release, especially when it’s by French psychedelic ambient downtempo maestro, Mr. […]

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Koloto :: Mechanica EP & Bonus Remixes (Abandon Building)

Uplifting without ever becoming cheesy, subtle and reflective with a deep wellspring of meaning bubbling underneath. After a string of successful singles early last year Maria Sullivan (aka Koloto) presents her debut EP on Abandon Building: six originals matched with six remixes from the likes of Dot, Ekoda Map and Clozee. Drenched in glitchy textures […]

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Diffuse Arc :: Messiah EP (Caustica Waveform)

Brittle melodies, fragile and ephemeral sounds bolstered by an aural richness. Work routine is a great leveler, well unless your unemployed but ya get my drift. The day in, day out. Almost anyone can relate to it. Shower. Coffee. Oblong breakfast consumables. The commute. The commute. The commute. My own involves a metro ride (underground/subway […]

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Keeping time with Börft Records

Börft is one of the premiere platforms for out-there and interesting electronics. Some twenty five years since its first release and still singing to its own tune, fair play. In the last two years Börft Records has skyrocketed. The Swedish label has grown and grown. New talent, established names, fresh sounds and an ever expanding […]

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Grouper :: Ruins (Kranky / Yellow Electric)

Grouper’s dark path has taken Harris to confess her intimacies in the most straightforward way. For a specific kind of fan, Ruins must sound like a sham. A horrible detour into the generic voice and piano pairing that Liz Harris avoided for so long. Celebrated and loved by all, 2008’s Dragging a Dear Deer Up […]

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Production Unit Xero :: Neon (Component)

Maneuvering glitchy slabs and ambient tentacles through an electrical firestorm, Neon bridges the void between mechanical and organic shape shifting. Production Unit Xero-Neon by Production Unit Xero IDM is certainly not lost on this recording. Melodies buried in time, beats drifting in synthetic debris and a penchant for creating precise sound sculptures is evident on […]

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Plant43 :: Scars of Intransigence (Shipwrec)

Measured electronics, Electro structures with a respectful nod to IDM, Scars of Intransigence sees Autumn warmth slide into Winter cooling. A hot Friday night in Madrid. Few too many cervezas. Drive across town. Down some stairs by some ageing office blocks reveals a music bunker. It was within the doors of this black pearl, Specka, […]

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Wesseltoft / Schwarz / Berglund :: Trialogue (Jazzland)

An original and highly effective genre-crossing sonic tapestry that most certainly can resonate with all sorts of adventurous music lovers across the globe. This is strange beautiful music that rewards attentive listening. On paper it seems very promising. Bugge Wesseltoft, the versatile Norwegian pianist / keyboardist, Henrik Schwarz, the prolific DJ and producer from Germany, […]

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Jon Hassell & Brian Eno :: Fourth World Vol.1: Possible Musics (Glitterbeat, Re-Issue)

Engaging with the (re-issued) Fourth World as an experience should be the listeners focus. It’s as much about your own connection to what’s being heard as it is about Hassell’s own reflections of world music. Jon Hassell said it himself, “without Brian Eno’s name on this record, it wouldn’t have got anywhere.” Perhaps detracting from […]

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V/A :: Moog Your Body 1 & 2 (Polybius Trax)

International talent has been sourced and brought together alongside local analogue men to showcase a melting pot of Techno, House, Electro and Acid. There are a number of decent music nights in Madrid. Sure there could be more, but the ones which are already established draw and good crowd and choose their guests wisely. It […]

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Clark :: Clark (Warp)

Where previous Clark albums consciously tried to destroy the listener’s eardrums, Clark invites you to revel in the magnificence of structure. Who is Chris Clark? The once young signee to Warp Record’s roster has been constantly evolving in ways that often seem unpredictable. Clark’s first releases combined his penchant for wild IDM and bass heavy […]

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Hosmoz :: Fading Mechanisms (Bedroom Research)

Every once in a while it’s magnificent to hear an artist that recognizes the value of an intelligently composed—and dare we say fun?—dance track. “Head-banging” is actually quite a good phrase to describe Hosmoz’ first album Fading Mechanisms. An amazingly cocky and brazen work, filled with tracks such as “Vulva (LP edit)” and “Underground My […]

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