MIKTEK :: Panoramic Frequencies Vol. 2 (Ultimae Special Mix Series)

MIKTEK :: Panoramic Frequencies Vol. 2 (Ultimae Special Mix Series)

Miktek has created a wonderful sonic stream that smoothly merges post-rock-infused electronica and crafty IDM fragments with spacey ambient downtempo. The second installment in Igloo Magazine’s Ultimae Special Mix Series comes courtesy of skillful sound [...]
Valance Drakes :: Fail With Honour Then Succeed By Fraud EP (Luana)

Valance Drakes :: Fail With Honour Then Succeed By Fraud EP (Luana)

Subdued melodies twisted around clicks and disjointed cuts, these three technical audio snapshots wisp by evenly. Available on a limited 7″ EP, Valance Drakes continues to unravel ultra silky glitch electronics. Having prepared several EPs [...]
36 :: Sine Dust EP (3six)

36 :: Sine Dust EP (3six)

A soul arousing affair that drills deep into those wistful parts of the heart. A gentle, ethereal orphic surge arises from the depths of nothingness, its insides croon seductively, its maneuvers reverberate into infinity. Time [...]
Scyye :: From EP (Sparkwood)

Scyye :: From EP (Sparkwood)

With only 6 tracks, From showcases Scyye’s variability as a musician, his fantastic skill on the piano, and the emotional nuance involved in creating his music. Norway’s Sparkwood Records, from whence came the brilliant Principality of [...]
HOBBES MUSIC :: No Style Left Unturned

HOBBES MUSIC :: No Style Left Unturned

Depth sits alongside shallow self-interested surface. Good music runs parallel with, well, less good music. I guess the best advice is suck it and see, though be careful of the contents. Edinburgh doesn’t have the [...]

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MIKTEK :: Panoramic Frequencies Vol. 2 (Ultimae Special Mix Series)

Miktek has created a wonderful sonic stream that smoothly merges post-rock-infused electronica and crafty IDM fragments with spacey ambient downtempo. The second installment in Igloo Magazine’s Ultimae Special Mix Series comes courtesy of skillful sound designer, Mihalis Aikaterinis, aka Miktek, who released his first album for Ultimae back in 2013, and has recently treated us […]

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36 :: Sine Dust EP (3six)

A soul arousing affair that drills deep into those wistful parts of the heart. A gentle, ethereal orphic surge arises from the depths of nothingness, its insides croon seductively, its maneuvers reverberate into infinity. Time stands still, nostalgia creeps in, wrapping itself around the heart. The flood slowly fades away, a few last movements linger, […]

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HOBBES MUSIC :: No Style Left Unturned

Depth sits alongside shallow self-interested surface. Good music runs parallel with, well, less good music. I guess the best advice is suck it and see, though be careful of the contents. Edinburgh doesn’t have the musical clout of its grubbier neighbor Glasgow. Whilst I lived in Scotland’s largest city I never once made the short […]

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Valance Drakes :: Fail With Honour Then Succeed By Fraud EP (Luana)

Subdued melodies twisted around clicks and disjointed cuts, these three technical audio snapshots wisp by evenly. Available on a limited 7″ EP, Valance Drakes continues to unravel ultra silky glitch electronics. Having prepared several EPs for notable imprints such as Detroit Underground, Schematic, Bedroom Research and Clean Error to name a few, it would seem […]

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MIKTEK :: Panoramic Frequencies Vol. 2 (Ultimae Special Mix Series)

Miktek has created a wonderful sonic stream that smoothly merges post-rock-infused electronica and crafty IDM fragments with spacey ambient downtempo. The second installment in Igloo Magazine’s Ultimae Special Mix Series comes courtesy of skillful sound designer, Mihalis Aikaterinis, aka Miktek, who released his first album for Ultimae back in 2013, and has recently treated us […]

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Valance Drakes :: Fail With Honour Then Succeed By Fraud EP (Luana)

Subdued melodies twisted around clicks and disjointed cuts, these three technical audio snapshots wisp by evenly. Available on a limited 7″ EP, Valance Drakes continues to unravel ultra silky glitch electronics. Having prepared several EPs for notable imprints such as Detroit Underground, Schematic, Bedroom Research and Clean Error to name a few, it would seem […]

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36 :: Sine Dust EP (3six)

A soul arousing affair that drills deep into those wistful parts of the heart. A gentle, ethereal orphic surge arises from the depths of nothingness, its insides croon seductively, its maneuvers reverberate into infinity. Time stands still, nostalgia creeps in, wrapping itself around the heart. The flood slowly fades away, a few last movements linger, […]

read more

Scyye :: From EP (Sparkwood)

With only 6 tracks, From showcases Scyye’s variability as a musician, his fantastic skill on the piano, and the emotional nuance involved in creating his music. Norway’s Sparkwood Records, from whence came the brilliant Principality of Dustland by Everyday Dust, is home to a group of similar artists, who play with etherial darkness, ominous noise, and […]

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HOBBES MUSIC :: No Style Left Unturned

Depth sits alongside shallow self-interested surface. Good music runs parallel with, well, less good music. I guess the best advice is suck it and see, though be careful of the contents. Edinburgh doesn’t have the musical clout of its grubbier neighbor Glasgow. Whilst I lived in Scotland’s largest city I never once made the short […]

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Core of the Coalman :: Amphibious Radost (Kirigirisu)

As Boehringer states, the piece wraps and unwraps around itself. Over the course of three quarters of an hour, it wraps itself around the mind of the listener, too. Jorge Boehringer sits on the front porch, plucking a few strings on his fiddle with obsessive-compulsive repetitiveness. The crickets chirp, a hound dog barks, and the power […]

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MUTEK Barcelona :: March 4-7, 2015

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Leila Abdul-Rauf :: Insomnia (Malignant)

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Techno’s Outer Limits :: March 2015

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ALAN LOCKETT :: Dalliance #10 mix

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