Soothsayer :: The Future Presence of the Past EP (The Crime League)

Soothsayer :: The Future Presence of the Past EP (The Crime League)

Densely produced electronica with some interesting sonic flair. Let it never be said that IDM isn’t a global endeavor. In this three-track EP, Toronto-based Crime League releases a collaboration between Rentip from Prague and Romanian-Canadian [...]
TAPE :: Transmissions

TAPE :: Transmissions

Ah. The humble cassette tape. For some it’s been consigned to the history books of defunct formats, for others it’s the medium of choice to provide unique musical artifact keepsakes at reasonable cost without the [...]
Mammal Hands :: Animalia (Gondwana)

Mammal Hands :: Animalia (Gondwana)

Colorful weaves of electronica-flavored jazz in some parts enchantingly infused with seductive scents of Indian classical music, ambient or African music, assemble a genre-defying unique whole dynamic in mood and structure and full of spaciousness [...]
Benjamin Finger :: The Bet (Watery Starve)

Benjamin Finger :: The Bet (Watery Starve)

‘I kind of wanted to break away from the way I think an ambient/modern classical (or whatever we call it these days) record should sound like today. I’m a big admirer of so many different [...]
Matteo Uggeri :: Four Steps On Points (Fluid Audio)

Matteo Uggeri :: Four Steps On Points (Fluid Audio)

An absolute must and a profound lesson of musical intimacy. Impressively original and multi-talented artist, Matteo Uggeri made a distinctive name in the world of of avant-garde electronic music. Next to his albums published under [...]

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TAPE :: Transmissions

Ah. The humble cassette tape. For some it’s been consigned to the history books of defunct formats, for others it’s the medium of choice to provide unique musical artifact keepsakes at reasonable cost without the faff and expense of pressing plants and distribution. Delve into the world of the cassette release and you’ll be amazed […]

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AMBIANCÉ :: The Longest Movie Ever

Weberg characterizes Ambiancé as the intertwining of space and time into a “surreal dream-like journey beyond places.” Swedish visual artist Anders Weberg is in the process of creating the longest and apparently most-ambientical movie in world history, planned to run 720 hours and thus requiring a month-long sitting without breaks to view in its entirety. The filmmaker […]

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Profiles

ZoiD :: Electronic Jazz Fractals

Music has been Jacobson’s life work. His history with jazz and electronic music is lengthy, business minded and academic. His desire to refocus left the strongest impact during our conversation. He had the strength of character to admit he wanted independence in an industry that seldom allows it. After an hour’s chat you’re left thinking […]

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Reviews

Asmodaeus :: Lies and Logic (Walhalla)

Asmodaeus’ bleak and weary style immediately gaining praise from the faithful. Gasps and guitar strings, sighs and cheap synths, drum machines and dirge; a superb record from one the great unknowns of the 1980s. European synth labels do not seem to enjoy the productivity of their American counterparts, nor do they seem to enjoy the same […]

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Asmodaeus :: Lies and Logic (Walhalla)

Asmodaeus’ bleak and weary style immediately gaining praise from the faithful. Gasps and guitar strings, sighs and cheap synths, drum machines and dirge; a superb record from one the great unknowns of the 1980s. European synth labels do not seem to enjoy the productivity of their American counterparts, nor do they seem to enjoy the same […]

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ZoiD :: Electronic Jazz Fractals

Music has been Jacobson’s life work. His history with jazz and electronic music is lengthy, business minded and academic. His desire to refocus left the strongest impact during our conversation. He had the strength of character to admit he wanted independence in an industry that seldom allows it. After an hour’s chat you’re left thinking […]

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Soothsayer :: The Future Presence of the Past EP (The Crime League)

Densely produced electronica with some interesting sonic flair. Let it never be said that IDM isn’t a global endeavor. In this three-track EP, Toronto-based Crime League releases a collaboration between Rentip from Prague and Romanian-Canadian Dan Handrabur. The result is densely produced electronica with some interesting sonic flair. The opener “Fortune Free” moves through several […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions

Ah. The humble cassette tape. For some it’s been consigned to the history books of defunct formats, for others it’s the medium of choice to provide unique musical artifact keepsakes at reasonable cost without the faff and expense of pressing plants and distribution. Delve into the world of the cassette release and you’ll be amazed […]

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w1b0 : Main Squeeze Remixes (Bass Agenda)

A fantastic cross section of Electro. Floor atomics and late night musing. A sterling first wax outing from the young Bass Agenda. Bass Agenda is a label in its infancy, but already the UK Electro imprint has released some impressive names. Dynarec recently put out his Silver Tourist album on the new platform while musicians […]

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P.P. Roy :: Watch The Dough Nut Not The Hole (UPITUP)

A diverse album, one that combines vocal samples and strange melodies that echo hip hop’s best producers. After reading that, surely everyone can understand why “delightfully weird” are the words that come to mind after listening to P.P. Roy‘s comeback album after twelve years. Watch The Dough Not The Whole shows an artist willing to […]

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Mammal Hands :: Animalia (Gondwana)

Colorful weaves of electronica-flavored jazz in some parts enchantingly infused with seductive scents of Indian classical music, ambient or African music, assemble a genre-defying unique whole dynamic in mood and structure and full of spaciousness and mystical wonder. Mammal Hands are the fresh new blood on the always refreshing Manchester-based imprint, Gondwana. The three creative […]

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STU CROSBIE :: Igloo Mix

Igloo have been lucky enough to pin down Brighton based artist Stu Crosbie, get the Dark Arts man behind his turntables to deliver a full vinyl mix. Crosbie has been DJ’ing across the UK for years, but since 2012 it has been the synthesizer and drum machine which has been the focus. As the days […]

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Benjamin Finger :: The Bet (Watery Starve)

‘I kind of wanted to break away from the way I think an ambient/modern classical (or whatever we call it these days) record should sound like today. I’m a big admirer of so many different types of music and I somehow wanted many of those influences to shine through. […] we still could do so […]

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Ulrich Troyer meets Georg Blaschke :: Somatic Soundtracks (4bit)

The results “form a symbiotic unit” of sound, movement and space. Somatic Soundtracks reworks scores composed for choreographer Georg Blaschke during the period 2010—12. Ulrich Troyer explains that this music is the result of such close collaboration (as seen, Blaschke gets double billing despite not appearing on the ablum) that the results “form a symbiotic unit” of sound, […]

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Panther God :: Golden Changes (Outside)

Panther God’s specialty is a kind of generic and blunted beat making that their peers back in 2011 have long since washed off. Back in 2008, it seemed like everything was going to change. Flying Lotus released his (first) masterpiece, Los Angeles, to great acclaim; the L.A. beat scene was booming and many people around […]

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Matteo Uggeri :: Four Steps On Points (Fluid Audio)

An absolute must and a profound lesson of musical intimacy. Impressively original and multi-talented artist, Matteo Uggeri made a distinctive name in the world of of avant-garde electronic music. Next to his albums published under the moniker of Sparkle in Grey he released a handful of solo albums, exploring with passion, intensity and innovation the […]

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AMBIANCÉ :: The Longest Movie Ever

Weberg characterizes Ambiancé as the intertwining of space and time into a “surreal dream-like journey beyond places.” Swedish visual artist Anders Weberg is in the process of creating the longest and apparently most-ambientical movie in world history, planned to run 720 hours and thus requiring a month-long sitting without breaks to view in its entirety. The filmmaker […]

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EXS / The Exaltics :: Double review (Solar One / Shipwrec)

I keep thinking that the level of quality, the breadth of variety and the expert execution can’t continue; that there has to be chink in The Exaltics analogue armor. But time and time again this Jena man delivers brilliance. It is becoming difficult to keep up with the productivity of The Exaltics. The Jena based […]

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Russ Young :: Common Pond (Audiobulb)

Russ Young is easing the loneliness of loss by filling the space between me and myself, and so when I hear that grandfather clock, I click the spiraling repeat arrows in iTunes and give Common Pond another moment of my life. I thought I had some conception of real problems, and maybe I still don’t. […]

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V/A :: Die Welt ist Klang: A Tribute to Pete Namlook (Carpe Sonum)

Truly phenomenal in scope, content and diversity, Die welt is Klang lives up to its ambitious attempt to document an almost translucent, organic world of sound. Die Welt ist Klang is something altogether special. Produced in memoriam for the death of the ambient composer and producer Pete Namlook (AKA Peter Kuhlmann), musicians, colleagues and fans […]

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Exit in Grey :: Shadows of Stillness (Muzyka Voln)

Exit in Grey provides us four stunning portraits of stillness, before they are softly blown away by solar winds, like sand paintings. In his liner notes, Sergey, known as [S] and residing in the Moscow area, explains Shadows of Stillness as an act in defiance of “all-consuming time” by trying to express and realize oneself […]

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ROBBIE GEOGHEGAN :: Last Gasp (mix)

So after a good long flight, after cleaning the flat, after having a cup of tea, here’s a mix of some old tracks and new tracks. I keep on meaning to make mixes. I keep on meaning to sort out that boiler. I keep on meaning to buy a new mop-head. I keep on meaning […]

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V/A :: Padded Cell Vol 1 (SETI)

Arctic, yet emotive, electronics to counter the soaring temperatures. SETI Recordings are battling the fierce heat of southern Spain with some cold electronics. Following on from the label’s vinyl debut, Night Lights, the Granada label is presenting a collection of artists under the title Padded Cell Vol 1. The black skies loom over Andalucia. Penelope […]

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Futuresequence SEQUENCE8, No Future SEQUENCE

Futuresequence’s Michael Waring has seen fit to draw SEQUENCE to a close. Futuresequence has declared SEQUENCE8 the last in its SEQUENCE. The free compilation series curated by the UK label and magazine has since 2011 provided a platform for emerging and established alike, exhibiting the breadth and depth of artists pushing the envelope of texture, patterns […]

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III RIVERS :: Electric currents in Manchester’s waters

An imprint that is introducing new artists, patronizing established ability and giving vinyl space to up and coming talent. Quality through and through. Manchester has a history of industry and electronics. During the Industrial Revolution the once quiet town ballooned into a city of production. Autechre hail from that mechanical metropolis, Skam records forming as […]

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Deaf Center :: Recount (Sonic Pieces)

Recount seems more like an observation deck towering over a mist-shrouded landscape. Described as a “bridge” between albums, Recount seems more like an observation deck towering over a mist-shrouded landscape. Under his own name and as Svarte Greiner, Erik K Skodvin has made plenty of interesting music and Otto A Totland recently released a gorgeous […]

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Kline Coma Xero :: Kline Coma Xero (Medical)

Brief and bright minded, grief stricken and unresolved, a troubled tension given voice and sound. Simply a superb first album. I always enjoy to see the progression of an artist. Growing and developing from outright obscurity to being picked up for first releases, it’s satisfying to see. Kline Coma Xero come under this heading. Tony […]

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36 :: Dream Tempest (3six)

The twelve tracks on the album reflect a rare kind of sincerity and raw effortlessness, and the dynamic flow and ambiguous textures make it clear Huddleston does not operate within any limits. This music exists in a plane of its own. “I think every craftsman who works with integrity, without creative limits, creates work that […]

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Charlatan :: Local Agent (Umor Rex)

Fractured analog sounds joined by a myriad of abstract low-end squeaks and somewhat controlled synths. Brad Rose—known for his work as Digitalis label-head—moves ahead with Local Agent for Umor Rex and unveils leftfield technoid slabs and processed noise for abstract dub enthusiasts to consume. “Blur Suit” and “Nightmaring” both exude bubbling modular activity and low […]

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Kadzuki Ikegaya :: Collage (Vent)

As a rule, Collage takes place somewhere up in the air. The ambient Collage assembled by Kadzuki Ikegaya opens with “Hourglass,” the hissing of summer lawns maintained by the cosmic gardener, the planet on which it is planted humming as it rotates, with small quasars flashing in the sky and the rhythmic swish-swishing of the well-sharpened pruning shears he wields. The […]

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Broken Bone :: Willowbrook (Aperture)

Robust electro-industrial music that doesn’t hold back. Noisy, cohesive and buried in reverberating grit and bass, Broken Bones’ Willowbrook yields roughened industrial movements. Tapering waves of audio fluctuations built around cascading ambient undertones allow each track to roam—eerie sounds are allowed to perpetually echo and unfold. Filled with a vacuous dub chamber, it seems time […]

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Hadamard :: Ass in Bass EP (Elektronische Werke Part 3) (Solar One Music)

Straight up mechanized Ghettotech. Janko Bartelink, aka Hadamard, has quite a sporadic releasing character. Over the years he has clocked up 12”s and albums for the likes of Bunker, Transient Force and Mighty Robot Recordings. But regularity has never been a strong point. Nevertheless, Hadamard has traversed a range of styles; from spaced out electronics […]

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Near the Parenthesis :: Cloud.Not Mountain (n5MD)

The album is a sine wave. It climbs and drops in smooth, regular intervals, and carries the listener through a calming journey supported by grand pianos traveling a two-note polyphony, which drops further into high-reverb sequences, smoothly rising again to take us to an arpeggiated wonderland. San Francisco based Near the Parenthesis unleashes his sixth […]

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