Collage Noire :: Black Steel EP (Kaometry)

Collage Noire :: Black Steel EP (Kaometry)

A six-track extended player that busts and buries downtempo beats in a low-end mass of jazzy extracts and distorted jungle. Amon Tobin’s Brickolage (Ninja Tune, 1997) immediately comes to mind on Black Steel—especially opening piece [...]
Neel :: Phobos (Spectrum Spools)

Neel :: Phobos (Spectrum Spools)

A single hour-long deep space navigation through a void not so much magnificent as downright angsty and alien. Giuseppe Tillieci, aka Neel, has been a DJ and engineer for some time now, accruing a reputation [...]
Rolando Simmons :: Rolando Simmons EP (030303)

Rolando Simmons :: Rolando Simmons EP (030303)

Looseness reigns, melody flows, cascading with abject freedom. Tangents form, and reform, but without breaking down into outright lunacy. In my younger years I was better at trawling the internet for MP3 artists. But, as [...]
N’DangR Species & Roel Funcken set to release Night Terrors EP (Outside)

N’DangR Species & Roel Funcken set to release Night Terrors EP (Outside)

N’DangR Species and Roel Funcken set to release their electro-meets-hip-hop collaborative EP Night Terrors this Halloween 2014. [Soundcloud stream] PRESS-RELEASE:  The 7-track Night Terrors EP will be digitally released worldwide on October 31, 2014 via [...]
Pinkcourtesyphone :: Description of Problem (Line)

Pinkcourtesyphone :: Description of Problem (Line)

As viscid melodics and glistening electronics fizz in a haze/daze/gaze, lo-fi moments and vocal implants create distinction, with a blend of retro-Pop Art, camp and ennui allied to a somewhat sordid sense of sexuality. The [...]

Features

UNDERWORLD :: Dubnobasswithmyheadman 20-year reissue (Universal)

Dubnobasswithmyheadman (Super Deluxe Edition) —A massive undertaking … Undeniably expansive … absolutely ecstatic. I first heard Underworld in Brighton, UK, in 1996. My brother and I were on a trust-a-farian holiday, making our way through Europe on Eurail passes and the kindness of strangers. I speak passable German and his French could fool native speakers, so […]

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N’DangR Species & Roel Funcken set to release Night Terrors EP (Outside)

N’DangR Species and Roel Funcken set to release their electro-meets-hip-hop collaborative EP Night Terrors this Halloween 2014. [Soundcloud stream] PRESS-RELEASE:  The 7-track Night Terrors EP will be digitally released worldwide on October 31, 2014 via Outside Recordings and available to download from all major music outlets including iTunes, Amazon and Juno Download. A limited 100 […]

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Profiles

SKANFROM :: Back from the Blip-Bleep Brink (Interview & Mix)

Igloo Magazine has been lucky enough not only to ask the German producer some questions but are delighted to bring to your ears a very special mix of “some old favorites” by Semsroth himself. Interview by Robbie Geoghegan. With Roger Semsroth, aka Sleeparchive, having just released his first Skanfrom album for more than a decade, […]

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Reviews

Collage Noire :: Black Steel EP (Kaometry)

A six-track extended player that busts and buries downtempo beats in a low-end mass of jazzy extracts and distorted jungle. Amon Tobin’s Brickolage (Ninja Tune, 1997) immediately comes to mind on Black Steel—especially opening piece “Republica”—a six-track extended player that busts and buries downtempo beats in a low-end mass of jazzy extracts and distorted jungle. […]

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Collage Noire :: Black Steel EP (Kaometry)

A six-track extended player that busts and buries downtempo beats in a low-end mass of jazzy extracts and distorted jungle. Amon Tobin’s Brickolage (Ninja Tune, 1997) immediately comes to mind on Black Steel—especially opening piece “Republica”—a six-track extended player that busts and buries downtempo beats in a low-end mass of jazzy extracts and distorted jungle. […]

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Neel :: Phobos (Spectrum Spools)

A single hour-long deep space navigation through a void not so much magnificent as downright angsty and alien. Giuseppe Tillieci, aka Neel, has been a DJ and engineer for some time now, accruing a reputation as a mastering engineer behind the sound design of some of the more questing techno releases on the likes of […]

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Rolando Simmons :: Rolando Simmons EP (030303)

Looseness reigns, melody flows, cascading with abject freedom. Tangents form, and reform, but without breaking down into outright lunacy. In my younger years I was better at trawling the internet for MP3 artists. But, as the years melted to age the allure and tactility of vinyl overcame TCP/IP. Yet there is a wealth of musicians […]

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N’DangR Species & Roel Funcken set to release Night Terrors EP (Outside)

N’DangR Species and Roel Funcken set to release their electro-meets-hip-hop collaborative EP Night Terrors this Halloween 2014. [Soundcloud stream] PRESS-RELEASE:  The 7-track Night Terrors EP will be digitally released worldwide on October 31, 2014 via Outside Recordings and available to download from all major music outlets including iTunes, Amazon and Juno Download. A limited 100 […]

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Pinkcourtesyphone :: Description of Problem (Line)

As viscid melodics and glistening electronics fizz in a haze/daze/gaze, lo-fi moments and vocal implants create distinction, with a blend of retro-Pop Art, camp and ennui allied to a somewhat sordid sense of sexuality. The two faces of Richard Chartier: i) buttoned-up own-name, ‘very formalist, minimal, and quiet. […] focused on listening and spatiality. Sensation rather […]

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V/A :: Emerging Organisms Vol. 5 (Tympanik Audio)

The selection here follows previous editions’ time-tested mixture of big names and newcomers, blending originals with remixes and collaborations to take the listener on a diverse journey through the state of the world in edgy IDM. Seems like just yesterday I was reviewing a giant Tympanik Audio compilation, but in fact it was 2012 and […]

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Monster Apparat & Soundlego :: Double review (Kernkrach)

Contemporary Synth Music par excellence. A mixed assortment of music is always guaranteed when Kernkrach is involved. Synth wave is always at the core of the imprint but the wealth of variety is incredible. The German label has not disappointed with its spread of styles with its latest. Monster Apparat are the team of Daniel […]

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Daisuke Tanabe :: Floating Underwater (Ki)

Tanabe fuses fragments of electronica, jazz, 8-bit chiptune, clicks & cuts, dub, and more, to create his very own blend of organic-flavored synthetic mischievous music. “How would you describe Floating Underwater?” a friend of mine who currently resides overseas asked me. “It’s a bizarre, quirky, abstract dream” I answered. That convinced him. He ordered himself […]

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Pjusk / Sleep Orchestra :: Drowning in the Sky (Dronarivm)

Together, Pjusk and Sleep Orchestra evoke a chilly and endless, empty silence, broken only by wind whipping up new snow on the pack ice and the crunching footsteps of vain forays in this direction or that, all leading to more nowhere. “Pjusk” is one of those wonderful onomatopoeic words whose meaning is roughly approximate to its sound—junk, […]

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Marble Sky :: Marble Sky (Students of Decay)

Marble Sky stands as a strikingly wrought meditation on sadness, love and the depths of memory. Witscher’s musical sensibilities are diverse (cf. Rene Hell), but what is evident here as elsewhere is a feel for feeling articulated through texture and architecture. Jeff Witscher issued some of the most memorable and enduring music of a protean […]

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Multiview :: Daniel Thomas and Friends

Curator of two small, exciting imprints, Sheepscar Light Industrial and Cherry Row Recordings, Daniel Thomas‘ discography throbs with almost exponential growth. Here are a few things he and his friends have been up to lately. All of the releases are ruthlessly limited runs, but just about everything can be found unabridged on Bandcamp. Daniel Thomas […]

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Objekt :: Flatland (PAN)

An intoxicating mess of patch cables and chiseled tonal activity that is well worth the price of admission. TJ Hertz (aka Objekt) debuts with PAN after a successful split with Dopplereffekt on Leisure System described as “a deluge of acid rain skidding along a superhydrophobic surface.” Flatland delivers broken slabs of particulate matter and data […]

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SKANFROM :: Back from the Blip-Bleep Brink (Interview & Mix)

Igloo Magazine has been lucky enough not only to ask the German producer some questions but are delighted to bring to your ears a very special mix of “some old favorites” by Semsroth himself. Interview by Robbie Geoghegan. With Roger Semsroth, aka Sleeparchive, having just released his first Skanfrom album for more than a decade, […]

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Scientific Dreamz Of U & Jeremiah R. :: Double review (Tabernacle)

Tabernacle have never followed the crowd, as a label or a club night. The two man team of TABR have always stuck to their guns and released what sounds right to their ear. Tabernacle Records has always explored the gamut of electronics. Acid, Ambient, Electro, House, Techno and all in between. The artists of the […]

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Drifting In Silence :: Desire (Labile)

Stembridge evades pigeonholing himself within genre traps and instead fuses audible dark and light particulate matter seemingly fed through vintage analog machinery. Derrick Stembridge (aka Drifting In Silence), known for his thick blends of ambient and bass-laden industrial, returns with Desire, yet another hybrid release that propels further into exploratory transmissions. On “Lie” one might […]

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Immundus :: Insomnia (Self-Released)

Navigating on darkened sounding textures, nightmare-ish and sometimes smoothly melodic ambiences which bring to light a corpus of brooding synthesized lines and moodily sentimental piano touches. Immundus is a cinematic and synth-inflected goth-ambient project formed by Bruno Duarte in Norway. In retrospect Bruno Duarte is an extreme metal based musician who turned to ethereal and […]

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Kettenkarussell :: Easy Listening (Giegling)

Returning late to the table, the drolly titled Easy Listening brings their house style to fruition in mesmeric moves and boundary crossings—a ride that, while not of the white-knuckle variety of their namesake (see artwork), undulates with lowercase thrills from lyrical pianism, ambience, downtempo and deep tech-tinges. Remember micro-house? It didn’t stay around long, as the geek-meets-party thrall […]

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Marconi Union :: Weightless (Ambient Transmissions Vol. 2) (Just Music)

Each track is a quiet nocturnal sonic storm, swirling hypnotically across the stereo landscape, immersing it in lush luminous colors. Weightless (Ambient Transmissions Vol. 2) was originally released in 2012 as a digital-only free bonus album that came with all pre-orders of Marconi Union‘s sixth studio album, Different Colours. In 2011 MU were commissioned to […]

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Emile Strunz :: North Sea Body Music (Flight Recorder) & Free Download

The Leicester artist’s decision to concentrate on lush synthlines and not succumb to the pressures of bpm is what has garnered Smith such praise. Emile Strunz, aka Neil James Smith, comes from a very specific side of electronics. There are few other artists exploring the style of slo-fi Electro Disco, but this Leicester man is […]

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Porya Hatami :: Land & Land Remixes (Inner Ocean)

Corollary to Inner Ocean’s re-release of Porya Hatami’s Land (originally only 250 copies on Somehow Recordings) comes an addendum of remixes. A genuine sense not only of season or climate but place permeates Land. For me, Land takes a sanguine view of the “cold” time of year. After a long, hot, working summer, Land is […]

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Rustie :: Green Language (Warp)

Rustie makes music for hyperactive beat heads that have gone off their meds and started to obsessively play Zelda. “Goodness gracious the synths! Will they ever stop?” If someone were to ask that question, surely playing Green Language would make him see the error of his ways. What was the name we were using for […]

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Erik Wøllo & Bernhard Wöstheinrich :: Weltenuhr (DiN)

A sentimental, touching then experimental voyage through beautifully ethereal synthscaping sequences and punchy electronic grooves punctuated by delightful absorbing vocal parts. This massively spacey work and flowing sci-fi electronic orchestration is the result of collaborative work between two well known artists who already published several materials for Ian Boddy’s indispensable music laboratory DiN. Besides of […]

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Lokom :: Sweet Home and Gasoline (Kaometry)

An engrossing and screeching cacophony of percussive annihilation for ear, mind and foot. Bridging the void between erratic drum’n bass and melodic/breakcore glitch, gaming elements also breath life through swaths of decomposed electronic debris. Brisk and frantic emotions merge and submerge, broken up by flickering bleeps and scattered low end. “Curing Some Old Trouble” does […]

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Poppy Ackroyd + Lumen :: Escapement Visualised (Denovali)

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) If you’ll get your hands on a copy of […]

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Daedelus :: The Light Brigade (Brainfeeder)

Daedelus works in the fringes of genres, taking what works at the limits and pushing the boundaries just a bit more. What is the beat scene to do without its most “out there” hero, the impeccably dressed Daedelus? With a huge discography under his belt, the man has become a symbol for what true experimentation […]

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UNDERWORLD :: Dubnobasswithmyheadman 20-year reissue (Universal)

Dubnobasswithmyheadman (Super Deluxe Edition) —A massive undertaking … Undeniably expansive … absolutely ecstatic. I first heard Underworld in Brighton, UK, in 1996. My brother and I were on a trust-a-farian holiday, making our way through Europe on Eurail passes and the kindness of strangers. I speak passable German and his French could fool native speakers, so […]

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Aphex Twin :: Syro (Warp)

While we wait for the earth shattering material, though, Syro is a nice reminder that the genius is alive and well. As an artist, Aphex Twin (aka Richard D. James) is a true innovator. A brilliant quasi-autistic mind that always seems to go beyond the limits of electronic music. But as a “public” figure, Richard […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 2

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. Time for further excursions into the world of ferric oxide and chromium […]

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Skanfrom :: Postcards (Suction)

Minimal and stark in one breath, lush and inviting in the next. Crisp percussion thawed with lovingly constructed machine melodies. Perhaps I shouldn’t have agreed to review Skanfrom’s new album. Why? Well, I fear that an unbiased opinion of this lesser known moniker was never going to fall from my hand. I say lesser known […]

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