Arrakis. Dune. French Techno? :: The World of Epsylonn-Otoktone Sound System

Arrakis. Dune. French Techno? :: The World of Epsylonn-Otoktone Sound System

At Dune’s core is a tough style of techno, a harsh and heavy sound that is more like 1991 rather than 10191. Yet, with the passage of time, the imprint is branching out and looking [...]
Nomade Orquestra :: EntreMundos (Far Out)

Nomade Orquestra :: EntreMundos (Far Out)

EntreMundos is a fantastic celebration of modern pyrotechnics, retro ambiance, mighty grooves, dynamic motion and hallucinogenic splendor. In April last year London-based Far Out Recordings brought us the excellent self-titled debut album by São Paulo’s [...]
Bochum Welt :: April (!K7)

Bochum Welt :: April (!K7)

It would be lazy and unfair to compare some of the tones and arrangements to Boards of Canada so let’s just say this and a few other tracks on April evoke a vintage feeling somewhere between [...]
Piotr Cisak :: Venus Express EP (Tutamen)

Piotr Cisak :: Venus Express EP (Tutamen)

Four completely varied stories with unique characters proving that unpredictability can be something very useful and effective. Unpredictability, in a good sense, sometimes lacks in a way modern labels operate. A constant rush for highly [...]
Freeform :: Rewind Above/Below/Beyond (Bedroom Research)

Freeform :: Rewind Above/Below/Beyond (Bedroom Research)

It’s 2017, and Freeform is finally making a comeback on Bedroom Research under the umbrella title: Rewind. Thanks to label-owner Matthieu Debliqui’s exhaustive scouring of Pyke’s archives, Rewind is a sprawling three-part retrospective presenting previously [...]

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Elsewhereness Revisited #5 selected ambient twerks

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camp-ed up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #5. Now near-veterans with a back catalog on Infraction, Own, Barge and Students of Decay after s/t EP (Highpoint Lowlife, 2007), Pausal stop off at Dronarivm. A Touched Music request to perform in Pembrokeshire prompted the New Forest’s […]

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Freeform :: Rewind Above/Below/Beyond (Bedroom Research)

It’s 2017, and Freeform is finally making a comeback on Bedroom Research under the umbrella title: Rewind. Thanks to label-owner Matthieu Debliqui’s exhaustive scouring of Pyke’s archives, Rewind is a sprawling three-part retrospective presenting previously unreleased material, with each album focusing on a particular period of his extensive discography. When you think of veterans from […]

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Profiles

Arrakis. Dune. French Techno? :: The World of Epsylonn-Otoktone Sound System

At Dune’s core is a tough style of techno, a harsh and heavy sound that is more like 1991 rather than 10191. Yet, with the passage of time, the imprint is branching out and looking into other areas of electronic space. In 1965 Dune was released. Frank Herbert’s universe of 10191 spoke of instantaneous travel, […]

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Reviews

Nomade Orquestra :: EntreMundos (Far Out)

EntreMundos is a fantastic celebration of modern pyrotechnics, retro ambiance, mighty grooves, dynamic motion and hallucinogenic splendor. In April last year London-based Far Out Recordings brought us the excellent self-titled debut album by São Paulo’s ten-man electrifying sonic phenomenon, Nomade Orquestra. Since then the band continued to perform regularly in Brazil but also gained international […]

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Arrakis. Dune. French Techno? :: The World of Epsylonn-Otoktone Sound System

At Dune’s core is a tough style of techno, a harsh and heavy sound that is more like 1991 rather than 10191. Yet, with the passage of time, the imprint is branching out and looking into other areas of electronic space. In 1965 Dune was released. Frank Herbert’s universe of 10191 spoke of instantaneous travel, […]

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Nomade Orquestra :: EntreMundos (Far Out)

EntreMundos is a fantastic celebration of modern pyrotechnics, retro ambiance, mighty grooves, dynamic motion and hallucinogenic splendor. In April last year London-based Far Out Recordings brought us the excellent self-titled debut album by São Paulo’s ten-man electrifying sonic phenomenon, Nomade Orquestra. Since then the band continued to perform regularly in Brazil but also gained international […]

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Bochum Welt :: April (!K7)

It would be lazy and unfair to compare some of the tones and arrangements to Boards of Canada so let’s just say this and a few other tracks on April evoke a vintage feeling somewhere between 1970’s educational films and the dawn of small analog synthesizers for the masses. April by Bochum Welt is a very […]

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Piotr Cisak :: Venus Express EP (Tutamen)

Four completely varied stories with unique characters proving that unpredictability can be something very useful and effective. Unpredictability, in a good sense, sometimes lacks in a way modern labels operate. A constant rush for highly specific sound as a trademark can lead to boredom, however, that is not the case with Bristol imprint Tutamen. Exploring […]

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Freeform :: Rewind Above/Below/Beyond (Bedroom Research)

It’s 2017, and Freeform is finally making a comeback on Bedroom Research under the umbrella title: Rewind. Thanks to label-owner Matthieu Debliqui’s exhaustive scouring of Pyke’s archives, Rewind is a sprawling three-part retrospective presenting previously unreleased material, with each album focusing on a particular period of his extensive discography. When you think of veterans from […]

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Dez Williams :: Forlorn Figures in Godforsaken Places (Mechatronica)

Williams’ latest 12” is an excellent example of why he is held in such high regard. Three cuts of no-nonsense, straight up, sheer machine music, percussion punched through metal with slicing synthwork. Berlin electro collective Mechatronica made their position known from the get go. A strong compilation founded the imprint with a second installment of […]

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Kiss My Arp OR The Quest for Ceyx (+ Violins)

Ceyx Quest is the latest Handstitched*, by The New Honey Shade, aka audio-visual artist Mark Kuykendall, who, as well as recording himself also produces, masters and engineers sound for films and commercials as well as doing cover design, collage, installations, and directing videos. Let’s talk about Ceyx. Son of Eosphorus and king of Trachis in Thessaly, that is. Myth has it […]

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Order Of The Muffin :: Dopamine EP (Bass Agenda)

Indeed a sonic neurotransmitter of the extraterrestrial kind, Order Of The Muffin creates seamless organic electro on the Dopamine extended player. From Macedonia we see Nikola Zhevairovski bust open into pure electro, breaks, and raw energy on the Dopamine EP. Its title track, perhaps the most contagious of the lot, is steeped in emotive goodness. […]

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In Rotation :: Multi-view (June 2017)

In rotation for the past few weeks, this multi-view reveals the latest sonic landscape from five talented musicians. Plenty of brittle, glitch, abstract, noisy, mechanical and bass-infused sounds with releases by Fizzarum, LODSB, Mikroben Krieg, Room Of Wires, and Xzicd. Fizzarum :: Frisson (Ant-Zen) It’s hard to believe, but Dmitry Dubov and Albert Rasyulis’s Fizzarum project […]

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GLOBAL NOISE :: The Great Harry Hillman, Tatran, Notilus

Rebellious, eclectic post-jazz theatricality from Swiss/German quartet The Great Harry Hillman, incendiary, otherworldly abstraction from Tel Aviv’s three-piece band Tatran, and futuristic, explosive fusions from French quintet Notilus. Three albums by three innovative young acts who boldly pave creatively boundless and captivatingly individual sonic paths. The Great Harry Hillman :: Tilt (Cuneiform) The Great Harry […]

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Clark :: Death Peak (Warp)

Death Peak delivers on its promise of hidden mysteries with repeated listenings. Never retro nor settling; across nine albums he maintains constant forward momentum as a musician and artist. Clark, as a veteran of Warp Record’s roster, has recorded an album that lands all over the musical spectrum, pinging different genres as he moves on to […]

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Biosphere :: The Petrified Forest (Biophon)

On the surface The Petrified Forest may seem a minor work, but only in terms of its brevity. Biosphere continues to branch out in discrete and experimental directions, allowing the listener choice and scope, such that if his more conceptual or sound-design based works aren’t their thing, there’s a more playful or traditional electronic affair […]

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Millip :: Talk To Me EP ([d]-tached)

The aural canvass Millip paints is rich in yesteryear’s brightly colored IDM hues where fans of early Toytronic and deFocus will find common ground. New to these ears is Millip, recently signed to the forward thinking [d]-tached imprint run by Bovaflux (ex-Struktur). The aural canvass Millip paints is rich in yesteryear’s brightly colored IDM hues […]

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Klankman :: Information Overload EP (TH ± Tar Hallow)

Five shrapnel pocked pieces of twisted metal, painted black, make up Information Overload. Some artists mellow with time, especially in the world of techno. The hard lines begin to softened, the angles turn to curves and the approach melts just that little bit. Maarten Epskamp does not fit this narrative. Under his Klankman moniker the […]

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Tru West :: The Rise and Fall of the Eurojesters (Marmo Music)

Marmo Music has always had an attitude, a refusal to conform, a desire to go their own way. This means that their sound can be pretty challenging and The Rise and Fall of the Eurojesters is undeniably that. A testing 12”, but one which will ultimately leave many scratching their heads; it certainly left my […]

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(ghost) :: Everything We Touch Turns to Dust (n5MD)

Everything We Touch Turns to Dust is a hugely accessible, sonically consistent and cohesive piece of work that, even at a lean thirty-five minutes, never feels insubstantial or fleeting, something even the biggest names in electronic music aren’t always capable of achieving. It’s always such a joy when an artist mellows, evolves and becomes increasingly […]

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Selffish :: He She Them Us (Serein)

The elusive beauty of He She Them Us lies in the fine details of enchanting dialogues between organic and synthetic elements. There’s a magnetizing charm in the space between the notes and in the way the sounds strike, dance, echo and fade away. The compositions pulse with the grace of an elegant, powerful cinematography. “Each […]

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SB-Six :: Trajectories EP (Mindtrick)

Seven original, all modular pieces, and two complimentary remixes by EVS (cover art credit) and He3dless, Trajectories is electrical bliss. Seven original, all modular pieces, and two complimentary remixes by EVS (cover art credit) and He3dless, Trajectories is electrical bliss. Not entirely doused in left of center dub as the imprint has nurtured over the […]

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Scattered Lodges :: Asymmetric Soup (Self-Released)

If you like expressive droney textures and electronic isolationism, no doubt that this album will seduce you. Recommended for fans of Hecq, Loscil, Olan Mill, Marconi Union. Within the last few years the production of home made ambient releases has increased sharply to the point that is almost impossible to follow the rhythm, to appreciate […]

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Xerxes The Dark :: [Ab​]​Solution (D.M.T.)

Abstract, cerebral and enveloping, with a complete absence of melody. This one will easily convince fans of the most experimental vein of dark ambient music. Iranian sound artist and quite active in the uncompromising dark ambient scene since 2006, Morgo Dimmer (aka Xerxes The Dark) is back with a new digital release. He recently delivered quite […]

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Elsewhereness Revisited #5 selected ambient twerks

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camp-ed up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #5. Now near-veterans with a back catalog on Infraction, Own, Barge and Students of Decay after s/t EP (Highpoint Lowlife, 2007), Pausal stop off at Dronarivm. A Touched Music request to perform in Pembrokeshire prompted the New Forest’s […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 11

Delving deep into the world of Bandcamp tape releases for our eleventh update—so much good music, so little time…maybe just scroll past all the writing and head straight for the sounds! The Nag’s Head :: Live From Concrete Island (Kit) A re-issue of this psychedelic collage of sounds culled from four years of street recordings, […]

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Bola :: D.E.G. (Skam)

The key to really digging D.E.G. is to simply cast off your expectations and let Fitton walk you down the avenues he takes. The dreaded, long-awaited return Aaaah the dreaded, long-awaited return, so often simultaneously a blessing and a curse. You’re finally dropping new material for the ravenous masses with pent-up, slathering expectations it can […]

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Cédric Elisabeth :: Parallel EP (Self-Released)

A quaint ambient stream that simply ebbs and flows. Five pieces are interwoven carefully, solemnly, and with precise drifting waves. Copenhagen, Denmark-based Cedric Elisabeth (Paris, France being his hometown) revealed Parallel in February 2017—a quaint ambient stream that simply ebbs and flows. Five pieces are interwoven carefully, solemnly, and with precise drifting waves. Classic, relaxed forms are […]

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Possblthings and Pulse Drift :: Something in the Leipzig water?

Jena. Leipzig. Electro. These two towns are synonymous with quality machine music. Frigid funk. Clinical cuts. Astral reductions. The Exaltics. AC Records, Lunatic, YUYAY. All call either of these German cities home. Now two more imprints are making their presence known on the streets of Jena and Leipzig, Possblthings and Pulse Drift. Jena. Leipzig. Electro. […]

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The Hidden :: Something Lost Something Found (Thin Recordings)

Something Lost Something Found is built around a vast collection of semi-improvised and lo-fi ambient miniatures where textured chordal lines meets detached piano melodies, micro noises and discreet electronic treatments. The Hidden is the new project founded by the sound designed and graphic artist Dan McRae (aka Thin Films). This debut album titled Something Lost […]

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Femur :: Electronic down to its bones

Based on the strength of these first two 12”s (by Frak and Celldöd), a new, interesting, and forward looking label has just been established here in Spain and one, which I have no doubt, will be a success. Femur. After five years of running a club night, after a compilation on Clasicos Del Ruidos, after enough […]

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Denovali Label Night NYC 2017

The prolific experimental German label will host a free entry event featuring Oneirogen, Never Sol, Saffronkeira and Ricardo Donoso on Saturday June 17 in Knockdown Center NYC. Doors open at 8pm. Oneirogen Never Sol Saffronkeira Ricardo Donoso Event page | Ticket reservation | Event page on Facebook | Denovali | Knockdown Center

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Dead Melodies :: Legends of the Wood (Cryo Chamber)

Among the most accessible, ethereal and darkly introspective albums signed on Cryo Chamber next to materials from Hoshin, Wordclock, Northumbria or Keosz. A highly welcomed release, easily recommended for fans of eerie cinematic soundscapes and elegant naturalistic dark ambient music. This project name sounds totally new for me but as I’m always pleased to discover Cryo […]

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