Articles By: Andrew Danso

EinarIndra :: Unravel EP (Möller)

Unravel starts strong and then eases off—this is an EP put together like a strong water current at full moon, resting bit by bit as the sun comes out. EinarIndra kicks things off precisely where he’s been before with new EP Unravel. He features his ghostly vocal style beside an ambience of synths, and deep […]

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EinarIndra :: Stories EP (Möller)

This electro-RnB combination is quite sensual in delivery—you’re feeling his music as you go along instead of hearing things and passing rash judgement. I caught up with Möller Records owner during their Ireland tour earlier this year, and he was ecstatic about einarIndra‘s debut due a few months later. The debut has since arrived and […]

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Möller Records visit Belfast (March 25, 2016)

“Möller exists to provide a platform for Icelandic musicians. We’re here to help. If we can’t work with a submission we even provide feedback to engage with the artist.” Möller were touring Ireland last week, both Belfast and Dublin in a bid to promote their work. Andrew Danso caught them at their Belfast show, close […]

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Soenda Festival 2016

With just over two months away the Soenda Festival 2016will commence. Soenda is Utrecht’s leading electronic music festival and will showcase a strong lineup across the beautiful Ruigenhoekse Polder stadium. There is confirmed to be 5 stages available, flaunting the finest in electronic music. The programme has been finalized and is available on the Soenda […]

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Dorian Gray :: Letters From Ice EP (Self-Released)

Letters From Ice is mostly dark by nature, with spells of heavy drones and intense rhythmic sequences—and the pace of the EP makes it feel relatively accessible to a less techno inclined audience. “Wait… you don’t know about Ken Karter?” This was Moreno Mariotti’s (Dorian Gray’s) first question to me when I met him at […]

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Venetian Snares :: Your Face EP (Planet Mu)

Your Face is ineloquent, unstructured, crazy, obtuse, perverted. It’s a powerful spectacle of sound that’s debilitating and irritating all at once. Same old Venetian Snares then. Yep. Read the title of the first track on this EP (“Your Face When I Finally”) and ask “what does it mean?” Expectation? A listener in shock after their […]

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Mike Allen :: Juxt (Sun Sea Sky)

A lot of what’s heard in Juxt is the pulsing thump of a kick drum, atmospheric synths and that sequenced ‘clickty-clickty-clickty’ percussive noise, which clicks along on Reznor & Atticus Ross OSTs urgently. Allen sings and wails over his record with a distorted filter placed on his voice, squashing his vocal into a tight box […]

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Mikaël Delta & Hior Chronik :: The First Ray (Sun Sea Sky)

Mikaël Delta and Hior Chronik have created powerful ambiance with a remarkable ease. Hior Chronik has had a busy year collaborating with Arovane on the well received In-Between, a beautifully realized ambient record which we approved of very much. Chronik and Mikaël Delta have collaborated on The First Ray, another ambient record that’s far more […]

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Igloo on Krake :: Berghain Kantine, Urban Spree, 5th of August

Even though the festival was earthed in the eccentric and underground, there was a great sense of planning about it. The gadgets and peripherals, rooted in the sonic arts felt academic and controlled by nature, and the mutual feeling as you arrived at this outlandish festival was that of a tightly executed party. The attendees […]

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Terminal 11 :: Tracing Structures (naboamusic, Cock Rock Disco)

Tracing Structures is Terminal 11’s most complete work, it simply depends if you’re bothered enough to scratch beyond his madcap surface and dive in. There weren’t many artists back in 2004 making flurries of machine gun splattering sounds on top of drum beats and rhythmic breaks. I first came across Terminal 11 on an Invasion […]

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The Analog Roland Orchestra :: Dinsync (Pressure Suit)

Dinsync unquestionably has its roots in Roland’s synths, yet TARO sound closer to 2000s electronica than late 80s techno. It’s a record which nods its head toward the likes of Boards of Canada, Casino Versus Japan or Porn Sword Tobacco, than a nostalgic Kraftwerk trip. Michal Malak wasn’t kidding when he put Roland in his […]

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V/A :: Eilean 53 (Eilean Rec.)

Eilean 53 is a fine example of precision despite the challenges of each artist doing their own thing in different parts of the world. Compilation records are always about the label, a purposeful presentation of the style and direction it wants to operate in. Where many of these would-be playlists fail to showcase something fluid […]

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Subminimal :: Sinian (Möller)

Percussion is the focus here, drum and bass sequences constantly rearing their head and you get the feeling it’s all held back to keep a sense of clarity about the record. For a record that initially focuses on sparseness and the minimal of melodic sounds, it sure is excitable. The aptly named artist Subminimal dominates […]

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Taavi Tulev :: Kuku! (Self-Released)

The environment teems naturally, birds chirp, a breeze gently fleets, the lake splashes and bees pan across the stereo field, humming in and out. It’s a wonderfully real experience, and if you have a penchant for self-reflection, this could well take you places. Kuku! is not music… at least not in its conventional sense. What’s […]

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Nelson Foltz and Tom Lynn :: Departure (Self-Released)

Departure is another of those records that may not leap out and grab the listener on first playback. By the twentieth minute, its seeped into your veins, with a number of brilliant musical touches becoming apparent to help it reach under the skin. Engaging the emotions with the sheer spectacle of ambiance. Departure is another of […]

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Leigh Toro :: L’Esprit De L’Escalier (Eilean Rec.)

It would seem that L’Esprit… has, by virtue of discovering perfect inspiration, become one of the more satisfying coherent and rangy of Toro’s records. His travels by the waterways have certainly inspired this gorgeous work. Leigh Toro’s been producing music for around twenty years, under the two monikers of Flotel and Bamboo Stilts, both bands […]

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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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Future 3 :: With And Without (Morr Music)

A studied performance with the most meticulous of production. The trio have preserved something of a soul within. A strong and exemplary effort. This is Future 3’s first record in thirteen years. The trio of producers from Denmark return to their latest album, collaborating with and without guests on the aptly titled With And Without. The […]

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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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Musicians taught to think like “unemployed” by Irish Arts Council

Daniel Jacobsen (Diatribe founder) used to be organizing the release of niche records with his label, all in the genre of jazz and electronica. Diatribe’s focus was experimental, non-commercial music—the emphasis was art. Recently, Daniel’s had a change of mindset, leaving his label business to one side and engaging in personal pursuits—teaching and creating music. […]

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AL_X :: Shunt (Fluttery)

A delicate, measured and calm piece, with the producer moving from idea to idea. Shunt by AL_X (Alex Dunford) is a massive twenty-two track album based on the Liverpudlian’s own dreams and nightmares. Conceptual by nature, this record is full of ambience and sampled sound effects. There are a handful of tunes in amongst the […]

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Diaphane :: Lifeforms (Ant-Zen)

Diaphane is the solo project by Regis Baillet, a member in the electronic and experimental duet, Ab Ovo. Lifeforms is Baillet’s second solo record, beginning where he left off. Experimental electronica. On the whole Lifeforms is a puzzling a piece of work. It’s a straight faced and dark record. Not as emotionless as Murcof’s tones […]

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TOMAS DVORAK talks Floex, Samorost 3 and Machinarium

TOMAS DVORAK talks Floex, Samorost 3 and Machinarium. Tomas Dvorak is a musician, composer and multimedia artist. His soundtrack for videogame Machinarium is his most recognized project to date, but he’s also been making waves with his band Floex, as well as the BBC and Discovery Channel reporting on his multimedia project Archifon. Machinarium was […]

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Conquering Animal Sound :: On Floating Bodies (Chemikal Underground)

A seminal second record by the Scots, full of interesting detail and powerful songwriting. It’s hard not to feel that if Björk were to start again, this is precisely the record she’d wish to create. Thus, the Scottish duo’s sound is all about creating space for Anneke Kampman’s voice to work—she carries the record through the […]

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Matmos :: The Marriage Of True Minds (Thrill Jockey)

It’s all here, intended for some sort of psychological poke at electronica. John Cage would have loved this. Quite literally, experiment and study is at the heart of The Marriage of True Minds. Here, Matmos have had individual subjects listen to their music and instantly describe, visually, what it is that they’re hearing. “Large… triangles… green […]

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TeaTronik :: Teatronica (Diatribe)

This accomplished attempt at mainstream electronica proves the labels dynamism—the ability to work successfully in both experimental and popular genres. Teatronica is a step in a new direction for Irish record label, Diatribe. Up to this point their entire catalog has been dubbed experimental or at the very least, for niche audiences. The release prior to […]

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ZoiD :: Lyphyz Drumdrops (Boy Scout Audio)

Not resting on a specific genre throughout, the four tracks that make up this short EP are all different from one another. Individualism is at the forefront of this new work. When Daniel Jacobson, aka ZoiD, was putting together his compilation record using select jazz musicians to base his electronic music around, the musicians must […]

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