Articles By: Andy Gillham

Scarper :: Warmer Squares (Plexus)

Warmer Squares is not, however, solely reliant on resurfacing rave tropes from a previous party generation—more so it throws a current day take around what made certain aspects dance music so enjoyable; melodies, chord progressions, pure waveforms and the eclectic mash up of soul, electronic, funk and breakbeat influences. Scarper finally delivers a debut long […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 10

In the true dichotomy that is the tape release world, we’ve continued to trawl the digital world to search out some of the finest tape releases for your ears. Despite a fair degree of searching it feels like we are only just touching the surface of the DIY tape world. Presented here is a small […]

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Scarper :: Lacuna EP (Plexus)

The most enjoyable thing about this EP is not just the music but also just how fun it is. The recent Kettel album on Clone also inhabited a similar space—putting quirkiness back into electronic music. Here’s a little gem that we missed back in 2016. Described by BBC 6 Music as “a modern day Jean Michel-Jarre“, […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 9

We must admit we’ve taken our time since the last update on all things tape. We even missed Cassette Store Day—but every day is Cassette Store Day, right? So, time to delve into some new tape releases that have been tickling our eardrums with delight. We stretch across genres with six releases taking in crackers […]

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Aleksi Perälä :: The Colundi Sequence Vol. 1 (Clone)

Perälä’s work has a distinctly Millsian flavor with hints of spooked AFX melody. It’s certainly other worldly and many of these tracks could easily slot into a Mills album about planets without anyone batting an eyelid. If you are not familiar with the back story to The Colundi Sequence then you’re in luck as they […]

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Radioactive Man :: Dub Vault Volume 2 (UNA Sound)

A properly excellent twist on the genre for fans of old and new dub sounds. There are few producers who can effortlessly pick 10 year-old tracks from their unreleased back catalog yet still sound fresh and bang up date. Keith Tenniswood (aka Radioactive Man) is such a producer and it helps that Keith has been seemingly ever present on the […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 8

It’s been a few months since our last dedication to all things magnetic tape. But never fear, we’ve kept the reels turning and have unearthed a diverse range of noises and music for your listening pleasure—this time taking in cyberpunk IDM, Japanese ambient, crunchy electronica, experimental hip hop swagger and a dream about an apothecary. […]

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Posthuman :: Back to Acid (Balkan Vinyl)

Acid loving Posthuman serve up a 12 track digital album packed to the gills with 303 drenched club workouts. The versatility of the 303 as a dance floor weapon never fails to surprise. By pure chance, those 1980s Roland engineers somehow harnessed a worm like machine funk that could be programmed in multiple formations and still come […]

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Kettel :: Wingtip (Clone)

Each piece is as finely sculpted and honed as the next as cute circuitous arrangements ebb and flow building layer upon layer of elegant melody. Just when you thought it might be impossible to yet again revisit 1990s electronica, along comes Kettel with an album packed with pure nostalgic brilliance. There are no holds barred […]

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Plaster :: Mainframe (Kvitnu)

The order of the day is precise technical audio, vast depth of field, futuristic dystopias and a fair degree of psychotropic sound design. Italy and electronic music make comfortable bed fellows. From the analog compositions of Alessandro Cortini to London based Alessio Natalizia and his Not Waving project, Italy currently has a firm grip on […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 7

Back with the first Tape Transmission of 2016—and what a collection of music we have for you. Gracing our tape heads are selections of vaporwave techno, neck cracking hip hop instrumentals and technicolor BoC revivalism. Immune :: Breathless (Dream Catalogue) Hazy experimental vapor spliced with breaks, shoegaze, techno and ambience. Apparently made in various parks […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 6

We continue our search across the world of cassette releases to provide you with a few gems from the many excellent releases out there. As always these are, mostly but not always, also available on digital for you to enjoy. This time we take in some classic kosmiche, dream techno, analog hardware acid house jams […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 5

Time for more tips from the world of cassette releases. As always, there’s so much amazing music out there—with a few favorites from various musical genres featured below. These are all available on digital and other formats too so, if you’ve yet to dust off your old Sony Walkman, there’s no excuse but to delve […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 4, Space and New Age

As NASA announce the discovery of earth-like planet Kepler-452b and New Horizons beams photos back of Pluto, we felt it was time to indulge in a spacey, new age theme for the latest Tape Transmissions. Think arps, dreamy pads, reverb, effects and cosmic synth noodles. A couple of tape labels get quite a bit of love […]

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T_st and Dronelock :: The Eternal Now (Sphere Gear)

The Eternal Now is imbued with an overarching industrial feel—images of clunking robotic machinery and hissing pistons accompany nebulous synth pads and plenty of unexpected melodic twists. Bradford based producers Martin Cartledge and Alexander Church have been steadily building a solid following around their deep, industrial yet melodic and warm techno productions. Dettmann, Surgeon, Lucy, […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 3

It’s been far too long since the last Tape Transmission but this means there are heaps of excellent releases to catch up on. Boliden :: Meta (Chemical Tapes) Meta by Boliden Really nice reduced loopy techno—kind of a lo-fi The Field spun through a kaleidoscopic lucid dream dappled with summer evening sun. Donnacha Costello :: […]

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V/A :: Touched Two, The Remixes (Touched Music)

Plenty to keep your ears occupied whilst you bask in the glow of having done a good deed! As if raising close to £30,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support wasn’t enough, Martin Boulton brings further dedication to an excellent cause with another huge compilation bursting with names new and old from across the electronic scene. As […]

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V/A :: Mountain Electrics (Balkan Vinyl)

Balkan Vinyl step up once again, pulling together a solid charity compilation in aid of Community Action Nepal (CANEPAL) following the devastating earthquakes in Spring 2015. Packed full of acidic throbbers, techno rumblings and tasty electronic excursions there are new tracks here from B12, Posthuman, Mark Archer, Nightwave, Luke Vibert, Mark Broom and TVO to […]

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Arovane and Hior Chronik :: In-between (A Strangely Isolated Place)

A successful partnership and one that any self respecting ambient fan is thoroughly encouraged to seek out—be it via digital or vinyl. Needless to say, In-between has been on repeat around these parts and gets better with every listen. A very special release indeed. A surprising thing happened the other day. A knock on my door […]

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Planet Boelex :: Moments (Soft Phase)

Fresh from winning a recent Just Music remix competition with his excellent take on Digitonal’s Autumn Round, the Finnish producer returns with a fine selection of stone cold classic Boelex instrumental sounds. Huge ever evolving melodies, melancholic yet uplifting and as epic as ever—if you’ve enjoyed previous Planet Boelex work you will no doubt love […]

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Stefan Jós :: Things You Left Behind (raum)

A perfectly weighted and clinical sound straddling both dance floor and home listening territory. Tokyo’s flau brings us brand new label goodness in the form of raum—an imprint specializing in limited edition 12″s and they’ve certainly pulled out the stops for the debut release. In typical style, flau cast their net worldwide —taking in talent […]

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Arovane :: Aarlenpeers EP (Touchin’ Bass)

Andrea Parker’s Touchin’ Bass imprint deliver a new Arovane release on 10 inch wax—a two track EP baking serious algorithmic exploration across Arovane’s trademark melodies. Buried among the future thinking processing, those melodies gradually worm their way to the forefront of opener “Aarlenpeers” whilst a glittering array of  heavy duty processing explodes around ever developing […]

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Alex Ketzer :: Video Premiere of ‘Marianne Brandt’ (Noorden)

Igloo Magazine is proud to premiere a new track and video release from Alex Ketzer. Not content with working as a respected designer for the Noorden label, Alex Ketzer also proves a huge musical talent with incoming album Marianne Brandt on the same label. Leaning on Bauhaus schooled artist Brandt for inspiration, Ketzer takes the project one step further […]

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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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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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Driftmachine :: Nocturnes (Umor Rex)

A sonic hybrid of sub vibrating dub, hypnotic technoid rhythms and modular tweaking. Berlin based duo Andreas Gerth (Tied & Tickled Trio) and Florian Zimmer (Saroos) front up the latest release from Umor Rex with a sonic hybrid of sub vibrating dub, hypnotic technoid rhythms and modular tweaking as Driftmachine. Before you stretch, yawn and pass […]

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Fennesz :: Bécs (Editions Mego)

Not quite ambient and not quite overt noise with Bécs pointedly asking for your attention rather than quietly seeking it out. Editions Mego serve up the first Fennesz release on the label since 2001’s Endless Summer, with a musical style inhabiting similar sonic territories of melodic guitar work swathed in processing. Further key Fennesz traits abound—strummed […]

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Skam celebrates 20-years / VHS Head’s Persistence of Vision

Twenty years in the music industry is no mean feat, and if you began your time as did Skam Records by discovering Boards of Canada and Autechre you have even more excuse to be celebrating. Yep, this August Skam are twenty years old and if that doesn’t scare you then have a think back to what […]

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V/A :: Sectioned v4.0 (Section 27)

Roll up, roll up for a hard drive busting, ear drum exciting enormo-comp from Scottish based net label Section 27. With no less than 8-hours of music featuring 100 artists, just a scroll down that Bandcamp page should get your download finger twitching. Exploring the outer reaches of abstract electro, it’s an epic collection of artists known and […]

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