Articles By: Chang Terhune

Eat Static :: Last Ship To Paradise (Interchill)

While Last Ship To Paradise is a good, solid electronic album combining elements of IDM style beats and grooves, it is not choked with so much synthesis that one can’t hear the tunes for the wires. With 13 albums created over 28 years, Eat Static have earned their status as legendary pioneers in the art of modern […]

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Robert Logan :: Pop EP (Slowfoot)

A foray into new territory combining his knowledge of classical music with atmospherics and just a hint of a more beat oriented approach. When a new Robert Logan release appears we here at Igloo sit up and take notice. This is because his work appears to be that of someone who’s been composing for twenty […]

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Mono Peninsula :: Tired Dub (ROHS!)

Mono Peninsula is strictly dub with a hint of IDM whereas Photophob lives firmly in the latter realm with aspects of dub applied to the production. It’s great to see an artist branch out and explore like Mono Peninsula does. I’m not alone in looking forward to more from this moniker and musician. Mono Peninsula—alias […]

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Richard H. Kirk :: Dasein (Intone)

Richard H. Kirk, the sole member of Cabaret Voltaire, is back after a long six year hiatus with Dasein. It spares no one, takes no prisoners and does so shamelessly. And thank god for that. Richard H. Kirk, the sole member of Cabaret Voltaire, is back after a long six year hiatus with Dasein. It […]

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3View :: Atlea, Scarford & Identity Theft (Katabatik)

Katabatik’s at it with some new industrial styled releases that should find a place on the dance floor as well as your favorite BDSM/dayglo green lit club. Atlea’s I is a mixture of industrial, synth pop and minimal techno. “At War” sounds a bit like vintage Proem with some vocoder thrown in plus a bit […]

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Blochemy :: Rame (Sun Sea Sky)

Rame by Blochemy is a decent record for a rainy afternoon, dozing on the couch, sipping some tea and slipping off into dreams. Rame by Blochemy is a decent record for a rainy afternoon, dozing on the couch, sipping some tea and slipping off into dreams. Perhaps if it were released in 2002 or 2007 it would […]

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Si Begg :: Blueprints (Shitkatapult)

The burbling, self-oscillating synths may remind one slightly of vintage Tangerine Dream but the hints of Rephlex Acid Krew sneaking through indicate there’s more modern reasoning in place. There’s deft work in crafting the reverb here, reminiscent of Tonikom and the masters of convolution, Autechre. Blueprints is the latest and sixth studio album from Si Begg […]

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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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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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Syl Kougai :: ΙΧΘΥΣ Extended (Hymen)

ΙΧΘΥΣ Extended exhibits the freneticism one equates with IDM /electronica. Syl Kougai’s ΙΧΘΥΣ Extended is a puzzler. Is it a re-release of his album ΙΧΘΥΣ (Schematic, 2015) Is it a companion to ΙΧΘΥΣ? Is it an EP? Is it a remix album? Is it a dessert topping? A floor wax? What is it? Most of the songs […]

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Dead Fader :: It Works 1 EP (Parachute)

Dead Fader draws from a variety of influences on this album, including but not limited to Boards of Canada, J.S. Bach, Pan_sonic, Clark to Kanye. Really nothing gets left off the table. Dead Fader’s It Works 1 is a mixed affair in that it offers four songs up in either light or dark mode, slow […]

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Simon12345 & The Lazer Twins :: Cheveux propres, cheveux gras (Holger)

Disjointed, neither rooted solidly in one idea nor fitting firmly into a particular genre. This isn’t necessarily bad as it can often be the chance for music to be heard in a way it might not normally. Simon 12345 & The Lazer Twins EP Cheveux propres, cheveux gras is an odd affair. While it sounds […]

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Rook Vallade :: Vestiges – Compiled DATs 92 -00- ADF_V1 (Touchin’ Bass)

Vestiges has a strange quality about it where a certain naivete or even a nostalgia pervades every track, manifesting in different ways across each. Oddly alluring and worth repeated listens. Rook Vallade’s Vestiges has a strange quality about it where a certain naivete or even a nostalgia pervades every track, manifesting in different ways across each. In “Badistmp” […]

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Robert Logan :: Flesh Decomposed (Slowfoot)

Flesh Decomposed shows a bit of softness and light among the darker tracks that dominate this album of reworked tracks that breathes new life and new depth into Logan’s oeuvre. Robert Logan’s Flesh (Slowfoot, 2015) was one of my favorite albums of 2015. Flesh brought together modern electronics, classical music, jazz and soundscapes into something evocatively […]

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Touched 3 :: Macmillan Cancer Benefit Compilation (Touched Music)

Planet Earth’s largest electronic music benefit compilation Touched 3 featuring 4 17 songs and over five gigabytes is available now! Touched 3 Touched 3 is the last compilation out by Touched Music benefiting Macmillan Cancer Support. At 417 songs, over five gigabytes and a mere £15 there’s something for every lover of electronic music on this comp. […]

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JK Flesh :: Rise Above (Electric Deluxe)

The tracks on Rise Above utilize sparse, repetitive beats, heavy bass, distortion mixed into a swirl of murky, hazy tracks that thud their way into your ears. Justin Broadrick is a living legend whose musical output which spans from the genre spawning Godflesh to more ambient works as Final to the genre-splicing Jesu which sounds like […]

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V/A :: Touched Bass (Touched Music / Bass Agenda)

Touched Bass brings together a vast array of artists for a great cause from techno, ambient and industrial. Given the heaviness of a lot of these tracks one could assume the organizers hope to simply beat cancer into remission. Touched Bass brings together a vast array of artists for a great cause from techno, ambient and industrial. Given the […]

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exm :: Overscore EP (Touched)

While Autechre long ago left this planet in search of the most alien of rhythms and melodies, exm hews to a more earthly path finding melody and harmony amidst the jarring broken rhythms and effected sounds of modern electronic music. Too often one hears a snatch of electronic music and thinks, “This is trying too […]

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Mr. Jones :: Sounds For The Mute (The Public Stand)

Its pounding rhythms and dark structures are well crafted and expertly composed to induce unease and dancing while create intricate soundscapes. Mr. Jones’ Sounds For The Mute is a collection of dark, techno bangers. But make no mistake: this isn’t your little brother’s EDM fake rave music. Its pounding rhythms and dark structures are well crafted […]

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Cygnus :: Radical User Interfaces EP (Central Processing Unit)

Cygnus explores the tropes and memes of early techno and electro: snappy snares, pulsing, wobbling bass and shimmering arpeggios weaved around a futuristic sound and vision. I first encountered Cygnus when he was opening for Autechre during their 2015 tour of the States. His live set was bouncy and fast, full of classic electro themes […]

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exm :: llmnt (Touched Music)

The album abounds with weird, wonderful sounds, complex rhythms, cold, haunting melodies and a whole lot of dark, dim elements that make it a great listen as a whole. I’ve been on a tear lately about music that works subtly, is restrained and intelligently reductive while not being a pastiche of other works. It’s so […]

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Nonima & Stormfield :: Stratosphere EP (Combat)

A chaotic storm bringing disarray, noise and confusion and leaving more of the same in its wake. Nonima & Stormfield’s Stratosphere EP is like a chaotic storm bringing disarray, noise and confusion and leaving more of the same in its wake. “First Light” begins pretty then proceeds into banging noise like engaging in morning sex while […]

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The Black Dog :: Very Extended Play EP (Dust Science)

Dropping imminently is the Very Extended Play EP (Dust Science) by The Black Dog, a collection of remixed tracks from their latest album Neither/Neither. In the words of The Black Dog: It’s always pretty easy for us to pick who’d we’d like to remix our work as we listen to so much new music and […]

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Frank Riggio :: Psychexcess II – Futurism (Hymen)

Psychexcess II – Futurism‘s unique vision into a dark world is an excellent record for late night flights both terrestrial and cosmic. Whereas Frank Riggio’s Psychexcess I – Presentism was like the soundtrack to a dance set and choreographed in the swamps from Mad Max Fury Road (if you haven’t seen it then imagine a […]

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Robert Logan :: Flesh (Slowfoot)

A great work in not only atmospherics but deep composition relying not on conventional elements so much as the fine detailed placement of found sounds, rhythms and treated instruments. Robert Logan’s Flesh is the work of a man with a haunted brain. Haunted by what? It could be many things but whatever they are these […]

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Senking :: Closing Ice (Raster-Noton)

Closing Ice is a great example of how to work in darkness while shedding light without more heat. In an interview in The Wire circa 1998 or so, Jim O’ Rourke talked about “gestures” in music and how because something was cliched and generally accepted as scary it was used as a “gesture” to indicate […]

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LISSAJOUS :: Audio/Visual software (Audiobulb)

Lissajous is a complex audio/video signal generator built in Max/MSP and inspired by the work of Jules Antoine Lissajous. As an electronic musician—actually, I am a fully organic meat-popsicle human but I make music electronically—I am on the lookout for new and interesting devices to add to my collection for both recording and performance. At […]

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V/A :: Reign Of Error (Low Res)

It’s 2015 and we’re still trying to induce shock and awe by throwing as much stuff at people’s ears as we possibly can. Reign of Error does this and produces more noise and less signal than one might like. Compilations are a tricky thing. They can either be conceptual in nature or a simple collection […]

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Kingbastard :: XY34R5 “A Decade of Bastardism!” (Odd John)

Clearly in the last ten years Kingbastard has covered a great deal of sonic territory and this collection is an excellent way to dip ones toes into his ocean of sounds before diving headlong into his work. I’m late to the Kingbastard game. His album Data which came out earlier this year was a hard […]

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