Articles By: Chris Taylor

Portable ‎:: Alan Abrahams (Studio !K7)

Abrahams continues to push on, as singer, songwriter, performer, and citizen of the world. That more people may encounter his music is for the better. Alan Abrahams, the singer and producer behind Portable and Bodycode moves his name from the credits to the cover on his !K7 debut, hinting at a personal reveal. With the […]

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Tom Knapp :: Mophoc Rez EP (Ge-stell)

A brief and promising introduction to an artist working deep within nonrepresentational sound composition. Shifting metallics, collapsing walls of illogical harmonics, and granular synthesis that jumps from acoustic imitation to minute sample scrubbing. Despite being Tom Knapp’s debut release under his given name, Knapp has been a long time contributor to the electronic music underground, […]

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Drifting in Silence :: Artificial (Labile)

Unapologetically grand and emotional, this album will please those who like their ambient sounds tidy and ready for the big screen. Artificial marks a return to purely ambient music from Derrick Stembridge, the composer behind the Drifting in Silence moniker. His work, self-released on Labile Records Inc. have ranged from brightly melodic IDM, to grinding […]

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Rafael Anton Irisarri :: A Fragile Geography (Room40)

This release splits the difference between these two paths; dark and unsettled embers that only very rarely grow into larger flames, savoring a more focused, subtle sound. Populating his songs with treated guitar, field recordings, and computer processing, Irisarri presents a well engineered and inviting album of considerable emotional range. This full length makes his […]

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Kid606 :: Recollected Ambient Works Vol.2: Escape to Los Angeles (Tigerbeat6)

The first sound on this collection is a fleet of decayed rave sirens, exiting a club and evaporating into nothingness. Well, not quite nothingness; a sweet twirl of pads, steely melodic notes and soft stereo clicks. The new Kid606 album seems to be investigating the space between the clouds and the neon-hued tragic glamour of […]

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Frank Bretschneider :: Isolation (Line)

The finest moments break free from a sense of additive composition. Mobiles of sonic material are suspended, spinning slowly while the listener watches its rotation, revealing parts previously unseen. While a Raster-Noton release is usually easy to identify, their individual artists have been difficult to differentiate in the past. Ryoji Ikeda’s informational density, Alva Noto’s […]

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Valance Drakes :: Struggle Experienced Internally (Detroit Underground)

Bold, pitched percussion loops lay down the basis for each of these tracks, slowly filling with more density, adding a sense of tension and development without rhythmically slipping enough to betray the listener’s deeply nodding head. Prolific Londoner Valance Drakes delivers a strong EP of noisy hip-hop tempo experiments for the wide ranging Detroit Underground […]

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