Articles By: Giancarlo Sandoval

The Doubling Riders :: Garama (Time Released Sound, reissue)

The Doubling Riders make trippy music, their compositions oscillate between a soundtrack to a meditation session and a blissful look at a potentially never-ending painting. The reissue by Time Released Sound comes as a great surprise for lovers of ambitiously defiant music. Started as a project between Francesco Paladino and Pier Luigi Andreoni, The Doubling […]

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Shlømo :: Avadon EP (Wolfskuil)

Shlømo’s (not to be confused with Shlohmo) Avadon is one ambitious EP comprised of two tracks and one remix. “Avadon (Part 1)” is a remarkable 6 minute piece that, ironically, leads to the 7-minute “Avadon (Part 2)” which manages to outdo the first part by bringing the icy atmosphere to the forefront finding similarities with […]

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Cardopusher :: Manipulator (Boysnoize Records)

Barcelona-based Cardopusher has made a slick, acid-inspired techno album for the heads that have been following him ever since he burst into the scene in 2006. It was 2008 and I had downloaded an EP called ThisTroy by venezuelan artists Cardopusher and Pacheko. With only seven tracks, both artists managed to put themselves in the […]

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Jega :: Extropy – Speedhack

Describing himself as a NeoFuturist Filmmaker, Dylan Nathan (a.k.a. Jega) is making a comeback of sorts with his Extropy project, a proof of concept for a sci-fi film for the 21st century. Jega’s output has been highly rated by the team at Igloo Magazine and we are hoping to see more of him. He has […]

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Squarepusher :: Damogen Furies (Warp)

In its own twisted way, Damogen Furies provides a dialogue between sub-genres where Squarepusher, as one of the interlocutors, swallows whole the other and vomits a severely changed amalgamation between the current ‘popular’ techniques used in the sub-genres and his own personality. Some guy :: “Okay, Tom, how about if for your next album we […]

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Chad Mossholder :: Non-Site Specific (Artificial Music Machine)

The minimalistic take on IDM here is, if anything, a frank reminder of the power of subtlety and a delight to the ears at the same time. Chad Mossholder’s Non-Site Specific is an icy take on a genre that thrives on cold abstraction. Coming from Artificial Music Machine, the second half of Twine (BiP_HOp, Ghostly […]

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Himuro Yoshiteru :: Balance EP (Acroplane)

Layered electronics that casually hints at an acoustic base. It starts off great, first track “New Balance” is a refreshingly layered electronica track that casually hints at an acoustic base. The track comes alive when the guitar chords come in. The result is a instantly accessible tune. Aching to The Books’ experiments with abstract electronica, […]

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Steve Reich / Ensemble Avantgarde :: Four Organs / Phase Patterns / Pendulum Music (Karlrecords)

Four Organs / Phase Patterns / Pendulum Music are reminders that, while Reich himself did not record these three pieces, many feel his legacy ought to be remembered and celebrated. Certainly, the Ensemble Avantgarde achieves this and more. One of the founding fathers of so called minimal music, Steve Reich began experimenting long before his […]

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Polyklinik :: Mental Market EP (Bedroom Research)

This blend of abstract hip-hop should not work—its beats so thoroughly exhausted by the Brainfeeder crew and deconstructed by its heirs—but Polyklinik’s variations are rich enough to deserve repeated plays. Polyklinik’s Mental Market is a clear example of an out of place and out of time beat scene aesthetic that rehashes certain elements of the […]

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D-Fried :: Peak Shift Effect (Clean Error)

In a way, D-Fried’s Peak Shift Effect, rewards the listener willing to lose her or himself in the beautifully painted electronic landscapes Saludes so graciously conveys. Clean Error’s D-Fried (aka Spaniard Jordi Saludes) is a wonderful addition to the current electronic music landscape. Salude’s efforts as D-Friend point towards the kind of warm and soft […]

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Displacer :: Electric Dreams (The Crime League)

An assured and mature sound that manages to rescue IDM from its solipsistic focus on conceptual electronica. Displacer’s Electric Dreams is an often dark, moody and dystopian take on maximalist electronica. Combining the sounds of figures like the recently reappeared Tim Exile with a futuristic aesthetic, Displacer—Canadian producer Michael Morton—gives us eight tracks of his […]

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Touched Two :: Mega Cancer Benefit Compilation out November 28 (Touched Music)

What is particular about Touched Two is that so many artists came together to compose new material for the compilation. Certainly, while many other similar efforts often do the same, this compilation also showcases new and upcoming producers. It’s pretty usual for pop artists to band together in order to contribute to a cause; enter […]

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Grouper :: Ruins (Kranky / Yellow Electric)

Grouper’s dark path has taken Harris to confess her intimacies in the most straightforward way. For a specific kind of fan, Ruins must sound like a sham. A horrible detour into the generic voice and piano pairing that Liz Harris avoided for so long. Celebrated and loved by all, 2008’s Dragging a Dear Deer Up […]

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Clark :: Clark (Warp)

Where previous Clark albums consciously tried to destroy the listener’s eardrums, Clark invites you to revel in the magnificence of structure. Who is Chris Clark? The once young signee to Warp Record’s roster has been constantly evolving in ways that often seem unpredictable. Clark’s first releases combined his penchant for wild IDM and bass heavy […]

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Hosmoz :: Fading Mechanisms (Bedroom Research)

Every once in a while it’s magnificent to hear an artist that recognizes the value of an intelligently composed—and dare we say fun?—dance track. “Head-banging” is actually quite a good phrase to describe Hosmoz’ first album Fading Mechanisms. An amazingly cocky and brazen work, filled with tracks such as “Vulva (LP edit)” and “Underground My […]

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Ten Years of Combat

Sonic aggression at its purest. Ten Years showcases a lot of what makes Combat Recordings the most aggressive drum and bass label out there. For a genre that pretty much thrives on the violent dynamic of its programming, Ten Years shows that every artist on Combat’s roster can out-beat even the most experienced drum and […]

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Rustie :: Green Language (Warp)

Rustie makes music for hyperactive beat heads that have gone off their meds and started to obsessively play Zelda. “Goodness gracious the synths! Will they ever stop?” If someone were to ask that question, surely playing Green Language would make him see the error of his ways. What was the name we were using for […]

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Daedelus :: The Light Brigade (Brainfeeder)

Daedelus works in the fringes of genres, taking what works at the limits and pushing the boundaries just a bit more. What is the beat scene to do without its most “out there” hero, the impeccably dressed Daedelus? With a huge discography under his belt, the man has become a symbol for what true experimentation […]

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Aphex Twin :: Syro (Warp)

While we wait for the earth shattering material, though, Syro is a nice reminder that the genius is alive and well. As an artist, Aphex Twin (aka Richard D. James) is a true innovator. A brilliant quasi-autistic mind that always seems to go beyond the limits of electronic music. But as a “public” figure, Richard […]

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Boards Of Canada :: Hi Scores EP (Reissue) (Skam)

Hi Scores proves that Boards Of Canada were skilled sound designers from the start. In their debut EP for Skam, Boards Of Canada signaled a new way of arranging sounds. It was simultaneously hip-hop and ambient, half IDM, half trip-hop. Thanks to the new reissue we can enjoy the innovative work that sowed the seeds […]

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Weldroid :: Silicate Garden (tonAtom)

Silicate Garden paints a kind of tricky, gloomy path. The kind of blue atmospherics that are often left merely hinted at by IDM acts. Silicate Garden, the latest—and reportedly last—album by Swedish-based and Hungarian-born electronic musician Weldroid should surprise none of his fans as it consists of ten tracks of carefully composed IDM that has […]

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The Bug :: Angels & Devils (Ninja Tune)

With the release of Angels & Devils, The Bug is no longer describable by mere genre distinctions. This is street music that derives its personality from grey landscapes and aggressive beats. Just as The Bug’s previous effort, Angels & Devils is packed with guest vocals and dark tunes. Unlike London Zoo’s opener “Angry,” however, this […]

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Dntel :: Human Voice (Leaving / Stones Throw)

In a sense, Human Voice may be a telling clue of what this album definitely does not need. Bleep bloop, bleep bloop. So begins the latest album from Jimmy Tamborello (of The Postal Service fame) under his Dntel moniker. What might be in store for the composer after his band’s much talked about breakup? A […]

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Summer Night Air :: 4 (Cruel Nature)

Compact, minimalist and worthy of praise, 4 packs five tracks filled with moving drones and beautiful landscapes. Little drops of music fall in the pavement, they form an ethereal wave of sound. It moves forward ever so slowly. What initially were drops become guitar chords, nature transforms itself into human-made sounds. Imperfectly, the chords continue to […]

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P.P. Roy :: Watch The Dough Nut Not The Hole (UPITUP)

A diverse album, one that combines vocal samples and strange melodies that echo hip hop’s best producers. After reading that, surely everyone can understand why “delightfully weird” are the words that come to mind after listening to P.P. Roy‘s comeback album after twelve years. Watch The Dough Not The Whole shows an artist willing to […]

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Panther God :: Golden Changes (Outside)

Panther God’s specialty is a kind of generic and blunted beat making that their peers back in 2011 have long since washed off. Back in 2008, it seemed like everything was going to change. Flying Lotus released his (first) masterpiece, Los Angeles, to great acclaim; the L.A. beat scene was booming and many people around […]

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Sound Strider :: Padovan Sequence EP (La Briche)

Padonvan Sequence shows an artist willing to lay it on thick on the psychedelics over techno beats. In “Polyegg Eighty-Six,” a persistent percussion makes its way through what seems to be a tribal, almost jungly, beat. For around six and a half minutes, the sounds are constantly contrasted with elusive synths and samples. The effect […]

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Babe Rainbow :: Falling Apart (Kinky Beggar)

Whereas most artists struggle to go back to that initial sound, Babe Rainbow has quit the schizophrenic experimenting of his early days and has now settled into the minimally yet expansive sounds of ambient music. Needless to say, it’s a nice fit. In 2010’s Shaved (Warp), Babe Rainbow sounded both aggressive and dangerous. An artist […]

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V/A :: The Silence Was Warm Vol. 5 (Symbolic Interaction)

A wide range of sounds that go from ambient electronics to field recordings, to beautiful piano driven soundscapes and beats. The Symbolic Interactions compilations have consistently brought us a wide range of sounds that go from ambient electronics to field recordings, to beautiful piano driven soundscapes and beats. Their latest compilation is no different—The Silence […]

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