Articles By: Gustave Savy

wAgAwAgA :: Acid Highway (Acroplane)

Frantic, relentless, mentally unstable, I think that about covers the main thrust. And I thought acid was a dead genre! Just goes to show that in the right hands everything is packed full of potential. This LP walks a skittering line flirting around the edges of squelchy acid rave, dub, breakcore, and some other stuff […]

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Photophob :: Large Headroom Collider (Self-Released)

Slower atmospheric pieces sit alongside frantic breakcore with proper science applied to the drum programming. A slightly schizophrenic album from Photophob here. Slower atmospheric pieces sit alongside frantic breakcore with proper science applied to the drum programming. Personally I think the former is where Photophob’s strength is, the large atmospheric soundtrack style, while good seems […]

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DEATH GRIPS :: New album feat. Björk

Death Grips have moved further away from the Hip Hop world and are now sailing uncharted waters of abstract form far from the mainland they cast off from. The new album by Death Grips is out as a free digital download from thirdworlds.net preceding a double album The Powers That Be later in the year on Third […]

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JITTER ROOM :: A Breakcore Film by Ruby My Dear and Lisa Chabbert

One of our favorite nut job French psycho breakcore producers of recent years Ruby My Dear and French director Lisa Chabbert have teamed up with the ever innovative Ad Noiseam label to create a short and beautiful film featuring music from Ruby My Dear’s recent album Form. This is a really well made cinematic production […]

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Skytree :: Cirrus Sapiens (Skytree Music)

An intriguing mix of samples, instruments, vocals, intricate glitchy edits, synth washes and glimpses of basses that would not be out of place in a heavy dubstep night in a dingy underground club somewhere. Cirrus Sapiens by Skytree (aka Even Synder) is the result of 2-years work with collaborations from several guest producers, instrumentalists and […]

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Kate Tempest :: Everybody Down (Big Dada)

The story of Everyone Down is like a super-cool modern gangster film of the Guy Ritchie and his contemporaries style, with many different sub-plots revolving around the different characters. Kate Tempest is a big big name at the moment in the UK. There is a good reason for this, namely that she is phenomenally good. […]

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Colo :: “Aubade” (Ki)

A really beautiful piece of music using minimalist ideas of repetition and simplicity. “Aubade,” taken from London duo Colo’s debut album UR is a stripped back plaintive offering that is really quite poignant. It is also available to stream from Soundcloud, and I recommend you take advantage. The song has a cathedral’s worth of space, and […]

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Dead Fader :: Blood Forest / Scorched (Robot Elephant / Small But Hard)

Since that exhilarating 4-track release the producer behind the moniker (John Cohen) has been a bit busy. Two full length albums released simultaneously across two imprints. Dead Fader’s last EP Work it, No was a distorted icy blast of bass fueled mayhem that swept through the damp and mildew stained labyrinthine catacombs of dubstep and its […]

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New Dead Fader Material

Dead Fader (AKA John Cohen) will release two full length albums across two labels on April 21st, 2014. This video for the track “Tubed” is taken from the album Scorched, released through Small But Hard. The accompanying album titled Blood Forest will be released via Robot Elephant and both will be preceded by a single containing 2 tracks not found on the […]

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Ruby My Dear :: Form (Ad Noiseam)

The psychotic programming of his previous work is still in abundance, if a little more refined, but there is also something a bit more humanistic now, a dimension of emotive response, evidenced for example by sections of sweeping organic sounds, slightly ethereal in nature, or haunting piano refrains and beautiful melodic snatches over moody harmonic […]

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Beastie Boys :: Intergalactic (Benji Boko Remix)

A free download of this remix by the remix crazy Benji Boko is available to you, for free, right now. Well, it’s free but via dropify, which demands a Facebook login before you can receive the goodies; acceptable to some, an immediate two fingers up to others. I must admit I’m in the latter camp, […]

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A Tribe Called Red :: Nation II Nation (Pirates Blend)

A personal and cultural statement that unashamedly stands on the shoulders of what came before. Ottawa, Ontario outfit A Tribe Called Red return with a second album of Native American stylings set to thoroughly modern bass heavy foot-moving music, drawing influences from dubstep, trap and other such journalistic classifications. This DJ/producer crew are made up […]

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Jilk :: Retreat To Sleep (Bit-Phalanx)

A chilled out affair with an emphasis on ambient evolving textures and ethereal snippets of melody wrapped up in a swathe of rhythmic whirrs, clicks and pops. The debut full length album from Bristol sound wrangler Jilk is an ambitious and intricate affair. Using a mixture of field recordings and found sound, lush strings, guitar, […]

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Protest Crayon :: Blessing, Cleaning and Cutting (Bit-Phalanx)

There is something so charming and quirky about this album, it’s just infectious. Protest Crayon bring a playful absurdity to the sometimes twee and rather trite genre of vocal synth pop. The Bristol duo of Neil and Paul have been providing live shows that are so infectious that I dare anyone not to enjoy them, […]

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John Cohen :: Deaf Arena (Exotic Pylon)

As an album in its own right Deaf Arena is a towering monument of distorted terror—brooding and heavy with some beautifully intricate atmospheric meanderings. An album of vast doomy tracks that walk the line between shoegazy noise drone and bass heavy aggression, all with a heavy lean toward the ambient arena. John Cohen (aka Dead […]

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Scanone :: Scenes (Yellow Machines)

The real gold of this EP is the complex fast rhythms and thick morphing textures that abound over the sparser background canvas. A concept EP! Five scenes taken from an imaginary sci-fi film have been scored by Scanone and released as a vinyl and digital EP. Maybe this sounds a little self-indulgent with overtones of […]

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Vitreous Men :: Gossamer EP (Zoombézoom)

A very promising first release from Zoombézoom, worth keeping an eye on if you like slightly off-kilter dance music. The first release—and a pretty darn good one—on new Los Angeles-based label Zoombézoom is a 12″ vinyl slab of four to the floor groove and abstract noodling from Vitreous Men (aka Konstantin Gabbro). Some might recognize […]

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Spazzkid :: Desire (Keats//Collective / Purr Tapes / Abandon Building)

Plenty of contemplative moments peppered around a soundscape constructed with interesting sounds gathered from various unknown sources. This full length album from Spazzkid is a collection of gentle meandering electropop tracks with a pastoral feel. It has been out for a little while now, since May of this year (2013) in fact, so I’m a […]

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ANGMOH :: Sampler Vol. 1

 Beautiful electronic/folk/ambient work from such local heroes as Jilk, Cajita and Solarference, who blend and bend fantastic computer sonic manipulations with traditional vocals and instrumentation. AngMoh is a new label from England spanning the two cities of Bristol and London. This first release, excitingly titled Sampler Vol. 1, is a compilation of some of the artists who are so […]

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Ruby My Dear :: Jelly EP (Blue Sub)

Spot on hardcore insanity for the educated anarcho punk junglist acid lovers with an awareness of the jazz heritage among us. The Jelly EP by French producer Ruby My Dear has re-kindled my old love for the manic micro-programming of what we now somewhat disdainfully refer to as IDM and Breakcore. The craziness of first […]

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Zeitgeber (Lucy & Speedy J) :: Zeitgeber (Stroboscopic Artefacts)

Throbbing machine basses heave their bulky presence through shadows just at the edge of perception, like some shapeless monster from a nightmare. Zeitgeber is a new collaborative project from that pioneering Godfather of the techno world Speedy J and the maybe not so well known Lucy. It is also the title of this LP. Speedy […]

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Talk In Colour :: Candles (Self-Released)

Hints of folk, electronica, guitar pop, jazz and even perhaps a touch of classical influences combine to make music that is, if not revolutionary then at least nice to listen to. This free release entitled Candles from London based outfit Talk In Colour is a rather nice acoustic electro pop melange that has a certain folky charm […]

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Materia :: Atlas (Slime)

A genuine work of substance from a club producer who has expanded his remit and taken on something wholly more ambitious than a two track house, garage, dubstep, insert preferred genre release. Atlas is a deep and ethereal album with a huge cinematic sonic geography. Ice covered shimmering alien worlds stretch before you from the […]

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Materia :: Atlas (Slime)

Swedish born UK dwelling producer Materia has a full length album due to drop on May 20th on the Slime label. It’s called Atlas and will be available on vinyl, CD and digitally. It promises on initial peeps to be a mature and thoughtful collection of music, abounding with collaborations. Materia has been known to […]

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Dizraeli And The Small Gods :: Moving In The Dark (ECC)

It’s not pretentious, intimidating or self-congratulatory, as can sometimes be the case, nor is it retro cool groovy funky non progressive lame funk hop, which is a trap fallen into all too often. No, this is great real life groove with a heavy folk bent, executed extremely well. Moving In The Dark has attached itself […]

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MELT YOURSELF DOWN :: Release (Video)

I know I’ve mention the band Melt Yourself Down a few times recently, but that’s because they are mind bogglingly mental. You know how sometimes you hear a new band or artist and you get a little bit obsessed? That’s me right now with these guys. Following on from news of their forthcoming album, here […]

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LUND QUARTET re-launch Sequoia

The fantastic Lund Quartet have announced that they will be releasing the track “Sequoia” as a single on the 6th of May through the label A Future Without. The release will feature the track plus a live version and a remix by the London production duo Figures. Review of this highly anticipated release to follow […]

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MELT YOURSLEF DOWN announces debut album

Melt Yourself Down have announced they are to release their debut album on Leaf. The self titled album from the punk jazz nubian super group fronted by Pete Wareham (Accoustic Ladyland/Polar Bear) will be available on the 17th June on CD, digital and limited edition vinyl. Definitely one to look forward to if their previous releases […]

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Melt Yourself Down :: Fix My Life / We Are Enough (Leaf)

Good loud sweaty music, very danceable with heavy rhythmic bias. Influences from around the world brought together and boiled in a laboratory distiller, then piped through a sonic Liebig Condenser to give a concentrated form of something fresh and exciting. Melt Yourself Down is the new outfit fronted by Pete Wareham of Acoustic Ladyland and Polar […]

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