Articles By: Jus Forrest

Lee Simeone :: Best Seat in the Dream EP (Vernal Equinox)

A fascinating collection of intricate compositions; a cinematic burst of perfect visual accompaniment that is roused within the mind, especially when taking on board the vintage styled synthesis, delicate atmospherics, haunting vocal ventures and melodic guitar-driven overtones—all blended to perfect trance. For all lovers of classic synths, Lee Simeone‘s latest Best Seat in the Dream […]

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David Sylvian & Stephan Mathieu :: Wandermüde (Samadhisound)

This instrumental collection is blended throughout and delivers cascades of haunting tones, flooded with pools of tranquil retreats and gentle showers of suspense. [Release page] Wandermüde is an exquisite silky fabric, woven from the combined threads of German sound artist Stephan Mathieu and the highly acclaimed David Sylvian. It explores the more tranquil electronic personas, […]

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Offthesky :: Through the Lines (SEM)

Overall, Through the Lines‘ gradual exposure is like the uncovering of prized treasures at a shrine. Its spiritual edge certainly brings to the fore those awakening sounds that could encourage the petals of a precious flower to open up fully. [Release page] Little is known about them, only that Through the Lines was originally recorded […]

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Dysphemic & Miss Eliza :: Synthetic Symphony EP (Self-Released)

Synthetic Symphony is definitely something to behold in terms of enigmatic strings meets grinding beats. It’s got a hardened core throughout that grinds deep and occasionally explodes, but it’s the striking blend that displays flashes of Vivaldi, that enable’s its solo instrument co-star to become empowered to flaunt its romantic magic. Dysphemic & Miss Eliza are […]

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ESA :: Themes Of Carnal Empowerment Pt. 1: Lust (Tympanik Audio)

It doesn’t disappoint either, and as you may come to expect, it’s immensely energetic, awash with static rough-edged stabs of soundtrack—a laser gun surely capable of slicing its way effortlessly through breezeblock. [Release page] ESA is one of Tympanik Audio’s most iconic artists, and for 2012, they release part one of an exciting dual-part conceptual offering […]

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Rich Batsford :: Valentine Court (Mouflon Music)

An enchanting weave of minimalist movement, the result in the ideal world of course, being the tracking of one artful leading lady in a full-length feature film. Add to that a delightful Edwardian pastel palette. Buy at Bandcamp, Amazon or iTunes. Rich Batsford is a classical pianist from Birmingham, England, and has appeared at the likes of The Big Chill Festival, […]

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Autoclav1.1 :: Embark on Departure (Tympanik Audio)

Tony Young (aka Autoclav1.1) has a very unique method of manipulating dramatic exchanges in order to portray action sequence within his music. His work to date exhibits a unique series of dramatic orchestral compositions, set alongside elements of rock and electronica. Understated, surreal, otherworldly sometimes calm, with contradictions of rhythmic noise that sets a cinematic brilliance. […]

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The rare and intriguing talent of Rachel Ellektra

Rachel Ellektra is a rare and intriguing talent. She’s been playing keyboards since the age of five, ventured into violin at age seven, and took up the guitar aged just eight. Her musical virtuosity didn’t stop there and she would later progress into DJ’ing, as well as experimenting in bands. Today, she runs Axis Trax, […]

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Mike Dunkley & Dalglish :: Double review (Record Label Records)

Jus Forrest dives into Corpus Clock (by Mike Dunkley) and Benacah Drann Deachd (by Dalglish) and uncovers beautiful expeditions into complete heartfelt ambience and a journey that unwinds towards some sparse and even foreboding, yet ever changing landscapes. Both releases are available on Record Label Records. (Mike Dunkley :: Corpus Clock) Mike Dunkley’s debut release […]

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DMX Krew :: Cosmic Awakening EP (Shipwrec)

The Cosmic Awakening EP offers up a vintage, acidic swell, generated from many a percussive build up with plenty of vivid laser beams, all offset against its tuneful bleeps. This bright funky electro release (from DMX Krew) takes its themes from the sublime early discothèque mood shakers and flirts outrageously with vintage house styled blends […]

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Swimming :: Ellipses (Audiobulb)

An affluent and passionate work. Its roots, which are made up of varied beats of specific and careful placement, allow it to grow, develop and flourish, creating a swollen effect that exercises a careful blend of acoustic guitar melody, bass, and beads of intricately placed percussion – the result being a poignant musical essence. [Release […]

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Thomas Lehn / Marcus Schmickler :: Live Double Séance [Antaa Kalojen Uida] (Editions Mego)

Fuses are blown, torch paper is lit, missiles are fired, land mines erupt and a poisonous volcanic ash contaminates every rock and crevasse you could possibly imagine. The whole recording is much of the same with little variation in theme and presents a crazed fight, war bombing electronic heat that melts just about everything it […]

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LEE SIMEONE :: Weaving analog dreams

U.K. based musician and synth genius, Lee Simeone, is a master when it comes to crafting very deep atmospheric collages. His latest excursion; 2011’s twenty-one track album entitled An Introduction to Simeone, is out now, and released through the London based Le Coq Musique label. Simeone’s associations are somewhat intriguing. Not only did he appear […]

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Conrad Schnitzler & Borngräber & Strüver :: Con-Struct (M=minimal)

Each track has its mission, and each assignment is carried out to a high standard, with a solid ambience that crushes its way through the cold grayness of the industrial landscape – it masquerades all fear. [Listen | Purchase] Conrad Schnitzler was an early member of Tangerine Dream and a founding member of Kluster and, […]

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Simeone :: An Introduction to Simeone (sime-one.com)

An Introduction to Simeone floats blissfully between very mellow dreamlike vision pieces, to full on outbursts of electro darkwave; all of which weave unmistakable sparkling strands of symphonic synth-driven magic. [Purchase] To quote Rough Trade – “Mozart with synth’s” could very well be a fitting explanation of such an avantgarde repertoire, that is so very […]

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Steve Strange & Detroit Starrz

Detroit Starrzz are set to launch their unique brand of breaks and beats-inspired synth-pop, delivering a sound way fresher than anything else around. Detroit Starrzz is a collective of artists, producers and re-mixers, and showcases the original New Romantic vocalist Steve Strange of Visage and Blitz Kids fame, alongside keyboard wizard Patrick Ruane from the […]

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Franz Kirmann :: Random Access Memories (Photogram)

Random Access Memories itself, is an exploration of rhythm, carefully blended atmosphere and a definition of composition that’s exquisitely spliced to drive towards a vibrant sequel. [Release page] Francois Kirmann Gamaury records under the moniker Franz Kirmann and is a French electronic musician and producer, currently based in London, United Kingdom. With a varied and […]

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Jordan Lieb :: In Through The Out Door EP (Adjunct Audio)

An understated beat introduces the title track, which, at first, appears to address a more simplistic approach. However, it utilizes acidic sounds, with a voice sample that binds and builds towards a more streamlined directional pulse. [Listen | Purchase] This EP, entitled In Through The Out Door, is Brooklyn’s Jordan Lieb’s first release for Adjunct […]

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The Astroboy :: The Chromium Fence (PAD)

The finer details of the recordings shine through, with absolutely nothing lost in a mix, or hidden beyond obscurity. The retro science fiction inspired excursion of every track has its own touching presence, and, not only that, it leaves a dense, trance like, vapor trail thereafter. [Listen | Purchase] Musician Luis Fernandes goes under the moniker […]

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Laurent Pernice vs. Laurent Perrier :: Play Piano and Sounds (Sound On Probation)

An ambient illusion of industrial mainstay, featuring strict piano verse, electronic sampling and experimentation of pure sound. [Release page] Play Piano and Sounds fuses the talents of both Laurent Perrier and Laurent Pernice, formerly of French Industrial band Nox, to produce an expressive concept of styled workings that are exhibited on this latest collaboration. The […]

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Ultravox :: Moments from Eden (Live EP) (Eden)

The German tour was its own little segment, with a set of shows that had a personality all of their own, coupled with a great atmosphere – and it’s all captured here; one of those great packages you’ll just want to shed a tear over because – well – you own one! [Purchase] Recorded live […]

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A Dancing Beggar :: Follow The Dark As If It Were Light (Audiobulb)

A Dancing Beggar offers a shifting pattern of tranquility that produces both a calming and sophisticated landscape – indefinitely mapped out and driven exclusively from an undercurrent of well thought out arrangements – hitting on sensitive touches, and compelling attention to detail. [Purchase] With a rather un-dramatic poise, this second album from A Dancing Beggar […]

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Chronos :: Inspirational Power (Beats & Pieces)

This record contains superb traditional analogue sounding synth texture throughout, with each segment of electronic instrumentation being well separated and easily identifiable – nothing is masked. [Info page] This record contains superb traditional analogue sounding synth texture throughout, with each segment of electronic instrumentation being well separated and easily identifiable – nothing is masked. As […]

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Monty Adkins :: Fragile.Flicker.Fragment (Audiobulb)

Fragile.Flicker.Fragment. is an affectionate tuneful application of instrumentation that gives way to plural watery textures of organic sound construction and mythological extract resulting in a calming electronic spectrum. [Purchase] Composer Monty Adkins was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge, United Kingdom, where he read music, specializing in French Medieval and Italian Renaissance music. After being introduced […]

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Jumpel :: Europa (Hidden Shoal)

Hugely ambient, gentle and suggestive in part, with quiet aspects that lament around each city stop, Europa is a portrait of minimalistic excellence and a passion for discovery, which flourishes with every experimental step across the continent. [Listen | Purchase] When Jo Durbeck and Rene (formerly of German band Bones) founded their very own company […]

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Kreidler :: Tank (Bureau B)

Legendary group Kreidler were formed in Dusseldorf in 1994. This North American exclusive 2011 release entitled Tank, is presented via the Beaurau B label, offering up a collection of innovative instrumentals that are set down mainly in repetitive circles of dark embellishments and strong anchored beats. Its earthy wooded areas are met with shiny melodic […]

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The Hole Punch Generation :: Conversations (Audiobulb)

Plenty of texture paste here, interwoven well, making it a responsive, forward thinking ride. [Listen | Purchase] With two mixes of definite contrast, The Hole Punch Generation‘s Conversations can seem somewhat confused. Commencing with a very pretty direction, the beat tends to overtake things somewhat. It’s faster than a rollercoaster; taking a very individual path […]

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Invisible Allies :: Hyperdimensional Animals (Native State)

Invisible Allies is a collaboration between well known West Coast downtempo aficionado Bluetech and Philadelphia electronic mastermind KiloWatts. Jus Forrest investigates the audio fabric of the duo’s recent offering and uncovers a robotic groove that remains unconventional in the reflection of its own damp glow. [Listen | Purchase] Hyperdimensional Animals is a wonderful and varied […]

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Benjamin Finger :: For You, Sleepsleeper (How Is Annie)

For You Sleepsleeper often becomes busy and cluttered, while in part it remains beautiful in its construction, home to acoustic bordering on classical influences, and touches of subtle framework. [Purchase] The superb artwork that appears on the cover of this latest release sums up the dynamics of the content quite well. What I will say […]

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