Articles By: Mark Boyden

Gacha :: Send Two Sunsets (Apollo)

The Apollo signing, the cover art, the recent singles under his Bakradze moniker, the stunning transparent blue vinyl, all of it struck a Pavlovian string that was left to quaver for months on end. With that level of emotional attachment it’s difficult to render a satisfying verdict. “Duras” makes the entire affair worthwhile on its […]

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HVL :: Lucky Star of High Minded EP (Rough House Rosie)

This EP, and the Ritual in Transfigured Time collection released earlier this year, prove HVL has attacked 2015 with a rare relish that promises ever more attention will be directed towards the impressively progressive Georgian scene. Before Putin made headlines by brazenly bullying Ukraine, he was busy pushing around another ex-Soviet nation: Georgia, the humble […]

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Djrum :: Plantain / What I Was Doing When I Was Doing What I Was Doing EP (Samurai Red Seal)

The single most apt diction I’ve ever seen in music journalism was the description of Djrum’s work as “panoramic.” The man’s sound is all-encompassing in scope. Also contained in this idea is the notion of musical narrative: not only is a lush primeval landscape unfurled, every one of his releases has a storybook quality that […]

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Sunchase :: The Truth EP (Med School)

For those seeking a fresh drum & bass sound, or for longtime adherents of the minimal aesthetic pioneered by labels like Med School and Exit, The Truth is required reading. Geography cannot be wholly ignored in music. Here in the New World I’ve been to plenty of shows where the performer looks up from their […]

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Vril :: Portal (Delsin)

An absolute must not just for fans of techno but for electronic music enthusiasts of any pedigree. Almost nothing is publicly known about the techno producer styling himself as Vril, whose second full length album Portal is Delsin’s inaugural release of 2015. There are a few scattered and blurry photos, but no name, no origin […]

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Eskmo :: B Sides Unreleased Vol. 1 (2008​-​2012) (Ancestor)

For someone with a production method so devoted to minute layering, any window into that creative process bears immediate scrutiny. Fortunately Angelides has given us exactly such an opportunity through the release of B Sides Unreleased Volume One on his own Ancestor imprint. Eskmo (Brenden Angelides) tracks are certainly known for their intense complexity—the sheer […]

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Lackluster :: Lexicon of Goods (JellyFish Frequency)

Lexicon of Goods palpably sits atop nearly two decades of production experience and demonstrates the intricacies of his much refined work philosophy. When you’ve been putting out music as long as Lackluster (Esa Ruoho) has, it must be difficult to mentally locate your current project in the vast expanse of your previous material. Indubitably, his […]

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Machinedrum :: Vapor City Archives (Ninja Tune)

While it brings the current era to a close, Vapor City Archives is at its heart a harbinger of wonderful things to come. It firmly ensconces Stuart as the cross-generational ambassador, someone who is able to fully leverage modern production capabilities while never straying from the now deep roots electronic music has put down. This […]

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Mouse on Mars :: 21 Again (Monkeytown)

21 Again almost feels like a direct rejoinder to those worried speculations about a new direction by demonstrating that no matter what style or genre they try their hands at, Mouse on Mars will produce excellent, utterly unique and instantly recognizable music. It has always been somewhat of an enigma as to why German duo […]

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