Articles By: Paul Lloyd

TYMPANIK AUDIO :: 3View 2011.3

Despite significant changes in musical retail in recent years Tympanik Audio have successfully managed to maintain their popularity with a regular release schedule (mostly on physical formats) and a strong stable of both new and established artists. At the beginning of last year, Tympanik Audio opened their annual release schedule with a clutch of releases […]

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TOUCH :: 3View 2011.2

Resplendent in founder Jon Wozencroft’s distinctive sleeve designs, Touch is always mindful of quality both aesthetically and musically, and continues to deliver the best in experimental electronic listening music that is high in concept and creativity. Touch has long been a label that embraces experimental electronic music by an array of respected musicians, many who […]

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Access To Arasaka :: void(); (Tympanik Audio)

void(); is a combination of intricate, frenetic, glitchy beatwork and dark creeping atmospheric ambience. Sometimes perfectly cinematic and quite beautifully conceived, sometimes dark and ominous, and at other times random and abstract. [Listen | Purchase] With an avid interest in all things visionary and listing amongst his influences the American writer William Gibson and Russian […]

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Mothboy :: Yield EP (Drawn)

A master of bass manipulation, Smerdon’s final release as Mothboy is typically bass heavy but as wonderfully produced and executed as you would expect if you have followed his previous output. Early in the New Year, a new label based in Bristol (UK) releases their first full artist release. Having already released a free label […]

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Peter Martin Christopherson aka “Sleazy” (1955-2010)

Christopherson’s personal legacy and contribution to underground music burns brightly and will live on for long to come. Never one to shy away from controversy and always ready to push boundaries, he was loved and respected by many and influenced countless others. There will never be another Sleazy, or John Balance, that’s for sure. On […]

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cliffordandcalix :: Lost Foundling 1999-2004 (Aperture)

(August 2010) cliffordandcalix is the duo of Mark Clifford and Chantal Passamonte. Both Warp artists, Clifford is best known as a founder member of Seefeel who have released records on Warp, Too Pure and Rephlex Records and who have recently reunited to record new material; Passamonte has released five albums for Warp Records in the […]

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Mille Plateaux :: Review three pack

(May 2010) After lying dormant for several years Mille Plateaux makes and an unexpected but welcome return to the fray. Following an ill-fated attempt to resurrect the label in 2004 finally fizzled out in 2006 it seemed the label was gone for good until news started to circulate that the label would be re-launching again […]

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Dissolved :: Symbiotic Colouration (Binkcrsh)

“…Although Daniels’ music is often referred to as dark ambient there is nothing particularly sinister about it, it is more emotional and introspective than it is dark or mysterious. There are dark elements within it but they are generally fairly subtle and implied rather than deliberate, focusing instead on surging layers of ambient texture and […]

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V/A :: MMX (n5MD)

(March 2010) In the opening days of 2010 Californian label n5MD released a free MP3 collection of tracks drawn from their forthcoming release schedule. Released in conjunction with Bandcamp and exclusively available through the n5MD page on the Bandcamp website, MMX – the Roman numeral equivalent of 2010 – is the first in a series […]

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Another Electronic Musician, ent and SubtractiveLAD reviews (n5MD)

(February 2010) Critically acclaimed Californian label n5MD opens the new year with a trio of new releases; albums from label originals Another Electronic Musician and SubtractiveLAD and another from newcomer ent. Recognising the need to diversify n5MD has slowly expanded its roster to include artists not purely of the electronic genre, ent being one such […]

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DJ Hidden :: The Words Below (Ad Noiseam, CD + 12″ Singles)

(February 2010) Although he already had an impressive back catalogue of 12 inch singles to his name, 2007’s The Later After was Noel Wessels debut album and his first release as DJ Hidden for acclaimed German label Ad Noiseam. After the reception his debut received, the label has supported his follow-up album, The Words Below, […]

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Paul Lloyd :: Top lists for 2009

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Top 10 releases :: A Wake A Week :: Little Black Cloud (Spectraliquid) Access to Arasaka :: Opidian (Tympanik Audio) Alva Noto :: Xerrox Vol.2 (Raster-Noton) Aphorism :: Surge (Tympanik Audio) Aidan Baker / Thisquietarmy :: A Picture of a Picture (Killer Pimp) Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words :: Lost in Reflections (Killer […]

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Poordream :: Immaterial Monarch (Spectraliquid / 33)

(September 2009) Although John Valasis has worked for several years as a producer and mixing engineer for a number of artists Immaterial Monarch sees the debut of his own material under the Poordream moniker. The album is a collection of two original tracks inspired by the Zeitgeist movie series along with a further eight remixes […]

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Mika Vainio :: Black Telephone of Matter (Touch)

(September 2009) Probably best known as half of electronic experimentalists Pan Sonic, Mika Vainio also records under his own name as well as Philus and Ø. This album, his fourth solo album since 1997 for the UK’s esteemed Touch label, sees him further explore the minimal side of his electronic palette. Covering seven tracks in […]

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City Rain :: Light Turned On (Boltfish)

(July 2009) City Rain is the solo project of Ben Runyan of Philadelphia, USA. Light Turned On is his debut release for the UK based label Boltfish who have established themselves as purveyors of quality electronic music over the past few years. Runyan’s objective with this release is to create an autobiographical album that depicts […]

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V/A :: Birmingham Sound Matter (Audiobulb)

(July 2009) Directed by the esteemed sound artist Francisco López, Birmingham Sound Matter is a compilation of recordings by a collection of artists from the Birmingham, Coventry and Black Country areas of the Midlands in England. Some were born there, some gravitated there from various locations around the UK and further afield. The project is […]

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Lucidstatic :: Unearthed (Tympanik Audio)

(July 2009) Following a tremendous response to Lucidstatic’s debut full-length Gravedigger released by Tympanik Audio last year the label has decided to offer a digital package of 16 new remixes of album tracks entitled Unearthed. The package is available direct through the label’s website and is priced at a very affordable $5. It is also […]

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Squaremeter (m2) :: Nyx (Ant-Zen)

(02.16.09) Mathis Mootz releases his fifth album for Ant-Zen as m2 (or Squaremeter). His ninth album in total since 2000, Nyx means night and it is also ancestral name for the group of Greek gods and goddesses from which it draws its inspiration, each track named after a different deity from the dark side of […]

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Nadja / Netherworld :: Magma to Ice (Fario)

(02.16.09) French label Fario is an off-shoot of Feardrop magazine specifically setup to showcase collaborations between artists. Releasing just one album a year almost every year for 10 years, the staff at Fario are very selective about what they release in their name. For this edition, Italian musician and owner of the Glacial Movements label […]

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Jack Marchment :: Corydon & Manjrekar (Benbecula)

(02.16.09) Corydon & Manjrekar, Jack Marchment’s second album in Benbecula’s ongoing Minerals Series sees him progressing and building the sound he first developed with Recordings in 2006. Melding smooth techno rhythms and crisp electronics with sampled sounds and occasional forays down strange pathways, Marchment develops a style of his own. Not to mention his miss […]

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Paul Lloyd :: Top lists for 2008

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Top 10 :: COIL :: Ape of Naples / The New Backwards (Important) V/A :: Recovery (Fractured) Edward Ka-Spel :: Dream Logik Parts 1-3 (Beta-Lactam Ring) Andrew Liles & Daniel Menche :: Progeny of Flies (Beta-Lactam Ring) Aidan Baker :: Book of Nods (Beta-Lactam Ring) Susan Matthews :: Axis Vein (Siren Wire) The Silverman […]

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V/A :: Recovery (Fractured, 10 x 7″)

(11.11.08) Every so often, just when you are beginning to wonder whether the genre you love has had its day, somebody or something comes along to restore your faith. In this instance, the “somebody” is Fractured Recordings and the “something” is their luxurious boxset of 10 seven inch singles entitled Recovery. The whole concept behind […]

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V/A :: Robot Dreams (Kahvi Collective)

(11.01.08) As part of their tenth anniversary celebrations, the Kahvi Collective has released Robot Dreams, a collection of tracks from their favourite artists exclusively available through digital outlets such as Beatport, iTunes and select others. Each track has been specially recorded for this compilation and sees a majority of the artists featured appearing on commercial […]

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TYMPANIK AUDIO :: Review Four Pack (August, 2008)

(08.18.08) Set up less than a year ago, Tympanik Audio based in Chicago, USA has already established an active release schedule of consistently high quality dark electronic music from a range of new and already established artists. With new signings regularly appearing it is already home to names such as Totakeke, Displacer, Stendeck, new signing […]

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Zainetica :: Soul Paradox (Rednetic)

(08.18.08) Over five and a half years since his first release for Rednetic Recordings, their founder and hard working electronic musician in his own right Mark Streatfield releases a new album for the label. Soul Paradox sees the return of his Zainetica project after spending the intervening years releasing material through a long list of […]

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Xela :: For Frosty Mornings and Summer Nights (Type)

(08.06.08) John Twells’ project Xela’s debut release was back in 2003 on Lee Norris’ much respected but Neo Ouija imprint (which will be making a comeback in 2008). Norris had received Twells’ demos and encouraged him to put together an album which he then released as For Frosty Mornings and Summer Nights. Four years after […]

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Milieu :: Remodelled (Boltfish)

(08.06.08) Milieu is the brainchild of Brian Grainger from South Carolina, USA. Recording under many pseudonyms such as Parallax, Vhom, Coppice Halifax and also under his own name, Grainger is an amazingly prolific electronic musician with a impressive release schedule. Having released albums for U-Cover, Experimedia, Infraction, Rope Swing Cities, Expanding Electronic Diversity and Unlabel […]

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Cenotype :: Origins (Hive)

(07.10.08) A long-time supporter of the New York City industrial music scene, Lenny B – otherwise known as DJ Wintermute – finally releases his debut CD under the Cenotype moniker. Full of aggressive, no compromises industrial music with dark ambient undercurrents, Origins recognises the early Daft, Ant-Zen and Hymen releases that inspired its creation. Opening […]

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PORTISHEAD:: Live at Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK (04.13.08)

(06.08.08) THE Civic Hall in Wolverhampton is a medium-sized venue in the centre of the UK that is a regular stop for touring bands of all types and genres. When Portishead visited it was the busiest I think I have seen the venue in a long time, the audience representing a cross-section of people of […]

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