Articles By: Pete Marshall

Nebulo :: Castles (Hymen)

By layering a vast array of morphed synths and samples on top of a skeleton of unassuming beats, Nebulo creates a lonely sort of electronic music, fit for headphone commuters and urban nomads. When it comes to Castles, the latest release from Hymen Records‘ Nebulo, lo-fi is certainly the word. As a French producer active […]

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Aria Rostami :: Form (Audiobulb)

Expansive synth pads are brought to bear on catchy looped piano melodies conducive to the sort of nostalgic meditation perhaps most famously associated with Boards Of Canada. Originally released two years ago, Aria Rostami‘s beautiful fusion of minimalist piano and spectral electronics, Form, has been re-issued on Audiobulb. Distorted guitar feedback, reversed lines, drum machines—often […]

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Sqaramouche :: Belly Love pt. 1-3 EP (nonine)

Sqaramouche have fused Jazz and Latin’s primal feel with the dark, oppressive atmosphere of contemporary self-conscious electronica—the jungle and the city collide, and it makes a surprisingly good noise. “Enjoy the melody”—Berlin based record label nonine’s sign off to a PR email that I was forwarded. Ironic really, considering that Sqaramouche‘s new release, Belly Love, […]

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VNDL :: Gahrena: Structures (Hymen)

VNDL doesn’t just randomly place various sounds in a concatenation of noise; rather, sounds are matched in virtue of their textural rather than tonal harmony; beats, no longer that which define music, are introduced in order to augment rather than to just churn aimlessly, pointlessly away; and the “real world” is allowed to seep into […]

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Troubled Minds Cabin Crew :: Songs For The Animals (Bedroom Research)

A trip down memory lane, Digi G’Alessio’s (aka Troubled Minds Cabin Crew) new release, Songs For The Animals, revisits the sounds of early electronic music—the days of gigantic synthesizers and tape machines. It’s strange to return to what must have been such exciting times with the knowledge of how electronic music has in fact evolved. […]

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Clark :: Iradelphic Sessions (Self-Released)

Layered feedback, looped vocal samples, soft rhythms, acoustic instrumentation, and full spectrum pad-work are all loosely sewn together into a beautiful patchwork of disparate and harmonious sounds. I, a relatively recent convert, who first experienced 2009’s Totems Flare, always had Clark down as a riff maestro, whose frenetic brand of techno somehow managed to sculpt a […]

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WISP :: Music over status

Wisp belongs to that rare group who genuinely prioritize music over status, identifiable, ironically, by their failure to boast about any such preference. And whilst this can make promotion a nightmare, or simply non-existent, it does bode well for the electronic community at large, supposing that one enjoys the seemingly eternal treasure-hunt for electronic gold. Wisp […]

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MUJUICE :: Elements of unpredictability

Mujuice has managed to replicate his studio electronics whilst incorporating an element of unpredictability and improvisation more often associated with live bands. RUSSIA is perhaps not the first thing that springs to mind when one thinks about electronic music, but this may be about to change. After all, it only takes one particularly original or […]

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