Articles By: Pietro Da Sacco

Nearfield :: G5 (Brainstormlab)

Distinctive, late 90’s IDM hues are in full force—robust percussion, distant melodies and heavy bass jabs scatter throughout each piece. Belarus-based Nearfield continue to shuffle, mince and break apart exp-electronic music until only the roots are exposed. The duo seamlessly refine and migrate the finest in wide-angle glitch productions, with G5 being their latest installment. […]

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Theory :: Red Book EP (Mindtrick)

Theory (aka Russian native Antuan Graftio), elicits a turbulent, muddy and distopian musical trove within each piece. Theory delivers for Mindtrick, what Tangent did in for the imprint a few years ago on 1mk2. The difference, however, is that Theory manages to unleash a more robust industrial influence, whereas Tangent was described as being “inspired […]

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Thin Films :: Mountains and Machines (Thin Recordings)

Electronic varietals shimmy and segue through lush piano keys, and classic late 90’s-era IDM reflections. Fans of Ocoeur, Ulrich Schnauss and Kettel will revel in the mountainous peaks and softened machine grooves. UK’s Dan McRae (aka Thin Films) reveals Mountains and Machines, where electronic varietals shimmy and segue through lush piano keys, and classic late 90’s-era […]

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Eusebeia :: Introversion EP (Mindtrick)

An extended player that opens a plateau of low-flying, lo-fi electronics and mysterious midnight sonic emissions. Eusebeia (aka Seb Watts) is a new alias to these ears, and a welcomed addition to the music library after having been the closure track on the excellent Frequencies of the Mind III compilation with the vocal dust-clouds of “In […]

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Xurba :: Haze de Absentia Dulciora (Electric Studios)

Here we have selected ambient works—panoramas spanning across arid landscapes. Shaping trance-induced sonic windows, Haze de Absentia Dulciora soars at a cruising altitude of 37,000-ft. Xurba (aka the UK’s Will Brazier-Smith) returns with Haze de Absentia Dulciora on his own Electric Studios imprint. Where once lived nostalgia and heartfelt glee, previous albums delved into distant Boards of Canada-inspired kaleidoscope […]

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4T Thieves :: Details EP (Mahorka)

Tranquil and mildly steering vintage synths, this third EP for Mahorka oozes instrumental percussive bits and melancholic vistas. It is very apparent that Nik at Kahvi Collective knows how to keep the proverbial wheels spinning. He’s run the long-standing net-label for over a decade, and continues to renew his own sound within the 4T Thieves […]

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Somatic Responses :: 109ResCloud (Photon Emissions)

Gritty, flickering, atmospheric haze is in full effect—dystopian and replete with wide open spaces, vacant echoes and rusty shards—109ResCloud is a dense, industrial-synth/drone album with high production value and a contagious structural focus. Long-term Somatic Responses moniker from the Healy brothers (John and Paul) continue to unearth a myriad of underground disturbance. Whereas one might […]

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TROP :: ENCLP001 (Encrypted Audio)

A turbulent electronic foray encompassing bass, beats and brutal rhythms. TROP is Fill Spectre (Fred Chicoine from Montreal) and Kronodigger (Alexey Gorokholinskiy from New York), a collaborative force set to stir darker dub-infested waters. Their debut on Encrypted Audio rips through a turbulent electronic foray encompassing bass, beats and brutal rhythms. Take “The Destroyers of All” […]

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Sixty Drops :: Turquoise (Self-Released)

A breath of fresh air, an ode to docile glitch, brisk clicks, and wandering trails, Turquoise is solemn, disparaging, and filled with electrical noodles meant to be entangled in its downtempo sheen. Turquoise opens with the emotional “Fold 013,” a crisp, glitch and an intertwined chant wraps itself in a mesmerizing loop akin to Dead […]

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Mtch :: Dplx Cut Optr (Kaer‘Uiks)

Perhaps a next generation Gantz Graf foray, here we receive nine erratic, electronic time-capsules strung through a tangled wire mess, broken beat boxes and atonal DSP-driven composition. A digestible wall of wide-angle digital noise. Mtch, we’ll have to admit, is a relatively new moniker to these ears—and they were featured in one of our favorite […]

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Lewis James :: Megacholy EP (Lowriders)

Megacholy delivers four swift and impacting bass-infused dosages creating a fluid ricocheting distortion set to stun. Dublin-Ireland’s Lewis James hits pretty hard on this EP for Netherlands-based Lowriders. Definitive, breaks, bass and bumpy rhythms fly by at 100-mph, rugged and furious from every angle. “Judo” is meant for the 3am sweaty dancefloor, its bustling drum’n bass, […]

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Loess :: Pocosin (n5MD)—exclusive stream

The multi-talented duo carefully stitch tempered, tranquil, pensive, and robust low-end tones on Pocosin—to be released February 17th with Oakland-based n5MD. Here’s an exclusive stream of “Striae”—a drifting and timeless sound escape that only Loess could navigate. Pine Barrens, NJ-based Clay Emerson and Ian Pullman (aka Loess) return with a new album. Their signature crumpled, colliding, slow-motion […]

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Jesse Osborne-Lanthier :: Unalloyed, Unlicensed, All Night! (Raster-Noton)

An abrasive, agitated and swift EP that bursts at the seams, as it should, based on its initial construct. Robust and well-rounded, it’s hard to believe this EP was conceived only 2-hrs before a live set in Paris. The Berlin / Montreal-based, Canadian unearths cataclysmic electronics for this Raster-Noton release. Broken techno slivers punch through […]

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Qebrus :: ᐔ ᐌ ᐂ ᐍ ᐚ EP (Love Love)

Qebrus’ definitive arcane noises all seem to coalesce somehow. Next-level experimentation, chaotic as can be, this EP is the perfect soundtrack to an altered parallel universe. We’ve written about Qebrus in the past, but it’s always been a challenge. Yes, his music is a challenge—it defies convention, rips through an electronic mess and leaves the […]

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Dissolved :: Illuminant Shatter (Dissolvedamberrooms)

Illuminant Shatter, Dissolved’s third album for 2016, is yet another bustling percussive trove. An emblematic audible flurry and vibrant collage art piece. Dissolved, a Glasgow-born, Vancouver-based artist, has a prolific musical activity stream. Illuminant Shatter, his third album for 2016, is yet another bustling percussive trove. I tend to gravitate towards Dissolved’s penchant for Artificial Intelligence-era IDM. Soft […]

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V/A :: CL-X: Crazy 10 Years A/V Compilation (Crazy Language)

Focused on a varietal mix from just about every exp-electronic sub-genre, CL-X: Crazy 10 Years is certainly a welcomed closure to the year, bringing much needed horsepower to propel us into 2017. Here’s another one before we close the books on 2016. Music certainly is a crazy language, and the Berlin-based netlabel celebrates its 10th […]

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Lokom :: Nyctalope Ponies (Abstrakt Reflections)

Lokom succeeds in crafting a maze of extraterrestrial glitch, adding some friends on remix duty—including Balkansky, c0ma, DaFake Panda, Andrew Course, Ralp, The Ghost of 3.13—and punishes the floor with anxiety-driven ferocity. Grenoble, France-based Lokom album titled Sweet Home And Gasoline (Kaometry, 2014) was noted as “An engrossing and screeching cacophony of percussive annihilation for ear, mind […]

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Stray Dogs :: And The Days Began To Walk (Kvitnu)

And The Days Began To Walk is a brooding manifest that digs deep into the soil and excavates a propulsive, darkened soundtrack trove. Stray Dogs‘ third full length, And The Days Began To Walk, is a 6-piece orchestration that bends and twists elongated tribal distortions with electronic music. Here, the album is released on Vienna […]

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PBS’73 :: Rainbow TV (Eyesix)

Rainbow TV is a breathtaking audio snapshot that captures, contains and contorts those mid-70’s public broadcasts. Whenever I’m looking for nostalgic electronics, faded psychedelic bits and bytes, or just fuzzy synthesizer trails, Eyesix has you well covered. And just as the Twoism collective discovers and dissects each Boards Of Canada frequency burst, I find that the […]

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Pauk :: Melancholic Anger (Discontinu)

Melancholic Anger is just that, an engaged album that punctuates the outer glitch-IDM landscape with a flare for classical moments peppered throughout. Pauk (aka Pau Cabruja) returns to form with the aptly titled Melancholic Anger on the ever on-point Discontinu imprint. Here we see the Barcelona, Spain-based artist slide through various genres—melancholy brushed up against classical intonations, […]

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HEXA :: Factory Photographs (Room40)

Tuning into this 10-track album, and one instantly finds the brooding lost-worlds of abandoned factories evident right from the start. As described on the liner notes, “HEXA is Lawrence English and Jamie Stewart. Factory Photographs is their soundtrack to David Lynch’s evocative exploration of the passing of the industrial age.” Tuning into this 10-track album, […]

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Nmls :: On & On (N_Coded)

On & On collects broken beats, driving rhythms, glitchy strands and transforming ambient ice sheets from just above the stratosphere it seems. Back and forth, and around again, classic Lusine ICL elements are blended with Loess, Access To Arasaka and Monolake—personal favorites from the past. Piotr Michałowski’s own Warsaw, Poland-based N_Coded is also home to […]

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V/A :: Sectioned v6​.​0 (Section 27)

Yet another behemoth compilation that spotlights Planet Earth’s finest sonic engineers. Carving, along the way, a splendid cross-section encompassing exp-electronic music and its kaleidoscopic splinter fields. Where do we start with this one? Yet another behemoth compilation that spotlights Planet Earth’s finest sonic engineers. Carving, along the way, a splendid cross-section encompassing exp-electronic music and its kaleidoscopic splinter fields. […]

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V​/​A :: Frequencies Of The Mind III (Mindtrick)

Oozing with subdued electrical patches and driving rhythms, there’s plenty to digest as FM3 jets to the top of our 2016 list—an intoxicating, surreal musical plateau reaching the far recesses of the mind. Rotterdam, Holland-based Mindtrick, known for the their expansive bass, beats and far-off sonic retreats, hits hard with their third installment in the […]

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Huron :: The Other Side of Reality (The Remixes)

The Other Side of Reality (The Remixes) is a must have remix collection, one that combines Huron’s original post-industrial audible strands and re-configures them into what feels more like an extended Version 2.0. In 2013 we covered The Other Side of Reality (Raumklang) described as having “…Sharp edges, fluid rhythms, mechanical pulses, chiseled percussion and a darkened veil […]

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Weldroid & Friends :: Silicate Recursions (Section 27)

Weldroid and friends surely pack an electronic punch here—with an abundance of remixes, it all blends into a cohesive, tangible and magnetic whole. Section 27 really deserves more attention. With all of the political riff-raff spread across Planet Earth lately, Section 27 continues to plant its own exp-electronic music seeds, the fruit of which has […]

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Mnemonic :: Moral (Halbsicht / M-tronic)

Delivering focused, dark and robust synthesizer mood-swings, Moral is a fine tuned effort. Dipping into the past with signature rhythms, Mnemonic redefines itself as a standalone force to be reckoned with. Mnemonic returns to Halbsicht, co-released with M-Tronic, and rightly so. Here we see further German electrical bits revamped in a swath of rhythmic, turbulent […]

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Metamatics :: Bodypop (Neo Ouija)

From braindance to bodypop, this album carves its own colorful and bumpy melodic pathway. Lee Norris continues to focus efforts on his music, the Metamatics nameplate is one that spans almost 20-years, believe it or not. With the return (again?) of Neo Ouija, the label that brought us names like Bauri, Penfold Plum, Geiom, Solenoid, […]

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Retic :: Keep Drinking The Water (Self-Released)

8-tracks, filled with clever modular activity front to back and well-worth the $1/each price-tag. Currently residing in Sacramento—originally from Indianapolis—Retic (aka Doug Teike) has produced electronic music for about 16-years and continues to purvey and pursue his audio signature. I’ll admit up-front coming into this review, that I’m surprised I don’t have a larger Retic library, […]

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