Articles By: Pietro Da Sacco

Hatch :: Writer’s Bench (Section 27)

Broken beat electro, raggatronic rhythms, and toughened melodic breaks all make room for a hard-edged release from Eugene Rowlett (aka Hatch.) Section 27 continues to expand its reach, the Scottish imprint veers through classic-era Skam, Warp, Schematic, Chocolate Industries et al, and reasserts itself in the field of next-level exp-electronics. Broken beat electro, raggatronic rhythms, and toughened melodic […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: The New Taxonomy (The Crime League)

The New Taxonomy is effervescent in its construct—weaving elongated dub realms with ease. Low-end waves continually crash against sharpened 4/4 mechanics which blends in a kaleidoscopic, surreal dream state. Cathode Ray Tube (aka Chang Terhune) embarks on perhaps his most thorough and expansive album to date. Where past releases were engorged by visceral electronic mayhem, The […]

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/DL/MS/ :: Rogue Intent EP (TRUST)

Busted up electro-industrial slabs crash against rugged rhythms, low-end streams and intense sound fields. Busted up electro-industrial slabs crash against rugged rhythms, low-end streams and intense sound fields. /DL/MS/ are Lok44 and Dibek collaborating on Rogue Intent, an intense debut 4-track (vinyl) extended player for Vienna’s long-running TRUST imprint. “Indisciplineado” runs through blackened corridors of […]

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Krystal Math :: Night Tones EP ([d]-tached)

Reminiscent of early Quinoline Yellow, Miles Tilmann, and Gimmik, classic IDM blips and clicks run rampant on Night Tones. Krystal Math (aka Manchester-based Christopher Tilmouth) drops a five track EP of melodic, modular electronics for Eddie Symons’ [d]-tached imprint—the original musical nesting ground for Bovaflux. Reminiscent of early Quinoline Yellow, Miles Tilmann, and Gimmik, classic […]

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Broken Thoughts :: The Primal Forces of Nature (Self-Released)

A captivating dark-electronic album that settles on sparse drone landscapes, sandblasted post-industrial fissures and metamorphic glitch activity. Movement oriented, The Primal Forces of Nature is a wicked firestorm. From Yunnan, China, and composed of material from the last two years creatively realigned, comes Broken Thoughts‘ third release. 7-tracks and 5-minutes a piece. Drones and broken beats are replenished […]

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Vortex Count :: Mettadature EP (Detroit Underground)

For all the raw electronic tones that are manipulated with brute force, a robotic techno thump is at its core. Rugged, glitched-out techno, low-end bass and punchy rhythms round out this new release for Detroit Underground. The Northern Spain-based Vortex Count lets sound migrate into darker corridors. Direct and to the point, each track is a seismic […]

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Sun Sea Sky :: Three new releases and vinyl giveaway! (Melorman / Blochemy)

Three releases from Charleston, IL-based Sun Sea Sky are due for release in June—Melorman‘s limited vinyl release Somewhere, Someday LP (his first since the well-received 2013 album Waves) as well as the digital Away EP are set for June 6th, while Blochemy‘s Rame for June 13th. Three releases from Charleston, IL-based Sun Sea Sky are due for release in […]

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Badrich :: _COMPILER LOG (Self-Released)

Mind boggling, and cause for likely Pacific Northwest seismic activity when played at high volume, Badrich’s sound is coherent and corrosive at the same time. Decomposed and refined to no end, fans of early-era Autechre, Phoenecia, Richard Devine should take notice if not for the robust robotic layers it unleashes to the masses. From Portland, Oregon, […]

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V/A :: Fragments (Numb Capsule)

Numb Capsule delivers a diverse range of predominately under-appreciated musicians that sculpt a very unique set of skills meant to dislodge any preconceived genre notions. Perhaps the next iteration in the style of early-era Skam, n5MD, Musik Aus Strom, and Phonics imprints, Fragments pulls all the punches and doesn’t hold back. If anyone recalls the 0161 Skam […]

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Boulderdash :: Just some parsecs away from home (DSM / Audionaut Capsule)

Boulderdash manage to hone their vintage IDM skills, finding new ways to thread emotive melodies, all the while utilizing hardware to create soft sound escapes for background listening. Sweden’s Daniel Skaborn and Hans Möller (aka Boulderdash)—one of the burgeoning IDM producers in the late 90s and early 00s—continue to manipulate sound inside quaint, melodic time capsules. Pro […]

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Midday Static :: Ektachrome (Self-Released)

References, contrasts and comparisons aside, Midday Static fine tunes his sound with Ektachrome, an album that is lively and condensed in a thick kaleidoscopic downbeat stew. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Dylan Boyd (aka Midday Static) understands how to combine those early inspirational Boards of Canada sounds with textured guitar works of his own. Last years Kodachrome rested on fuzzier static […]

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Crisopa :: Transhumante (Self-Released)

Crisopa eschews solemn, melancholic, and instrumental streams of colorful sound. Lively and draped in emotively calm layers. In late January 2017, Crisopa (aka Madrid-based Santiago Lizón) took a splinter break from n5MD and released Transhumante, an extended 7-track digital album. His previous two titles on n5MD were vibrant shoegaze-electronics etched with fuzzy melodic treasures that still echo to this day. With […]

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Aeriae :: Peril Triage EP (Clan Analogue)

Distilled harmonies carefully maneuver through an electrical maze, oftentimes scrambled all about in an organized chaotic brew. A refreshing EP of leftfield electronics from the Southern Hemisphere. Clan Analogue is a long-running Sydney, Australia-based label originally formed in 1992. Fast forward a quarter century, and they’re still churning out release after release. This time we had the […]

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Enabl.ed :: Tipsy Haux 2.0 (Clean Error)

Overflowing robust beatwork and rugged melodic strands are featured start to end. If Toytronic was the go-to imprint for brittle and punchy IDM of the past, Clean Error would be today’s. Also tagged as being “Resprayed with Love,” Clean Error label boss Jimmy Batista (aka Enabl.ed) finally releases Tipsy Haux 2.0— which almost slipped away—now with six extra […]

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Monoform :: Mea Culpa (Touched Music)

Monoform crafts definitive basslines, mechanized beatwork, and slightly chilled-ambient noodling—consistently leaning on distant, dense and mysterious/melodic sonic sculpting. Yet another benchmark release by Touched (Music For Macmillan Cancer Support), this time from Birmingham-based Monoform (aka Craig Howell) with the 10-piece Mea Culpa album. Seemingly out of nowhere, and well-received around these parts, Mea Culpa comes highly recommended. […]

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Nickolas Mohanna :: Chroma (Karlrecords)

Chroma illustrates a disjointed 8-pc sonic tapestry, one that is sewn together by extraterrestrial acoustics making for a perplexing experience. Fuzzy, abstract and discordant noises are on display with Nickolas Mahonna‘s Chroma. All manner of sound, from broken piano keys, sheared voices, turbulent shoegaze, and dense field recordings seem to float by within the shadows. A visceral […]

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Valesmere :: 2xc_Castle (Daddy Tank)

2xc_Castle is soul-driven, acid-etched, machine music, one that encapsulates layers upon layers of subdued harmonics, and leaves only dust particles in its path. Valesmere is new to these ears, Daddy Tank, not so much. The UK imprint continues to breath new life into lesser-known acts, putting out releases when the time is just right. 2xc_Castle […]

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Eff Dst :: Blackout (Hymen)

Dense, fluid, and evolved, piano keys embark on soundtrack-driven environments as a propulsive bass assault shimmies its way throughout. Somewhere in the mist between foggy, dark industrial-tinged tones and lighter dub-ambient washes, Eff Dst (aka Belarus-based Sound Engineer, Dmitry Stepnov) delivers a contagious electronic album for Hymen titled Blackout. Dense, fluid, and evolved, piano keys embark […]

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P è n i n ș o l a r :: Interrum (Clean Error)

A leftfield electronic pendulum that slices through the genre range including subterranean glitch-techno, and a medley of articulated sonic effects. P è n i n ș o l a r (aka Ian Hopkins) drops Interrum, a leftfield electronic pendulum that slices through the genre range including subterranean glitch-techno, and a medley of articulated sonic effects. […]

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Ariadne’s Labyrinth :: Lost And Founded EP (Detroit Underground)

Lost And Founded is a mixed assortment, one that balances rapidly rotating pulsars with classical drum’n bass techno. Somewhere in a dense field of high-grade electronics is where you’ll find Detroit Underground’s latest signing—Ariadne’s Labyrinth (aka Sharon Subbarao), a classically trained violinist and pianist—and a debut EP for the imprint. Energetic, emotive, and orchestral at times, […]

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Cyger :: Deep Space Mining (Rednetic)

A welcomed retreat, one that lifts off and doesn’t intend to return any time soon. Techno in its organic state, one that transforms, altering visual and audible perception. A visceral, surreal, and energetic musical universe of sound. Deep Space Mining, perhaps the most on-point album title of 2017, Cyger is a collaboration between Cyan341 and Langer, […]

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Noumen :: Aperion (Central Processing Unit)

Aperion (Greek for “boundless”) stands up to its nameplate—fine-tuned structural audio blocks filled with a plethora of blackened IDM fragments, and disjointed post-industrial layers. Following up from the White Silence 4-track EP, Noumen (aka Andriy Vezdenko from Lviv, Ukraine) finally reveals a full length album after a handful of compilation appearances, this time for Sheffield […]

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Nuanae :: Clusters And Refractions (Kaer’Uiks)

Nuanae creates sparse dystopian worlds of dysfunctional audio beauty. A visceral post-IDM charcoal display that ravishes the ears with exquisite noise and organized chaos. Splicing cables between early Autechre and Richard Devine, Nuanae creates sparse dystopian worlds of dysfunctional audio beauty. Asect:Dsect was once tagged as “technically rigorous,” an apt description that also applies to the […]

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Roel Funcken :: Balaklavskiy prospex (Funckarma.com)

Balaklavskiy prospex generates just as much energy as the nearest supernova remnants, and is perhaps best suited as the backdrop to these spectacular events. Roel Funcken, probably the most prolific musician of abstract electronic music this side of the galaxy, continues his foray into mind-altering sonic extractions. Balaklavskiy prospex bends and twists its way through […]

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Analept :: Sternweite (Xtraplex)

Sternweite is a welcomed foray into IDM’s kick-off years, the nostalgic flare for polished, tempered, and downtrodden harmonies is ever-present from start to end, proving easily that Xtraplex knows how to unearth treasures buried deep in Belgian soil. Belgian net-label Xtraplex released Analept’s Sternweite in November 2016, a flickering look back into times gone by. […]

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Qebo :: The Former Generations of Structure (Detroit Underground)

The Former Generations of Structure delivers a fluid understanding of restrained electronics tethered to skeletal melodic tendencies. By way of Athens through Detroit, Qebo’s impacting sonic derailment is very much welcomed. Greece-based Qebo have been at it for over a decade, but have only just recently become (more) active, and we’re thrilled to dissect it. The […]

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Nonima :: Recur (Section 27)

Recur is choke-full of mechanically-infused electronic mayhem that is ever so lightly shielded by its tranquilized downtrodden shimmer. Section 27 founder Nonima (aka Tam Ferrans) reveals Recur, a diverse and abstract electronic abyss that segues into and out of consciousness. Take the opening “Recursor” as a starting point—elongated sounds from another galaxy expand and contract […]

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Onsy :: Freq 255 (Schematic Music Co.)

Early works from artists such as André Estermann, Arovane, Deru, Einóma, and Phonem come to mind when listening to Freq 255, Onsy’s debut for Schematic. As a result, Freq 255 manifests 7-tracks composed with utter style and finesse, its overarching nostalgic IDM charm is timeless. Early works from artists such as André Estermann, Arovane, Deru, Einóma, and […]

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V/A :: Fields (Kahvi Collective)

Continuing to unwrap streams of mind-boggling musical detail across several electronic music genres, Fields is a sonic smorgasbord that doesn’t let up. It goes without question that 2016 yielded, at least for me, an abundance of prime, large-scale compilations—Crazy 10 Years A/V, Sectioned v6.0, Frequencies Of The Mind III, Silicate Recursions, and Touched 3—to name a few. One […]

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