Articles By: Pietro Da Sacco

Eff Dst :: Out Of Body (Hymen)

An aptly-titled album that scrapes and chisels its way through heavy sonic debris. Belarus-based Sound Engineer, Dmitry Stepnov (aka Eff Dst) is back on Hymen with Out Of Body, an aptly-titled album that scrapes and chisels its way through heavy sonic debris. Following up last year’s Blackout might have seemed a difficult task, but Eff […]

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Maelstrom :: ALPH4 (Central Processing Unit)

A finely executed EP that contorts itself around rugged electro-techno of yesteryear, but with an updated machined pulse. Maelstrom (aka Joan-Mael Péneau) delivers an action packed 7-track extended player for the well oiled Sheffield-based CPU imprint. Through each piece you’ll find pistons firing at all angles, Detroit influences spread across acidic electro forms (“VZNEITIT”), and […]

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Pollux Rose :: Daisy (Numb Capsule)

A myriad of broken beats, and scorched (Detroit-infused) electro are welded with technical precision. Along the way, Pollux Rose unleashes pounding bass with classic braindance ferocity. Heading into this new album with open ears, Numb Capsule continue to adhere to mind-bending and off-center electronic works—here Greece-based Nikolaos Mouchalempis delivers eight songs at maximum force. A myriad […]

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Levels :: Levels (Umor Rex)

Tuning into and out of phase, Levels’ debut finds solace within the microscopic confines of broken industrial fragments, digging for lost rhythmic bits, and assembling them via a cohesive, and subdued energy. Tuning into and out of phase, Levels’ debut finds solace within the microscopic confines of broken industrial fragments, digging for lost rhythmic bits, […]

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MacroNoise :: Various Species EP (The Crime League)

A return to form, MacroNoise (aka Tomas Sebesta) exhibits continual growth and sound maturation with Various Species, five pieces crossing a wide-angle foray into organic (live) bass wobbling and ethereal electronics. A return to form, MacroNoise (aka Tomas Sebesta) exhibits continual growth and sound maturation with Various Species, five pieces crossing a wide-angle foray into […]

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Aeon Waves :: Mute Angel EP (Mindtrick)

A brisk and beautiful exploration through sound, vision, and voices that is well worth the trip. This four track by India-based Aeon Waves has been in constant rotation, its mesmerizing swirl of ambient downtempo dub, and subconscious voices is almost too emotional to take in one sitting. Like drifting into the atmosphere over the Pacific […]

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V/A :: Nature of Chaos Vol. 1 (ELM Collective)

Nature of Chaos Vol. 1 flashes skewed electronic listening music—punishing the ears with tangled sub-genre elements and tugging firmly on the heartstrings. A relatively new compilation (November 2017) that flashes skewed electronic listening music—punishing the ears with tangled sub-genre elements and tugging firmly on the heartstrings. 15 cuts with articulated and bubbling technoid shades (ie. […]

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Xurba :: Epikýrosi tou Dasikoú Pnévmatos (Electric Studios)

A manifest of intergalactic drones, tones, and serene landscapes. Xurba (aka Will Brazier-Smith) has traversed a few genres over the years, from brittle nostalgia-infused downtempo, to roughened clip-hop stints, to surreal ambient plateaus with a growing discography to boot. The latter is precisely where his latest album Epikýrosi tou Dasikoú Pnévmatos lands—its core is a […]

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Lantern :: Summer Knight (Occult Research)

Eight songs spread out in a tangled downbeat, acidic maelstrom of glitch, breaks, hip-hop, and leftfield bass contortions, Lantern also develops a jazzier side along the way. Eight songs spread out in a tangled downbeat, acidic maelstrom of glitch, breaks, hip-hop, and leftfield bass contortions, Lantern also develops a jazzier side along the way. Brightly […]

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Huron :: Invisible Hands EP (Subtrakt)

Invisible Hands is more than a fleeting moment in time, its extraterrestrial darker electronic strain is a welcomed entrance for the new year. Huron returns with a brisk extended player for the Subtrakt imprint. The opening 10-minute foray into glitch-industrial serenity is revealed on “The Way Through.” This track alone delivers with all pistons running—charcoal […]

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V/A :: DRMN (Rakun0)

Subtle, nuanced, foggy electrical tones evolve and devolve seamlessly, making for a musical foray that is abstract yet moving. Spread over an hour, each musician manipulates brisk beats, bass, and tiny bleeps without over the top experimentation. Along the way, they manage to straddle the lines between soft to medium density electronic music. A culmination of […]

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Loden :: Lit For Exits (Extinct)

Fans of Clark and Amon Tobin might want to delve head first into Loden’s latest sonic plateau. A versatile and euphoric trip for mind and body, Lit For Exits is the proverbial exp-electronic music buffet worth every minute. Loden, known for his abstract musical project with labels like Eat This, Mush, and Colony, offers the […]

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Jvox :: Funhouse (Component)

Casual yet chaotic, serene yet skewed, Jvox manipulates sound like no other—ultimately making Funhouse its own contagious entity. Welcome back Jvox—one of my favorite musicians from the early 2000s! He comes in full-steam ahead on the wacky, glee-filled, downtempo beauty that is Funhouse. Have a listen to “Don’t Be Afraid” to get a sampling of […]

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Cialyn :: The Lone Thistle EP (Kahvi)

A gorgeous EP of refined and detuned synths, drums, samples, found sound, and fuzzy voices far off in the distance. Boards Of Canada’s Music Has The Right To Children (Warp/Matador, 1998) was the theme to my high-school days—cascading through downbeat, nostalgic bliss, it hasn’t aged a bit. Even though the Scottish brothers continue to (slowly) amass a […]

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Badrich :: Fatberg (Self-Released)

Badrich blends electroacoustic glitch, digital debris, atmospheric noise, and acidic squelches like a skilled sonic craftsman. Badrich (aka J. Goodrich) returns with 38-minutes of organized chaotic rumbling. Almost as if intentionally running his modular machinery through a washing machine, Fatberg dips and dives through an electrical maze. Seemingly broken into four interconnected parts (“mauve // […]

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zvλd :: Baklava (Occult Research)

A brisk jaunt through dissolved electro contortions revealing that zvλd is able to easily distort micro-electronics with finesse. I’m not sure how this one slipped under the radar, but I’ll admit it should have received a proper listen in 2017 when it was released. Imagine, if you will, a cross-section cut through the abstract electro […]

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Build Buildings :: Glass EP (Audiobulb)

A succinct and elevated 4-pack—Glass is a 12-minute sojourn that marries a collage of sincere organic fractals sprinkled above precise mechanical contours. Brittle and broken beats dabble through guitar flickers as Build Buildings (aka New York-based Ben Tweel) manipulates opaque ambient moments with delicate instrumentation. “Hebei” opens his latest extended player with carefully woven drones and […]

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Mtch :: Nrvaqaprol EP (Kaer’Uiks)

Mtch elevates abstract glitch to new heights while still maintaining a claustrophobic and subtle musicality that is elusive on Nrvaqaprol. Mtch (aka Mitch Cramer) continues to confound and break pre-conceived glitch notions, the coverage we unfolded in 2017 was only a glimpse into the strange worlds he’s able to inhabit. “Nrvaqaprol” leads the way via minuscule […]

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4T Thieves :: Circles EP (Mahorka)

Perhaps the finest assortment from the 4T Thieves moniker, Nik continues to etch a winding audio path through which IDM’s subtle sub-genres are easily tucked within. Nik has carved a name for himself as 4T Thieves and owner/operator of one of the longest running Netlabels—Kahvi. For this round of musical troves, Bulgarian Netlabel Mahorka snags […]

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First Rebirth :: Abyss Is Calling (Abstrakt Reflections)

A healthy dosage of soundtrack-driven, ritual-laden, and tangled ferocity, First Rebirth finds solace in dark electronic caverns. Abyss Is Calling yields an abstract refinement, curiously, and chaotic beauty start to end. A healthy dosage of soundtrack-driven, ritual-laden, and tangled ferocity, First Rebirth finds solace in dark electronic caverns. Abyss Is Calling yields an abstract refinement, […]

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S>>D :: Co Intel Pro (Central Processing Unit)

Co In Pro is easily primed for the top shelves of listeners interested in definitive electronics with punctuated rhythm bursts. Both movement-based and armchair ready, Co Intel Pro is a fantastic (debut) album that crosses genre confines and maintains its futuristic, robotic, soundtrack-laden, and contagious trajectory. Consistently on the forefront of experimental electronic music, Sheffield-based Central […]

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Yomgaille :: Repetition and Motion EP (Kahvi)

Repetition and Motion delivers a nostalgic blur, its vintage synthesizer drones, tones, buzzes and warm hums meld around crisp beatwork. I drove straight into Yomgaille’s sound with blinders on, not knowing what to expect, except to understand that the ever-dependable Kahvi Collective can certainly churn some fine electronic butter. Repetition and Motion delivers a nostalgic […]

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MacroNoise :: My Steps Lead Backwards EP (Kahvi)

A well-balanced sojourn through sublime organic-electronic realms. Four crisp, brisk, and punchy tracks from MarcroNoise (aka Prague-based Tomáš Šebesta) for the Kahvi Collective this time around. Back in August (2017) we absorbed the artists’ Caravan Planet EP which yielded “a meandering electrical calm worth diving into.” With My Steps Lead Backwards, MacroNoise let’s it all out. […]

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Rontronik :: D A T A S H I F T EP (Self-Released)

Rontronik delivers flowing and bass-drenched sonic turbulence that casts memorable shadows and lightwaves across its 35-minute duration. Ron Croudy (aka Rontronik, technique:concrete, and part-founder of the Töshöklabs imprint) continues to forge heavy, beat-infused rhythms from one end of the spectrum to the other. His production skills have elevated on this extended player as low-end rumbling […]

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Soletik :: Directional (Fusion Netlabel)

With Soletik’s 22-track Directional manifest, the artist tugs on a myriad of fierce, broken and disjointed rhythms. Whether or not the Fusion Netlabel is really based in Antarctica, it is clear that they’re able to extract rigid experimental electronics at its core. With Soletik’s 22-track Directional manifest, the artist tugs on a myriad of fierce, […]

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Eusebeia :: Realization EP (Mindtrick)

A quaint four-track EP that reveals finer dubstep elements—casually drifting, falling, and fading away. Eusebeia returns to Mindtrick with Realization, a quaint four-track EP that reveals finer dubstep elements—casually drifting, falling, and fading away. Early this year we examined the Introversion EP described as “midnight sonic emissions.” This release follows a similar path, its downtempo […]

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Nuanae :: Ryð EP (Kaer’Uiks)

Ryð is a refreshing and engaged five-track extended player that effortlessly crosses the wires between mechanical and instrumental production. Nuanae’s sound, as a result, sways back and forth between classic IDM and current-era electronic experimentation. Earlier this year, Nuanae’s Clusters And Refractions EP was described as “creating sparse dystopian worlds of dysfunctional audio beauty. A visceral post-IDM charcoal […]

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Esem :: || EP (Self-Released)

Esem maneuvers a new batch of emotive tracks, this time in a minimalist direction where electrical bits are crunched together with utter precision. Esem (aka Georgi Marinov) maneuvers a new batch of emotive tracks, this time in a minimalist direction where electrical bits are crunched together with utter precision. “n-fold” delves into abstract glitch fissures, […]

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][uron :: Tracks 2008-2010 (Self-Released)

Tracks 2008-2010 is a great starting point for the Huron sound—a musical curriculum vitae that features relaxed, next-level electronic audio-works. From post-industrial slivers to dark-ambient realms, soundtrack-driven themes are elevated to reveal new layers of isolation. Steffen Schröder (better known as the prolific Huron) has been on my radar for several years. Continuing to cultivate futuristic […]

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