Articles By: Pietro Da Sacco

Kingbastard :: Error EP (Odd John)

Chris Weeks‘ Kingbastard moniker continues to explore robotic electronics and vast sound scrapping through circuitry. This three-track EP further details the artists’ unique ability to craft a succinct collection of decomposed tracks. Chris Weeks‘ Kingbastard moniker continues to explore robotic electronics and vast sound scrapping through circuitry. This three-track EP further details the artists’ unique […]

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Gyrowyre :: Ornge EP (Enpeg)

Ornge is a magnetic pulse, succinct in its visit, memories of Arovane, Gimmik, Kattoo, and Penfold Plum (et al) come to mind and heart. Around this time last year we delved into Rde, a debut EP for n5MD’s digital imprint Enpeg which was described as containing “delicate bass thuds, melodic nostalgia of times gone by, […]

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Dissolved :: Lost In A Femtosecond / Submersion EP (Dissolvedamberrooms)

Both releases are boundless and filled with layers upon layers of panoramic electronic music. Dissolved is a prolific musician that continues to reach far into the lost crevasses of his music machines to sculpt contagious and timeless ambient-IDM manifests. Dissolved baffles with glimmering electronic composition and muffled melodic streams drifting in panoramic fields. Lost In […]

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Valance Drakes :: An honest approach to it EP (Detroit Underground)

A mixture of fine-tuned and de-tuned glitch abstracts—tempered, submerged and drifting slow-motion electronics. Perhaps the closest we’ve seen to a full length release—although only a 21-minute runtime—Valance Drakes reveals an 8-piece EP for Detroit Underground. An honest approach to it is a mixture of fine-tuned and de-tuned glitch abstracts—tempered, submerged and drifting slow-motion electronics. “Greed […]

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Somatic Responses :: Pattern Seeking (Hymen)

Pattern Seeking continues to unfurl the duo’s (over) 20-yr skill-set and their unique ability to create corrosive experimental machine music. Augmented by energetic melodic jolts and crunchy synth manipulation, this album simply packs a punch. Abrasive electro filled with industrial-techno clangs and rough bristles encapsulate the majority of Pattern Seeking by the long-running and always dependable Somatic […]

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Hijo :: A-D EP (Magic Square)

Washed-out rhythms dripping with kaleidoscopic detail, each jolt harks back to times gone by, broken up by energetic, sample-infused breakbeats. Faex Optim side project Hijo, just revealed their debut A-D extended player, a nostalgic glimpse into 90s-era psychedelic techno-breaks of detuned melodic bursts, heavy beats, and subtle Indian hues. Here we see the artist take […]

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Dataline :: Be There (Detroit Underground)

Glitchy tones, low-end drifting, and a penchant for developed harmonies, Dataline dips into brittle techno hues, and sparkling acid undertones—sometimes washed down with evocative vocal stretches. Dataline (currently residing in Sweden) continues to massage the ears with delicate, flowing, electrical waves of energy. Previous releases (with Noorden) delved into similar terrain, marked by melodic grooves, soft […]

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Random Value :: Chuku Kelev EP (Clean Error)

Random Value offers Clean Error their 31st release and pulls together a vast electrical tapestry that spans through emotion and erratic tendencies. Random Value offers Clean Error their 31st release and pulls together a vast electrical tapestry that spans through emotion and erratic tendencies—a 180-degree switch from the kaleidoscopic musical entity that was Chromatic Aberration (Clean Error, […]

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Mtch :: Splt / Rlm (Kaer’Uiks)

Devoid of emotional impact, the album moves forward via robotic glitch, clicks, flicks, and blips that are ruggedly manifested around bass jolts that even Autechre might adore. Mtch unveils Splt / Rlm, a 10-track album providing surreal sound-scrapes, disjointed electrical activity, and dynamic mood-shifts formed around audible data-pushing. Devoid of emotional impact, the album moves […]

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Wake :: Am Diamond (Schematic Music Co.)

A well-executed 14-track album that chisels its way through an electrical, beat-invested avalanche of epic proportions. Wake, aka Matthew M. Hettich, sets up an account with long-running Schematic (directed by Phoenecia duo Romulo & Josh). Having been a fan of the imprint, Wake grew up in Miami and spent a good number of teenage nights […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: The Frozen Years EP (Condition:Human)

The Frozen Years manipulates and unfurls a sonic myriad of sound—its distilled and disturbed frequency jolts more relaxed, CRT continues with his own imprint perhaps hinting at what’s to come. Reportedly between albums, this extended player sees Charles Terhune (aka Cathode Ray Tube) migrate into more metallic chemical streams and smoothened IDM fragments. Where previously […]

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JFrank :: Micro Life Span EP (Kaer’Uiks)

Micro Life Span contains a myriad of tranquilized exp-electronic decay, some delivered in more upbeat transmissions, while others into infinite leftfield variations. IDM, breaks, electro, abstract and entangled noise—JFrank manipulates these genres with finesse and control. Julian Frank (aka JFrank) isn’t new to the scene, he’s been audio sculpting since 1998, happens to run Brainstormlab, […]

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MacroNoise :: Caravan Planet EP (Abstrakt Reflections)

Caravan Planet slides by gently, causing very little clutter for the minds ear, and elicits a meandering electrical calm worth diving into. A synaptic pulse, groove, and chilled vibration occurs on Caravan Planet, immediately found on “Ligeia” where a mirage of snappy beatwork, far-out vocal streams and melodies drifting in the breeze reminscent of early […]

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In Rotation :: Multi-view (August 2017)

In rotation for the past few weeks, this multi-view reveals the latest sonic landscape from five more talented musicians. Plenty of brittle, glitch, abstract, noisy, mechanical and bass-infused sounds with releases by Adam Jay, Aeon Waves, C_C, Min-Y-Llan, and Mr. Projectile. Adam Jay :: Maxia Zeta (Detroit Underground) Adam Jay (Southerland) continues to maximize melodic […]

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PBS’73 :: Yesterday Network (Magic Square)

Yesterday Network illustrates an alluring yet surreal passage through pleasant electronic listening music and is a great launching point from his 2016 Rainbow TV album. PBS’73 (aka Austin, Texas-based Elijah Franks) opens his account with the newly formed Magic Square Records—an imprint launched on July 21st, 2017, and co-run with Faex Optim. Shuffling voices near and far, staccato […]

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Cobalt Rabbit & Fox Machine Gun :: Luminance EP (Insight Music)

Luminance drips with casual, effective, and brightly detailed electronic sound design. Cobalt Rabbit & Fox Machine Gun join forces to elicit a calm organic-electronic view from a far away place on Luminance. Piano extracts on “Spire” featuring Michael FK is an emotional whirlwind, its serenity​ displaced by gaseous sound design, eventual beat slicing, and slithering ninja […]

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V/A :: Tangents (Kahvi Collective)

Tangents distills the finest in downtempo, sun-soaked electronic music, digging further into the chiseled sonic crevasses that each musician offers. Music certainly has the right to foster additional children, as Tangents is a welcomed home for its inhabitants. Kahvi‘s long running mission is “to gather and provide free electronic grooves.” The online collective continues to cull […]

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Ecto Mist :: Equal EP (Genot Centre)

Underground turbulence and low-end structures wrap themselves around fuzzy atmospheric debris. Equal is an addictive, nocturnal, and delirious state of erratic dub-consciousness. Prague-based cassette label Genot Centre unleashes a 5-track extended player from Ecto Mist. Underground turbulence and low-end structures wrap themselves around fuzzy atmospheric debris. Crunchy, subdued and bound by some unusual forces, the […]

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V/A :: Dimensional Ark (The Irrational Media Society)

Clips, clicks, and cuts slither about on Dimensional Ark, a myriad of electric pulses set to stun the ears in broken electro formation from the DIY electronic label based in Birmingham, UK. Clips, clicks, and cuts slither about on Dimensional Ark, a myriad of electric pulses set to stun the ears in broken electro formation […]

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Glanko :: Osmosi (Halbsicht)

Osmosi redefines the architectural balance between dark electronic sojourns and flowing modular strains. Glenko (aka Giuseppe Fallacara) returns with another full-force album with Halbsicht. Spinning the gauntlet of electronic music both harsh and delicate, Osmosi traverses a spectrum of moods. From glitch fragments to bass throttling, no stone is left unturned. “0005” unfolds modular industrial minimalism […]

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Alg0rh1tm :: Sacrificed For The Whole EP (Onset Audio)

Shuffling through broken beats, muddy bass, and extruded rhythms, here we see mechanized industrial sounds scorched to no end. Alg0rh1tm (aka Denis Glavčić) molds many familiar dark shapes on the Sacrificed For The Whole extended player with Onset Audio. Shuffling through broken beats, muddy bass, and extruded rhythms, here we see mechanized industrial sounds scorched […]

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Weldroid :: EXPTIME EP (Section 27)

EXPTIME revolves around therapeutic electronics to both calm and clutter the senses and it achieves just that. “The Unterman” glows as if culled from a missing Plaid extract—crunchy beatwork, skittery melodic tones, rhythmic chimes looped in an electrical soup. Weldroid (aka Tamas Zsiros) isn’t new to these 8-bit mechanical noises—having strewn together a myriad of releases […]

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Huron :: Inside Information (Mindtrick)

Inside Information delivers on all fronts—drenched atmospheric pressure launched over skeletal industrial-electronic remains, this is a contagious musical lifeform start to end. Somewhere lost in a chasm, deep in the confines of an alien world, one will find Huron‘s sound illuminating microscopic glitches and random tentacles as a post-industrial sheen is curated. Huron (aka Berlin-based […]

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exm :: Modulus (Touched Music)

In all, exm unveils a formidable album of sublime electronics and thankfully doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Netherlands-based, and Igloo favorite, Jeroen Bax (aka exm) is back again, this time with Modulus for another release on the Music for Macmillan Cancer Support Touched Music imprint. Bax has a knack for creating vast soundscapes, and Modulus delivers […]

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Midday Static & Faex Optim :: Double review (Self-Released/Carpe Sonum)

Combining the latest albums by Midday Static (Verichrome, Self-Released) and Faex Optim (Look Around You, Carpe Sonum) creates an utterly sublime and nostalgic reality. Verichrome Midday Static (aka Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Dylan Boyd) continues in his signature rich color shaping with Verichrome—a follow-up to Ektachrome (Self-Released, February 2017). It’s hard to believe that only four months have […]

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2methyl :: Etched (Agnost1k)

A definitive leftfield industrial avalanche, Etched is a textural bass and beat smorgasbord that pushes sounds of chaos to the edge. Reminiscent of early Amon Tobin (ref. Supermodified on Ninja Tune, 2000—especially “Rhino Jockey”) minus the jazzy elements, here we see the talented French producer (Nicolas Druoton aka 2methyl) reveal Etched following his 2015 release […]

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C_C :: Impendulo (Da Heard It!)

Nine tracks that ravage, ricochet, and syncopate their way through, Impendulo delivers high-level, machine-driven tectonic sound, and subtle melodic twists. Impendulo follows up from 2012’s Retro Action (Bedroom Research) which was described as “a collision between industrial, noise, dub and electro migrating around definitive analog rhythms.” This new title has a resemblance to Jack Dangers’ (of Meat […]

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Order Of The Muffin :: Dopamine EP (Bass Agenda)

Indeed a sonic neurotransmitter of the extraterrestrial kind, Order Of The Muffin creates seamless organic electro on the Dopamine extended player. From Macedonia we see Nikola Zhevairovski bust open into pure electro, breaks, and raw energy on the Dopamine EP. Its title track, perhaps the most contagious of the lot, is steeped in emotive goodness. […]

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In Rotation :: Multi-view (June 2017)

In rotation for the past few weeks, this multi-view reveals the latest sonic landscape from five talented musicians. Plenty of brittle, glitch, abstract, noisy, mechanical and bass-infused sounds with releases by Fizzarum, LODSB, Mikroben Krieg, Room Of Wires, and Xzicd. Fizzarum :: Frisson (Ant-Zen) It’s hard to believe, but Dmitry Dubov and Albert Rasyulis’s Fizzarum project […]

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