Articles By: Pietro Da Sacco

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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Nullptr :: Optical EP (Detroit Underground)

Fans of early Jega, Solvent, Quinoline Yellow, Bitstream and Evac should take notice as Optical is in prime modular-electro strike mode. Classic electro-IDM from start to finish is revealed by veteran Eddie Symons—also known as Bovaflux, [d]-tached label head and co-founder of the influential / intentional limited lifespan Struktur imprint from the early 00’s. This time Nullptr debuts for none other […]

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Gyrowyre :: Rde EP (Enpeg)

Rde captures an elegant snapshot of tangible, left field electronics, dispersing along the way, a rhythm filled traverse that wipes out any current traffic jams and frustrations. Gyrowyre’s Rde has been in rotation on my morning commutes to work for a few weeks. With the influx of new freeway construction underway, lanes have been squeezed down […]

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Meat Beat Manifesto :: Visual Archive & Tour EP review (Numbers, Houston 10/1/2016)

Meat Beat Manifesto visual archive of photo and video footage from their live show at Numbers Houston October 1st, 2016, a brief recap of the tour only EP, and a glimpse at what’s to follow in 2017. Video-collage tapestry at its finest (October 1st, 2016) Jack Dangers and Ben Stokes of Meat Beat Manifesto were in prime […]

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Benjamin Finger :: 10 (Sellout! Music)

Benjamin Finger, once again, lays it all out in a creative smorgasbord of organized chaotic sound. Benjamin Finger etches out his latest album 10—a 10-track release for Sellout! Music and he appears to have even more ideas than ever before. Blasting straight into opener “Freefloater,” a dense electrical collage displays noisier modular tones and a […]

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Flatland Sound Studio :: Ocean Radio Planet (King Deluxe)

Flatland Sound Studio continue in their extraterrestrial pursuit of 8-bit electronics, bass, beats and breaks. Vancouver-based Max Greening’s Flatland Sound Studio (FSS) project pleasantly returns following up from Maximum Vacation Plus (Bedroom Research, 2015)—described as “…the soundtrack to a cold medicine overdose or the after effect of watching too many foreign language cartoons while recovering from […]

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Cascade Data :: Cmd_altz EP (Buried In Time)

Cmd_altz elicits a breakdown and rearrangement of itself, a sense of balanced and punchy bass, beats and distortion as machines elegantly crash into each other. Cmd_altz elicits a breakdown and rearrangement of itself, a sense of balanced and punchy bass, beats and distortion as machines elegantly crash into each other. Chang Turhune once noted that “Too […]

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IXRQ :: EP1 (Self-Released)

While EP1 offers about 10-minutes of nostalgic synthesized lightening bolts, there are some great ideas buried within it that merit further exploration. IXRQ is Simon Matthews—mainly known as Ventolyn & Becotyde—and this 4-track EP sparks and spans through a myriad of classic braindance infused beauty. It’s not an Aphex Twin knockoff, but a kudos to […]

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Shimmer Crush :: These Four Walls (The Crime League)

Above all else, there appears to be a luminous veil in the underpinnings of These Four Walls, a personal struggle that the artist reveals via lost mechanical data streams floating in the air. Shimmer Crush (aka Laurel Daugherty-Seto) opens up an account with Toronto’s The Crime League, run by Michael Morton (aka Displacer). Within These […]

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Fiction City :: The Shell (Psychonavigation)

By mixing other worldly instrumentation into a seabed of calm and refuge, Fiction City crafts surreal sonic landscapes. From Siberia and released on Dublin’s Psychonavigation in February 2016, the latest full length by Fiction City (aka Mike Belov) has had some time to settle. We covered their self-released Nova EP in 2011 which yielded an […]

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Kronodigger :: ENC015 EP (Encrypted Audio)

A two track manifesto, Kronodigger yields even further refinement in the art of broken industrial bass. These are hard-edged kinetic electronics that merit further investigation. Based in New York, Alexey Gorokholinskiy’s crafts sonic sculptures with utter clarity and visceral distortion. His Subliminal Design extended player from March 2015 marked a roughened breaks, bass and dub signature sound […]

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exm :: Singles (Touched Music)

2016 has proven to be a minefield of extensive electronic music releases and exm‘s foray into distilled experimental fragments allows Singles to flourish in a field of its own. Netherlands-based Jeroen Bax (aka exm) has had a few words featured in these pages and continues to manifest bold yet cohesive electronic sound-structures with Singles, released in conjunction with Touch Music. As […]

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Tangent :: Collapsing Horizons (n5MD)

Featured from front to back are precision, hardened sound-structures and distorted fractals that echo and fade. Crumpled ambient versus mechanized glitch surrounded by cosmic low-end from The Netherlands’ Tangent is about to be revealed via Collapsing Horizons—their debut for Oakland’s n5MD. Minuscule bleeps and textured drones simmer and shift from one phase to the other, as if alien civilizations clearly […]

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6.9Hz :: Broken State (Daddy Tank)

Not entirely untraveled, Broken State gravitates towards the dark and gritty erratic beat, but also manages to evoke emotional sparks along the way. Moods shift on “The Crypt,” a tantalizing eerie foray into classical glich’n bass. “Seek & Destroy,” “They’re Like Ants” and “Infernal Raver” expands and contracts its ricocheting beats, as Photek-inspired rhythms reveal a […]

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Kibble :: New Smell EP (Bonding Tapes)

A welcomed addition to any downbeat electronic music library. Bonding Tapes continues to expand (and contract) with their release smorgasbord and the rebirth of cassette tapes. Not to worry though, Bandcamp digital formats are also available and Kibble (aka Sacramento, CA-based Andrew Pycroft, former head of Suicide In Installments imprint and Awkward moniker) offers New Smell, […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: Life Among the Rust (Component)

Life Among the Rust dips into and out of audible oxidation, revealing along the way its story of curious, exploratory and emotive electronics. Chang Terhune, fellow contributor and prolific electronic music savant, continues in his quest to elicit strange and effective new sounds from his sonic artillery. On the last go-around we saw Cathode Ray Tube exploring robust sound […]

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Glanko & Daniel Bailey :: Isometrik EP (Hidden Shoal)

Running parallel elements you might encounter alongside Loess and Loscil, each piece opens vivid laid-back sound arrays, textures, tones and trips. Two friends taking different musical paths—Glanko filtering glitch-data streams and electronics (ref. Igloo’s 2014 Alset review released on Halbsicht), Daniel Bailey on the guitarist/songwriter spectrum—bring together their strengths on the Isometrik EP with Australia’s expansive Hidden Shoal imprint. A 4-track, […]

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Faex Optim :: Start with the River (Kahvi)

Collecting tranquil interludes gone astray, broken childhood samples, psychedelic undertones and kaleidoscopic colors colliding in blissful accord. As much as I try to hold back any reference to Edinburgh’s Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin‘s musical space as the genre-defining nostalgic downtempo duo, crafting a sound that they’ve firmly etched into the hearts of millions (I’d […]

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Nev.Era :: Aisla (Disomnia)

A landmark of visual-audio panoramas, Nev.Era delves into a tangible electronic music trove that reveals more about our terrestrial planet than we ever thought possible. Sergio Mesa (aka Nev.Era), Spain’s finest in the exp-electronic arts, finally reveals a full-length album with Aisla (translated to Isolates), following the effervescent cosmic flows of his Microgravedad 3-track EP—also on Disomnia. […]

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Adam Jay :: Corpora (Detroit Underground)

Robust modular electro that pushes old-school dynamics into new territory. Robust modular electro that pushes old-school dynamics into new territory—Adam Jay employs rugged low-end as he punishes nearby bassbins on Corpora. A dozen danceable rhythms and Detroit techno washes rumble about, yet Corpora gravitates towards experimental, acid and fine-cut electro at its center. At times […]

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4T Thieves :: Silent Sands (Rednetic)

Like sand granules slowly passing through ones fingers or snowflakes melting in the palm of your hands, 4T Thieves crafts a pleasant sojourn filled with subtle low-pressure swells. 4T Thieves is Nik, long-time Kahvi operator of all things in the expansive netlabel music sphere. Here he has opted to release Silent Sands with revitalized UK-based […]

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