Articles By: Robbie Geoghegan

V/A :: No Return Vol.1 (Return to Disorder)

The frosty electronics of Dmitry Distant are perfectly balanced with Neud Photo alongside the warmer currents of Anton Miaovvi. A cracking compilation and a perfect introduction to an imprint run by Hamburg’s hottest export. Helena Hauff’s climbing of the electronic ladder has been nothing but astounding. From being an unknown DJ in quite an unheard […]

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RX-101 :: EP4 (Suction)

I’ve a feeling there might be more in the RX-101 duffel bag of DAT cassettes, and while they’re being rummaged through, why not reacquaint yourself with some of Jong’s inspirers: Caustic Window anyone? Cylob? Global Goon? A work filled with cheerful charm. As we all know, life has a tendency of getting in the way […]

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WE FORFEIT (Mix 2) :: It’s cold at the bus stop

Ooft. Fierce nip the air these days. Madrid’s temperatures have plummeted and Chris and myself have knocked together some music to reflect those wintery moods as well as tracks to warm your cockles to. Ooft. Fierce nip the air these days. Madrid’s temperatures have plummeted and Chris Robertson and myself have knocked together some music […]

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V/A :: Snow Robots Volume 4 (Suction)

The warm 16-bit melodies of some twenty years back have mutated into grizzled men (much like myself) peddling coarse chords and rough rhythms made to carve up modern dance-floors. A new tradition has started and hopefully it will still be going in two decades time. I’m not big into driving. I’m not particularly good at […]

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V/A :: Spirals and Synapses (Analogic Density)

This latest compilation has followed the same line as past installments, harsh and hardy sounds made in the 90’s tradition. This is music for sweat streaked floors and smoke filled rooms, in other words techno with a capital “T.” Italy has become my stop for no-nonsense, straight up, techno bangers. Labels like Love Blast, which […]

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WE FORFEIT (first 59-min) :: Robbie & Chris mix

“But finally, finally, after many attempts, computer stresses, corrupted audio files and forgetting to turn on the sound card, the pair of us have managed to put together some tracks in some sort of mixed order. All vinyl. Mixed by our fair, once youthful, hands through aged mixers and recorded on aged computers (forgive any […]

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Giraffe :: Climate (Marmo Music)

Marmo Music’s latest roster addition, Giraffe, is a group that share this experimental edge, this desire to throw caution to the wind and allow improvisation to lead the way. You’d probably have more luck predicting the ever changeable Irish weather than you would pinning down Marmo Music. The Berlin based imprint actively ignores the biases […]

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V/A :: V.A. 3 (La Beauté Du Négatif)

La Beauté Du Négatif has quietly become on top quality record label. Despite having a catalogue of just seven releases, eight now, the Italian imprint has managed to excavate rich seams of techno, to explore the grimy gutters of industrial and to dive into currents of acid. La Beauté Du Négatif has quietly become on […]

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Kurt Y. Gödel :: Axiomatic System (YUYAY)

There’s been a gradual return to braindance. Labels like 030303, Analogical Force and Occult Research have reignited the torch bore by Rephlex. With this, a brigade of musicians have taken up the cause. Kurt Y. Gödel is part of that new blood, reworking those well-honed tools and adding his own stamp. In a strange twist, […]

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Valcrond Video :: Stepping into the vortex with Luke Wyatt

The biases and preconceptions of 4/4 beats and a groove are melted and mutated with ambient, field recording and even indie in oblong moulds of house and techno. One thing is for sure, Valcrond Vide is doing something that few others are attempting and once it arrives on your platters, as it has on mine, it’ll […]

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Qnete :: Clapping The Soles of Your Feet (Drowned)

A record that showcases Qnete’s talent but one where more scope would have been welcomed. From time to time an artist comes along who, due to a number of reasons, might have mass appeal. In electronic the idea of “mass appeal” is a little bit of an oxymoron, let’s say an artist who can appeal […]

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Sova Stroj :: Refugium (Testtoon)

Refugium is sobering LP that challenges the listener and compels them to not only think, but to reflect; a difficult feat in these busy times. When all falls silent, what do you hear? When consciousness rests, what do you see? When night falls, who do you miss? The press release for Sova Stroj’s latest album […]

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Junq :: Lila Dreams (Further Electronix)

For those of you, those of you struggling for oxygen due to a bad cause of waiting with bated breath, Lila Dream is not a 303 soaked dancefloor splintering slab. The EP sands down the sharp edges of the Art Mechanical release, leaving smooth sleek lines and broad expanses. Junq is a rare breed. His […]

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John Heckle :: Translate (030303)

Sleek and slender strings, blushed pads and warmth to even out those grizzled hi-hats and snares. A quality addition for 030303 and a fantastic addition to Ireland’s electronic music scene. It appears John Heckle, a stalwart of Tabernacle, has left his hometown of Liverpool and sailed across the Irish Sea to Dublin. Andrew Ingram, one […]

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John Beltran :: Moth (De:Tuned)

For those of you not in the know, Beltran started out on seminal labels, working on Carl Craig’s Retroactive before being signed for albums on R&S, Apollo and Peacefrog in the late 90s with his Ten Days of Blue being a classic of the genre. It’s with this album in mind that Moth arrives. Music […]

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Geistform :: Señales EP (Femur)

The coarse and calculated sequences of the industrial are omnipresent on the EP, as is an experimentation with modular synthesis and expectations of electronica. Espinosa investigates a bleakness and brutality that is usually ignored, a sound where man has fallen and redemption will not be granted. Frak and Celldöd were Femur’s first vinyl steps, the […]

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Iteration Corporation :: Gravitropic (Pulse Drift)

IC takes it as a compliment when asked if Gravitropic is electro, citing the genre’s ability to explore “themes pertaining to human consciousness, quantum physics and alter dimensional realities more so than most other genres of electronic music.” He describes his sound “an organic movement toward breaking fertile ground, a gradual movement toward what is possible…” […]

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The Resonance Committee :: Curvepusher Sessions Vol. 1. (Cultivated Electronics)

Curvepusher Sessions Vol. 1 does what you’d expect it to do, that is deliver four tracks of electro that will slice through speakers and floors with equal devastation. The 12” visits a range of sounds, all of which have influenced and inspired, and continue to do so, the entire gamut of machine music. The collaboration of […]

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Franck Kartell :: Alaska (Bass Agenda)

The LP toys with the parameters of electro, layering in shades of electronica and IDM. Beats are present but shrouded in stark shadow, blurred in the low light of the northern plains. A record of ambitious proportions and sublime execution. Electro has always been a “distant” or “otherworldly” sound. Kraftwerk saw it as the music of […]

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Caron :: Shifted Reality (030303)

At its heart this is an EP of deep techno. Sounds have been mined from difficult to reach depths for this quartet, sounds nurtured into form whilst being allowed to keep their innate inchoate nature. Superbly immersive music. 030303 has been lying low since last year’s releases. However, don’t mistake a quiet spell for inactivity. […]

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Trenton Chase :: Deadlock (June)

The eight tracker shows a new breadth to Kokkinakos’ sound, black tracks that will damage a floor alongside more playful numbers. There’s a power and strength to the music, but there is also a sense of distress and disorder. Some artists are prolific, others less so. But as we all know, quantity does not mean […]

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Doing the rounds with 3.14 :: Pi Electronics (Interview and Mix)

Aegean Electronics is growing, soaking up the talent and enthusiasm centred around Athens. Labels such as Echovolt, Vanila and Lower Parts, artists like June, Morah and Damcase, as well as platforms like Phormix, are carving out their own territory in the competitive arena that is the hearts and minds of the faithful. Pi Electronics is […]

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B12 :: Electro Soma II Re-Issue (Warp)

For those of you who missed Electro Soma, I’m envious. You now have the opportunity to delve into an album of inspirational electronic music, an album that few others have been able to equal; until now. Electro Soma II is not the same as its predecessor but it is made out of the same synthesizer […]

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V/A :: Machine Funk Is Our Game (Kraftjerkz)

Across four tracks the 12” journeys down different avenues. From the otherworldliness of the circuit boards and electrical impulses to the body slamming pastiche of the 1980s this record will deliver. Well, it’s official. For those of you who missed it, electro is en vogue. Following a spread in MixMag the genre has been given […]

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Heinrich Dressel :: The Styx Swamp (Barba)

In spite of the electro coolness running through the record there is also an inviting techno undertone. Lombardozzi finds an enviable equilibrium between fluid waterways and firmer ground, an island of texture and turbulence. Barba Records is a pretty curious imprint, as is its parent label Burek. Coming out of Croatia, perhaps not the most […]

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The Exaltics feat. Rudolf Klorzeiger :: Das Heise Experiment 2 (The Prequel) (Solar One)

The release sets the scene, a back story of mutation and machine music. The six tracks narrate a Frankenstein tale, with the picture disc and comic strip (also included) putting flesh on the bone. A collector’s piece of wax that gives just a little taste of ghoulish things to come. There has been a fair […]

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John Shima :: Renegade (Distant Worlds)

John Shima’s sounds have become more intricate, more patterned, yet he has managed to maintain that deftness of touch which makes him one of the most interesting UK techno producers. Renegade brings something else with it. It brings to light a new imprint, one which seems dedicated to a lesser promoted style of electronics. John […]

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Tendts :: It’s Everything (Lower Parts)

Hailed in the pressed release as “brothers that make music you can dance to, or not,” this pair have managed to create an invigorating LP, one brimming with interesting ideas and an overarching sense of fun. There’s enough time given over to the black t-shirted techno brigade, what about giving some over to this multi-colored […]

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UnknownmiX :: Chew Some More (Lux Rec.)

Lux Rec has never adhered to one style. Techno, house, soundtracks and of course gnarled EBM under the MRT wing. Once again the pick, trowel and brush are being employed, this time for 80s avant garde group UnknownmiX. Lux Rec has never adhered to one style. Techno, house, soundtracks and of course gnarled EBM under […]

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