Articles By: Robbie Geoghegan

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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V/A :: When The Rich Wage War, It’s The Poor Who Die (Poverty Is Violence)

A heady range of sounds are explored on a compilation that grits teeth, journeys into the machine, seeks out the shadows and will go in directions few would have expected (myself included.) It’s interesting to see two separate labels follow a particular path. You’d be forgiven for thinking Charlton and Nick Dunton’s Poverty Is Violence […]

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Bauri :: Vinkelvolten EP (Firescope)

A sound that many have forgotten but one that deserves to be heard, a style that had little pretense and would inspire modern acts like Kettel or EOD. Firescope gazing back to find Bauri at his vintage best. Nostalgia can be dangerous. The swoon for the past, candied memories of a bygone time. Nostalgia is […]

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Sync 24 x Privacy / DeFeKT :: Split Excursions Vol 1 (Cultivated Electronics)

Electro has bloomed as a genre over the last ten years and throughout that process, throughout that growth, Cultivated Electronics led the way. This recent split series brings together artists who are pursuing the colder edge of the machine, the line set down by the UK label. With every passing week that the electro bin […]

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Arrakis. Dune. French Techno? :: The World of Epsylonn-Otoktone Sound System

At Dune’s core is a tough style of techno, a harsh and heavy sound that is more like 1991 rather than 10191. Yet, with the passage of time, the imprint is branching out and looking into other areas of electronic space. In 1965 Dune was released. Frank Herbert’s universe of 10191 spoke of instantaneous travel, […]

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Dez Williams :: Forlorn Figures in Godforsaken Places (Mechatronica)

Williams’ latest 12” is an excellent example of why he is held in such high regard. Three cuts of no-nonsense, straight up, sheer machine music, percussion punched through metal with slicing synthwork. Berlin electro collective Mechatronica made their position known from the get go. A strong compilation founded the imprint with a second installment of […]

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Klankman :: Information Overload EP (TH ± Tar Hallow)

Five shrapnel pocked pieces of twisted metal, painted black, make up Information Overload. Some artists mellow with time, especially in the world of techno. The hard lines begin to softened, the angles turn to curves and the approach melts just that little bit. Maarten Epskamp does not fit this narrative. Under his Klankman moniker the […]

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Tru West :: The Rise and Fall of the Eurojesters (Marmo Music)

Marmo Music has always had an attitude, a refusal to conform, a desire to go their own way. This means that their sound can be pretty challenging and The Rise and Fall of the Eurojesters is undeniably that. A testing 12”, but one which will ultimately leave many scratching their heads; it certainly left my […]

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Possblthings and Pulse Drift :: Something in the Leipzig water?

Jena. Leipzig. Electro. These two towns are synonymous with quality machine music. Frigid funk. Clinical cuts. Astral reductions. The Exaltics. AC Records, Lunatic, YUYAY. All call either of these German cities home. Now two more imprints are making their presence known on the streets of Jena and Leipzig, Possblthings and Pulse Drift. Jena. Leipzig. Electro. […]

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Femur :: Electronic down to its bones

Based on the strength of these first two 12”s (by Frak and Celldöd), a new, interesting, and forward looking label has just been established here in Spain and one, which I have no doubt, will be a success. Femur. After five years of running a club night, after a compilation on Clasicos Del Ruidos, after enough […]

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Erik Van Den Broek :: Expressed (De:Tuned)

A quintet of works that explore a wide range of styles from a musician with a touch that subtly slips between genre divides. An EP that will have you, and me, fishing through Discogs for more from this Dutchman. One of the many treats of electronic music is unearthing something new. This “something” might be […]

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Oubys :: Second Planet (Testtoon)

Second Planet is an attempt to give aural form to heavenly bodies, to patch a sound to places beyond or home and to hear the otherworld. The simple made into the extraordinary. In this age of sensory overload, of tremulous smartphones, of kaleidoscope screens and, of course, people banging on about absolute shite, one would […]

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DJ Guy :: 1993/1994 Unreleased Tracks (La Beauté Du Négatif)

Contemporary conceptions aren’t so much ignored as they didn’t exist, these works being created well before the modern flavors of the month. This lack of adherence frees the music, unshackles it from the present—allowing for a rich variety of ambient, IDM and techno to bloom. Living in in a post-ironic world, as we do, it’s […]

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9300 Records :: 31 Km Northwest of Brussels

There’s something that bit more intriguing when something is being attempted away from the bright lights of the bigger cities. From a mutual affinity for machine music, friends coming together over their favorite records, 9300 Records was born. I try to keep my ear to the ground, I try to cover new artists and labels […]

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Andreas Gehm :: The Worst Of Andreas Gehm (Solar One Music)

Posthumous releases are a curious thing, and Andreas Gehm has already had a handful. The Worst of Andreas Gehm is more than just a release, it’s a tribute to a man who made some cracking music and came sad end, a tribute from the labels and friends he worked with, the completing of a promise. […]

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Kunst :: Kunst (Kunst)

The exploration of the other is a central tenet of this album. Cunnane and Kendrick embark on a twelve track journey into the abandoned. Waste ground. The derelict building. The forgotten and unused, empty audio spaces are given life. Field recordings ghost in the background, their presence being an integral part of the sound and […]

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Stratowerx :: CLS001 (Caught London Sleeping)

This little known artist serves up three tracks of frigid mechanics with Cultivated Electronics boss Sync 24 adding the remix support. The style pursued is stripped back, bare bones machine funk. London has never really lived up to its electronic music potential. Of course there are a spread of labels oozing out of that melting […]

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Maroje T :: Anaphase (Kraftjerkz)

This relatively unknown artist has crafted four cuts of cracking machine funk. Tracks are cast in jagged shapes and smooth surfaces, the style expertly toes the line between frigid mechanics and floor funk. A definite find from Kid Ginseng’s label. During the summer I managed to catch up with Neud Photo here in Madrid. I […]

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Aquarium to Warren Raww :: The many habitats of Natural Sciences (Interview & Mix)

Then you meet those who refuse to adhere (to the spiral staircase of genres), who defy the norms and set their own standards. Manchester’s Natural Sciences would come under this banner. I’ve always used labels as a reference point to get a handle on electronic music. True, that guide rail isn’t as important as when […]

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V/A :: Planned Obsolescence (Analogic Density)

Planned Obsolescence is a collection of organic abhorrence. Techno sown in toxic soil, allowed to grow in a caustic fog of feedback and spread. An interesting collective has taken root under the Analogic Density banner, one steeped in the traditions of Italian techno, bred on analogue instruments and discontent. 2017 means new possibilities, and a […]

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D’Marc Cantu :: Hypnopompic (Endless Illusion)

After ten years Cantu’s sound has barely aged a day. The sweat and grime of Jak, the gnawing frustrations of house, the warming hopes and loss of techno; all present, swirled and compressed on Hypnopompic. I’ve been following D’Marc Cantu’s music since his first fury filled steps. Hissing house was the Ann Arbor artist’s forte, […]

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Neunaugen :: Dazzling Tongue (käfTen)

For a debut Dazzling Tongue is an impressive and well executed undertaking on an imprint that has something intriguing about it. Sweden. A country known for a few things. Volvos. IKEA. Electronic music? Less so. Machine funk isn’t one of the Scandinavian country’s most famous exports, yet the small nation does punch above its weight […]

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