Articles By: Robbie Geoghegan

Kirk Degiorgio presents Future/Past :: Rare & Unreleased (De:Tuned)

Rare & Unreleased turns back the clock, washing away the last twenty five years to return to those halcyon days. Found on forgotten DAT tapes and gleamed from lost compilations, this four tracker focuses on DeGiorgio’s Future/Past alias. Rare & Unreleased revives the analogue warmth that characterized the 90s, the complex future scapes carved and shaped […]

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SC​-​164 & The Pulse Projects :: Double review (Subapical)

Subapical founders Hall and Knüfer are hitting some serious electronic heights and look set to continue their climb to the darker summits of machine music. Kristopher Hall and Athene Knüfer founded Subapical with an something in mind, to establish “an outlet for music exploring harsher, harder edged music which blurs the lines between electro, industrial […]

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V/A :: Golpea Tu Cerebro (Insane Muzak)

Golpea Tu Cerebro is no fluffy retrospective of Spanish electronics. This is jagged music, unpolished and bare emotion. An audio assault of crude works, the collection, and its 50 page booklet, is a hoarse scream of protest, a trembling shriek against near four decades of censorship and close-mindedness. It’s a curious occurrence how retrospective the […]

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Cignol :: Hidden Galaxies (Computer Controlled)

Five tracks make up the Dublin musician’s trip up North to Belfast based Computer Controlled Music with the first offering having a decent bit of fire in its belly. It’s always exciting to find a new artist, feverishly searching through their past releases on Discogs and getting better acquainted on Soundcloud. There’s always a little […]

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Terrace :: Phosphenes (De:Tuned)

If Phosphenes is your introduction, you’re in luck as you’ve just come across one of the premier machine music craftsmen of the last three decades through a generously proportioned EP that showcases his immense abilities. My advice, get digging as you will find gold from a man who shaped the golden age of techno. Stefan Robbers […]

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Milium :: Addis Abeba/Lord Stanley’s Cup (Possblthings)

This first vinyl outing is a brief one, but a precedent has been set. Industrial sound plains are explored, the cold ring of metal on metal or the blurred acoustics abandoned spaces. Electronic music is in perfect health in Leipzig. A spread of innovative labels support a growing underground scene with artists and DJ’s carving […]

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WE FORFEIT (Mix 3) :: Mulled wine, scented pine and yuletide electro

There have been some cracking electro records in the last twelve months, although the same could be said for the last sixty or one hundred and one months. Chris & Robbie sieved through some of their favs from past and present to add some sonic bite to that slab of turkey you’re gnawing on. It’s […]

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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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