Articles By: Robbie Geoghegan

Delayscape :: Aether (ZCKR)

For all intents and purposes it looked like Delayscape would remain a digital artist, popping up here and there with a track or a tape. ZCKR have taken the step and rightfully brought him to vinyl. An album of cheerful and soulful electronics, one that is soothing and utterly charming. In a less than obvious […]

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Ultradyne :: Antarctica (re-issue) (Exterminador)

The gristle and grunt of the machine is a feature of this first and only album. Gears blur, snares grate into melodies as percussion pierces all. Within every genre there are the darker purveyors. The blackened stalwarts of techno, the seedy perverts of house; electro is no exception. Coming from the grime and grit, from […]

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Sone Urbia :: Theros (Helikon)

Two tracks of blackened industrial ambience, tarred techno smeared with soot. Alienating and undeniably estranging, Sone Urbia’s music seeks the negative side of the spectrum. The world we live in is changing. A statement that is being bandied about a lot at the minute. Trump. Brexit. The rise of the right. The western world is changing. […]

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Aspecto Humano :: The human machine touch

Anyone setting up a label deserves respect, or sectioning; doing so in Spain even more so. Aspecto Humano have definitely hit the ground running. Their sound is bright, one that shines with an electro cleanness whilst warming with a disco touch. Theirs is a style few others are attempting in Spain, and elsewhere. Living in […]

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A Bleak Reality :: Inevitable Disaster / Steinzeit :: Wahrheit (MRT)

If we are now living in the age of anger this is surely the soundtrack of discontent. MRT. A Division of Lux Rec. There seems to be little division between these two sides of the Swiss imprint. The black bile from which MRT was born has infected the entire label. Downtrodden. Dank. Dark. What has […]

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V/A :: Unboxed Brain (De:Tuned)

Brainbox, and now Unboxed Brain, shows the range that exists within this almost limitless genre. Embrace the factory floor. Pull close to your bosom the clatter and clang of the warehouse.   I was out the other weekend here in Madrid, went to a club night where Daniele Cosmo, of Lux Rec, and me mate […]

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TAFKAMP / Thanos Hana :: TH06 (Tar Hallow)

The dutch imprint is shouting its mantra, ushering in another twelve months with a 12” of abused and brutalized industrial terror. If this is the age of anger, surely this is its soundtrack. There’s a nasty side running through techno. In all fairness there always has been but of late some have taken that misanthropic […]

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V/A :: Covert II EP (De:Tuned / Touched Music)

From sweaty floor to Saturday armchair, Covert II will provide. There’s always a certain amount of media fanfare about the prospect of a “supposed” Aphex Twin release. A whisper of Richard D. James is as much tantalising click-bait for the electronic music nut as the promise of celebrity nudity is to your local lad. Covert […]

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Goodbye, but not farewell :: Femur Mix

I was lucky enough to get behind the turntables there in November of 2015, a mangled and mashed warm up mix before Alessandro Parisi and Juanpablo rounded off a cracking Frigio Showcase. Never got round to doing a track list and hence the wait, only took 18 months! Friday night. Rain. Hail. Oppressive heat. Round […]

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Tapirus/D-56m :: The Art of Seeing (Poverty Is Violence)

The Art of Seeing shows a different side of Poverty is Violence. For those seeking bare bones rawness don’t worry, there’s a decent helping of that on here. There’s also more. Sinister sleekness, sly sneers masquerading as smoothness, D-56m subverts as Tapirus doles out damage. It’s interesting how quickly you develop an idea of a […]

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V/A :: MTRON002 (Mechatronica)

Mechatronica is fresh into 2017 with a second compilation of machine funk. Building on their first record, the German label has drafted in a medley of machine musicians to give voice to a cold future. January is not a month people like. August. May. December. Once the new year has been rung in where’s January? […]

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RVDS :: Shadows (It’s)

RVDS, Richard Graf von der Schulenburg, undoubtedly has the silver box bug. Yet he comes at the writhing wiggle of acid like few others. His latest album is testament to his love of that squirming sound and so much more. Acid seems to be an addiction. Once you lay hands on a TB303, or a […]

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Ioannis Savaidis :: NSA Trusted Networks (Lower Parts)

The coldness of the machine only appears in the higher notes, frost clinging to them as they descend from the stratosphere. Structures are transparent, plates slide, collide and slip past one another as solidity is reduced to a concept. There’s no point in approaching Lower Parts with a pre-set idea. The Athenian imprint has proven […]

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V/A :: Fashion Victims (Fenix Fire)

New Beat has taken a back seat and despite notable exceptions this very Belgian sound has remained on the margins. And perhaps that’s where it belongs, in the late night club where echoing acid is spliced by beats and sweat, on the purity of sticky floors. The Fashion Victims of Fenix Fire are ready to […]

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The Exaltics :: 10 Million Light Years EP (Solar One)

It’s great to keep the old days alive, to celebrate those that started everything, but I’d be inclined to think that we are now living in the day of electro and the sooner we realize that, and support it, the better. Electronic music is just as retrospective as it is future gazing. For a sound […]

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Sebastian Reuschel :: The World is Shit (ZCKR)

Across two tracks, some twenty five minutes of music, field recordings, live music and machine groans are brought together. I’d the recent joy of moving flat. I know moving is a pain in the arse for anybody, but for the record collector it’s an especially harrowing experience. Boxing up two thousand plus records is no […]

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EOD :: EODS | TVTM :: Alphanumerix (WeMe)

The squirming acid playfulness of Braindance, the cold shot of electro with some light sprinklings of electronica are the hunting grounds of both platforms with WeMe having near a decade’s experience. Alphanumerix is an offering of cerebral electronics with nods to a range of styles, a record for armchairs and floors. WeMe is a label I’ve […]

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Dream Scoring :: Images of a Myth (Naissance Musik)

Images of a Myth may be a modern record, but its roots are firmly planted in the traditions of 90s electronics. Sounds are deep and warm, analogue and organic. Hakim Murphy is a prolific producer. Under his own name the Machine Dreams boss has sculpted soulful soundscapes in tones of ambient, house and techno. Over […]

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Freddy Fresh :: Comacid (Forced Nostalgia)

If Comacid is your starting point for the music of Frederick Schmid you are in for a treat, with this 12” and in the unearthing of quite a gem. Freddy Fresh has a strange claim to fame. The majority of the world will have heard a single sentence from him more than his music, his […]

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Raderkraft :: Keine Richtung (Testlab)

Stinissen mentions his love of pre-MIDI sounds and Raderkraft certainly has an uncluttered style. The coldness of electro is ever present, but there is also a freewheeling quality to the EP. Testlab recently opened its doors, welcoming guests with a tape of demos and live tracks from a hometown institution. In the 1980s De Koer […]

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Wolf Dem & THRIVE :: Double review (Great Circles)

These lost echoes of the golden days still reverberate in Great Circles, they reverberate alongside the true possible savior of the rust belt: the computer. I like politics. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I an enjoy ole natter about this, that and the other. Brexit. Europe. Trump. I was drinking in a bar […]

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V/A :: Signs of Decay 2 (Solar One Music)

Signs of Decay 2 picks up where its predecessor left off with five tracks which all growl to their own different beat. As in Signs of Decay, the burning rancor of the TB303 is ever present, infecting each and every piece and sinking teeth into the dancefloor. I was at a party a few months […]

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Mace & Savage Grounds :: Double review (Lux Rec.)

Roasted industrial techno, abused body music, harsh and gnarled electronics. Music for different dance-floors, and once you get a taste for this particular poison there’s no going back. Once the Lux Rec guys went into the backroom of electronic music, gave the sunken eyed keeper a nod and ducked into the darkness, they’ve decided to […]

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DJ Overdose :: Don’t Get Burned (Computer Controlled)

Corrosive 303 bars are bubbled and boiled, reduced and simmered into a scorching syrup, one spiced even further by punishing percussion and a decent dollop of decay. Jeroen Warmenhoven is perhaps one of the lesser known disciples of the West Coast of the Netherlands, but he’s undeniably one of the most respected. His approach to […]

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V/A :: Ten Year Electronics (Cultivated Electronics)

To commemorate this anniversary a 12” has been commissioned that celebrates the imprint and the wider electro world. Ten Year Electronics closes the recent series of collaborations between the boss, Phil Bolland, and like-minded machinists. For the finale four cold cut craftsmen have been drafted in from near and far. I wasn’t born an electro lover. […]

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Manie Sans Délire :: Untitled (June)

This latest installment probes the shadows even further. Tracks delve deeper into murky undercurrents, scrutinizing ashen aspects and the pierced psyches of the unseen and, sometimes, unheard. It’s been a pleasure to have been privy to the development of Tsampikos Fronas’ music, both his own as an artist and his eponymous label’s output. June’s output […]

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Rolando Simmons :: Walk on Strawberries (030303)

In a way Walk on Strawberries marks a shift in Simmons’ sound. The sound of the silver box is a central column of the 12”, but it takes a backseat as the Swedish musician explores other avenues. There was a buzz around 030303‘s finding of Rolando Simmons. An unknown name and a musician of talent, […]

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V/A :: Femur V1 (Clasicos Del Ruido)

Barcelona’s Clasicos Del Ruido has paid homage to a monthly event that has brought a wealth of talent to the Spanish capital, Femur V1. I’ve mentioned of a club night I frequent here in Madrid more than once in the musical musings: Femur. The man behind it, Arch (or Aitor), shares a strikingly similar taste […]

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Filippo Diana :: Nemesi (KOOAAD Muzik)

A rounded vision of the sounds of the silver screen. A singular style isn’t adhered to, instead Diana explores all. Blood stained full moons, rain soaked sidewalks and the sole figure. KOOAAD Muzik’s second release bears a distant resemblance to its older brother. The first release on Joe Drive’s label, by the founder, has its feet […]

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