Articles By: Robbie Geoghegan

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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Very Clever Music – V/A :: Brainbox (De:Tuned)

Rose tinted glasses aside, Brainbox is a seriously impressive undertaking. Six records from some twenty five pioneers, masters and newcomers. This new collection displays another side of Belgian label as a range of styles come into focus, from squirreled out acid and ambient immersion to electronica and glitch. There´s a fair bit of childish innocence that […]

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Franck Kartell :: Coïncidences (Bass Agenda)

The second LP from this Frenchman was his soundtrack to a 1962 film. Coïncidences is music of a broader narrative. Links, crossovers, connections between our lives, our technology and our ideas. Through a reduced lens Kartell has produced a sheer and stylistic record, one that finds incredible depth through a shallow selection of sounds. La […]

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“This is Analogical Force. The club. The label. The music.” :: Beneath Madrid

What Analogical Force are doing is releasing a wide range of electronics with definite nods to the past whilst searching for new talent. What they are doing is bringing international music and talent to the Spanish capital, the next being B12 performing Electro Soma live. 90s Britain and electronic music are synonymous. Skam. B12. Warp. […]

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Inkamera :: Time Rewind (Last Known Trajectory)

Cold computer electronics which thaw with palpable emotion, the fragility of flesh beside metal, the soul in a synthesizer. Victoria Lukas has focused on collaborations over the last few years. After a spate of releases on labels like Frustrated Funk, as Vita, and Clone, with Gerald Donald as Zerkalo, Lukas’most recent partnership has been with […]

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Antonio :: Breeze (Smashing Tape)

The overarching style comes from the pits of punk, a mechanized revolt of pistons and gravel. Yet there are softer moments lurking under those creaking sounds, warm keys cutting through the oil soaked gears. Tough, true, but there’s also a tender edge that counters, and compliments, the harshness. Antonio Barbetta has had a very successful […]

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Luciano Lamanna / Cosimo Damiano :: LB19 (Love Blast)

It’s obvious that this pair didn’t come to techno in the usual way, their music (and inner labels) tell of a punk past. They’ve come to their audio expression via thrash guitar and the mosh pit, a same devil-may-care attitude that is now being communicated through machines with fierce results. I didn’t come to industrial […]

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V/A :: Echt Walle Traxx | Lem/Tobs :: Double Portrait (Drowned)

The crew of Drowned definitely lean towards the darker edges of the dancefloor. An elbow, followed by a shoulder and then a shove is how the Bremen lads meet the club, don’t forget a fair bit of thump in there too. An enviable seam of talent underpins the Bremen electronic scene. Drowned and ZCKR have […]

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Enzo Kreft :: Dark Matter (Walhalla)

There’s a weird and wonderful quality to Dark Matter. It follows no line, in many respects Kreft was one of the progenitors of synth wave and he reached that point through experimentation and change. Tracks and ideas bound and leap, scrolling drone skips joyfully into self-deprecating poetry and beyond into congratulation. It’s hard for an […]

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Rhyw :: Rhyw TH05 (TH ± Tar Hallow)

Drums rain down, battering into a bulwark of bass as a bludgeoning techno beast takes form. Moody and malignant, the EP has a haunting and haunted quality. TH ± Tar Hallow has managed to hammer its way into my head. With its no nonsense, pile driving style from a deviant crew of contorted machine criminals. A […]

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Breaklab :: Reet (ZCKR)

Ambient is the style pursued across the five installations. Resonance, echo, fade and decay are the central tools. No tracks are titled, in fact they somewhat merge into one another. I was listening to Will Self recently. If you don’t know him he’s a droll character. His voice has languid quality but his written, and […]

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The search for Aphex Twin, the unearthing of RX-101

There’s an undeniable romance attached to the music of Richard D. James. Aphex Twin coined a sound in the 90s that refused to sit in any one genre. Techno. House. Electro. Acid. IDM. The Rephlex co-founder cultivated a mystery around himself. Ducking and diving between monikers, adopting pseudonyms and nom de plumes as he skipped […]

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Mike Davis :: Dreamland (Carousel)

Thought provoking sounds with just enough thump, cerebral electronics without the pomp; simply put, a wonderful 12” from an artist I’ll be keeping a close ear on. You’d do well to track down Mike Davis on discogs, he’s the forty seventh entry if you’re curious. But don’t let the lack of a sepulchral pseudonym or […]

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