Articles By: Sam Waks

DJ Godfather :: This is Detroit EP (Dirty Knock)

The granddaddy of ghetto tech returns to his Dirty Knock imprint with three fresh Motor City bangers. With all the elaborate tools and fancy techniques available these days it’s easy for producers to get lost in the details. But once upon a time things were much simpler, and the electronic pioneers had to think creatively […]

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Aphex Twin :: Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP (Warp)

A bold experiment which unveils a whole new perspective on our beloved Aphex. Something potent is brewing over in the Aphex Twin camp. After years of silence he hits us with the phenomenal Syro and now barely 4-months later we have Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 and my what a different beast it is. Billed […]

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Igorrr & Ruby My Dear :: Maigre EP (Ad Noiseam)

Essentially this is the meeting of two great minds and together they have exploited every last inch of the modern electronic arsenal to make a resounding avant-garde statement. This could well be the future of music. 30-seconds in as the luscious pizzicato strings give way to a warped electronic growl you know you’re in for […]

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Koloto :: Mechanica EP & Bonus Remixes (Abandon Building)

Uplifting without ever becoming cheesy, subtle and reflective with a deep wellspring of meaning bubbling underneath. After a string of successful singles early last year Maria Sullivan (aka Koloto) presents her debut EP on Abandon Building: six originals matched with six remixes from the likes of Dot, Ekoda Map and Clozee. Drenched in glitchy textures […]

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Jvox :: Strange Universe (Component)

A level-straddling blend; earthy, groovy and easy to dig but with a deep, clever halo of abstract thematics and transcendent yearnings which might be harder to swallow were they not so smoothly anchored. Jvox started out as an MC before switching to the machines and although he doesn’t break out the mic on Strange Universe—his […]

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Maduro :: Black Ice Ballet (Octofoil)

Minimal drops and wickedly complex percussive wizardry that keeps you locked to the groove yet constantly on guard, advancing cautiously into the unforgiving night. With the deceptively innocent chimes of a child’s toy, Maduro welcomes us into his world. A dystopian megalopolis caught in the crux between machine domination and the fading echoes of organic […]

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CLOZEE :: Saturating melodic glitch-hop

Clozee is 21 year old Toulouse native Chloe Herry. The last year has seen releases on Gravitas Recordings and Digital Whomp showcasing a uniquely flavored style of melody driven glitch hop which has made a stir with its moving orchestral arrangements and funky off beat percussion. I caught up with Clozee on a cold winter eve after a […]

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Octavcat :: In Memory of Old Gear (Uncharted Audio)

The beauty of analog gear is in the errors, the unpredictability and no matter how fast digital emulation advances, that lusciously crackled timbre which coats this LP remains elusive without resorting to the real thing. In a world where the youngest crop of producers don’t know an MC303 from a TB303, the title of this […]

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Operon :: The Tharsis Bulge (Enig’matik)

Brisbane drum and bass legend Operon makes his debut on left field Aussie label Enig’matik in the form of this atmospherically intricate piece of free DnB wizardry. Something about the patchwork, cut and chop nature of this track recalls 90’s era V Recordings. The sonic palette has been vastly expanded; from a few soul samples […]

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V/A :: Entanglement 2 EP review & digital release party via plug.dj

en·tan·gle tr.v. en·tan·gled, en·tan·gling, en·tan·gles To twist together or entwine into a confusing mass en·tangle·ment n. In this case the ‘confusing mass’ is a funk-footed Voltron like creature formed by the conjunction of Circuit Bent, Sun in Aquarius, The Mollusk, Tom Cosm and Mr Bill. The coterie of Pacific producers first fused almost two years ago resulting in this […]

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