Articles By: SelfText

Rankin Scroo :: Solid (Crucial Youth)

(05.24.08) As an intrepid Igloo reporter, I travel the lengths of the Earth to bring you news about music that matters. Currently, I’m in San Francisco, listening to music from Oakland by way of Jamaica, New York, and Hawaii, but my mind is struggling to escape a paradox. How can I both like Rankin’ Scroo, […]

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MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO :: Live at Slim’s (San Francisco, CA)

(04.18.08) THIS was more than just a show, it was an industrial family reunion. I ran into people I hadn’t seen in years, the kind of people who used to write drum n bass but ultimately disappeared in their quest to generate the perfect electronic sound. The kind of people who went to work for […]

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I Broke My Robot :: Tomorrow Does Not Exist (Broken Fader Cartel, CD)

(12.06.07) I wonder if anyone really loves fucking to IDM. Of the billions of people in this world, there’s got to be at least one kinky Casanova who totally gets down and dirty to 200 bpm. I can imagine him referring to it as “Squarepushin” or “Coming to Daddy” or something equally unsubtle. This is […]

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The Glimmers :: Eskimo Volume V (Eskimo, CD)

(10.29.07) “We want to be free. We want to be free to do what we want to do. And we want to get loaded, and we want to have a good time. That’s what we’re gonna do. We’re gonna have a good time. We’re gonna have a party!” (Intro to Primal Scream’s “Loaded,” sampled from […]

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Dr. Lektroluv :: Live – Recorded at Rock Werchter (Lektroluv, CD)

(09.28.07) Imagine a genie grants you one wish. And although you know you should wish for infinite wishes, what you really want is to be transformed into Dr. Lektroluv – green-skinned doctor of dance, surgeon of sleaze, European electro sensation, mixing razor-sharp bass with indie-rock vocals and offbeat rhythms. Wish granted, and here you are, […]

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Slap [unmodified] :: Auto [repeat] (Architecture of Sound, 7inch vinyl and CD3)

(09.18.07) I hope some people still believe synths have no soul. Does the robotic precision of electro and synthpop still make people mad? Do The Human League still claim to use no sequencers in their production? Are Erasure still using the same keyboard they bought in 1985? Does anyone actually like the sound of workstation […]

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Psyrok :: Psyrok (Psylince, CD)

(08.17.07) “I have excellent news for the world. There’s no such thing as trip-hop. It does not exist. It’s a figment of a lame cunt’s imagination. There was never any such thing as trip-hop. It was a polite thing to say when you were trying to explain you were not into boring old rock ‘n […]

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Back Ted N-Ted :: Pop Animal (Abandon Building, CD)

(07.15.07) Ryan Breen, moonlighting as Back Ted N-Ted, has created something special. This is the kind of CD you’ll find yourself showing to your friends, mentioning in conversations, and listening to when nothing else sounds good anymore. And yet there is nothing wildly original about Pop Animal. It is simply a well-crafted and often surprisingly […]

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