Category: "Features"

Igloo Magazine :: Best of 2017

In 2017 Igloo Magazine celebrated seventeen years of online presence covering several hundred releases from creative musicians around the globe this year alone. Our dedicated contributors continue to cull the finest musical fragments from a variety of genres, and we’ve pooled together a rather large selection of music that traversed higher ground. Here are the […]

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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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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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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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Elsewhereness revisited #7 stuff made of dreams which are

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, tube-d, cloud-ed, and camp-ed up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #7.    Ambient/folk-gaze maven, Benoît Pioulard, has Lignin Poise, on Beacon Sound. Forget his pop/folk-y fluff, this is the stuff made of dreams which are!—another of those hazy slow falls inwards with airy guitar and a […]

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Alan Lockett :: Dalliance #20 mix

Dalliance #20 is an Ambient Techno mix from igloomag Contributing Ed., Alan Lockett aka MistMaxer albient—latest in a series from Techno’s Outer Limits (October 2017 transmission incoming) Twentieth in a series of mixes assembling more than a score of dalliers with alliance to Techno’s pulse geared to Outer Limits atmo, Dalliance 20 sees albient, from Techno’s Outer Limits, collude with: Anthony Linell, […]

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Simfonica :: Letters In Time DVD (TM Studios)

The near hour-long ambient tripping combined with clear messages, the interplay of sound and image within contextual ideas, provide a very moving total experience. In fact this is a surprisingly rare concept in music, at least in non-classical orchestral music. The marriage of haunting sounds and thought-provoking visuals is here actually more a ménage à […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #6 here come the warm jest

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, tube-d, cloud-ed, and camp-ed up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #6.  Serving suggestions for lovers of electronic pioneers, or in this case those carrying on the torch, and for hand-finish fanciers: Agri Montana (Café Kaput) is inspired by Alpine landscapes, and, you’d’ve thought, […]

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Chaperone mix :: Music inspired by train travel (Rail Cables)

Chaperone recently provided Igloo with an exclusive promotional mix created especially for the Rail Cables Series featuring music from Tangerine Dream, Rice Twins, Hot Guts, B.Fleischmann and others. On the 7th of August Rail Cables are releasing a cassette featuring new music from long serving Warp Records experimentalist Mira Calix, Newcastle Drums and electronics newcomers […]

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Alan Lockett :: Dalliance #19 mix

Dalliance #19 is an Ambient Techno mix from igloomag Contributing Editor Alan Lockett, aka MistMaxer albient —latest in a series from Techno’s Outer Limits (July 2017 transmission incoming) Nineteenth in a series of mixes assembling more than a score of dalliers with alliance to Techno’s pulse geared to Outer Limits atmos, Dalliance 19 sees albient […]

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Elsewhereness Revisited #5 selected ambient twerks

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camp-ed up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #5. Now near-veterans with a back catalog on Infraction, Own, Barge and Students of Decay after s/t EP (Highpoint Lowlife, 2007), Pausal stop off at Dronarivm. A Touched Music request to perform in Pembrokeshire prompted the New Forest’s […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 11

Delving deep into the world of Bandcamp tape releases for our eleventh update—so much good music, so little time…maybe just scroll past all the writing and head straight for the sounds! The Nag’s Head :: Live From Concrete Island (Kit) A re-issue of this psychedelic collage of sounds culled from four years of street recordings, […]

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Ben Milstein :: Frontire Mix

From the Pacific Northwest comes Ben Milstein with an exclusive Igloo Magazine mix that runs through a sonic maze filled with low-profile electro, glitch, ambient, brokenbeat, and downtempo excursions. Tracklist :: Ben Milstein :: Gau71** (Unreleased) Logreybeam :: Dokama (Saag, 2003) Timeblind :: Strategy Decay (Soot, 2006) Gasp :: Porter Goss (Buried In Time, 2010) […]

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Alan Lockett :: Dalliance #18 mix

Dalliance #18 is an Ambient Techno mix from igloomag Contributing Editor Alan Lockett, aka MistMaxer albient—latest in a series from Techno’s Outer Limits (April 2017 transmission incoming) Eighteenth in a series of mixes assembling more than a score of dalliers in alliance to Techno pulse geared to Outer Limits atmos, Dalliance #18 sees albient colluding with: Acronym, Agnosia, Artefakt, ASC, Bnjmn, Cliche Morph, […]

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V/A :: Source Book 1 (Raster-Noton)

The markers that identify the boundaries of the label’s surface area — techno, ambient, musiqué concrete — are on display, and the terrain inside them is mapped and signposted with the selection of twelve tracks spanning the last twenty years of releases. Raster-Noton have, in their own words, always tried to be more than a […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #4 appetite for distraction

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camp-ed up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #4.  Gailes is Benoît Pioulard, late-period ambient mode engaged (cf. Sonnet, Stanza, Thine), and long-time student of decay, sustain & release, Rafael Anton Irisarri—guitar-y, synth-y, studio savvy. Previous dronership, solo and duo (Orcas), doesn’t quite […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 10

In the true dichotomy that is the tape release world, we’ve continued to trawl the digital world to search out some of the finest tape releases for your ears. Despite a fair degree of searching it feels like we are only just touching the surface of the DIY tape world. Presented here is a small […]

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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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Robert Rich :: Premonitions / Vestiges (Vinyl-on-Demand / Soundscape Productions)

Robert Rich’s restless spirit still retains a collagist’s wicked sense of the surreal, how to both jostle and juxtapose sounds and enhance the molecular divisions between silence and signal. He has long been a champion, enthusiast, and expert knob twiddler of the given technology of the day, but his exploratory nature has found him straddling electroacoustic interfaces […]

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ProtoU :: Warm Winter Mix

ProtoU’s Warm Winter Mix for Igloo Magazine is “created exclusively for wintry chill days. Whether you’ve just started your day or got home from a snowy mesa outside—this balmy associate is here to hug you.” Visit ProtoU on Cryo Chamber. Tracklist :: 00:00 Steve Roach & Dirk Serries :: “Bow” 08:30 Lexithimie :: “A Silent […]

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Igloo Magazine :: Best of 2016

While other sites might fight to get 1000s down to 50 or 20, at Igloo HQ we’ve refused to don the hair shirt of reducing respective contributor lists to a consensual singularity, in favour of doing justice to diversity via lists that range far and wide, and a congruent preference for letting their multiplicity simply […]

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Alan Lockett :: Dalliance #17 mix

Dalliance #17 is an Ambient Techno mix from igloomag Contributing Editor Alan Lockett, aka MistMaxer albient—latest in a series from Techno’s Outer Limits (Dec. 2016 transmission incoming) Seventeenth in a series of mixes assembling more than a score of dalliers in alliance to Techno pulse geared to Outer Limits atmosphere, Dalliance #17 finds albient colluding with: Adam Michalak, Amandra, Buck, Claudio PRC, Clip, Concept […]

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cv313 :: The Path To Dimensional Space (Part 6: Arrival)

Introduction Q & A – Part 6 Dimensional Space [Original 2CD Edition] :: Review Digital Bonus Content :: Review Vinyl Remaster :: Review Alchemy CD Edition :: Review Debarcation Read Part 5: Transference Introduction It appears that the rule of thumb with cv313 is: expect the unexpected. When it transpired that Dimensional Space consisted of […]

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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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Elsewhereness revisited #3 :: Party Like It’s 1991

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camped-up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #3 1991 made waves in 2012 with High-Tech High-Life (Opal Tapes)—chewy New Age synth ‘n’ soundscapes laced with arpeggiating timbres and shimmering drones, and self-titled (Astro:Dynamics)–IDM-y sounds shot through with post-ambient forms and off-kilter melodies, while his Skogen, Flickan Och […]

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Dronny Darko :: Drone Ambient Mix for Sleep

Dronny Darko’s mix for Igloo Magazine is composed around lowercase minimalist drones and atmospheres that are aimed to put a listener into a meditative and relaxed state of mind. Tranquility and calmness are the key emotions within this experience. Dive into this ambience chasm and explore how deep a rabbit hole can be. Tracklisting :: […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 9

We must admit we’ve taken our time since the last update on all things tape. We even missed Cassette Store Day—but every day is Cassette Store Day, right? So, time to delve into some new tape releases that have been tickling our eardrums with delight. We stretch across genres with six releases taking in crackers […]

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Alan Lockett :: Dalliance #16 mix

Dalliance #16 is an Ambient Techno mix from igloomag Contributing Editor, Alan Lockett aka MistMaxer albient—latest in a series from Techno’s Outer Limits (check incoming Oct. 2016 transmission). Sixteenth in a series of mixes assembling more than a score of dalliers in alliance to Techno pulse geared to Outer Limits atmosphere, Dalliance #16 finds albient colluding with: Acronym, Agnosia, Aleja Sanchez, Alfredo Mazzilli, […]

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Meat Beat Manifesto :: Visual Archive & Tour EP review (Numbers, Houston 10/1/2016)

Meat Beat Manifesto visual archive of photo and video footage from their live show at Numbers Houston October 1st, 2016, a brief recap of the tour only EP, and a glimpse at what’s to follow in 2017. Video-collage tapestry at its finest (October 1st, 2016) Jack Dangers and Ben Stokes of Meat Beat Manifesto were in prime […]

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