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Snowbeasts :: Survival (M-Tronic)

The agitated, menacing tripped out sound sculptures of Survival seem to invite the listener to enter a vast post-industrial dystopian universe dominated by machines and technological excess. Snowbeasts is the project of Rob Galbraith (from Component netlabel) and Elizabeth Virosa. We already had plenty occasions to write about this challenging post-techno doom ambient duet, the production […]

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Kirk Degiorgio presents Future/Past :: Rare & Unreleased (De:Tuned)

Rare & Unreleased turns back the clock, washing away the last twenty five years to return to those halcyon days. Found on forgotten DAT tapes and gleamed from lost compilations, this four tracker focuses on DeGiorgio’s Future/Past alias. Rare & Unreleased revives the analogue warmth that characterized the 90s, the complex future scapes carved and shaped […]

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Eff Dst :: Out Of Body (Hymen)

An aptly-titled album that scrapes and chisels its way through heavy sonic debris. Belarus-based Sound Engineer, Dmitry Stepnov (aka Eff Dst) is back on Hymen with Out Of Body, an aptly-titled album that scrapes and chisels its way through heavy sonic debris. Following up last year’s Blackout might have seemed a difficult task, but Eff […]

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Maelstrom :: ALPH4 (Central Processing Unit)

A finely executed EP that contorts itself around rugged electro-techno of yesteryear, but with an updated machined pulse. Maelstrom (aka Joan-Mael Péneau) delivers an action packed 7-track extended player for the well oiled Sheffield-based CPU imprint. Through each piece you’ll find pistons firing at all angles, Detroit influences spread across acidic electro forms (“VZNEITIT”), and […]

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Pollux Rose :: Daisy (Numb Capsule)

A myriad of broken beats, and scorched (Detroit-infused) electro are welded with technical precision. Along the way, Pollux Rose unleashes pounding bass with classic braindance ferocity. Heading into this new album with open ears, Numb Capsule continue to adhere to mind-bending and off-center electronic works—here Greece-based Nikolaos Mouchalempis delivers eight songs at maximum force. A myriad […]

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Aeon Waves :: Mute Angel EP (Mindtrick)

A brisk and beautiful exploration through sound, vision, and voices that is well worth the trip. This four track by India-based Aeon Waves has been in constant rotation, its mesmerizing swirl of ambient downtempo dub, and subconscious voices is almost too emotional to take in one sitting. Like drifting into the atmosphere over the Pacific […]

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SubtractiveLAD :: Valve & Ellipsis double review (Self-released)

Valve and Ellipsis follow a similar musical register where flexible tones, dense layers of sounds and aerial guitars lead the listener to a personal quest, to a feeling of deep quietness, flying the vast inner cosmical immensity. Stephen Hummell (aka SubtractiveLAD) is a multifaceted ambient based guitarist and quite prolific sound producer in the universe of DIY and […]

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Xurba :: Epikýrosi tou Dasikoú Pnévmatos (Electric Studios)

A manifest of intergalactic drones, tones, and serene landscapes. Xurba (aka Will Brazier-Smith) has traversed a few genres over the years, from brittle nostalgia-infused downtempo, to roughened clip-hop stints, to surreal ambient plateaus with a growing discography to boot. The latter is precisely where his latest album Epikýrosi tou Dasikoú Pnévmatos lands—its core is a […]

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Meat Beat Manifesto :: Impossible Star (Flexidisc)

Impossible Star’s tracks are all crisp and clear with plenty of space for everything to sit tight in the mix. The album mixes classic elements of MBM’s style with live bass, Dangers raps delivered in his clear, hungry voice, burbling warty synths and just about enough funk to shake that ass into oblivion. In 1989 […]

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Loden :: Lit For Exits (Extinct)

Fans of Clark and Amon Tobin might want to delve head first into Loden’s latest sonic plateau. A versatile and euphoric trip for mind and body, Lit For Exits is the proverbial exp-electronic music buffet worth every minute. Loden, known for his abstract musical project with labels like Eat This, Mush, and Colony, offers the […]

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Jvox :: Funhouse (Component)

Casual yet chaotic, serene yet skewed, Jvox manipulates sound like no other—ultimately making Funhouse its own contagious entity. Welcome back Jvox—one of my favorite musicians from the early 2000s! He comes in full-steam ahead on the wacky, glee-filled, downtempo beauty that is Funhouse. Have a listen to “Don’t Be Afraid” to get a sampling of […]

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Cialyn :: The Lone Thistle EP (Kahvi)

A gorgeous EP of refined and detuned synths, drums, samples, found sound, and fuzzy voices far off in the distance. Boards Of Canada’s Music Has The Right To Children (Warp/Matador, 1998) was the theme to my high-school days—cascading through downbeat, nostalgic bliss, it hasn’t aged a bit. Even though the Scottish brothers continue to (slowly) amass a […]

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Mtch :: Nrvaqaprol EP (Kaer’Uiks)

Mtch elevates abstract glitch to new heights while still maintaining a claustrophobic and subtle musicality that is elusive on Nrvaqaprol. Mtch (aka Mitch Cramer) continues to confound and break pre-conceived glitch notions, the coverage we unfolded in 2017 was only a glimpse into the strange worlds he’s able to inhabit. “Nrvaqaprol” leads the way via minuscule […]

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Displacer :: Missing Warriors (Component)

Plenty of moods, variations and sound colors, timbral exploration make this organic and drone release worth the discovery. Recommended for fans of Robert Henke, Atomine Elektrine, Biosphere et al, and an instant favorite from Component’s latest productions. Displacer (aka Michael Morton) is a IDM and chill-out ambient music entity coming from Toronto. This project has […]

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Christian Kleine Compilation :: Stream an exclusive track from the forthcoming (ASIP)

A Strangely Isolated Place have ventured further out of their ambient hunting grounds than ever before with the forthcoming Electronic Music From The Lost World (1998–2001), a collection of previously unreleased Kleine tracks rescued from old DATs and pressed onto sumptuous, transparent green double-vinyl. Igloo is proud to present an exclusive stream of “Somehow” from […]

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Subskan :: Ambidextrous Asylums (Hymen)

Ambidextrous Asylums performs the heroic celebration of industrial production—and then narrates its post-modern obliteration. An entire factory complex is crushed down into a single, blankly-blinking bank of computers. The shadowy hand-almond of a smartphone has killed entire regions. DJ and producer Subskan (aka Jean-Marx Polet) remains within a warp of obscurity—the German label behind his […]

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V/A :: Snow Robots Volume 4 (Suction)

The warm 16-bit melodies of some twenty years back have mutated into grizzled men (much like myself) peddling coarse chords and rough rhythms made to carve up modern dance-floors. A new tradition has started and hopefully it will still be going in two decades time. I’m not big into driving. I’m not particularly good at […]

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