Category: "Newswire"

Day Before Us :: Enlightening Secrecy (Triple Moon)

Droning and brooding textured electronic sequences are joined by melodious acoustic lines. Making its name in the understated underground music scene, Day Before Us is at the intersection of various musical registers, from moodily atmospheric ambient, to ethereal dark wave with an emotionally evocative and soundtracky vibe. In five years a number of physical releases […]

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Video Premiere—Cynthia :: Between Two Worlds (Shimmering Moods)

If only you knew…. I would paint the release as dealing with the complexities and fragilities of close inter-personal relationships, when removed from the comforts of the established norms and place. The title track describes the slow process of disintegration and fracturing of such ties. An initial period calm is replaced by chaotic episodes, shifting […]

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**Stream exclusive—Sote :: Hyper-urban 20 30 EP (Ge-stell)

Stream exclusive! “Hyper-urban 20 30 continues Sote’s path of beatless electronic music that aims for the brain to send movement signals to the rest of the body. Electronic music with a heavy focus on rhythm and synthesis without using any fashionably expected percussive sounds such as [an] everyday kick, snare and hi-hat.” Ge-stell is releasing an […]

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VISUAL ARCHIVE—Moogfest 2016 :: May 19-22 (Durham, NC)

Delivering much more than just performances, Moogfest is also a full-fledged technology conference, with dozens of panels and talks covering topics like instrument design philosophy, artificial intelligence, and the future of creativity. Moogfest, named after synth pioneer Dr. Robert Moog and now a biennial event, is poised to prove its well-earned reputation as the US […]

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SsS… soon from SHXCXCHCXSH

Techno mischief-makers SHXCXCHCXSH return soon with a new LP on Avian. A follow-up to 2014’s Linear S Decoded, SsS… has the pron.-challenging Swedes revisit signature stop-mo percussion and hypertensile synthesis hitched to caustic sound design on 15 warping maximalist pieces. SsS… sees these Swedes ‘digging into untamed textural territory full of delay feedback and troubled synth lines, keeping the Avian veneer of […]

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Unland :: Die Ruhe nach dem Sturm (Midira)

Deeply engaging throughout, Die Ruhe nach dem Sturm offers a journey by a group currently at its best creative form. Unland has developed a unique sound and this new effort demonstrates it in all its soulful atmospheric glory. The mysterious trio, Unland, returns with its second output: Die Ruhe nach dem Sturm (The Silence after […]

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36 and 36 minutes of Seconds & Forever

36 is to release a new album, Seconds & Forever, on 1st May, Madrid’s Mystic & Quantum label playing host to the prolific ambienteer for two eighteen-minute tracks. That makes 36 minutes of 36 material (see what he did there?) spread over multiple movements. The record will be pressed on limited white 12″ vinyl, in a nifty hand-made […]

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Soenda Festival 2016

With just over two months away the Soenda Festival 2016will commence. Soenda is Utrecht’s leading electronic music festival and will showcase a strong lineup across the beautiful Ruigenhoekse Polder stadium. There is confirmed to be 5 stages available, flaunting the finest in electronic music. The programme has been finalized and is available on the Soenda […]

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Assembler/Responder, Music Producer

Sean Curtis Patrick may be familiar to ambienteers as a visual artist whose imagery has adorned releases by the likes of Rafael Anton Irisarri, Benoît Pioulard, and Alessandro Cortini. Less familiar, though, will be his audio work, which turns out to be deserving of mention, if not in the same breath, then in close aspiration to the above […]

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Lucy’s Self-Mythology Is Imminent

Self Mythology sees Lucy marshaling polyrhythmic patter, diaphanous drones and textured ambience to push the boundaries, with fusion and occlusion of Anatolian, African and Middle-Eastern chant and instrumentation. News from Stroboscopic Artefacts of their illustrious leader Lucy‘s forthcoming third album. Aptly titled Self-Mythology, it’s trailed as ‘a meditation upon the reciprocity between personal hopes and fears and collective dreams and nightmares,’ apparently referencing old legends […]

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Boards Of Canada Remix Odd Nosdam’s Sisters

Berkeley beat broker Odd Nosdam’s Sisters just dropped, prompting Boards of Canada to post a remix of the title track (below). The Odd Couple and Odd ‘dam have exchanged before, he with a rework of their “Dayvan Cowboy,” they with a rethink of his then project cLOUDDEAD‘s “Dead Dogs Two.” Sisters sees the Anticon co-founder, long-esteemed in underground beats circles, scoping a vein of […]

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Above, Convenience Store! Out of Norway, via Los Angeles

A multi-dimensional four-move set with a well sequenced dynamic. For film fans and watchers of the margins of pop culture, Above, Convenience Store! will evoke a cult-classic scene from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me—a Lynchian scene of typically cryptic clues and riddles set in the eponymous location, and not a Norwegian electronic/ambient drone project. However, […]

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Anchorsong returns with Ceremonial on Tru Thoughts

A tasty and refreshing sonic affair, driven by an exotic African spell and the tricky yet catchy gymnastics of a confident, creative artist. Tokyo-born, London-based Masaaki Yoshida (a.k.a. Anchorsong) returns with his second album, Ceremonial, on Tru Thoughts. As the press release states, the album reflects Yoshida’s newfound love for vintage African music, intertwined with […]

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Fluxion’s Vibrant Forms Re-formed

Sustained calls over the years for reissue of these highpoints of dub-techno fusion led to Type stepping up with a first Vibrant Forms remaster in 2013. Subwax Bcn do the New Year’s honours with VFII. News of timely re-presentation of a cult classic of dub-infused electronic music, Vibrant Forms II. The banner under which Chain Reaction collated a […]

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Keith Berry :: Elixir (Invisible Birds)

Busy being birthed: A new recording by philosophical ambient minimalist Keith Berry (The Golden Boat, A Strange Feather, Towards the Blue Peninsula), titled Elixir, is scheduled to arrive on the Invisible Birds imprint by March. Still in the manufacturing stage, the edition is currently on pre-order and the gatefold CD package design, featuring the crimson, […]

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Willamette’s Diminished Composition

Diminished Composition brings sad-happy scenes painted in warm tones, strokes of drone deftly drawn. A new recording from Willamette, Diminished Composition, has just been released by Scissor Tail. The WA-based ambient post-classical project—nicely referred to as ‘chamber drone caught in perpetually Lynchian state of romantic, dream-fog rapture’ (Spin)—is formed of Joseph Yonker and brothers Davin and Kevin Chong. Ambient […]

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Delsin / Beltran present French Through the Blinds

Through the Blinds sees French break cover to deliver a set of evocative ambient, experimental and downtempo electronica tracks with droning textures, soft-focus samples and treated piano motifs. Detroit producer Blair French‘s Through the Blinds comes out on Delsin on January 25th, in conjunction with Dado Records—an enterprise launched by John Beltran, who brought French on board as an artist and […]

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Dub Spencer & Trance Hill :: Physical Echoes (Echo Beach)

The dub phenomenon strikes again with a new record. Dub Spencer & Trance Hill released its eighth album a couple of days ago via the mighty Echo Beach—the band’s home label for the past nine years. With Physical Echoes we get the band—Marcel Stalder (bass), Julian Dillier (drums), Markus Meier (guitar & vocals), Philipp Greter […]

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Year’s End Mood Shimmers

Ultra-prolific Shimmering Moods present their final releases for 2015, so quick heads up before we get too far into 2016, in the spirit of news rather than reviews—Limited Liability Sounds, Fontaine, and Arkadelphia. Polish ambient/electronic musician Adam Mańkowski aka Limited Liability Sounds attributes inspiration for Surrounding Countryside to Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, wherein the author renounces material economy for […]

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Delsin delivers B12’s Orbiting Souls

Behind the title, Orbiting Souls, is the artist (Rutter alone here) reflecting on a friend’s demise, projecting a sense of surroundedness by souls departed. B12. A name resonating with myths of the recent past. Along with the likes of The Black Dog, Baby Ford, and other lesser lights (e.g. LA Synthesis, lately spotted here), B12 is redolent of a strain of […]

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The Black Dog :: Very Extended Play EP (Dust Science)

Dropping imminently is the Very Extended Play EP (Dust Science) by The Black Dog, a collection of remixed tracks from their latest album Neither/Neither. In the words of The Black Dog: It’s always pretty easy for us to pick who’d we’d like to remix our work as we listen to so much new music and […]

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DECIBEL Fest 2015 :: September 23—27 (Seattle, WA)

Autechre, Clark, Dan Deacon, Eskmo, John Tejada, Richard Devine, Thievery Corporation and many more will demonstrate their sonic gymnastics at this year’s edition of the Decibel Festival. Decibel Festival, now celebrating its 12th year, continues to maintain its place as one of the country’s finest festivals of electronic music, despite stiff competition from Moogfest. Decibel […]

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Kangding Ray’s Raster-Noton Renewal

Cory Arcane is full of intriguing compositions characterized by Letellier’s intricate percussive programming, textural invention, and deep-buried melodies, fitting comfortably into the Raster-Noton aesthetic, while retaining his own idiosyncratic voice. News of an album impending from Kangding Ray for gratifyingly still fertile and thriving minimal electronica label, Raster-Noton. Cory Arcane will be the fifth by David Letellier for the crack Chemnitz […]

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Idleness, Endlessness, and 10 Years of Dragon’s Eye

Dragon’s Eye Recordings celebrates its 10th anniversary with the release of Idleness, Endlessness by label head Yann Novak. It explores labor, leisure and engagement over two hour-long pieces wrought from source material captured at the Parkfield Artist Residency, a retreat uniquely conducive to contemplation and reflection with invited artists being under no obligation to create anything. Dragon’s Eye […]

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I Dream Of Wires in Berlin

Not some dodgy ’80s neu-Romantische synth-pop revival heralded by the headline, but a documentary about the modular synthesizer-its history, demise and resurgence. I Dream Of Wires gets its Berlin premier on July 28, along with a live performance by + talk with the legendary Morton Subotnick, composer of the seminal Silver Apples of the Moon […]

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High on KRAKE

KRAKE 2015 takes place from August 3rd-9th, ranging across Berlin with arts and culture events at Urban Spree and Berghain Kan­tine, heaviest live doses to be caught at Suicide Circus with. Since 2010 inception KRAKE has brought to Berlin some of the best known acts in the vanguard and at the margins of electronica–Mika Vainio, Mono­lake and Mur­cof, to […]

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V/A :: Touched Two, The Remixes (Touched Music)

Plenty to keep your ears occupied whilst you bask in the glow of having done a good deed! As if raising close to £30,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support wasn’t enough, Martin Boulton brings further dedication to an excellent cause with another huge compilation bursting with names new and old from across the electronic scene. As […]

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V/A :: Mountain Electrics (Balkan Vinyl)

Balkan Vinyl step up once again, pulling together a solid charity compilation in aid of Community Action Nepal (CANEPAL) following the devastating earthquakes in Spring 2015. Packed full of acidic throbbers, techno rumblings and tasty electronic excursions there are new tracks here from B12, Posthuman, Mark Archer, Nightwave, Luke Vibert, Mark Broom and TVO to […]

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Planet Boelex :: Moments (Soft Phase)

Fresh from winning a recent Just Music remix competition with his excellent take on Digitonal’s Autumn Round, the Finnish producer returns with a fine selection of stone cold classic Boelex instrumental sounds. Huge ever evolving melodies, melancholic yet uplifting and as epic as ever—if you’ve enjoyed previous Planet Boelex work you will no doubt love […]

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