Category: "Profiles"

Arrakis. Dune. French Techno? :: The World of Epsylonn-Otoktone Sound System

At Dune’s core is a tough style of techno, a harsh and heavy sound that is more like 1991 rather than 10191. Yet, with the passage of time, the imprint is branching out and looking into other areas of electronic space. In 1965 Dune was released. Frank Herbert’s universe of 10191 spoke of instantaneous travel, […]

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Possblthings and Pulse Drift :: Something in the Leipzig water?

Jena. Leipzig. Electro. These two towns are synonymous with quality machine music. Frigid funk. Clinical cuts. Astral reductions. The Exaltics. AC Records, Lunatic, YUYAY. All call either of these German cities home. Now two more imprints are making their presence known on the streets of Jena and Leipzig, Possblthings and Pulse Drift. Jena. Leipzig. Electro. […]

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Femur :: Electronic down to its bones

Based on the strength of these first two 12”s (by Frak and Celldöd), a new, interesting, and forward looking label has just been established here in Spain and one, which I have no doubt, will be a success. Femur. After five years of running a club night, after a compilation on Clasicos Del Ruidos, after enough […]

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9300 Records :: 31 Km Northwest of Brussels

There’s something that bit more intriguing when something is being attempted away from the bright lights of the bigger cities. From a mutual affinity for machine music, friends coming together over their favorite records, 9300 Records was born. I try to keep my ear to the ground, I try to cover new artists and labels […]

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BITS & PIECES with Miwon

Miwon (aka Hendrik Kroez) is the latest addition to the colorful n5MD roster. This April he released his third album, Jigsawtooth, via the influential Oakland-based imprint. Talk Talk, Hitchcock, Moog Sub 37, Russian herb liquor; read about what gets the Berlin-based electronica wizard’s creative juices flowing. The first album you bought? Talk Talk / “It’s […]

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BITS & PIECES with Daigo Hanada

Last February Japanese composer and pianist Daigo Hanada released his debut solo piano album on Montreal’s boutique imprint Moderna. Ichiru is made of eleven beautiful piano miniatures and a full-length closing piece written in Berlin and Tokyo and recorded using only an upright piano, a pair of microphones and Hanada’s two hands. Iglooview is in […]

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Aquarium to Warren Raww :: The many habitats of Natural Sciences (Interview & Mix)

Then you meet those who refuse to adhere (to the spiral staircase of genres), who defy the norms and set their own standards. Manchester’s Natural Sciences would come under this banner. I’ve always used labels as a reference point to get a handle on electronic music. True, that guide rail isn’t as important as when […]

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Aspecto Humano :: The human machine touch

Anyone setting up a label deserves respect, or sectioning; doing so in Spain even more so. Aspecto Humano have definitely hit the ground running. Their sound is bright, one that shines with an electro cleanness whilst warming with a disco touch. Theirs is a style few others are attempting in Spain, and elsewhere. Living in […]

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“This is Analogical Force. The club. The label. The music.” :: Beneath Madrid

What Analogical Force are doing is releasing a wide range of electronics with definite nods to the past whilst searching for new talent. What they are doing is bringing international music and talent to the Spanish capital, the next being B12 performing Electro Soma live. 90s Britain and electronic music are synonymous. Skam. B12. Warp. […]

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BITS & PIECES with ISAN + Video Premiere

After a six-year hiatus electronica and IDM veterans ISAN are back with a brand new album on Morr Music. Was it worth the wait? We certainly think so. Read what our Fabrizio Cacciamali had to say about it after immersing himself in the delicate sounds. We also managed to get ISAN to provide us with […]

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The search for Aphex Twin, the unearthing of RX-101

There’s an undeniable romance attached to the music of Richard D. James. Aphex Twin coined a sound in the 90s that refused to sit in any one genre. Techno. House. Electro. Acid. IDM. The Rephlex co-founder cultivated a mystery around himself. Ducking and diving between monikers, adopting pseudonyms and nom de plumes as he skipped […]

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Posh Isolation :: The less trodden trails of Copenhagen

In an age where so much electronic music has chosen to strip back, to dumb down and pander to the room, this Danish imprint has decided to take the road less traveled; and they’ve found something pretty special at the end of that path. I went to Copenhagen last Easter. Maybe it was the Easter […]

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Five questions with The Smoke Clears

Producer John Daly has camouflaged himself under his The Smoke Clears moniker for the second time and released the project’s second output last month via Dublin’s All City. Igloo Magazine managed to catch Daly for a quick Q & A. Read what he had to say and stream the album and the hallucinatory video for […]

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Five questions for Synphaera Records

With an uncompromising attitude and an aim to release high quality ambient and downtempo electronica, Synphaera Records have charged the fringes of the sonic arena armed with a vintage intergalactic glow and cutting edge pyrotechnics. Igloo Magazine caught up with Chris Bryant and Don Tyler, the two driving forces behind the young promising Californian label […]

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BITS & PIECES with Christopher Tignor

Composer, violinist and programmer Christopher Tignor has released a stunning new record via the multifaceted Western Vinyl imprint this month. Igloo Magazine asked him for just a few bits and pieces about his life… The first album you bought? Poison: “Open Up and Say…Ahh!” (cassette). The last album you were addicted to? The dirty truth […]

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FireScope :: Born from the heart of B12, an interview with Steven Rutter

Talking to Steven Rutter, we discussed the decision to set up the new platform. This “singular vision” is without his age old partner in crime, Mike Golding, and “out of respect for him” the “choice was to start something fresh and free.” Peru. Not a place known as a hotbed of electronic music, but it’s […]

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Datach’i :: Machine intelligence and Monarch butterflies

Gabriel Weinstock caught up with Joseph Fraioli (aka Datach’i) and was able to speak to him about his new album System, the Eurorack modular format he used exclusively to record it, machine intelligence, monarch butterflies, and his inspirations in this feature. System—an oddly comforting listen from start to finish Datach’i‘s eagerly awaited new release System is […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Celebrating DiN’s 50th—Prolonged analog electronics

Profile on DiN and a special iNDEX05 compilation digital giveaway! Prolonged analog electronics UK-based DiN has a long-standing musical history going back to 1999 and Igloo Magazine recently had the privilege to organize a Sonic Exposure profile for the influential ambient imprint founded by Ian Boddy. DiN celebrates their 50th CD release (limited to 1,000 copies) with their 5th in […]

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Oráculo Records :: Synthesizer surprises from a Spanish seaside town

Synthesizer surprises from a Spanish seaside town. Spain has a surprising tradition with electronics. The 1980s, a post dictatorial age, saw a burgeoning synth wave scene develop. This history has been captured by the likes of Domestica, but dig a little deeper and there is more to find. Just above Barcelona, near the French border, you’ll […]

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Five questions with Keosz

From the depths of Slovakia Erik Osvald a.k.a. Keosz speaks briefly about inspiration, musical influences and of course his debut album, Be Left to Oneself—an enchanting ambient drone voyage pulsing with undulating electricity. A strong emotional core intensified by impressive sound design makes Be Left to Oneself truly addictive. Not many ambient albums can keep […]

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Narcosis, Kromatones and the Rise of Jaquarius

Kromatones, and its cousin, Narcosis are from that staying out till 8am on the Sunday following a Friday night league of 303 vandals. Music harking back to a time of bleary eyed bodies flaying in the darkness as bitter bars sliced through dancefloors. Acid. I’ve talked about it a fair amount on here. It’s a […]

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Beneath the surface of Blackwater :: Interview and Mix

And what is that sound? Techno I would say. Not specific enough? Add some of the following and you’ll get a picture. Black. Psychological. Industrial. Melancholic. Introverted. All styles that the London/Rome label of Blackwater has explored in its two year life. I was chatting with Marco Moreno Graziano of Analogic Density about electronic music […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Naima

“Although there are never any defining labels, we have sometimes been taken for a post-jazz band. The definitive idea would be to take the jazz trio into other domains.” Soulful deliverance Although it took shape during difficult times of loss, Bye, the new album of Valencia-based trio, Naima, is full of life, color and uplifting […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: The Comet is Coming

“As a band I think we try to directly interact with the universe’s parameters of space, time, matter and energy. Each track is a new experiment that feels ritualistic for us. We experiment with our bodies and minds as well as technology old and new.” A force to be reckoned with Is it a locomotive? […]

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Proto Sites :: Daring to be different

An imprint that’s doing something interesting, not over-reaching nor pandering. In short, it’s doing its own thing. It’s hard to find a label that is doing its own thing. Huh? Well of course all labels will argue that they do it their way, and they do. But labels that are pursuing paths that few others […]

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Loom in Essence :: Orchestra of androids on synths

Loom in Essence‘s new album DigitAlchemy was released in January through Mycelium Music. A classical and futuristic bass journey through time and emotions. The following interview with Aaron Bjerke (Loom in Essence) covers the inspiration for this new album and his plans for 2016. There is a classical influence to DigitAlchemy which I really enjoyed, […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Saroos (interview + video premiere)

“We do instrumental music that is too melodic and dreamy to be experimental, yet maybe too strange and, well, instrumental, to be pop.” Transmissions from space As Saroos, Florian Zimmer (of Iso68, Jersey and, recently, Driftmachine), Max Punktezahl (of The Notwist and Contriva) and Christoph Brandner (of Lali Puna and Console) imaginatively blur the lines […]

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Searching for a Synthline in Singapore :: Midnight Shift

Midnght Shift is trying to push underground music in a land where the EDM is on the rise. Last March Lee Kuan Yew, aged 91, died. His death led to national morning. The first prime minister of the city state of Sigapore had passed away. He left behind a country described by the world bank […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Drombeg

“I like to create a fog of sound onto which I can paint music. The pieces usually build up from there. It’s meditative music. I try to create something that is beautiful but which also has an underlying threat. Much like nature itself. The duality of nature—that it is both beautiful and terrifying.” Emotional panorama […]

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