Category: "Reviews"

Freddy Fresh :: Comacid (Forced Nostalgia)

If Comacid is your starting point for the music of Frederick Schmid you are in for a treat, with this 12” and in the unearthing of quite a gem. Freddy Fresh has a strange claim to fame. The majority of the world will have heard a single sentence from him more than his music, his […]

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Scarper :: Lacuna EP (Plexus)

The most enjoyable thing about this EP is not just the music but also just how fun it is. The recent Kettel album on Clone also inhabited a similar space—putting quirkiness back into electronic music. Here’s a little gem that we missed back in 2016. Described by BBC 6 Music as “a modern day Jean Michel-Jarre“, […]

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4T Thieves :: Details EP (Mahorka)

Tranquil and mildly steering vintage synths, this third EP for Mahorka oozes instrumental percussive bits and melancholic vistas. It is very apparent that Nik at Kahvi Collective knows how to keep the proverbial wheels spinning. He’s run the long-standing net-label for over a decade, and continues to renew his own sound within the 4T Thieves […]

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Raderkraft :: Keine Richtung (Testlab)

Stinissen mentions his love of pre-MIDI sounds and Raderkraft certainly has an uncluttered style. The coldness of electro is ever present, but there is also a freewheeling quality to the EP. Testlab recently opened its doors, welcoming guests with a tape of demos and live tracks from a hometown institution. In the 1980s De Koer […]

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Wolf Dem & THRIVE :: Double review (Great Circles)

These lost echoes of the golden days still reverberate in Great Circles, they reverberate alongside the true possible savior of the rust belt: the computer. I like politics. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I enjoy ole natter about this, that and the other. Brexit. Europe. Trump. I was drinking in a bar in […]

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Somatic Responses :: 109ResCloud (Photon Emissions)

Gritty, flickering, atmospheric haze is in full effect—dystopian and replete with wide open spaces, vacant echoes and rusty shards—109ResCloud is a dense, industrial-synth/drone album with high production value and a contagious structural focus. Long-term Somatic Responses moniker from the Healy brothers (John and Paul) continue to unearth a myriad of underground disturbance. Whereas one might […]

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TROP :: ENCLP001 (Encrypted Audio)

A turbulent electronic foray encompassing bass, beats and brutal rhythms. TROP is Fill Spectre (Fred Chicoine from Montreal) and Kronodigger (Alexey Gorokholinskiy from New York), a collaborative force set to stir darker dub-infested waters. Their debut on Encrypted Audio rips through a turbulent electronic foray encompassing bass, beats and brutal rhythms. Take “The Destroyers of All” […]

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Sixty Drops :: Turquoise (Self-Released)

A breath of fresh air, an ode to docile glitch, brisk clicks, and wandering trails, Turquoise is solemn, disparaging, and filled with electrical noodles meant to be entangled in its downtempo sheen. Turquoise opens with the emotional “Fold 013,” a crisp, glitch and an intertwined chant wraps itself in a mesmerizing loop akin to Dead […]

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Monocube :: The Rituals (Malignant)

The stylistic range navigates between wandering ghostly cinematic soundscapes, ritualistic and doom ambient. The Rituals is his third full length release, welcomed by Malignant Records. Monocube is a young project hailing from Kiev, formed by the sound designer Andrzej Gladuszewski. The stylistic range navigates between wandering ghostly cinematic soundscapes, ritualistic and doom ambient. The Rituals is his […]

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V/A :: Signs of Decay 2 (Solar One Music)

Signs of Decay 2 picks up where its predecessor left off with five tracks which all growl to their own different beat. As in Signs of Decay, the burning rancor of the TB303 is ever present, infecting each and every piece and sinking teeth into the dancefloor. I was at a party a few months […]

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Mtch :: Dplx Cut Optr (Kaer‘Uiks)

Perhaps a next generation Gantz Graf foray, here we receive nine erratic, electronic time-capsules strung through a tangled wire mess, broken beat boxes and atonal DSP-driven composition. A digestible wall of wide-angle digital noise. Mtch, we’ll have to admit, is a relatively new moniker to these ears—and they were featured in one of our favorite […]

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Lewis James :: Megacholy EP (Lowriders)

Megacholy delivers four swift and impacting bass-infused dosages creating a fluid ricocheting distortion set to stun. Dublin-Ireland’s Lewis James hits pretty hard on this EP for Netherlands-based Lowriders. Definitive, breaks, bass and bumpy rhythms fly by at 100-mph, rugged and furious from every angle. “Judo” is meant for the 3am sweaty dancefloor, its bustling drum’n bass, […]

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Mace & Savage Grounds :: Double review (Lux Rec.)

Roasted industrial techno, abused body music, harsh and gnarled electronics. Music for different dance-floors, and once you get a taste for this particular poison there’s no going back. Once the Lux Rec guys went into the backroom of electronic music, gave the sunken eyed keeper a nod and ducked into the darkness, they’ve decided to […]

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Maurizio Abate & Matteo Uggeri :: Beyond Time (Time Released Sound)

A recommended effort which successes to launch a bridge between folk-ish experimentation, electro-acoustic paradigms and minimal ambient soundscapes. Well known for his chamber post-rock orchestra Sparkle in Grey as well as his numerous friendship collaborations (with Deison, Andrea Ferraris, Francesco Giannico…) The Milan based sound artist Matteo Uggeri is back with one nicely made and […]

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Jesse Osborne-Lanthier :: Unalloyed, Unlicensed, All Night! (Raster-Noton)

An abrasive, agitated and swift EP that bursts at the seams, as it should, based on its initial construct. Robust and well-rounded, it’s hard to believe this EP was conceived only 2-hrs before a live set in Paris. The Berlin / Montreal-based, Canadian unearths cataclysmic electronics for this Raster-Noton release. Broken techno slivers punch through […]

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DJ Overdose :: Don’t Get Burned (Computer Controlled)

Corrosive 303 bars are bubbled and boiled, reduced and simmered into a scorching syrup, one spiced even further by punishing percussion and a decent dollop of decay. Jeroen Warmenhoven is perhaps one of the lesser known disciples of the West Coast of the Netherlands, but he’s undeniably one of the most respected. His approach to […]

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Qebrus :: ᐔ ᐌ ᐂ ᐍ ᐚ EP (Love Love)

Qebrus’ definitive arcane noises all seem to coalesce somehow. Next-level experimentation, chaotic as can be, this EP is the perfect soundtrack to an altered parallel universe. We’ve written about Qebrus in the past, but it’s always been a challenge. Yes, his music is a challenge—it defies convention, rips through an electronic mess and leaves the […]

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Techno’s Outer Limits :: December 2016

Last emission of 2016 in a series from Techno’s Twilight Zone of EPs/12″s and LPs with notes in the margins. Porter Ricks’ quasi-mythical status may have grown in the 17 years since their last Symbiotics (Mille Plateaux, 1999), but latest EP, Shadow Boat, shows the myth is merited. FACT mag tags the title track ‘the year’s most labyrinthine, […]

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V/A :: Ten Year Electronics (Cultivated Electronics)

To commemorate this anniversary a 12” has been commissioned that celebrates the imprint and the wider electro world. Ten Year Electronics closes the recent series of collaborations between the boss, Phil Bolland, and like-minded machinists. For the finale four cold cut craftsmen have been drafted in from near and far. I wasn’t born an electro lover. […]

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Chris Randall :: Oscillator Breach (Detroit Underground)

What should we expect from this stylistic chameleon? Heavy bass, for starters. More of those delicious dub/dub-techno chord changes and beats. Six original tacks, then four more which receive loving treatment from a cast of remixers including Proem and the inimitable Baseck. Chris Randall, according to his twitter bio, is a “Musician, Writer, User Interface […]

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Dissolved :: Illuminant Shatter (Dissolvedamberrooms)

Illuminant Shatter, Dissolved’s third album for 2016, is yet another bustling percussive trove. An emblematic audible flurry and vibrant collage art piece. Dissolved, a Glasgow-born, Vancouver-based artist, has a prolific musical activity stream. Illuminant Shatter, his third album for 2016, is yet another bustling percussive trove. I tend to gravitate towards Dissolved’s penchant for Artificial Intelligence-era IDM. Soft […]

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Three on the Radar :: Cass., Elektro Guzzi, Tilman Robinson

Three albums, three different stories. From warm ambient electronica and eclectic techno to abstract fragments of electroacoustic and modern classical seduction. Cass. :: Youth Sessions (Emotional Response) Youth Sessions, the new album by Niklas Rehme-Schlüter a.k.a. Cass. on Emotional Response beautifully demonstrates skilful programming, rich, vintage synth work, slow-mo, elegant development and ethereal use of […]

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Manie Sans Délire :: Untitled (June)

This latest installment probes the shadows even further. Tracks delve deeper into murky undercurrents, scrutinizing ashen aspects and the pierced psyches of the unseen and, sometimes, unheard. It’s been a pleasure to have been privy to the development of Tsampikos Fronas’ music, both his own as an artist and his eponymous label’s output. June’s output […]

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Lokom :: Nyctalope Ponies (Abstrakt Reflections)

Lokom succeeds in crafting a maze of extraterrestrial glitch, adding some friends on remix duty—including Balkansky, c0ma, DaFake Panda, Andrew Course, Ralp, The Ghost of 3.13—and punishes the floor with anxiety-driven ferocity. Grenoble, France-based Lokom album titled Sweet Home And Gasoline (Kaometry, 2014) was noted as “An engrossing and screeching cacophony of percussive annihilation for ear, mind […]

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Stray Dogs :: And The Days Began To Walk (Kvitnu)

And The Days Began To Walk is a brooding manifest that digs deep into the soil and excavates a propulsive, darkened soundtrack trove. Stray Dogs‘ third full length, And The Days Began To Walk, is a 6-piece orchestration that bends and twists elongated tribal distortions with electronic music. Here, the album is released on Vienna […]

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GLOBAL NOISE :: Radian, J.Peter Schwalm, Orson Hentschel

Electric explosiveness from Vienna, alluring darkness from Frankfurt and edgy, wall-cracking experimentalism from Düsseldorf. Radian :: On Dark Silent Off (Thrill Jockey) Vienna’s Radian is a three-headed sonic monster, a well-oiled machine producing sonorous, indefinable musical compositions that cut, slice and drill with electric explosiveness. With On Dark Silent Off, their new album on the […]

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Rolando Simmons :: Walk on Strawberries (030303)

In a way Walk on Strawberries marks a shift in Simmons’ sound. The sound of the silver box is a central column of the 12”, but it takes a backseat as the Swedish musician explores other avenues. There was a buzz around 030303‘s finding of Rolando Simmons. An unknown name and a musician of talent, […]

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PBS’73 :: Rainbow TV (Eyesix)

Rainbow TV is a breathtaking audio snapshot that captures, contains and contorts those mid-70’s public broadcasts. Whenever I’m looking for nostalgic electronics, faded psychedelic bits and bytes, or just fuzzy synthesizer trails, Eyesix has you well covered. And just as the Twoism collective discovers and dissects each Boards Of Canada frequency burst, I find that the […]

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Pauk :: Melancholic Anger (Discontinu)

Melancholic Anger is just that, an engaged album that punctuates the outer glitch-IDM landscape with a flare for classical moments peppered throughout. Pauk (aka Pau Cabruja) returns to form with the aptly titled Melancholic Anger on the ever on-point Discontinu imprint. Here we see the Barcelona, Spain-based artist slide through various genres—melancholy brushed up against classical intonations, […]

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