Category: "Reviews"

Tehkla :: Yagé (Schematic Music Company)

A tripped-out mind travel based on abstract sound design and flexible electronic waves. To name an album with an explicit reference to this famous plant from the Latin American civilization promises to deliver lysergic soundscapes with irresistible psychic powers. This new effort is signed by Tehkla for Schematic Music Company—a historical and highly productive label specialized […]

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V/A :: Secret Rave 02 (Art-Aud)

A ragged rubble of broken rhythms are adopted by all involved on the 12”, each artist taking a different avenue down 90s retrospection. It’s the hottest September Madrid has had since god knows when; hitting 40C most days. Not a great time of year to be out and about collecting post. I had to go to […]

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Cascade Data :: Cmd_altz EP (Buried In Time)

Cmd_altz elicits a breakdown and rearrangement of itself, a sense of balanced and punchy bass, beats and distortion as machines elegantly crash into each other. Cmd_altz elicits a breakdown and rearrangement of itself, a sense of balanced and punchy bass, beats and distortion as machines elegantly crash into each other. Chang Turhune once noted that “Too […]

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Project STS-31 :: Spiralgalaxie (Solar One)

Frosted spacewalks juxtaposed by cerebral machinations, fragile soundscapes and minimal ambience, in a record that brings together a founding father and modern day trailblazer for a future classic. Electronic music can be fickle, especially when it comes to popularity. Some artists are launched into notoriety, seemly ascending into regard and respect with little rhyme nor […]

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Simon12345 & The Lazer Twins :: Cheveux propres, cheveux gras (Holger)

Disjointed, neither rooted solidly in one idea nor fitting firmly into a particular genre. This isn’t necessarily bad as it can often be the chance for music to be heard in a way it might not normally. Simon 12345 & The Lazer Twins EP Cheveux propres, cheveux gras is an odd affair. While it sounds […]

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Legiac :: The Voynich Manuscript (Dronarivm)

Legiac leave behind their beat-driven past and evolve into pure ambience. Legiac have put together a lovely release on the Russian Dronarivm label, which finds Roel Funcken and Cor Bolten leaving behind both one Funcken brother and all trace of the crunchy, glitchy beatwork which characterized earlier releases. This new edition, named after “an early […]

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Rook Vallade :: Vestiges – Compiled DATs 92 -00- ADF_V1 (Touchin’ Bass)

Vestiges has a strange quality about it where a certain naivete or even a nostalgia pervades every track, manifesting in different ways across each. Oddly alluring and worth repeated listens. Rook Vallade’s Vestiges has a strange quality about it where a certain naivete or even a nostalgia pervades every track, manifesting in different ways across each. In “Badistmp” […]

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IXRQ :: EP1 (Self-Released)

While EP1 offers about 10-minutes of nostalgic synthesized lightening bolts, there are some great ideas buried within it that merit further exploration. IXRQ is Simon Matthews—mainly known as Ventolyn & Becotyde—and this 4-track EP sparks and spans through a myriad of classic braindance infused beauty. It’s not an Aphex Twin knockoff, but a kudos to […]

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Drvg Cvltvre | Inca Pax :: Split EP (Tutamen)

It’s a strange one to hear a record where Drvg Cvltvre is the milder offering, but that is definitely the case here. His tracks are on the less fierce side of his sound, although the tempos are kept up. Inca Pax is the one thrashing the floor on here, serving up a septic smirk of […]

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Crotaphytus :: Acanthosaura (Further)

A fascinating mix of live shots, library music, field recordings and cold hard machine sounds from this pioneering pair. Crotaphytus. Who? It’s not a name you hear very often, but the members of this group have made a pretty big impact on electronic music in their short careers: Robert Witschakowski and Nico Jagiella. This pair […]

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J.C. :: Mugako (Semantica)

Throughout the album, there is musky woodiness to Cabrera’s meticulously programmed rhythms, hips swaying up the steps of Mayan ziggurats, which zigzags nicely with the sci-fi boogie of his synthesizers. Each piece follows its own eccentric space orbit, spearing forth as much as it boomerangs back. J.C. is Spanish techno producer Jose Cabrera and Mugako is an industrial-strength crossbreed of distorted […]

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Dimitar Dodovski :: Dérive (Shimmering Moods)

A fine collection of computerized and digital electronics, built around a dynamic structure which dives in an atmospheric dreamlike nebula. Based in the Netherlands Shimmering Moods records is progressively making its name in the field of contemporary craft based ambient music. Like on labels such as Time Released Sound, The white Lab, Cathedral Transmission, Triple […]

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Gnawed :: Pestilence Beholden (Malignant)

This Minneapolis based project carries on the path of uncompromising and solidly harsh noisy experiences. The soundscaping vein is utterly bleak, apocalyptic with massive industrial sections, droned-out textures and brutally black ambiences. With a release of a handful of tapes under a DIY approach Gnawed remains faithful to the rigorous underground tradition of the industrial-power […]

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Biodread :: Game Over EP – The Remixes (X0X)

Biodread’s Game Over EP is the inspiration as four machine minded musicians turn their hands for a remix 12”. X0X Records isn’t a label in a rush. The last time this Finnish imprint released I was still in my 20s. But what it lacks in a release schedule it makes up for in quality, no […]

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Morah :: You’ll Never Understand (Lux Rec)

Greece is cultivating a new generation of artists with quite a unique sound; one with youthful iconoclastic vision without forgetting past wave pioneers. Morah is one of this generation and his latest audio message is one of abrasion, harshness and guttural intent. My first exploration of Greek electronic music came with the uncovering of Eirkti, […]

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Shimmer Crush :: These Four Walls (The Crime League)

Above all else, there appears to be a luminous veil in the underpinnings of These Four Walls, a personal struggle that the artist reveals via lost mechanical data streams floating in the air. Shimmer Crush (aka Laurel Daugherty-Seto) opens up an account with Toronto’s The Crime League, run by Michael Morton (aka Displacer). Within These […]

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Fiction City :: The Shell (Psychonavigation)

By mixing other worldly instrumentation into a seabed of calm and refuge, Fiction City crafts surreal sonic landscapes. From Siberia and released on Dublin’s Psychonavigation in February 2016, the latest full length by Fiction City (aka Mike Belov) has had some time to settle. We covered their self-released Nova EP in 2011 which yielded an […]

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A WINTER TRANSMISSION :: Scann-Tec, Marconi Union, AES Dana feat. Miktek, Hoshin,Tortusa

Soon the autumn ghosts will start creeping in and winter will follow. Time to arm ourselves with some suitable, mysterious caressing sounds. Scann-Tec :: Unyt (Ultimae) The Russian producer Vladislav Isaev (a.k.a. Scann-Tec), returns to the influential French purveyor of ambient, downtempo electronica and progressive trance, but this time with a full-length album. Any Ultimae […]

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Snowbeasts :: + – (M-Tronic)

Haunted synth-experimental project, blending the dark ambient genre, ghostly minimalism and electronic body music with a fancy for lysergic-cosmic weirdness. Haunted synth-experimental project, blending the dark ambient genre, ghostly minimalism and electronic body music with a fancy for lysergic-cosmic weirdness. This new album is welcomed by Paris based label M-Tronic. After a more archetypical but […]

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Robert Logan :: Flesh Decomposed (Slowfoot)

Flesh Decomposed shows a bit of softness and light among the darker tracks that dominate this album of reworked tracks that breathes new life and new depth into Logan’s oeuvre. Robert Logan’s Flesh (Slowfoot, 2015) was one of my favorite albums of 2015. Flesh brought together modern electronics, classical music, jazz and soundscapes into something evocatively […]

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Kronodigger :: ENC015 EP (Encrypted Audio)

A two track manifesto, Kronodigger yields even further refinement in the art of broken industrial bass. These are hard-edged kinetic electronics that merit further investigation. Based in New York, Alexey Gorokholinskiy’s crafts sonic sculptures with utter clarity and visceral distortion. His Subliminal Design extended player from March 2015 marked a roughened breaks, bass and dub signature sound […]

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Haunted Me :: The Pale Ones (Self-Released)

The stylistic range on The Pale Ones oscillates between minimalist, droned-out sonic excursions and heavy post-rockin’ guitar elements. Coming from Reggio Calabria (Southern Italy) this new project formed by Claudio Begovic offers his first self-released EP freely available in digital format on Bandcamp. We do not know much about his music but this effort sounds promising, […]

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V/A :: Dogma (Analogic Density)

With each record Analogic Density is further solidifying its position in the world of machine music. This latest shows flickers of other styles, abstract atmospherics for example, whilst vitrifying its hard and harsher sounds. A record of dark intentions with some soulful stirrings amidst the fury. I’d a couple of mates round recently for drinks. […]

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Floorplan :: Victorious (M-Plant)

Victorious is a stripped down and speedy yet lush and embracing house music, where the Word is the seed element. Robert Hood, a demiurge of Detroit techno, now residing in Alabama, is also a man of strong Christian faith. As Floorplan, he strives to fulfill the mission revealed to him in an epiphany, “to deliver this message, the […]

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Gareth Davis :: Filament (Slaapwel)

Perched on the lip where sea kisses land, waves crash, churned by some restless leviathan beneath the surface. As the moon beams an audible hum, Gareth Davis tries to bring her some peace. A prolific collaborator who has worked with artists as wildly diverse as Scanner, Machinefabriek, Daniel Biro, Elliott Sharp, Frances-Marie Uitti and most recently, Merzbow, Davis […]

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Porya Hatami :: Phone To Logos (Audiobulb)

Overall, Phone to Logos details a process by which Hatami’s early and more linear ambience has given way to more disruptive and complex sound signatures, distortion, and rhythms—these do not detract from his clearly brilliant field-recording, but rather work to better depict the complex textures and behaviors of organic and non-organic materials and landscapes. Porya […]

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Not just jazz

A succinct coverage of four boundary pushers, most likely filed under jazz at record stores and online music shops. Four albums that distinctly and assertively generate jazz elements but also combine beats, pieces and flavors from so many corners of the vast musical spectrum in the most exciting and refreshing ways, that it would simply […]

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exm :: Singles (Touched Music)

2016 has proven to be a minefield of extensive electronic music releases and exm‘s foray into distilled experimental fragments allows Singles to flourish in a field of its own. Netherlands-based Jeroen Bax (aka exm) has had a few words featured in these pages and continues to manifest bold yet cohesive electronic sound-structures with Singles, released in conjunction with Touch Music. As […]

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V/A :: MTRON001 (Mechatronica)

Mechatronica’s first 12” has married a range of electro styles, cementing a solid footing for further excursions; whether these outings will range into different genres, time will tell. A new electro label? A brave endeavor five or six years ago but the desire for frosted machine funk is plain to see. The success of labels […]

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