Category: "Reviews"

RX-101 :: EP4 (Suction)

I’ve a feeling there might be more in the RX-101 duffel bag of DAT cassettes, and while they’re being rummaged through, why not reacquaint yourself with some of Jong’s inspirers: Caustic Window anyone? Cylob? Global Goon? A work filled with cheerful charm. As we all know, life has a tendency of getting in the way […]

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JK Flesh :: Exit Stance EP (Downwards)

While the previous JK Flesh full length Rise Above (Electric Deluxe, 2016) was a harder affair with lots of distorted beats and deep bass, Exit Stance eschews a more stripped down, subtler approach. Each track is relatively short, wasting no time on exposing and developing the motifs within. JK Flesh is the more electric output of […]

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Exillon :: Numbers (Katabatik)

Numbers is highly recommended for folks looking for something in either the techno, acid, industrial and ambient realms or perhaps for something that goes whump in the night. Numbers by Northern California-based Exillon (aka Jay Fields) pulls no punches by starting off straight into it with a solid ambient bass arpeggio. His deft manipulations of a little […]

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Rontronik :: D A T A S H I F T EP (Self-Released)

Rontronik delivers flowing and bass-drenched sonic turbulence that casts memorable shadows and lightwaves across its 35-minute duration. Ron Croudy (aka Rontronik, technique:concrete, and part-founder of the Töshöklabs imprint) continues to forge heavy, beat-infused rhythms from one end of the spectrum to the other. His production skills have elevated on this extended player as low-end rumbling […]

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Lingua Lustra :: Truth Rings Like A Bell (Shimmering Moods )

This new effort carries on timbral explorations and sonic soundscapes, this time with a focus on the psych-acoustic impact of bells resonances. Lingua Lustra is one hyper-productive project curated by Albert Borkent. This sound alchemist and craft-based ambient music producer has just released his new album on Shimmering Moods for an alluring digital/cdr edition available […]

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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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Eat Static :: Last Ship To Paradise (Interchill)

While Last Ship To Paradise is a good, solid electronic album combining elements of IDM style beats and grooves, it is not choked with so much synthesis that one can’t hear the tunes for the wires. With 13 albums created over 28 years, Eat Static have earned their status as legendary pioneers in the art of modern […]

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Robert Logan :: Pop EP (Slowfoot)

A foray into new territory combining his knowledge of classical music with atmospherics and just a hint of a more beat oriented approach. When a new Robert Logan release appears we here at Igloo sit up and take notice. This is because his work appears to be that of someone who’s been composing for twenty […]

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Soletik :: Directional (Fusion Netlabel)

With Soletik’s 22-track Directional manifest, the artist tugs on a myriad of fierce, broken and disjointed rhythms. Whether or not the Fusion Netlabel is really based in Antarctica, it is clear that they’re able to extract rigid experimental electronics at its core. With Soletik’s 22-track Directional manifest, the artist tugs on a myriad of fierce, […]

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Eusebeia :: Realization EP (Mindtrick)

A quaint four-track EP that reveals finer dubstep elements—casually drifting, falling, and fading away. Eusebeia returns to Mindtrick with Realization, a quaint four-track EP that reveals finer dubstep elements—casually drifting, falling, and fading away. Early this year we examined the Introversion EP described as “midnight sonic emissions.” This release follows a similar path, its downtempo […]

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Nuanae :: Ryð EP (Kaer’Uiks)

Ryð is a refreshing and engaged five-track extended player that effortlessly crosses the wires between mechanical and instrumental production. Nuanae’s sound, as a result, sways back and forth between classic IDM and current-era electronic experimentation. Earlier this year, Nuanae’s Clusters And Refractions EP was described as “creating sparse dystopian worlds of dysfunctional audio beauty. A visceral post-IDM charcoal […]

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V/A :: Spirals and Synapses (Analogic Density)

This latest compilation has followed the same line as past installments, harsh and hardy sounds made in the 90’s tradition. This is music for sweat streaked floors and smoke filled rooms, in other words techno with a capital “T.” Italy has become my stop for no-nonsense, straight up, techno bangers. Labels like Love Blast, which […]

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Tapage :: Chrome Fragments (LoMechanik)

Despite its minimalist sound architecture Chrome Fragments is a tremendously imaginative and originally conceived album that will ravish fans of obscure dubstep, and evocative ambient soundscapes from the likes of Architect, Hecq, and Autechre. Tijs Ham is a sound designer and electronic music producer from the Netherlands. After a first experience in the breakcore/hardcore techno […]

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Esem :: || EP (Self-Released)

Esem maneuvers a new batch of emotive tracks, this time in a minimalist direction where electrical bits are crunched together with utter precision. Esem (aka Georgi Marinov) maneuvers a new batch of emotive tracks, this time in a minimalist direction where electrical bits are crunched together with utter precision. “n-fold” delves into abstract glitch fissures, […]

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Karsten Pflum :: Love Canticles (Touched Music)

With Love Canticles, Karsten Pflum has the answer: sprinkle liberally with different styles, expertly program, apply crisp and precise production, weave in melodic and rhythmic playfulness and, above all, keep it short and sweet. A truly great and engaging rather than fatiguing electro album can be a difficult thing to nail but with Love Canticles, […]

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Vizier of Damascus :: Bukhara Kites Part One (Rednetic)

Tumbling arpeggios shift to splayed hip-hop breaks and wonky Eastern melody whilst TV documentary samples and short, pretty vignettes conjure further atmospherics on this wildly inventive and strange long player. UK-based producer, recording artist and sound designer, Arfan Ezra Munir Rai, steps up in his Vizier of Damascus guise with an LP of blunted mysticism […]

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][uron :: Tracks 2008-2010 (Self-Released)

Tracks 2008-2010 is a great starting point for the Huron sound—a musical curriculum vitae that features relaxed, next-level electronic audio-works. From post-industrial slivers to dark-ambient realms, soundtrack-driven themes are elevated to reveal new layers of isolation. Steffen Schröder (better known as the prolific Huron) has been on my radar for several years. Continuing to cultivate futuristic […]

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Giraffe :: Climate (Marmo Music)

Marmo Music’s latest roster addition, Giraffe, is a group that share this experimental edge, this desire to throw caution to the wind and allow improvisation to lead the way. You’d probably have more luck predicting the ever changeable Irish weather than you would pinning down Marmo Music. The Berlin based imprint actively ignores the biases […]

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Turbo Teeth :: Yellow Equals One EP (Untitled-1)

Gescom-inspired glitch, bass, distortion, leftfield techno, and all manner of distraction leaves this EP in a field of its own. Turbo Teeth is the solo project of one of Athens’ most offbeat musicians Giorgos Axiotis, member of Balinese Beast, Free Piece of Tape, Holefold and Tom Cruisin’. Released in limited quantities (300 white vinyl), but […]

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V/A :: V.A. 3 (La Beauté Du Négatif)

La Beauté Du Négatif has quietly become on top quality record label. Despite having a catalogue of just seven releases, eight now, the Italian imprint has managed to excavate rich seams of techno, to explore the grimy gutters of industrial and to dive into currents of acid. La Beauté Du Négatif has quietly become on […]

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Yaporigami :: One Sound Extinguisher EP (Kaer’Uiks)

An infected post-apocalyptic foray into abstract, circuitry-based music that is at once arcane, chaotic, and unusually appealing. Yu Miyashita (aka Yaporigami) continues to baffle the ears, having scattered electrical debris on a plethora of releases and remix support over the years, One Sound Extinguisher is signed to Germany-based Kaer’Uiks—purveyors of robust exp-electronic music. A definitive […]

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Ariadne’s Labyrinth :: Twists & Turns (Touched Music)

Ariadne’s Labyrinth’s aptly-titled album gravitates towards bright electronic fragments and positive melodic bursts. If Ariadne’s Labyrinth’s Lost And Founded EP (Detroit Underground, 2017) was an igniting spark plug, then Twists & Turns is surely the revved up engine. Described previously as “a mixed assortment, one that balances rapidly rotating pulsars with classical drum’n bass techno,” […]

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Endless Arc :: Arc Sec 01 (Endless Arc)

A blistering electrical force field that is punctuated by brutal sonic undulations worth every minute. Endless Arc, originally intended to be a jazz label that sold lathe cuts from free-jazz and talented artists with the notation sheet, is now a leftfield techno sub-label of the DIY Irrational Media Society electronic music imprint based in Birmingham, […]

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Room Of Wires :: Mastakink EP (Self-Released)

Three exp-electronic music reference points in the field of mutated IDM, glitch, and spastic beat collisions, while the original stands as a crowning achievement. Room Of Wires continues to evolve in the explosive breakbeat electronics realm and “Mastakink” is his latest single. The title track busts through a cataclysmic and darkened industrial-electro veil that is […]

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Ikuko Morozumi :: Proof Of Existence (Detroit Underground)

A vast mechanized soundscape of turbulent drones and industrial chaos at its most creative. I’m heading into Proof Of Existence with a blank slate, tuned in, and drifting full-speed into another dimension. Ikuko Morozumi develops vast mechanized soundscapes of turbulent drones and industrial chaos at its most creative. “Line” is perhaps the most definitive of […]

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Kurt Y. Gödel :: Axiomatic System (YUYAY)

There’s been a gradual return to braindance. Labels like 030303, Analogical Force and Occult Research have reignited the torch bore by Rephlex. With this, a brigade of musicians have taken up the cause. Kurt Y. Gödel is part of that new blood, reworking those well-honed tools and adding his own stamp. In a strange twist, […]

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Brittney Sparse :: Triumph of a Horse Called Radioman EP (Condition:Human)

Brittney Sparse doesn’t seem too concerned with semantics, but instead details a dub-techno strain and eroded electronic sound that is both relaxing and contemplative. Brittney Sparse, a Chang Terhune (aka Cathode Ray Tube) moniker, churns another extended player for his own Condition:Human imprint. On repeat around these parts, Triumph of a Horse Called Radioman yields emotive, dubby, […]

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Sven Laux :: Paper Streets (Dronarivm)

Long chordal moves, impressionistic soundscapes fluctuate in a vast ocean of tone colors and patterns. Detached acoustic notes, fragmented melodies open on a profound meditative estate where blurred memories meet a feeling of loss or desolation. Dronarivm has gained a serious reputation in the world of indie electronic / emotionally-tinged experimental music with a load […]

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V/A :: Hallucino Attics (Dissolved Re​-​Constructed 2001​-​2006) (Section 27)

Hallucino Attics displays a virtual cornucopia of audio delights in the form of 25-tracks that bend, twist, and contort freely. Perhaps the widest genre-bending lens in the experimental electronic arena, its aural construct and splendid reprieve from the norm makes for the quintessential musical reference point. Yet another massive undertaking, and one that came together by […]

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