Category: "Reviews"

JFrank :: Micro Life Span EP (Kaer’Uiks)

Micro Life Span contains a myriad of tranquilized exp-electronic decay, some delivered in more upbeat transmissions, while others into infinite leftfield variations. IDM, breaks, electro, abstract and entangled noise—JFrank manipulates these genres with finesse and control. Julian Frank (aka JFrank) isn’t new to the scene, he’s been audio sculpting since 1998, happens to run Brainstormlab, […]

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MacroNoise :: Caravan Planet EP (Abstrakt Reflections)

Caravan Planet slides by gently, causing very little clutter for the minds ear, and elicits a meandering electrical calm worth diving into. A synaptic pulse, groove, and chilled vibration occurs on Caravan Planet, immediately found on “Ligeia” where a mirage of snappy beatwork, far-out vocal streams and melodies drifting in the breeze reminscent of early […]

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EinarIndra :: Unravel EP (Möller)

Unravel starts strong and then eases off—this is an EP put together like a strong water current at full moon, resting bit by bit as the sun comes out. EinarIndra kicks things off precisely where he’s been before with new EP Unravel. He features his ghostly vocal style beside an ambience of synths, and deep […]

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B12 :: Electro Soma II Re-Issue (Warp)

For those of you who missed Electro Soma, I’m envious. You now have the opportunity to delve into an album of inspirational electronic music, an album that few others have been able to equal; until now. Electro Soma II is not the same as its predecessor but it is made out of the same synthesizer […]

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V/A :: Machine Funk Is Our Game (Kraftjerkz)

Across four tracks the 12” journeys down different avenues. From the otherworldliness of the circuit boards and electrical impulses to the body slamming pastiche of the 1980s this record will deliver. Well, it’s official. For those of you who missed it, electro is en vogue. Following a spread in MixMag the genre has been given […]

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Heinrich Dressel :: The Styx Swamp (Barba)

In spite of the electro coolness running through the record there is also an inviting techno undertone. Lombardozzi finds an enviable equilibrium between fluid waterways and firmer ground, an island of texture and turbulence. Barba Records is a pretty curious imprint, as is its parent label Burek. Coming out of Croatia, perhaps not the most […]

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The Exaltics feat. Rudolf Klorzeiger :: Das Heise Experiment 2 (The Prequel) (Solar One)

The release sets the scene, a back story of mutation and machine music. The six tracks narrate a Frankenstein tale, with the picture disc and comic strip (also included) putting flesh on the bone. A collector’s piece of wax that gives just a little taste of ghoulish things to come. There has been a fair […]

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In Rotation :: Multi-view (August 2017)

In rotation for the past few weeks, this multi-view reveals the latest sonic landscape from five more talented musicians. Plenty of brittle, glitch, abstract, noisy, mechanical and bass-infused sounds with releases by Adam Jay, Aeon Waves, C_C, Min-Y-Llan, and Mr. Projectile. Adam Jay :: Maxia Zeta (Detroit Underground) Adam Jay (Southerland) continues to maximize melodic […]

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John Shima :: Renegade (Distant Worlds)

John Shima’s sounds have become more intricate, more patterned, yet he has managed to maintain that deftness of touch which makes him one of the most interesting UK techno producers. Renegade brings something else with it. It brings to light a new imprint, one which seems dedicated to a lesser promoted style of electronics. John […]

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x.y.r. :: Labyrinth (Not Not Fun)

But topography, albeit figuratively, still figures as Labyrinth‘s decaying synth and faded sonorities eponymously model meandering inner zones with ‘six misty, mystic chambers of dreams, drones, delirium, and phased percussion, spiraling in slow, sacred arcs.’  On Labyrinth, his vinyl debut for LA Exotic Moods Enhancers Not Not Fun, retro-futurist synth seer x.y.r. ‘coaxes hushed auras of keys, metronomes, […]

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Tendts :: It’s Everything (Lower Parts)

Hailed in the pressed release as “brothers that make music you can dance to, or not,” this pair have managed to create an invigorating LP, one brimming with interesting ideas and an overarching sense of fun. There’s enough time given over to the black t-shirted techno brigade, what about giving some over to this multi-colored […]

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PBS’73 :: Yesterday Network (Magic Square)

Yesterday Network illustrates an alluring yet surreal passage through pleasant electronic listening music and is a great launching point from his 2016 Rainbow TV album. PBS’73 (aka Austin, Texas-based Elijah Franks) opens his account with the newly formed Magic Square Records—an imprint launched on July 21st, 2017, and co-run with Faex Optim. Shuffling voices near and far, staccato […]

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Cobalt Rabbit & Fox Machine Gun :: Luminance EP (Insight Music)

Luminance drips with casual, effective, and brightly detailed electronic sound design. Cobalt Rabbit & Fox Machine Gun join forces to elicit a calm organic-electronic view from a far away place on Luminance. Piano extracts on “Spire” featuring Michael FK is an emotional whirlwind, its serenity​ displaced by gaseous sound design, eventual beat slicing, and slithering ninja […]

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Ecto Mist :: Equal EP (Genot Centre)

Underground turbulence and low-end structures wrap themselves around fuzzy atmospheric debris. Equal is an addictive, nocturnal, and delirious state of erratic dub-consciousness. Prague-based cassette label Genot Centre unleashes a 5-track extended player from Ecto Mist. Underground turbulence and low-end structures wrap themselves around fuzzy atmospheric debris. Crunchy, subdued and bound by some unusual forces, the […]

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V/A :: Dimensional Ark (The Irrational Media Society)

Clips, clicks, and cuts slither about on Dimensional Ark, a myriad of electric pulses set to stun the ears in broken electro formation from the DIY electronic label based in Birmingham, UK. Clips, clicks, and cuts slither about on Dimensional Ark, a myriad of electric pulses set to stun the ears in broken electro formation […]

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Council of Nine :: Trinity (Cryo Chamber)

The lugubrious and usual droney sound textures communicate with deeply sorrowing and altered melodious phrases mainly obtained by detached piano lines and echoing chordal sequences. Council of Nine is one regular project to be signed on the independent label Cryo Chamber. It is a one man musical entity formed in California by the dark sound […]

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Glanko :: Osmosi (Halbsicht)

Osmosi redefines the architectural balance between dark electronic sojourns and flowing modular strains. Glenko (aka Giuseppe Fallacara) returns with another full-force album with Halbsicht. Spinning the gauntlet of electronic music both harsh and delicate, Osmosi traverses a spectrum of moods. From glitch fragments to bass throttling, no stone is left unturned. “0005” unfolds modular industrial minimalism […]

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Giuseppe Falivene :: Fragments EP (Shimmering Moods)

The general mood is very intoxicating, sometimes glitch-esque and noisy—but it always brings to the fore a hyper-sensitive emotional mood, with touches of melancholia and bittersweet expressions. The Amsterdam-based label Shimmering Moods is back with a monthly batch of new releases. Aesthetically the label stays true to its usual objective: delivering emotionally absorbing and soothing […]

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Richard H. Kirk :: Dasein (Intone)

Richard H. Kirk, the sole member of Cabaret Voltaire, is back after a long six year hiatus with Dasein. It spares no one, takes no prisoners and does so shamelessly. And thank god for that. Richard H. Kirk, the sole member of Cabaret Voltaire, is back after a long six year hiatus with Dasein. It […]

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3View :: Atlea, Scarford & Identity Theft (Katabatik)

Katabatik’s at it with some new industrial styled releases that should find a place on the dance floor as well as your favorite BDSM/dayglo green lit club. Atlea’s I is a mixture of industrial, synth pop and minimal techno. “At War” sounds a bit like vintage Proem with some vocoder thrown in plus a bit […]

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Blochemy :: Rame (Sun Sea Sky)

Rame by Blochemy is a decent record for a rainy afternoon, dozing on the couch, sipping some tea and slipping off into dreams. Rame by Blochemy is a decent record for a rainy afternoon, dozing on the couch, sipping some tea and slipping off into dreams. Perhaps if it were released in 2002 or 2007 it would […]

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UnknownmiX :: Chew Some More (Lux Rec.)

Lux Rec has never adhered to one style. Techno, house, soundtracks and of course gnarled EBM under the MRT wing. Once again the pick, trowel and brush are being employed, this time for 80s avant garde group UnknownmiX. Lux Rec has never adhered to one style. Techno, house, soundtracks and of course gnarled EBM under […]

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Alg0rh1tm :: Sacrificed For The Whole EP (Onset Audio)

Shuffling through broken beats, muddy bass, and extruded rhythms, here we see mechanized industrial sounds scorched to no end. Alg0rh1tm (aka Denis Glavčić) molds many familiar dark shapes on the Sacrificed For The Whole extended player with Onset Audio. Shuffling through broken beats, muddy bass, and extruded rhythms, here we see mechanized industrial sounds scorched […]

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Weldroid :: EXPTIME EP (Section 27)

EXPTIME revolves around therapeutic electronics to both calm and clutter the senses and it achieves just that. “The Unterman” glows as if culled from a missing Plaid extract—crunchy beatwork, skittery melodic tones, rhythmic chimes looped in an electrical soup. Weldroid (aka Tamas Zsiros) isn’t new to these 8-bit mechanical noises—having strewn together a myriad of releases […]

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Huron :: Inside Information (Mindtrick)

Inside Information delivers on all fronts—drenched atmospheric pressure launched over skeletal industrial-electronic remains, this is a contagious musical lifeform start to end. Somewhere lost in a chasm, deep in the confines of an alien world, one will find Huron‘s sound illuminating microscopic glitches and random tentacles as a post-industrial sheen is curated. Huron (aka Berlin-based […]

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V/A :: When The Rich Wage War, It’s The Poor Who Die (Poverty Is Violence)

A heady range of sounds are explored on a compilation that grits teeth, journeys into the machine, seeks out the shadows and will go in directions few would have expected (myself included.) It’s interesting to see two separate labels follow a particular path. You’d be forgiven for thinking Charlton and Nick Dunton’s Poverty Is Violence […]

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DID :: WHNZ​:​73​:​DID (We Have No Zen!)

A vast collection of noisy drone sequences where manipulated generative sounds, screaming high pitch modulations interact with the monolithic and deep staticity of the didgeridoo. The use of didgeridoo is not something new in ambient drone music, Steve Roach was among the first to initiate the audience with such ancient aboriginal instruments and launched an […]

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Eraldo Bernocchi & Netherworld :: Himuro (Glacial Movements)

Six slabs of sonic ice sculpture slide glacially along an ambient-techno cline, threads spread below an oceanic surface over which floats a sonorous mass pulsing slow dub hyp-gnosis; narcotic guitar shards and environmentalia. An ice cellar of medical, alimentary and ceremonial import in palaces and castles of Edo and Meiji period Japan, Himuro was a cold room between which ice could be […]

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exm :: Modulus (Touched Music)

In all, exm unveils a formidable album of sublime electronics and thankfully doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Netherlands-based, and Igloo favorite, Jeroen Bax (aka exm) is back again, this time with Modulus for another release on the Music for Macmillan Cancer Support Touched Music imprint. Bax has a knack for creating vast soundscapes, and Modulus delivers […]

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