Category: "Reviews"

The Future Sound of London :: Environment 5 (FSOL Digital)

Scene by scene, the album unfolds and embodies a new archetype. What carries through the record, somehow translated through these elegantly arranged pieces, is a thoughtful melancholy that Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans describe as the “space/time/dimension that exists when we die. The moment of departure.” From its opening notes, Environment 5 exudes tremendous and powerful […]

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L own :: Hardened Soul (Mindtrick)

Venturing through eroded and minimized percussive extracts, Hardened Soul‘s maximized eerie textures and broken beat liner prevails. Wind, air and water streams through these eradicated beats, spacious rhythm bursts and foggy atmospherics. Ambient sheets, dubbed low-end flickering, shifted voices among light clings and clangs have this reclusive Mindtrick recording artist detailing minuscule sound bytes into tangible […]

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Helena Hauff :: Shatter Cone (Lux Rec.)

Dirty, deviant and destructive, Hauff builds on the darker tracts of Techno with serrated skill and a desire to dissolve dancefloors. My skepticism will rise at any given chance. I don’t know if it’s being Irish, but there’s a decent volume of doubt running through my blood. Some claim it’s healthy, I’m not sure. Said […]

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Erik Truffaz & Murcof :: Being Human Being (Mundo)

Exotic, incendiary, outrageous. Truffaz’s intoxicating brass sorcery looms above and flows through Murcof’s surging, spiraling and throbbing ocean of electronic abstraction. The sonic love affair between Swiss-born French Blue Note veteran jazz trumpeter Erik Truffaz and Mexican ambient electronica artist Murcof, has already produced unique results before. In 2008 they released their debut collaborative effort, […]

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Pouya Ehsaei :: There (Entr’acte)

A captivating, engaging, gravitational and almost glitch-esque ambient release that will convince passionate listeners of haunted electronic experimentalism. Pouya Ehsaei is a young and rising sound designer and electronic music sculptor from Iran, now based in UK. There represents his debut album, available as digital release and vinyl for a limited edition of 200 copies. […]

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Iron Blu :: Science Probe Vessel (Flight Recorder)

The tracks all meet the ear with familiarity but refuse to sit happily in stylized pigeonholes. Instead, Iron Blu has cherry-picked, taking related elements and marrying them in a ceremony of armchair and dancefloor electronics. I was chuffed to be asked, couple of months back, to make a mix for Flight Recorder. I’ve been listening […]

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Stewart Walker :: Ivory Tower Broadcast (Mundo)

Organic and synthetic beautifully collide and merge into a highly emotive, colorful and atmospheric affair. Walker has managed to translate deep emotional landscapes into eleven attractive and addictive tracks that shine with creativity and musical integrity. A distinctive sound, a unique charm and emotional openness, are rare qualities in the vast territories of electronic music […]

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Sigma Octantis :: Dissipations (OPN / Malignant Antibody)

Among the best and most challenging post-ambient electronic albums of the year. Next to the melodious dark ambient project Lambwool, Sigma Octantis is an other French project who first signed materials on the legendary Divine Comedy Records before to find a new home at the indispensable OPN Records. Throughout their career Sigma Octantis had constantly […]

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Tonikom :: Seeking the Lost Mind (Hymen)

A thoroughly satisfying electronic smorgasbord of muddy beats and distortion that exhibits Tonikom’s vast musical tapestry. Tonikom (aka Rachel Maloney) returns to Hymen, this being her fourth album for the enduring German imprint and seventh overall. This time focused on a plethora of sonic invasion including but not limited to bass, glitch, ambient, industrial and […]

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Asura :: Radio Universe (Ultimae)

As opposed to many other contemporary artists who incorporate elements of seventies space music, Asura manages to sound classic and refreshing, not clichéd. This is an exciting and epic adventure best consumed as a whole. There’s nothing like starting the winter with an Ultimae release, especially when it’s by French psychedelic ambient downtempo maestro, Mr. […]

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Koloto :: Mechanica EP & Bonus Remixes (Abandon Building)

Uplifting without ever becoming cheesy, subtle and reflective with a deep wellspring of meaning bubbling underneath. After a string of successful singles early last year Maria Sullivan (aka Koloto) presents her debut EP on Abandon Building: six originals matched with six remixes from the likes of Dot, Ekoda Map and Clozee. Drenched in glitchy textures […]

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Diffuse Arc :: Messiah EP (Caustica Waveform)

Brittle melodies, fragile and ephemeral sounds bolstered by an aural richness. Work routine is a great leveler, well unless your unemployed but ya get my drift. The day in, day out. Almost anyone can relate to it. Shower. Coffee. Oblong breakfast consumables. The commute. The commute. The commute. My own involves a metro ride (underground/subway […]

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Grouper :: Ruins (Kranky / Yellow Electric)

Grouper’s dark path has taken Harris to confess her intimacies in the most straightforward way. For a specific kind of fan, Ruins must sound like a sham. A horrible detour into the generic voice and piano pairing that Liz Harris avoided for so long. Celebrated and loved by all, 2008’s Dragging a Dear Deer Up […]

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Production Unit Xero :: Neon (Component)

Maneuvering glitchy slabs and ambient tentacles through an electrical firestorm, Neon bridges the void between mechanical and organic shape shifting. Production Unit Xero-Neon by Production Unit Xero IDM is certainly not lost on this recording. Melodies buried in time, beats drifting in synthetic debris and a penchant for creating precise sound sculptures is evident on […]

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Plant43 :: Scars of Intransigence (Shipwrec)

Measured electronics, Electro structures with a respectful nod to IDM, Scars of Intransigence sees Autumn warmth slide into Winter cooling. A hot Friday night in Madrid. Few too many cervezas. Drive across town. Down some stairs by some ageing office blocks reveals a music bunker. It was within the doors of this black pearl, Specka, […]

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Wesseltoft / Schwarz / Berglund :: Trialogue (Jazzland)

An original and highly effective genre-crossing sonic tapestry that most certainly can resonate with all sorts of adventurous music lovers across the globe. This is strange beautiful music that rewards attentive listening. On paper it seems very promising. Bugge Wesseltoft, the versatile Norwegian pianist / keyboardist, Henrik Schwarz, the prolific DJ and producer from Germany, […]

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Jon Hassell & Brian Eno :: Fourth World Vol.1: Possible Musics (Glitterbeat, Re-Issue)

Engaging with the (re-issued) Fourth World as an experience should be the listeners focus. It’s as much about your own connection to what’s being heard as it is about Hassell’s own reflections of world music. Jon Hassell said it himself, “without Brian Eno’s name on this record, it wouldn’t have got anywhere.” Perhaps detracting from […]

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V/A :: Moog Your Body 1 & 2 (Polybius Trax)

International talent has been sourced and brought together alongside local analogue men to showcase a melting pot of Techno, House, Electro and Acid. There are a number of decent music nights in Madrid. Sure there could be more, but the ones which are already established draw and good crowd and choose their guests wisely. It […]

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Clark :: Clark (Warp)

Where previous Clark albums consciously tried to destroy the listener’s eardrums, Clark invites you to revel in the magnificence of structure. Who is Chris Clark? The once young signee to Warp Record’s roster has been constantly evolving in ways that often seem unpredictable. Clark’s first releases combined his penchant for wild IDM and bass heavy […]

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Hosmoz :: Fading Mechanisms (Bedroom Research)

Every once in a while it’s magnificent to hear an artist that recognizes the value of an intelligently composed—and dare we say fun?—dance track. “Head-banging” is actually quite a good phrase to describe Hosmoz’ first album Fading Mechanisms. An amazingly cocky and brazen work, filled with tracks such as “Vulva (LP edit)” and “Underground My […]

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Val_Ex :: Riot (Solar One)

This new outfit sees Arne Weinberg, with his penchant for modular music, team up with The Exaltics for a very special album. Beats help to relieve the pressure but cannot alleviate the overarching sense of fear sculpted by this pairing. The freshly formed Val_Ex must be one of the most tantalizing collaborations of 2014. This […]

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Annanan :: Lyser (Forbidden Planet)

The beats are robust but there is a vulnerability lying beneath the central structure. To date, Montreal’s Forbidden Planet has played a balancing act with its output. With 12”s by household names in electronics, the likes of D’Marc Cantu and Mono Junk for example, have come fresh faces such as Lnrdcroy Jurg Haller’s imprint isn’t […]

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Thomas Köner :: Tiento de las Nieves (Denovali)

Thomas Köner’s autopsy of the spatial and temporal properties of the piano. A captivating meditation on the longing in the life of sound. A total rip-off of Brian Eno. (Insert winking smiley face here.) The familial resemblance to “1/1″ on Eno’s Music for Airports is uncanny, but it is also canny. It is Thomas Köner’s autopsy of the spatial […]

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Markus Mehr :: Binary Rooms (Hidden Shoal)

Markus Mehr articulates his musical discourse around a sonic continuum made of process drone sequences and fractal electroacoustic dynamics. Germany-based multi-instrumentalist and sound designer, Markus Mehr began to work under his own name after several years spent under the moniker of Aroma. He is firstly known to the audience thanks to his various sound-art installations […]

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Mark Forshaw :: The Explorer EP (Computer Controlled)

 Belfast based Computer Controlled Records have drafted in the Phantom Plant Outlaws collaborator to deliver his brand of Acid smeared Techno. Mark Forshaw is building a bit of formidable reputation. The Liverpool man’s release rate is growing, Tabernacle, Mathematics, III Rivers and now a new label are opening their vinyl account with him. Belfast based […]

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Bohren & Der Club Of Gore ‎:: Piano Nights (Play It Again Sam)

Nighttime. The streets are empty. Gentle moonlight seeps into my dark bedroom. I lie on the bed while Piano Nights emits its seductive spell through the speakers. Slowly but surely it takes hold of me. It pulls me deeper and deeper, I let go, I submit to the mysterious darkness, I embrace it. Sometimes you […]

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Collage Noire :: Black Steel EP (Kaometry)

A six-track extended player that busts and buries downtempo beats in a low-end mass of jazzy extracts and distorted jungle. Amon Tobin’s Brickolage (Ninja Tune, 1997) immediately comes to mind on Black Steel—especially opening piece “Republica”—a six-track extended player that busts and buries downtempo beats in a low-end mass of jazzy extracts and distorted jungle. […]

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Neel :: Phobos (Spectrum Spools)

A single hour-long deep space navigation through a void not so much magnificent as downright angsty and alien. Giuseppe Tillieci, aka Neel, has been a DJ and engineer for some time now, accruing a reputation as a mastering engineer behind the sound design of some of the more questing techno releases on the likes of […]

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Rolando Simmons :: Rolando Simmons EP (030303)

Looseness reigns, melody flows, cascading with abject freedom. Tangents form, and reform, but without breaking down into outright lunacy. In my younger years I was better at trawling the internet for MP3 artists. But, as the years melted to age the allure and tactility of vinyl overcame TCP/IP. Yet there is a wealth of musicians […]

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