Category: "Reviews"

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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Com Truise :: Iteration (Ghostly International)

Iteration may suffer a little from that samey-ness that has crept into some of his previous records, but honestly, if you’re coming to Com Truise for this sound, is there really anything wrong with “more of the same” if it’s done well? Probably not, and with a little pruning of a few tracks here and […]

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Si Begg :: Blueprints (Shitkatapult)

The burbling, self-oscillating synths may remind one slightly of vintage Tangerine Dream but the hints of Rephlex Acid Krew sneaking through indicate there’s more modern reasoning in place. There’s deft work in crafting the reverb here, reminiscent of Tonikom and the masters of convolution, Autechre. Blueprints is the latest and sixth studio album from Si Begg […]

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Midday Static & Faex Optim :: Double review (Self-Released/Carpe Sonum)

Combining the latest albums by Midday Static (Verichrome, Self-Released) and Faex Optim (Look Around You, Carpe Sonum) creates an utterly sublime and nostalgic reality. Verichrome Midday Static (aka Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Dylan Boyd) continues in his signature rich color shaping with Verichrome—a follow-up to Ektachrome (Self-Released, February 2017). It’s hard to believe that only four months have […]

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2methyl :: Etched (Agnost1k)

A definitive leftfield industrial avalanche, Etched is a textural bass and beat smorgasbord that pushes sounds of chaos to the edge. Reminiscent of early Amon Tobin (ref. Supermodified on Ninja Tune, 2000—especially “Rhino Jockey”) minus the jazzy elements, here we see the talented French producer (Nicolas Druoton aka 2methyl) reveal Etched following his 2015 release […]

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Bauri :: Vinkelvolten EP (Firescope)

A sound that many have forgotten but one that deserves to be heard, a style that had little pretense and would inspire modern acts like Kettel or EOD. Firescope gazing back to find Bauri at his vintage best. Nostalgia can be dangerous. The swoon for the past, candied memories of a bygone time. Nostalgia is […]

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Techno’s Outer Limits :: July 2017

Latest emission in a series from Techno’s Twilight Zone of EPs/12″s and LPs with notes in the margins.   First up, Avian hosts 400ppm for Fit for Purpose, a set of neo-Industrial Techno sketches skulking around a kind of ‘floor functionalism flirting with something vaguely conceptual—‘works to capture the sense of unease and hysteria that fuelled, and continues to fuel the vital countercultural movements that […]

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Bålsam :: Dream Landscapes (Shimmering Moods)

Musically Dream Landscapes follows a compositional path where processed field recordings meet organic dronescapes, incantatory ethereal voices and mantric-like new agey electronic loops. The musical syncretism operates with a certain success and offers to the listener a sensual / sensory sound travel. The Amsterdam based independent label Shimmering Moods is back to the audience with a […]

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Enrico Coniglio & Matteo Uggeri :: Open To The Sea (Dronarivm)

One original, introspective, fairy-like and curious album that will ravish fans of challenging, unconventional, post-classical and experimental music. Matteo Uggeri is one busy man and extremely prolific sound artist, no matter if it is under his own name, in collaboration, under the moniker of Barnacles or with his chamber experimental rock ensemble Sparkle in Grey. […]

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Between Interval :: Legacy (Spotted Peccary Music)

Legacy does not reinvent the genre, but certainly refreshes it in a spellbinding manner. This is space music in its finest form. Lush, liquid, and entirely ethereal. Ten tracks of intoxicating propulsive circular beauty. Any ambient electronica aficionado who wasn’t asleep during the last thirteen years, certainly heard of Stefan Strand’s Between Interval project at […]

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C_C :: Impendulo (Da Heard It!)

Nine tracks that ravage, ricochet, and syncopate their way through, Impendulo delivers high-level, machine-driven tectonic sound, and subtle melodic twists. Impendulo follows up from 2012’s Retro Action (Bedroom Research) which was described as “a collision between industrial, noise, dub and electro migrating around definitive analog rhythms.” This new title has a resemblance to Jack Dangers’ (of Meat […]

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Sync 24 x Privacy / DeFeKT :: Split Excursions Vol 1 (Cultivated Electronics)

Electro has bloomed as a genre over the last ten years and throughout that process, throughout that growth, Cultivated Electronics led the way. This recent split series brings together artists who are pursuing the colder edge of the machine, the line set down by the UK label. With every passing week that the electro bin […]

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