Category: "Reviews"

2VIEW :: Mind over MIDI / Submersion (diametric.)

The permeation into experimental electronica of noise as ‘instrument’—be it clicks’n’cuts or static wash—may be traced back two decades—to Pole‘s early re-cons of Basic Channel studio detritus and sundry Mille Plateaux. Evidence the tradition is still going strong comes in two releases from diametric., whose curator, Arne Weinberg, might have purpose picked Mind Over MIDI and Submersion as exhibits of the scope for artists […]

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Arovane & Hior Chronik :: In-between Remixes (A Strangely Isolated Place)

Fantastic source material, a stellar cast of artists on remix duty and a 53-minute run-time make In-between Remixes a release you can’t afford to miss. Barring two excellent various artist compilation albums (check out Europe and Uncharted Places) Arovane & Hior Chronik’s debut collaboration In-between was the first vinyl album release on Ryan Griffin’s A […]

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TX Connect :: Replacing Memories (Lower Parts)

A grimy, distorted and oscillating four tracks offering for the Athens imprint. Continuing their global search for talent, Lower Parts is trekking all the way to Texas for their latest 12”. With releases on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, L.I.E.S. and an upcoming EP for Computer Controlled, TX Connect’s brand of gritty house is finding a […]

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Qnete :: Grey City Anthem (ZCKR)

Subtle changes, a rinse or decay, allows for new avenues of depravity to open. Trebles knobs are ripped out as melodies are sent spiraling into shrapnel, that knife-like rhythm keeping time. I’ve waxed lyrical before about my disdain for single –sided records. Puns aside, it’s always been a bit of a sore point for me. […]

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Elusive :: Textures (Alpha Pup)

Elegant and innovative, Textures is an amazing collection of forward-thinking modern electronic music without loosing a mile in the (as well important) most emotional field. Californian veteran beatmaker Elusive returns on the amazing Alpha Pup imprint to present his new full length Textures, after the Harmony In Free Form EP released in March of 2015. […]

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B12 :: Orbiting Souls (Delsin)

Orbiting Souls vividly recalls that mid-nineties period when B12 were in their element whilst also sounding classically timeless, perhaps even more so than some of their earlier work. There’s no denying the pivotal role Mike Golding and Steve Rutter’s B12 label and moniker played in the development of the UK’s early electronica, techno and IDM […]

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Kat Channel :: Beauty of Sadness (aDepth Audio)

This latest offering from aDepth is definitely a break with the past. I’d come to associate the dutch imprint with clever techno and a touch of 90s nostalgia. Techno is a difficult animal. To torture a metaphor, techno needs to roam. I’m not saying it should necessarily be some wild and savage creature but when […]

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Techno’s Outer Limits :: February 2016

Latest in a series of emissions from Techno’s Twilight Zone of EPs/12″s and LPs with notes in the margins. SNTS alive! It’s that masked man frightening the children and horses with a ‘darker and non-human side,’ asking: “Who hasn’t ever felt scared of the journey of their own thoughts? That rustling of the leaves around you…” This […]

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Dorian Gray :: Letters From Ice EP (Self-Released)

Letters From Ice is mostly dark by nature, with spells of heavy drones and intense rhythmic sequences—and the pace of the EP makes it feel relatively accessible to a less techno inclined audience. “Wait… you don’t know about Ken Karter?” This was Moreno Mariotti’s (Dorian Gray’s) first question to me when I met him at […]

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Rapoon :: Seeds in the Tide Volume 04 (Zoharum)

Some pieces expand like lungs filling with fresh air, others get the wind sucked right out of them. And of course Rapoon also drifts far, far away… The fourth double volume of Seeds in the Tide, the Zoharum label’s herculean effort to collect and catalogue all non-canonical testamonia to Robin Storey’s storied output under the Rapoon moniker, […]

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Lena Muir / Profil Horizontal :: Untitled (Eye for an Eye)

Tough, tear streaked proto-electronics with a wave edge. Bitter, raw and now, unearthed. Forgotten echoes by a disenfranchised for a new disenfranchised. The peripherals can be interesting. They can be hard to find in this internet age, but they are there. When it comes to electronics the margins are generally anywhere away from the epicenters, […]

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Stephen Lopkin / DimDJ :: Split EP (Endless Illusion)

An unlikely pairing of North and South, but a definite winner. Just before the new year was rang in Endless Illusion put out there third vinyl release. The Prague imprint impressed with CCO’s Space Race and is following the acid tainted line laid down by the Swiss man with a split 12”. Stephen Lopkin is […]

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V/A :: Various III (030303)

So what are you getting with this third compilation? You’re getting what 030303 have been doing since the doors opened, expanding the acid and braindance project. 030303 is a label that has laid out quite a specific mandate in its six year existence. I tried to pin down the Utrecht imprint when I first came […]

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Pinkcourtesyphone & Gwyneth Wentink :: Elision (Farmacia901)

The finest kind of acoustic-electronic collaboration, only nineteen minutes long but destined for endless repeat. When I reviewed Pinkcourtesyphone’s Foley Folly Folio, I thought it was probably a one-off, a playful/serious notion that struck American sound artist Richard Chartier, as a vehicle for cleverly and elegantly conveying the sense of claustrophobia and ennui of a particular time and place. […]

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The volume settings folder :: Folder #05 (Self-Release)

Devoted to effective memories articulated to narratives and self-reflective mind travels. Nostalgic, sometimes emotionally overwhelmed ambient airs which open on a vast feeling of quietness. The Italian based sound artist Filippo Bordigato works under the moniker of The Volume Settings Folder and made folk, experimental ambient music his creative field of specialization. The project is […]

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2VIEW :: Ancestral Voices / Fenton (Samurai Horo)

The year has seen a stream of bold outings from Samurai Music‘s experimental d’n’b arm, Samurai Horo–the likes of ASC, Fis, Synth Sense, Ena, and Pact Infernal lately joined by Ancestral Voices and Fenton, below. Liam Blackburn, aka Indigo/half Akkord (with Synkro), re-orients his template from post-d’n’b towards ambient and tribal ethno-experiment for new project Ancestral Voices. Samurai’s blurb has Night […]

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December / Kaumwauld :: Half Cuts 1 (In Paradisum)

There’s been a rise in sludge techno in the last few years, industrial essences and experimentation, outsider electronics and a touch of Chicago. The boundaries are well and truly blurred. In Paradisum have been blurring those boundaries from day one. I like music that challenges you. In Paradisum’s output will do just that. Its back […]

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Frank Bretschneider :: Isolation (Line)

The finest moments break free from a sense of additive composition. Mobiles of sonic material are suspended, spinning slowly while the listener watches its rotation, revealing parts previously unseen. While a Raster-Noton release is usually easy to identify, their individual artists have been difficult to differentiate in the past. Ryoji Ikeda’s informational density, Alva Noto’s […]

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DJ Krush :: Butterfly Effect (Es-U-Es / Vinyldigital.de)

In an interview, Ishi referred to the profound effect the 2011 earthquake and tsunami had on him, on all his countrymen. “You know, you can lose your life any time…time is constantly moving forward.” With no time to waste, he defies the actual butterfly effect with his own quiet, nonlinear dynamism. In smooth leopard stride, DJ Krush (Hideaki Ishi) […]

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Federico Durand :: A Traves Del Espejo (12k)

The music is as beautiful as it is introspective, like a small window of antique glass looking right into Federico’s soul, allowing the listener to explore a mysterious, invisible world that suddenly appears. After a series of amazing releases on awesome labels such as Spekk, Own Records, Home Normal, Desire Path and White Paddy Mountain, […]

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Underworld :: Second Toughest In The Infants – Remaster (Universal)

So is the super-deluxe set just for fans? Well, perhaps not. Again, the price is going to be a barrier to entry for some, but even if you’re just an Underworld album owner there’s never been an easier or better sounding way to quickly extend your collection with some truly fantastic material. Roll on the […]

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Valance Drakes :: Struggle Experienced Internally (Detroit Underground)

Bold, pitched percussion loops lay down the basis for each of these tracks, slowly filling with more density, adding a sense of tension and development without rhythmically slipping enough to betray the listener’s deeply nodding head. Prolific Londoner Valance Drakes delivers a strong EP of noisy hip-hop tempo experiments for the wide ranging Detroit Underground […]

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Akira Rabelais :: The Little Glass (Self-Released)

A briny, seaweed-laden music box, the peal of a bell and its reverberation biting into its own tail, singing glasses, star bells and smoothly lurching starfish water vascular propulsion. Akira Rabelais calls this “music for and of unfettered reflection,” but I can’t help fettering myself to the hermetic character of The Little Glass, a record encapsulated in its own […]

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Luke Eargoggle / Kan3da / Weltwirtschaft :: Karl EP (Lunatic)

The 12” is electro of the frostier faction but there are moments of warmth coming through to thaw the chill. Dark and bitter sounds from the deepest recesses of the machine minded. In its short existence Lunatic has managed a wide range of releases. Synth Pop. Wonky techno. Crumpled acid. Even some leftfield house. This […]

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Christopher Bissonnette :: Pitch, Paper & Foil (Kranky)

Modular synthesis is more liable to unruly and unkempt behavior than delicate or subtle gesture, but here Bissonnette’s economy and deftness of touch make for a music of distinction. Since his debut, Periphery, in 2005, Kranky Canadian, Christopher Bissonnette has extended his sonic lexis and production grammar, with digital synthesis, concrète, and field recordings in a palette richly evidenced […]

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Luxus Varta :: Everything is Nothing (Hubble Telescope Series 1) (Solar One Music)

Following Elektronische Werke and The Crystal Issue Cycle comes The Hubble Telescope Series. This latest set of releases are an homage to the eponymous instrument and the images it has captured. Solar One Music seem to like a sub-series, especially a sub-series with a very long name. Following Elektronische Werke and The Crystal Issue Cycle […]

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3View :: Hakobune & Dirk Serries, Chihei Hatakeyama and Chihei Hatakeyama & Dirk Serries

Creeping up from noisy roots to a remarkable, idiosyncratic and gentle, clinging ambient ivy. As Vidna Obmana (“optical illusion” in Serbo-Croatian), Belgian mega-artist Dirk Serries released nearly seventy albums of original material, creeping up from noisy roots to a remarkable, idiosyncratic and gentle, clinging ambient ivy, between the mid-eighties and the mid-2000s. Often mentioned in […]

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God Body Disconnect :: Dredge Portals (Cryo Chamber)

Continuously absorbing and cinematic. Influential and highly productive dark ambient label Cryo Chamber starts off 2016 with the debut album of New Jersey-based God Body Disconnect (aka Bruce Moallem). The album conceptually embraces ideas linked to the macrocosm, man’s ontological position in the universe, alchemical energies, illusion, form, supra-empirical knowledge and metaphysical explorations of the […]

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Boneless One :: Hazard Bringer (ProForm Series)

Music to blister eardrums and break speakers; in other words proper dark and mean techno. I was surprised when Tabernacle Records announced its Ride the Gyroscope sub-label. The Glasgow/London imprint is no strangers to a side series. Head Front Panel run is a good example, but the choice of artist for this new endeavor did […]

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