Category: "Reviews"

Hecq :: Conversions (Ad Noiseam)

A beautiful expression of discipline and freedom by design, with darkness and unseen beauty of chaos, capturing us at visceral moments while deconstructing and reconstructing our mental awareness of the process. Hecq‘s aptly titled Conversions—a homage to his peers, influences and friends—is a beautiful expression of discipline and freedom by design, with darkness and unseen […]

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Duran Duran Duran :: Rejectro EP (Tigerbeat6)

Late night dark and nasty body rocking beats with zap noises, snappy snares and crisp claps. Ed Flis of Duran Duran Duran wants your booty to move and move fast! To help you do that he’s produced Rejectro for your ass-shaking pleasure. This isn’t intellectual Teutonic modular meandering, folks: this is late night dark and […]

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Lawrence English + Stephen Vitiello :: Fable (Dragon’s Eye)

Tempered field recordings and instrumental detritus (Vitiello) meet peculiar modular tweaks and harmonized electronic efflatus (English) to create a collage commingling a widely sourced tonal palette, retaining integrality. Last encounter with Lawrence English was up close on Wilderness of Mirrors, with Stephen Vitiello a distant sighting In the Garden of Sonic Delights, a New York exhibition. Their latest coupling for Dragon’s Eye follows […]

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Dunkeltier :: Dunkeltier Rising (Macadam Mambo)

Dunkeltier is part of that cohort looking to bring these three minute gems out of themselves, to give them a bit of extra wiggle room, maybe some extra engine power and let them reach a wider audience. I’ve never really went in for edits, and to be honest the craze does seem to have died. […]

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Anenon :: Sagrada (Non Projects)

Conceived as a bridge between more precision studio practice and an increasingly free-ranging sax-ed up live act, his saxophone a unifying and unique voice threaded through a set of diverse dynamic progressions. The name Anenon first appeared on the radar with Acquiescence (2012), which so beguiled with its combo of wooze+beats (see “Twenty twenty”) your contributor picked it for his […]

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Igorrr & Ruby My Dear :: Maigre EP (Ad Noiseam)

Essentially this is the meeting of two great minds and together they have exploited every last inch of the modern electronic arsenal to make a resounding avant-garde statement. This could well be the future of music. 30-seconds in as the luscious pizzicato strings give way to a warped electronic growl you know you’re in for […]

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CVBox :: What You Hear Is What You Get (Lunatic)

CVBox picks and chooses from a synthesizer smorgasbord, music being dipped in House, Techno, Electro and more to produce a different and diverse aural entre. For their latest, Leipzig based Lunatic are returning to where it all began. Uncanny Valley man CVBox inaugurated the label in 2013 with Le Box DD, now he’s back with […]

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Odour Sonour :: Earth Burial (Exabyss)

Spooky and malevolent dronescaping complaints punctuated by grinding noises and primitive electronics are here to serve a disturbing contemplative exercise about the new world chaos, the empire of technological terror, the modern decadence made of self-destruction and oppressive fear. Based in New York, the uncompromising and iconoclast Exabyss Records follows a relatively similar publishing line […]

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Francesco Giannico & Porya Hatami :: Double review (Time Released Sound)

Favourite boutique-artisan label is back bearing time released sounds from the underground via Francesco Giannico and music for airports from Porya Hatami. Francesco Giannico recorded Rome’s metro—lines “B” (Rebibbia-Laurentina) and “B1″ (Bologna-Conca D’Oro). For Metrophony, the results were manipulated and blended with synth and instruments. While a soundscape may naturally be compelling in itself, to rise above humble audio-document, artistic […]

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Momentform :: Grave (Lux Rec)

Wonderfully rounded, sorrow strewn but without being downtrodden. Lux Rec are once again messing up my record cataloging. Following the Swiss label’s foray into New Wave with Cold Colors, Cosmo and Faber are returning to synth centered sounds with Momentform. I first came across Ianis Lallemand a few years back with his excellent debut on […]

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C. Mantle :: Con-fusion EP (Acre)

Con-fusion is built on its title, torn down to its core and rebuilt as a towering abstract mega-structure. There’s no escaping the sounds of full throttle, heavy punching bass and beats rummaging through definitive leftfield electro breaks and distortion. There’s a synonymous sound in which C. Mantle (aka Edinburgh’s Christopher Mantle) manifests as his own; […]

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Chad Mossholder :: Non-Site Specific (Artificial Music Machine)

The minimalistic take on IDM here is, if anything, a frank reminder of the power of subtlety and a delight to the ears at the same time. Chad Mossholder’s Non-Site Specific is an icy take on a genre that thrives on cold abstraction. Coming from Artificial Music Machine, the second half of Twine (BiP_HOp, Ghostly […]

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Poordream :: Ninetynine (Tympanik Audio)

Breakbeat electronica and speeding rhythms with ambient-psychedelic undertones, Ninetynine is romantic and sublime at the core. A beam of light in a vast space of darkness, Ninetynine—from the native Grecian sound designer John Valasis (aka Poordream)—is a conscious musical denary and his third since 2009. Serious and progressive, this release is a meditation that escapes […]

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Driftmachine :: Eis Heauton EP (Umor Rex)

75% composed from self-generating patches developed as a kind of machine monologue. Don’t get me wrong: I like difficult music. A lot. Always have. As a kid I sought it out, driving friends and family nuts while I listened to it. In fact if it did then I liked it all the more. Varese, No […]

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Some Truths :: Bliss Abyss (We Can Elude Control)

These tracks are laden with beauty and emotion, pulsing with a quiet hopefulness, ruminating with that which is difficult to tie down in words. In the pantheon of electronic music it can be easy for some genres to shine brighter than others. It’s not that these genres are better or anything, it’s just they are […]

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V/A :: E.X.P.L.O.D.E. (The Irrational Media Society)

A subtle yet propulsive jarring of the senses which reinvigorates the experimental electronic music scene. If the title and cover image doesn’t depict the smorgasbord on offer, then by all means grab the digital download as the clear vinyl cut has already sold out—it was released in July 2014 so we’ve had a little time […]

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V/A :: Europe (A Strangely Isolated Place)

Europe features 10 absolutely incredible works of ambient exploration. These pieces of music are very different from one another, though they all occupy the same emotional space as they traverse a wide array of traditional, ambient, and electronic landscapes. An outstanding compilation; Europe features 10 absolutely incredible works of ambient exploration. These pieces of music […]

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Ecovillage :: One Step Above (Nature Bliss)

There is a constant stream of new and alluring sounds that approach and vanish during the course of the record, each of which is so crisp and clear that the tapestry as a whole can be seen for each individual thread that composes it. Swedish duo Ecovillage recently released One Step Above, their third album, […]

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Theologian :: Pain Of The Saints (Malignant)

Theologian carries on the construction of complex, harsh, assaultive and mystical sonic soundscapes. Theologian is an iconic post-industrial and transcendental noise project founded by Lee M. Bartow. Notable materials have been signed on crucial blast, annihilvs. On a conceptual level the whole Theologian music universe is surrounded by a dynamic system of symbolical references, from […]

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The Isolator :: Distance EP (Lockertmatik)

The Isolator weaves rich harmonies, diverting melodies and developing complex soundscapes. It’s always satisfying to return to a label. I covered Lockertmatik a couple of years back, writing about their JC Michigan release by Kryptic Universe. The Dresden imprint has been somewhat quiet since, two releases of darkened Techno since 2012. But a new release […]

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Subminimal :: Sinian (Möller)

Percussion is the focus here, drum and bass sequences constantly rearing their head and you get the feeling it’s all held back to keep a sense of clarity about the record. For a record that initially focuses on sparseness and the minimal of melodic sounds, it sure is excitable. The aptly named artist Subminimal dominates […]

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Ochre :: Isolette EP (Shipwrec)

Isolette sees the British artist continue to build textured and vivid soundscapes, but they are now punctuated by familiar and stronger rhythm patterns. I say it with no shame, Skanfrom’s recent podcast for us tugged at my nostalgic heartstrings. Abfahrt Hinwil, Novel 23, CiM, Lowfish, Muziq et cetera. All of these were my plink plonk […]

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Simon Whetham :: From the Mouths of Clay (The Helen Scarsdale Agency)

There’s a feel of an arcane minimal ritual—woozy, somewhat spooked, at times inducing a sense of disquiet deriving from the sepulchral provenance of the sounding sources, perhaps even more so when Whetham leaves their clay mouths un[a/e]ffected. Intriguing site-specific work by Simon Whetham, who has for some time been forging expansive soundscapes, largely using manipulated […]

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Kaneel :: What you hear is what you deserve (INPUJ)

Kaneel returns after a slight hiatus to unsurprisingly offer scrumptious, upbeat electrical fragments and skewed hip-hop moments with a soft magnetic glow. Videogame and sci-fi ingredients mixed into a spacious vat of IDM extracts and ambient undertones are featured on this audio smorgasbord. A path that early-era Merck artists Machinedrum, Proswell and Ilkae once carved, Kaneel returns […]

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Monty Adkins :: Borderlands (Audiobulb)

From its earliest moments, the melodic lines expand and warmly burr at their edges, overlapping with other lines that explore the higher range of the cello, pushing us to imagine its movement into the treble clef, the thumb tracking and shifting. In the 37.45 minutes of its winding, wending length, Monty Adkins’ Borderlands, his fourth […]

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Bene Gesserit :: THe SeCoND BeNeFiT (EE Tapes)

A rich rich seam of music to discover within this, perhaps for some, untapped Belgian imprint. I’ve written a number of times about European Synth labels and their American counterparts. I’m well aware that the releasing of records isn’t a competition, but those of the US are definitely winning the popularity contest. Flick through the […]

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LPF12 :: Whiteout.4. (Self Released)

Brilliantly executed, deliciously absorbing with a pretty convincing electronic orchestration which sometimes reach ecstatic refinement thanks to deep tonal undulating vibes and experimental ornamentations. Highly productive and prolific sound artist, Sascha Lemon (aka LPF12) has produced LPs/EPs on various independent net labels such as The Crime League as well as self released efforts. The work […]

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Stereo Hypnosis :: Morphic Ritual (Extreme Chill)

A three-man team that generates a wondrous sound that combines field recordings seamlessly with synths and live instrumentation, which together forms a spectacular, organic sound that flows effortlessly between ambiance and groove. Our endless aural journey returns us to Iceland, where excellent music flows like water, and gifted, creative musicians are more common than a dish […]

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D’Marc Cantu :: Zone 4 (Shaddock)

A 12″ which builds on past successes and opens new avenues. Nation founded Jakbeat. Well, its foundations were laid down by the godfathers of Chicago but the caustic aggression of Jak came from Nation and Crème Organization with Traxx, J.T.C. and D’Marc Cantu tearing out this corrosive sound. But of late that coarse and raw […]

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