Category: "Reviews"

TX Connect :: Untimely Emotions (Computer Controlled)

Untimely Emotions builds on the sounds TX Connect explored on Replacing Memories; toughened tracks of menacing mechanics and sinister stabbing synth. TX Connect, Gavin Gurthrie, is building up a head of steam. True, the Texan has never really faded from the scene but following releases on Lower Parts and Hornwax it’s fair to say that […]

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Charlton :: Charlton (TH ± Tar Hallow)

This grizzled and gory style of techno isn’t new, it’s born out of post-punk and industrial nastiness; an age of pit closures and regime change. But it’s interesting to hear it as a response to the world around us. TH ± Tar Hallow, arrived in record shops in aggressive fashion. Inner sleeves grimaced, heavy black […]

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Deru :: 1979: Remixed (Friends of Friends)

1979: Remixed is made of remixes, passing the original tracks through diverse treatments, manipulations and arrangements which are not meaningless or absurd, sometimes revealing or bringing to light muted aspects of the original tracks. Deru is the creative sound art project of electronic music designer Benjamin Wynn, located in Los Angeles. The trajectory of this project […]

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Contact :: Discreet Music (Cantaloupe Music)

A luxurious, active listening success. “Discreet Music” (1975) filled the first side of the album of the same name on Brian Eno’s short-lived Obscure Records label. A creative paradigm shift, the work is a North Star for navigating both Eno’s biography and the history of the studio-as-instrument, if not of instrumental music as a whole. This first experiment in generative […]

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ASC :: The Farthest Reaches (Auxiliary)

Tracks on The Farthest Reaches register around 130 bpm, yet create a kind of illusion of movement towards a rolling half-step neo-Schaffel kinesis. A Zeitgeist-y convergence of genre vectors has been descried in ASC‘s recent work—a sense he ‘may well have just cracked the elusive code that binds techno and D&B’s mutually exclusive DNA’ (believe the boomkat hype!). James Clements continues […]

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Murcof x Wagner :: EP.01 (Infiné)

The different visions that the two artists had are well balanced, contributing to generate a unique and special blend of both electronic and acoustic textures, shifting from ambient electronics to contemporary classical. There is an intriguing and brilliant idea behind the concept on which this lovely EP is based and built upon. Issued by the ever […]

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Rapoon :: Song from the End of the World (Glacial Movements)

If the sound of the Big Bang can still be heard by tapping into cosmic radiation, then perhaps the song sung at the end of the world can be reconstructed from the hole that it left. Rapoon begins to rematerialize the undone physical universe by cultivating the seed pearl of a leitmotif, a piano rolling the […]

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2VIEW :: Robert Crouch and Luigi Turra (LINE)

Richard Chartier’s good works for experimental electronic music minorities continue unabated, curating compositional and installation work by international dealers in contemporary sound art and digital minimalism. Latest in Line are Robert Crouch and Luigi Turra. 15 years of service as LINE manager behind him and Richard Chartier’s good works for experimental electronic music minorities continue unabated, curating compositional and installation work […]

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José Soberanes :: The Rising Tide (Whitelabrecs)

A pleasant and diversified collection of free form and slowly moving soothing drone ambiences enriched by green field recordings and minimal melodic sounding acoustic sequences. José Soberanes is a young sound designer and organic ambient artist coming Mexico. He is also the manager of Nova Fund netlabel. He already released a few digital / small CDr […]

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3VIEW :: Tomonari Nozaki (forwind)

The whole is re-imagined into a dish fit to set before Basinski buffs and Hecker checkers. The series’ sheer sweep sees Nozaki’s sound gather in sono-dramatic force, cementing detail, texture and integration of its parts. Tomonari Nozaki seemed to spring from nowhere fully formed with his debut, North Palace, a couple of years back. The Japanese ambient/warm noise artist’s ‘abstract sound projections […]

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V/A :: Mid Atlantic Death (Great Circles)

A compilation of contrasts set in the rust clad cast of Great Circles. If you wanted to crack this Philadelphia label, sample its metallic taste and hear what their sound is all about; get listening. Anyone following what I write…God love ya! Nah, seriously; anyone following my poorly punctuated rants (and thanks for doing so!) […]

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Sophus Y. Lie :: Endomorphism (YUYAY)

Diverse strands of sounds are effortlessly woven together whilst Lie remains true to the terser side of machine music. Developed, soulful and different; a fair amount to accomplish on a first record. I’ve mentioned it many times before. The break to vinyl is a brave one. Despite digital being a bugger to earn from, it’s […]

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Gavin Russom / Bruno Belluomini :: Double review (Lux Rec./MRT)

Lux is exploring some of the darker elements of electronic music at the moment. Moody Sunday misery, the anxieties of the unwanted, the raw horror of routine. These latest 12”s employ sounds of the past but are fresh and new in their audio commentary. Menacing music that will make a deep and worrying impression on […]

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Posthuman :: Back to Acid (Balkan Vinyl)

Acid loving Posthuman serve up a 12 track digital album packed to the gills with 303 drenched club workouts. The versatility of the 303 as a dance floor weapon never fails to surprise. By pure chance, those 1980s Roland engineers somehow harnessed a worm like machine funk that could be programmed in multiple formations and still come […]

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exm :: Overscore EP (Touched)

While Autechre long ago left this planet in search of the most alien of rhythms and melodies, exm hews to a more earthly path finding melody and harmony amidst the jarring broken rhythms and effected sounds of modern electronic music. Too often one hears a snatch of electronic music and thinks, “This is trying too […]

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2 8 1 4 :: 新しい日の誕生 (Dream Catalogue)

新しい日の誕生 (Birth of a New Day) isn’t an album that begins, it’s one you arrive at, as if slowly waking from a fever dream in the back of a car approaching that purple, neon-tinged city pictured on the cover. Don’t you just hate being late to the party? All the good music has already been […]

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Emiliano Romanelli :: Tabulatura (Terziruolo)

Though little of Tabulatura may strike the outside ear as new, the inner will likely not have heard it so before—with indeterminacy’s agency laying the grain of the voice open for fuller listener occupation. Indeterminacy is a bit of an odd one. The use of computers to make music is familiar, as is its motivation in the desire of […]

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Olga Wojciechowska :: Maps And Mazes (Time Released Sound)

Maps and Mazes, her first solo album, is a collection of truly sublime pieces from a generous handful of these concordances. The search for connectivity and reciprocity stands boldly as its unifying theme. Szczecin composer and violinist Olga Wojciechowska has proven a prolific collaborator, striving far beyond Poland’s borders to engage in a string of dance, theater and multimedia projects. Maps and Mazes, her first solo […]

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V/A :: Perfect Language (Brokntoys)

Brokntoys has established itself within the canon of British electro, but it’s also a label exploring techno and electronics with musicians outside of the UK. Perfect Language is an illustration, a spread of styles and influences on one platter with the colder side of machine music being central. Brokntoys is a label I’ve been watching […]

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Tobias Hellkvist :: Vesterhavet (self release)

Vesterhavet has been shaped and fine-tuned, the Swede’s swathes stretched and swollen over years in teeming layers of transportive tone accretion, into chronostatic sprawl. Ambient electroacoustic artist Tobias Hellkvist‘s latest album, Vesterhavet, has been slow to emerge following his two self-defining works, Evolutions and Everything Is Connected (Home Normal, 2010, 2012), though in the meantime his creative fields have not lain […]

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Nimh :: Circles of the Vain Prayers (Rage in Eden)

A very sensorial and tripped out hypnotic avant-folk ambient album. For those who are not yet familiar with the work of Giuseppe Verticchio (Nimh), this Rome-based artist has created a handful of ethno-ritual, soothing and ominous industrial drone releases for labels such as Silentes, Eibon and Rage in Eden. Circle of the Vain Prayers appears […]

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WC0016 & Abono :: All Is Number (ALLISANDNOT)

My only worry would be that the pressure to pander, to move to easier DJ friendly sounds might elbow emotion, and a desire to express ideas differently, out of the way. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen. When I first covered ALLISANDNOT and the partnership of WC0016 and Abono I tried to summarize their style with […]

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Stig Inge :: Bremen (ZCKR)

Stig Inge continues to hammer his hometown, subjecting its denizens to his brand of addled electronics, stretched sounds and fearful shades. I was chatting to a mate recently about how my penchant for industrial techno had been developing. I’m not a fan of the term. Standing solo. Industrial. Techno. They work as terms. Together they […]

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2VIEW :: Parallelism / Valanx (Shimmering Moods)

The first new releases of 2016 from Shimmering Moods—by Parallelism and Valanx—continue to champion the cause of artists blurring the boundaries of ambient, drone, electro-acoustic and sound design. Sage Taylor may be familiar to ambienteers from various beatless and beat-driven projects (Textural Being, aspect., Moxil & Taxil), most recently Parallelism, whose Untitled was a keynote release from SM‘s early 2015 […]

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Thin Films :: Komerebi/Mantis (Thin Recordings)

The two pieces are comfortable, inviting listens that shape electronic synth leads and brushed snares into an engaging soundtrack to daily life, whether that be studying, working, or any other intellectual pursuit. In listening to Mantis and Komerebi, the two new singles from Dan McRae (Thin Films), I was curious if they would be something that […]

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Rezo Glonti :: Budapest (Dronarivm)

Dozens of small dramas are being played out in a dense, urban setting festooned with shockingly green treetops. On the streets and in the stations, between the offices and apartment buildings, practical-minded men and women bustle past lazily drifting daydreams. Named not after the Pearl of the Danube but rather the street in Tbilisi where Georgian producer […]

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Mark Lyken :: The Terrestrial Sea (Important)

A very welcomed work made of intuitive, inventive soundscapes which are way recommended for listeners into the philosophy or phenomenology of sound art. Scotland based sound designer and multi-media artist Mark Lyken has developed a collection of rare cinematic experiences, notably in collaboration with Emma Dove. My first immersion into his work was with his […]

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Mikimo Sosumi :: Disco Kill Disco (Daddy Tank)

Extraterrestrial soundscapes for long term audio consumption. Broken IDM construction welded to faded disco rumblings. Voices come from afar, and yet it all wisps by in a throbbing percussive jolt that ricochets back and forth with a bewildering style. When there’s something special and unique to display, Daddy Tank is the label to spotlight. Still […]

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