Category: "Reviews"

Matteo Uggeri :: Four Steps On Points (Fluid Audio)

An absolute must and a profound lesson of musical intimacy. Impressively original and multi-talented artist, Matteo Uggeri made a distinctive name in the world of of avant-garde electronic music. Next to his albums published under the moniker of Sparkle in Grey he released a handful of solo albums, exploring with passion, intensity and innovation the […]

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EXS / The Exaltics :: Double review (Solar One / Shipwrec)

I keep thinking that the level of quality, the breadth of variety and the expert execution can’t continue; that there has to be chink in The Exaltics analogue armor. But time and time again this Jena man delivers brilliance. It is becoming difficult to keep up with the productivity of The Exaltics. The Jena based […]

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Russ Young :: Common Pond (Audiobulb)

Russ Young is easing the loneliness of loss by filling the space between me and myself, and so when I hear that grandfather clock, I click the spiraling repeat arrows in iTunes and give Common Pond another moment of my life. I thought I had some conception of real problems, and maybe I still don’t. […]

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V/A :: Die Welt ist Klang: A Tribute to Pete Namlook (Carpe Sonum)

Truly phenomenal in scope, content and diversity, Die welt is Klang lives up to its ambitious attempt to document an almost translucent, organic world of sound. Die Welt ist Klang is something altogether special. Produced in memoriam for the death of the ambient composer and producer Pete Namlook (AKA Peter Kuhlmann), musicians, colleagues and fans […]

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Exit in Grey :: Shadows of Stillness (Muzyka Voln)

Exit in Grey provides us four stunning portraits of stillness, before they are softly blown away by solar winds, like sand paintings. In his liner notes, Sergey, known as [S] and residing in the Moscow area, explains Shadows of Stillness as an act in defiance of “all-consuming time” by trying to express and realize oneself […]

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V/A :: Padded Cell Vol 1 (SETI)

Arctic, yet emotive, electronics to counter the soaring temperatures. SETI Recordings are battling the fierce heat of southern Spain with some cold electronics. Following on from the label’s vinyl debut, Night Lights, the Granada label is presenting a collection of artists under the title Padded Cell Vol 1. The black skies loom over Andalucia. Penelope […]

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Deaf Center :: Recount (Sonic Pieces)

Recount seems more like an observation deck towering over a mist-shrouded landscape. Described as a “bridge” between albums, Recount seems more like an observation deck towering over a mist-shrouded landscape. Under his own name and as Svarte Greiner, Erik K Skodvin has made plenty of interesting music and Otto A Totland recently released a gorgeous […]

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Kline Coma Xero :: Kline Coma Xero (Medical)

Brief and bright minded, grief stricken and unresolved, a troubled tension given voice and sound. Simply a superb first album. I always enjoy to see the progression of an artist. Growing and developing from outright obscurity to being picked up for first releases, it’s satisfying to see. Kline Coma Xero come under this heading. Tony […]

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36 :: Dream Tempest (3six)

The twelve tracks on the album reflect a rare kind of sincerity and raw effortlessness, and the dynamic flow and ambiguous textures make it clear Huddleston does not operate within any limits. This music exists in a plane of its own. “I think every craftsman who works with integrity, without creative limits, creates work that […]

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Charlatan :: Local Agent (Umor Rex)

Fractured analog sounds joined by a myriad of abstract low-end squeaks and somewhat controlled synths. Brad Rose—known for his work as Digitalis label-head—moves ahead with Local Agent for Umor Rex and unveils leftfield technoid slabs and processed noise for abstract dub enthusiasts to consume. “Blur Suit” and “Nightmaring” both exude bubbling modular activity and low […]

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Kadzuki Ikegaya :: Collage (Vent)

As a rule, Collage takes place somewhere up in the air. The ambient Collage assembled by Kadzuki Ikegaya opens with “Hourglass,” the hissing of summer lawns maintained by the cosmic gardener, the planet on which it is planted humming as it rotates, with small quasars flashing in the sky and the rhythmic swish-swishing of the well-sharpened pruning shears he wields. The […]

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Broken Bone :: Willowbrook (Aperture)

Robust electro-industrial music that doesn’t hold back. Noisy, cohesive and buried in reverberating grit and bass, Broken Bones’ Willowbrook yields roughened industrial movements. Tapering waves of audio fluctuations built around cascading ambient undertones allow each track to roam—eerie sounds are allowed to perpetually echo and unfold. Filled with a vacuous dub chamber, it seems time […]

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Hadamard :: Ass in Bass EP (Elektronische Werke Part 3) (Solar One Music)

Straight up mechanized Ghettotech. Janko Bartelink, aka Hadamard, has quite a sporadic releasing character. Over the years he has clocked up 12”s and albums for the likes of Bunker, Transient Force and Mighty Robot Recordings. But regularity has never been a strong point. Nevertheless, Hadamard has traversed a range of styles; from spaced out electronics […]

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Near the Parenthesis :: Cloud.Not Mountain (n5MD)

The album is a sine wave. It climbs and drops in smooth, regular intervals, and carries the listener through a calming journey supported by grand pianos traveling a two-note polyphony, which drops further into high-reverb sequences, smoothly rising again to take us to an arpeggiated wonderland. San Francisco based Near the Parenthesis unleashes his sixth […]

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Snowbeasts :: Snowbeasts (Component)

Snowbeasts is surfing on more darkened and meditatively cerebral droned-out waves, with some neo-kosmische touches, genuinely cinematic and coldly moving. Snowbeasts is the soundscaping dark ambient-esque project of Raab Codec. This first and self-titled album is signed on the independent netlabel Component Recordings (Pattern Behavior, Somatic Responses…). Raab Codec already published solo materials on the […]

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Infinite Scale :: Living Moments (Ecoshock)

Living Moments eschews pretense in structure, favoring short tracks that transition in and out of different atmospheric visions by the bar. Living Moments is the fifth release from UK-based Infinite Scale (aka Harmi Palda), whose work has been featured in radio and television, likely due to its delicately understated and evocative nature. Living Moments eschews pretense […]

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Aabzu :: It Came from Outer Space (Zoharum)

A hyperglycemic sci-fi adventure with a bracing mixture of beats and a soupçon of dub. Laptop shenanigans. A hyperglycemic sci-fi adventure with a bracing mixture of beats and a soupçon of dub. Aabzu takes us back to a Saturday afternoon version of a time of optimism and fear about space and what might lurk out there. One half of the Polish duo is well-liked and […]

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Alessandro Parisi / Adamennon :: Il Plenilunio Del Fuoco (Flight Recorder)

Four thick cuts of fog-riddled electronics, a quartet of fear streaked atmospherics from two men taking up the mantle of their soundtrack predecessors. Alessandro Parisi is one of the few artists I can think of who has bucked the electronic music trend. Most people say the album is dead, the Italian says otherwise. 2013 saw […]

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Sound Strider :: Padovan Sequence EP (La Briche)

Padonvan Sequence shows an artist willing to lay it on thick on the psychedelics over techno beats. In “Polyegg Eighty-Six,” a persistent percussion makes its way through what seems to be a tribal, almost jungly, beat. For around six and a half minutes, the sounds are constantly contrasted with elusive synths and samples. The effect […]

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Moss Garden :: In the Silence of the Subconscious (Carpe Sonum)

‘One of the things I’ve been concerned with quite a lot is to deliberately dismantle or shift contexts around so that something comes from an area where you didn’t expect it, or something appears and it has a certain mysteriousness to it. There are ingredients mixed together that you have never heard together before, and […]

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Babe Rainbow :: Falling Apart (Kinky Beggar)

Whereas most artists struggle to go back to that initial sound, Babe Rainbow has quit the schizophrenic experimenting of his early days and has now settled into the minimally yet expansive sounds of ambient music. Needless to say, it’s a nice fit. In 2010’s Shaved (Warp), Babe Rainbow sounded both aggressive and dangerous. An artist […]

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Pausal :: Along the Mantic Spring (Infraction)

Pausal’s patented minimalist neo-romanticism offsets harmonic comfort zone with subtle experimental edge, finding a fine balance between long-form drones and hushed acoustic twinkles—of the nature tone and of soft synthesis, dense yet gossamer-light, particulate and dissolved. Infraction owner, Jason Bryant has always seemed like a genuine fan—one whose label stewardship feels like an extension of his […]

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V/A :: The Silence Was Warm Vol. 5 (Symbolic Interaction)

A wide range of sounds that go from ambient electronics to field recordings, to beautiful piano driven soundscapes and beats. The Symbolic Interactions compilations have consistently brought us a wide range of sounds that go from ambient electronics to field recordings, to beautiful piano driven soundscapes and beats. Their latest compilation is no different—The Silence […]

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Yagya :: Sleepygirls (Delsin)

A record that works exceptionally well as soothing background music, Sleepygirls is a propulsive, repetitive work characterized by the occasional burst of jazz and Japanese vocals. Having a signature sound and a loyal following can often leave an artist in something of a quandary: keep plugging away in a similar vein so as to satisfy […]

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Eno Hyde :: High Life (Warp)

High Life works because it disposes with the guest spots and instead gets to the good stuff: Eno and Hyde’s minds. For people that have put out two albums in a row, Brian Eno and Karl Hyde don’t sound too tired. In fact, their second album High Life shows two artists at the top of […]

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Heinrich Dressel :: Waterproof Theory (Frustrated Funk)

Warm, almost soothing, soundscapes are juxtaposed by arctic chills and clinical sounds. For more than seven years I’ve been covering the works of Minimal Rome. At the core of this vanguard of Italian electronics is Valerio Lombardozzi (aka Heinrich Dressel). After recent releases for Bordello A Parigi, Mannequin and his latest split album with Francesco […]

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Carbo Flex :: Trifolium (Central Processing Unit)

Music has always been a great source for the rose tinted glasses and the latest on Central Processing Unit got the sentimental juices flowing something serious. I’m a fierce nostalgic man. Irish sense of “fierce” there, substitute “very” if ya like; trying to get across that I’m not some wild man harking for the days […]

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Chase Dobson :: Parallel Lines (The Crime League)

Are you less concerned with musical genre and formula than with emotion and compositional skill? Is it dark outside? Are you sitting comfortably? Are your speakers and amplifier capable of reproducing audio waveforms with enough energy that you can feel their vibrations on your skin? Are you less concerned with musical genre and formula than […]

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V/A :: VA EP 001 (Signal Code)

Sublime tracks from the seasoned Netherlanders, the Irishmen replying with the same level of analogue class. Some would say Dublin is “coming of age” with regard to electronic music. No longer living there I can’t say, but there are definite stirrings in the “smoke.” More and more labels are cropping up and the growing buzz […]

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