Category: "Reviews"

Snowbeasts :: Survival (M-Tronic)

The agitated, menacing tripped out sound sculptures of Survival seem to invite the listener to enter a vast post-industrial dystopian universe dominated by machines and technological excess. Snowbeasts is the project of Rob Galbraith (from Component netlabel) and Elizabeth Virosa. We already had plenty occasions to write about this challenging post-techno doom ambient duet, the production […]

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Kirk Degiorgio presents Future/Past :: Rare & Unreleased (De:Tuned)

Rare & Unreleased turns back the clock, washing away the last twenty five years to return to those halcyon days. Found on forgotten DAT tapes and gleamed from lost compilations, this four tracker focuses on DeGiorgio’s Future/Past alias. Rare & Unreleased revives the analogue warmth that characterized the 90s, the complex future scapes carved and shaped […]

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Eff Dst :: Out Of Body (Hymen)

An aptly-titled album that scrapes and chisels its way through heavy sonic debris. Belarus-based Sound Engineer, Dmitry Stepnov (aka Eff Dst) is back on Hymen with Out Of Body, an aptly-titled album that scrapes and chisels its way through heavy sonic debris. Following up last year’s Blackout might have seemed a difficult task, but Eff […]

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Maelstrom :: ALPH4 (Central Processing Unit)

A finely executed EP that contorts itself around rugged electro-techno of yesteryear, but with an updated machined pulse. Maelstrom (aka Joan-Mael Péneau) delivers an action packed 7-track extended player for the well oiled Sheffield-based CPU imprint. Through each piece you’ll find pistons firing at all angles, Detroit influences spread across acidic electro forms (“VZNEITIT”), and […]

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Pollux Rose :: Daisy (Numb Capsule)

A myriad of broken beats, and scorched (Detroit-infused) electro are welded with technical precision. Along the way, Pollux Rose unleashes pounding bass with classic braindance ferocity. Heading into this new album with open ears, Numb Capsule continue to adhere to mind-bending and off-center electronic works—here Greece-based Nikolaos Mouchalempis delivers eight songs at maximum force. A myriad […]

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Levels :: Levels (Umor Rex)

Tuning into and out of phase, Levels’ debut finds solace within the microscopic confines of broken industrial fragments, digging for lost rhythmic bits, and assembling them via a cohesive, and subdued energy. Tuning into and out of phase, Levels’ debut finds solace within the microscopic confines of broken industrial fragments, digging for lost rhythmic bits, […]

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MacroNoise :: Various Species EP (The Crime League)

A return to form, MacroNoise (aka Tomas Sebesta) exhibits continual growth and sound maturation with Various Species, five pieces crossing a wide-angle foray into organic (live) bass wobbling and ethereal electronics. A return to form, MacroNoise (aka Tomas Sebesta) exhibits continual growth and sound maturation with Various Species, five pieces crossing a wide-angle foray into […]

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Aeon Waves :: Mute Angel EP (Mindtrick)

A brisk and beautiful exploration through sound, vision, and voices that is well worth the trip. This four track by India-based Aeon Waves has been in constant rotation, its mesmerizing swirl of ambient downtempo dub, and subconscious voices is almost too emotional to take in one sitting. Like drifting into the atmosphere over the Pacific […]

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SC​-​164 & The Pulse Projects :: Double review (Subapical)

Subapical founders Hall and Knüfer are hitting some serious electronic heights and look set to continue their climb to the darker summits of machine music. Kristopher Hall and Athene Knüfer founded Subapical with an something in mind, to establish “an outlet for music exploring harsher, harder edged music which blurs the lines between electro, industrial […]

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Atrium Carceri, Cities Last Broadcast, God Body Disconnect :: Miles To Midnight (Cryo Chamber)

Stylistically we are still wandering on the subterranean and cinematographic dark ambient territory but this collaborative album introduces a corpus of new elements taken from the post-rocking music genre and from the doom / funereal jazzy ambient galaxy. Cryo Chamber announces here an other collaborative effort between veteran projects Atrium Carceri, Cities Last Broadcast. For […]

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V/A :: Nature of Chaos Vol. 1 (ELM Collective)

Nature of Chaos Vol. 1 flashes skewed electronic listening music—punishing the ears with tangled sub-genre elements and tugging firmly on the heartstrings. A relatively new compilation (November 2017) that flashes skewed electronic listening music—punishing the ears with tangled sub-genre elements and tugging firmly on the heartstrings. 15 cuts with articulated and bubbling technoid shades (ie. […]

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SubtractiveLAD :: Valve & Ellipsis double review (Self-released)

Valve and Ellipsis follow a similar musical register where flexible tones, dense layers of sounds and aerial guitars lead the listener to a personal quest, to a feeling of deep quietness, flying the vast inner cosmical immensity. Stephen Hummell (aka SubtractiveLAD) is a multifaceted ambient based guitarist and quite prolific sound producer in the universe of DIY and […]

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Techno’s Outer Limits :: February 2018

Latest in a series of emissions from Techno’s Twilight Zone of EPs/12″s and LPs with notes in the margins.   Silent Season’s 10 Year Anniversary vinyl series resumes with TOL favourite, ASC, ranging out from grey area box into Eccentric Orbits; “Cerulean” sends micro-bleeps and texture bytes into the void with its off-kilter kicks ceding to “Dimension 1010″‘s doleful ambient swells […]

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Xurba :: Epikýrosi tou Dasikoú Pnévmatos (Electric Studios)

A manifest of intergalactic drones, tones, and serene landscapes. Xurba (aka Will Brazier-Smith) has traversed a few genres over the years, from brittle nostalgia-infused downtempo, to roughened clip-hop stints, to surreal ambient plateaus with a growing discography to boot. The latter is precisely where his latest album Epikýrosi tou Dasikoú Pnévmatos lands—its core is a […]

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Lantern :: Summer Knight (Occult Research)

Eight songs spread out in a tangled downbeat, acidic maelstrom of glitch, breaks, hip-hop, and leftfield bass contortions, Lantern also develops a jazzier side along the way. Eight songs spread out in a tangled downbeat, acidic maelstrom of glitch, breaks, hip-hop, and leftfield bass contortions, Lantern also develops a jazzier side along the way. Brightly […]

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Meat Beat Manifesto :: Impossible Star (Flexidisc)

Impossible Star’s tracks are all crisp and clear with plenty of space for everything to sit tight in the mix. The album mixes classic elements of MBM’s style with live bass, Dangers raps delivered in his clear, hungry voice, burbling warty synths and just about enough funk to shake that ass into oblivion. In 1989 […]

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Huron :: Invisible Hands EP (Subtrakt)

Invisible Hands is more than a fleeting moment in time, its extraterrestrial darker electronic strain is a welcomed entrance for the new year. Huron returns with a brisk extended player for the Subtrakt imprint. The opening 10-minute foray into glitch-industrial serenity is revealed on “The Way Through.” This track alone delivers with all pistons running—charcoal […]

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V/A :: DRMN (Rakun0)

Subtle, nuanced, foggy electrical tones evolve and devolve seamlessly, making for a musical foray that is abstract yet moving. Spread over an hour, each musician manipulates brisk beats, bass, and tiny bleeps without over the top experimentation. Along the way, they manage to straddle the lines between soft to medium density electronic music. A culmination of […]

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Loden :: Lit For Exits (Extinct)

Fans of Clark and Amon Tobin might want to delve head first into Loden’s latest sonic plateau. A versatile and euphoric trip for mind and body, Lit For Exits is the proverbial exp-electronic music buffet worth every minute. Loden, known for his abstract musical project with labels like Eat This, Mush, and Colony, offers the […]

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Jvox :: Funhouse (Component)

Casual yet chaotic, serene yet skewed, Jvox manipulates sound like no other—ultimately making Funhouse its own contagious entity. Welcome back Jvox—one of my favorite musicians from the early 2000s! He comes in full-steam ahead on the wacky, glee-filled, downtempo beauty that is Funhouse. Have a listen to “Don’t Be Afraid” to get a sampling of […]

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V/A :: Golpea Tu Cerebro (Insane Muzak)

Golpea Tu Cerebro is no fluffy retrospective of Spanish electronics. This is jagged music, unpolished and bare emotion. An audio assault of crude works, the collection, and its 50 page booklet, is a hoarse scream of protest, a trembling shriek against near four decades of censorship and close-mindedness. It’s a curious occurrence how retrospective the […]

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Glimlicht :: Expressionistic Chrome (Shimmering Moods)

An absorbing, isolationist and ghostly ambient release that will ravish fans of William Basinski, The Caretaker, and Philip Jeck’s intoxicating, mnemonic electronic melancholia. Tremendously hypnotic and looped-based ambient work built on short repetitive fragments, with sombre, eerie and melancholic distorted micro melodies. One of our favorite DIY indie labels is back with a new release […]

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Cignol :: Hidden Galaxies (Computer Controlled)

Five tracks make up the Dublin musician’s trip up North to Belfast based Computer Controlled Music with the first offering having a decent bit of fire in its belly. It’s always exciting to find a new artist, feverishly searching through their past releases on Discogs and getting better acquainted on Soundcloud. There’s always a little […]

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Cialyn :: The Lone Thistle EP (Kahvi)

A gorgeous EP of refined and detuned synths, drums, samples, found sound, and fuzzy voices far off in the distance. Boards Of Canada’s Music Has The Right To Children (Warp/Matador, 1998) was the theme to my high-school days—cascading through downbeat, nostalgic bliss, it hasn’t aged a bit. Even though the Scottish brothers continue to (slowly) amass a […]

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Badrich :: Fatberg (Self-Released)

Badrich blends electroacoustic glitch, digital debris, atmospheric noise, and acidic squelches like a skilled sonic craftsman. Badrich (aka J. Goodrich) returns with 38-minutes of organized chaotic rumbling. Almost as if intentionally running his modular machinery through a washing machine, Fatberg dips and dives through an electrical maze. Seemingly broken into four interconnected parts (“mauve // […]

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zvλd :: Baklava (Occult Research)

A brisk jaunt through dissolved electro contortions revealing that zvλd is able to easily distort micro-electronics with finesse. I’m not sure how this one slipped under the radar, but I’ll admit it should have received a proper listen in 2017 when it was released. Imagine, if you will, a cross-section cut through the abstract electro […]

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Shedir :: Falling Time (Cyclic Law)

Beautifully crafted, fully emotional, spiritually entrancing, intimately moving, seducing, majestic, enveloping and alluring. When I think about female dark ambient artists and projects the first names which come to mind are All Seits, Lamia Vox and Algrath—but the promising Shider now welcomingly joins this circle with one brilliant debut album signed on Cyclic Law. Shedir […]

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Build Buildings :: Glass EP (Audiobulb)

A succinct and elevated 4-pack—Glass is a 12-minute sojourn that marries a collage of sincere organic fractals sprinkled above precise mechanical contours. Brittle and broken beats dabble through guitar flickers as Build Buildings (aka New York-based Ben Tweel) manipulates opaque ambient moments with delicate instrumentation. “Hebei” opens his latest extended player with carefully woven drones and […]

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Mtch :: Nrvaqaprol EP (Kaer’Uiks)

Mtch elevates abstract glitch to new heights while still maintaining a claustrophobic and subtle musicality that is elusive on Nrvaqaprol. Mtch (aka Mitch Cramer) continues to confound and break pre-conceived glitch notions, the coverage we unfolded in 2017 was only a glimpse into the strange worlds he’s able to inhabit. “Nrvaqaprol” leads the way via minuscule […]

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