Category: "Reviews"

Dead Melodies :: Legends of the Wood (Cryo Chamber)

Among the most accessible, ethereal and darkly introspective albums signed on Cryo Chamber next to materials from Hoshin, Wordclock, Northumbria or Keosz. A highly welcomed release, easily recommended for fans of eerie cinematic soundscapes and elegant naturalistic dark ambient music. This project name sounds totally new for me but as I’m always pleased to discover Cryo […]

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Erik Van Den Broek :: Expressed (De:Tuned)

A quintet of works that explore a wide range of styles from a musician with a touch that subtly slips between genre divides. An EP that will have you, and me, fishing through Discogs for more from this Dutchman. One of the many treats of electronic music is unearthing something new. This “something” might be […]

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Oubys :: Second Planet (Testtoon)

Second Planet is an attempt to give aural form to heavenly bodies, to patch a sound to places beyond or home and to hear the otherworld. The simple made into the extraordinary. In this age of sensory overload, of tremulous smartphones, of kaleidoscope screens and, of course, people banging on about absolute shite, one would […]

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Hatch :: Writer’s Bench (Section 27)

Broken beat electro, raggatronic rhythms, and toughened melodic breaks all make room for a hard-edged release from Eugene Rowlett (aka Hatch.) Section 27 continues to expand its reach, the Scottish imprint veers through classic-era Skam, Warp, Schematic, Chocolate Industries et al, and reasserts itself in the field of next-level exp-electronics. Broken beat electro, raggatronic rhythms, and toughened melodic […]

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The Laborer :: Se Vende (For Sale) (Analogue Chat)

In brief, Se Vende (For Sale) is a pleasant listening experience and sound travel through digitized sound maps and singular ambient electronica. Analoguue Chat is a newly launched and promising label. I like its concept and intention to deliver an alternative breath to the standardized musical industry, thanks to original craft-based and ultra limited editions […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: The New Taxonomy (The Crime League)

The New Taxonomy is effervescent in its construct—weaving elongated dub realms with ease. Low-end waves continually crash against sharpened 4/4 mechanics which blends in a kaleidoscopic, surreal dream state. Cathode Ray Tube (aka Chang Terhune) embarks on perhaps his most thorough and expansive album to date. Where past releases were engorged by visceral electronic mayhem, The […]

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/DL/MS/ :: Rogue Intent EP (TRUST)

Busted up electro-industrial slabs crash against rugged rhythms, low-end streams and intense sound fields. Busted up electro-industrial slabs crash against rugged rhythms, low-end streams and intense sound fields. /DL/MS/ are Lok44 and Dibek collaborating on Rogue Intent, an intense debut 4-track (vinyl) extended player for Vienna’s long-running TRUST imprint. “Indisciplineado” runs through blackened corridors of […]

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Krystal Math :: Night Tones EP ([d]-tached)

Reminiscent of early Quinoline Yellow, Miles Tilmann, and Gimmik, classic IDM blips and clicks run rampant on Night Tones. Krystal Math (aka Manchester-based Christopher Tilmouth) drops a five track EP of melodic, modular electronics for Eddie Symons’ [d]-tached imprint—the original musical nesting ground for Bovaflux. Reminiscent of early Quinoline Yellow, Miles Tilmann, and Gimmik, classic […]

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DJ Guy :: 1993/1994 Unreleased Tracks (La Beauté Du Négatif)

Contemporary conceptions aren’t so much ignored as they didn’t exist, these works being created well before the modern flavors of the month. This lack of adherence frees the music, unshackles it from the present—allowing for a rich variety of ambient, IDM and techno to bloom. Living in in a post-ironic world, as we do, it’s […]

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Broken Thoughts :: The Primal Forces of Nature (Self-Released)

A captivating dark-electronic album that settles on sparse drone landscapes, sandblasted post-industrial fissures and metamorphic glitch activity. Movement oriented, The Primal Forces of Nature is a wicked firestorm. From Yunnan, China, and composed of material from the last two years creatively realigned, comes Broken Thoughts‘ third release. 7-tracks and 5-minutes a piece. Drones and broken beats are replenished […]

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SubtractiveLAD :: Sustain / Release (Self-Released)

A clearly recommended corpus of warm and delicately touching ambient compositions. SubtractiveLAD is the project of Vancouver-based sound designer Stephen Hummel. A handful of materials have been published on n5MD. Sustain / Release is self-published and is offered as a digital album. It is a collection of highly emotional, dream-like and languorous soundscapes, droned-based guitar textures which can easily […]

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Vortex Count :: Mettadature EP (Detroit Underground)

For all the raw electronic tones that are manipulated with brute force, a robotic techno thump is at its core. Rugged, glitched-out techno, low-end bass and punchy rhythms round out this new release for Detroit Underground. The Northern Spain-based Vortex Count lets sound migrate into darker corridors. Direct and to the point, each track is a seismic […]

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Badrich :: _COMPILER LOG (Self-Released)

Mind boggling, and cause for likely Pacific Northwest seismic activity when played at high volume, Badrich’s sound is coherent and corrosive at the same time. Decomposed and refined to no end, fans of early-era Autechre, Phoenecia, Richard Devine should take notice if not for the robust robotic layers it unleashes to the masses. From Portland, Oregon, […]

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Andreas Gehm :: The Worst Of Andreas Gehm (Solar One Music)

Posthumous releases are a curious thing, and Andreas Gehm has already had a handful. The Worst of Andreas Gehm is more than just a release, it’s a tribute to a man who made some cracking music and came sad end, a tribute from the labels and friends he worked with, the completing of a promise. […]

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V/A :: Fragments (Numb Capsule)

Numb Capsule delivers a diverse range of predominately under-appreciated musicians that sculpt a very unique set of skills meant to dislodge any preconceived genre notions. Perhaps the next iteration in the style of early-era Skam, n5MD, Musik Aus Strom, and Phonics imprints, Fragments pulls all the punches and doesn’t hold back. If anyone recalls the 0161 Skam […]

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Boulderdash :: Just some parsecs away from home (DSM / Audionaut Capsule)

Boulderdash manage to hone their vintage IDM skills, finding new ways to thread emotive melodies, all the while utilizing hardware to create soft sound escapes for background listening. Sweden’s Daniel Skaborn and Hans Möller (aka Boulderdash)—one of the burgeoning IDM producers in the late 90s and early 00s—continue to manipulate sound inside quaint, melodic time capsules. Pro […]

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Dødsmaskin :: Fullstendig Brent (Malignant)

Fullstending Brent is a very sinister, scary and haunting cinematic black and doom ambient release that will easily seduce most demanding fans of the genre. To be placed next to infernal and massive power electronic releases by Megaptera or Brither Death Now. Hailing from Norway this project is totally new for me. Thematically the album […]

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Kunst :: Kunst (Kunst)

The exploration of the other is a central tenet of this album. Cunnane and Kendrick embark on a twelve track journey into the abandoned. Waste ground. The derelict building. The forgotten and unused, empty audio spaces are given life. Field recordings ghost in the background, their presence being an integral part of the sound and […]

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Scarper :: Warmer Squares (Plexus)

Warmer Squares is not, however, solely reliant on resurfacing rave tropes from a previous party generation—more so it throws a current day take around what made certain aspects dance music so enjoyable; melodies, chord progressions, pure waveforms and the eclectic mash up of soul, electronic, funk and breakbeat influences. Scarper finally delivers a debut long […]

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Stratowerx :: CLS001 (Caught London Sleeping)

This little known artist serves up three tracks of frigid mechanics with Cultivated Electronics boss Sync 24 adding the remix support. The style pursued is stripped back, bare bones machine funk. London has never really lived up to its electronic music potential. Of course there are a spread of labels oozing out of that melting […]

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Midday Static :: Ektachrome (Self-Released)

References, contrasts and comparisons aside, Midday Static fine tunes his sound with Ektachrome, an album that is lively and condensed in a thick kaleidoscopic downbeat stew. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Dylan Boyd (aka Midday Static) understands how to combine those early inspirational Boards of Canada sounds with textured guitar works of his own. Last years Kodachrome rested on fuzzier static […]

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Leandro Fresco & Rafael Anton Irisarri :: La Equidistancia (A Strangely Isolated Place)

La Equidistancia somehow manages to attain an ambient purity you rarely find these days, the material tuned to individual temperament regardless of what that may be. This emotional neutrality is paired with a breathtaking immediacy achieved within a strikingly economic timescale, this being a racy forty-two minute excursion pressed on a single, snowy-marbled vinyl LP. […]

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Dreissk :: To Nowhere (n5MD)

A fine collection of sonic meditations and futuristic elegies in minor key, produced by massive synthesized orchestrations, dissonant, tripped-out and melodious post-rock grooves. Dreissk (aka Kevin Patzelt) is a consistent project signed on the independent n5MD imprint (devoted to a great variety of electronic music, from IDM to experimental, minimal and organic ambient music, active since 2002). […]

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Crisopa :: Transhumante (Self-Released)

Crisopa eschews solemn, melancholic, and instrumental streams of colorful sound. Lively and draped in emotively calm layers. In late January 2017, Crisopa (aka Madrid-based Santiago Lizón) took a splinter break from n5MD and released Transhumante, an extended 7-track digital album. His previous two titles on n5MD were vibrant shoegaze-electronics etched with fuzzy melodic treasures that still echo to this day. With […]

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Aeriae :: Peril Triage EP (Clan Analogue)

Distilled harmonies carefully maneuver through an electrical maze, oftentimes scrambled all about in an organized chaotic brew. A refreshing EP of leftfield electronics from the Southern Hemisphere. Clan Analogue is a long-running Sydney, Australia-based label originally formed in 1992. Fast forward a quarter century, and they’re still churning out release after release. This time we had the […]

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Maroje T :: Anaphase (Kraftjerkz)

This relatively unknown artist has crafted four cuts of cracking machine funk. Tracks are cast in jagged shapes and smooth surfaces, the style expertly toes the line between frigid mechanics and floor funk. A definite find from Kid Ginseng’s label. During the summer I managed to catch up with Neud Photo here in Madrid. I […]

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Enabl.ed :: Tipsy Haux 2.0 (Clean Error)

Overflowing robust beatwork and rugged melodic strands are featured start to end. If Toytronic was the go-to imprint for brittle and punchy IDM of the past, Clean Error would be today’s. Also tagged as being “Resprayed with Love,” Clean Error label boss Jimmy Batista (aka Enabl.ed) finally releases Tipsy Haux 2.0— which almost slipped away—now with six extra […]

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Anemone Tube :: In the Vortex of Dionysian Reality (Blossoming Fern)

Cohesive, intriguing, inspiring and worth to be listened for fans of death industrialism, as well as subterranean dark ambient. Blossoming Fern are new comers in the publishing world of dark ambient, noise and industrial music. For their promising beginning they’ve published the new release of German’s power electronic / industrial ambient act Anemone Tube, strictly […]

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Geotic :: Abysma (Ghostly International)

There’s never a dull moment on Abysma, and casting it as “passive listening” does it a bit of a disservice, in fairness. It’s a magical work, and a perfect soundtrack to all those hours spent at home during the transition from frosty spring into the glowing summer months. One of the refreshing things about Will […]

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