Category: "Reviews"

Crisopa :: A Lucid Dream Kit (n5MD)

An adept rhythm and sound-smith, Crisopa has added a more vivid melodic voice and greater grain. A decade ago igloomag followers’ pulses will have quickened to hear of ‘perfect generically-engineered output from a hypothesized ‘IDM’ buzz sound generator […] a throwing together of all those textural and architectural features characteristic of the sub-genre: slightly melancholic reminiscent melodies, […]

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From France, with a Synth Stab (New Flesh/Rave Or Die)

Returning to his own New Flesh label, and sub-label Rave or Die, Umwelt is teaming up with some fellow minded machine freaks to deliver two new waxen cuts. Tight electro teachings, tainted by 303 and shrouded in modern gloom. Umwelt has a more than impressive history. For near two decades the French producer has been […]

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Valance Drakes :: Fail With Honour Then Succeed By Fraud EP (Luana)

Subdued melodies twisted around clicks and disjointed cuts, these three technical audio snapshots wisp by evenly. Available on a limited 7″ EP, Valance Drakes continues to unravel ultra silky glitch electronics. Having prepared several EPs for notable imprints such as Detroit Underground, Schematic, Bedroom Research and Clean Error to name a few, it would seem […]

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Uhushuhu :: Long Songs Pleasant for Hearing (Zhelezobeton)

An impressive suite merging technological and natural mysticisms. A trio of debut scapes by Uhushuhu, a project sprung from a Russian arts collective known as Utrovortu, these Long Songs Pleasant for Hearing are twenty-four, eighteen and ten minutes long, respectively. Uhushuhu is the sound of the call of the owl, according to persecuted Soviet-era sound […]

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Scyye :: From EP (Sparkwood)

With only 6 tracks, From showcases Scyye’s variability as a musician, his fantastic skill on the piano, and the emotional nuance involved in creating his music. Norway’s Sparkwood Records, from whence came the brilliant Principality of Dustland by Everyday Dust, is home to a group of similar artists, who play with etherial darkness, ominous noise, and […]

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Core of the Coalman :: Amphibious Radost (Kirigirisu)

As Boehringer states, the piece wraps and unwraps around itself. Over the course of three quarters of an hour, it wraps itself around the mind of the listener, too. Jorge Boehringer sits on the front porch, plucking a few strings on his fiddle with obsessive-compulsive repetitiveness. The crickets chirp, a hound dog barks, and the power […]

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Qnete :: Untitled (ZCKR)

The strong steady percussion bends and buckles under its own weight, harmonies squeezed through by the sheer force of snare and cymbal. Solid Techno from this new source. ZCKR Records seems to embrace any, or all, styles. To date the Bremen imprint has shied away from the spotlight. The club night come label scurried past […]

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Derek Piotr :: Bahar (Bit-Phalanx)

Bahar works best when the elements are allowed to rest and gel into one another without being forced by methods, concepts or artifice. A washing machine full of wood scraps and discarded metal. Bahar by Derek Piotr is an odd, angular affair with a lot of space as well as spiky bits that don’t go […]

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Leila Abdul-Rauf :: Insomnia (Malignant)

A tremendous collection of sonorous dreamscapes populated by delicately transporting visions, moods and feelings. After three sumptuously soothing and cinematic ambient-goth releases, including one opus in collaboration with Tor Lundvall, Leila Abdul-Rauf is back with a new release published by the essential Malignant imprint. The musical style offered on Insomnia is relatively similar to the […]

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SOFT TOUCH :: 3View

With only a handful of releases under its belt so far, Nantes-based Soft is shaping up to be a new preferred haven for the discerning ambienteer. Arash Akbari :: Cracked Echoes Like Porya Hatami and Tegh, Arash Akbari joins a slowly growing cadre of class Iranian ambient artists reaching Western ears. Whereas Hatami’s ambient is a […]

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V/A :: Wishes for Tim (Vent)

Tim David Brice’s partner Julia Dewhirst has curated Wishes for Tim with meticulous extravagance. The Tim for whom these wishes have been made is Tim David Brice, champion of well-known, unknown and soon-to-be known ambient and electronica up until the moment of his untimely passing. His labels Somehow Recordings, Twisted Tree Line and Vent Sounds released hundreds of […]

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Yair Etziony :: Albion (False Industries) …and inspired mix!

Albion is a conceptual album whose thematic deals with cultural diffusion, global landscapes of ideas, mental forms and knowledge’s under the angle of the neo-colonialism’s hegemonic process. Less than a year ago I reviewed Yair Etziony’s dark psychedelic and “kosmische” retro electronic-tinged effort Delphi which made a nice impression. Was curious to give a listen […]

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Techno’s Outer Limits :: March 2015

Latest in a series of postcards from Techno’s Twilight Zone of 12″/EPs and LPs with notes in the margins. Listen to select tracks via Soundcloud at bottom of article. First Paris, whence French techno maverick Terence Fixmer dials in his first full-length in five years Depth Charged on CLR. Something of an old hand by now, he […]

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Tim Cosner :: DEADTECH / MODERNHOMES (Bonding Tapes)

A hot slice of strong beats and topnotch production served up on a warm sound bed full of analog goodness which serves this music well, adding a subtle layer of grit to the sound that clarifies some of the rougher parts and scratches up some of the cleaner bits. DEADTECH/MODERNHOMES by Tim Cosner is a […]

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France Jobin & Fabio Perletta :: Mirror Neurons (Dragon’s Eye)

The lithe, almost see-through ambient of Québecoise France Jobin combines with Fabio Perletta’s fly-eyed dot matrix view of the world. The lithe, almost see-through ambient of Québecoise France Jobin combines with Fabio Perletta’s fly-eyed dot matrix view of the world. The conceit of Mirror Neutrons, a term borrowed from neuroscience that boils down to the phenomena […]

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Maduro :: Filter Sick (Component)

Filter Sick is a heavily processed album that leaves no sound unaffected nor unmolested. Filter Sick by Maduro is a complex, frenetic and glitchy sonic affair. It reminds me of fever dreams had as a child where my delirious mind tried desperately to collate sensory input amidst the microbial infestation afflicting me into a cohesive […]

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Orla Wren :: Soil Steps (Oak Editions)

The internal and the external interplay—birdsong, thistles, mills, taverns and hostelries, the pots and pans dangling from a tinker’s cart, toys, raindrops, and happenstances. Sound, as it wobbles through the air, can be the most suggestive of energy. But the listening experience, mixed with one’s own thoughts, memories and imaginings, can have a transformative effect on how […]

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Das Muster / Pukemaster Gehm :: Double review (Solar One)

This duo builds on the quality that is already part and parcel of this impressive German imprint. The renaissance of vinyl has its drawbacks. True its good business for those few pressing plants in existence, capital feeding aging production methods and cold war technologies. But it is definitely hurting small labels. The delays seem to […]

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Sonja Berlin-Jones :: Phlegmgemming (Rest Relax)

After hundreds of hours of music on Bandcamp and in tiny handmade, self-released editions, Phlegmgemming is the first “real” (his word) release for this artist, which is to say his first label release. After hundreds of hours of music on Bandcamp and in tiny handmade, self-released editions, Phlegmgemming is the first “real” (his word) release for this […]

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Kemek :: Forced Perspective (Self Released)

A self-published digital opus where Adam Douglas decides to challenge hermetical musical frontiers by giving to his original compositional signature an almost shoegazing modern dream pop flavor. Based in Japan, Adam Douglas (aka Kemek) is a versatile and eclectic-tinged electronic musician who has produced a bunch of intriguing efforts on various imprints and self-releases. His […]

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V/A :: Eilean 53 (Eilean Rec.)

Eilean 53 is a fine example of precision despite the challenges of each artist doing their own thing in different parts of the world. Compilation records are always about the label, a purposeful presentation of the style and direction it wants to operate in. Where many of these would-be playlists fail to showcase something fluid […]

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Bourbonese Qualk :: Bourbonese Qualk 1983-1987 (Mannequin)

This aural document (remastered by the Dutch musician Rude 66) is well worth picking up by BQ fans as well as adherents of quintessential industrial music of the era or anyone looking for some good old noisy 80’s art music a la Coil or Throbbing Gristle. Bourbonese Qualk were as difficult as their name suggests: […]

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One Sound Duo :: The Way Becoming (Tide)

An eloquent, complex and eclectic album where semi-electronic patterns are melted with timbral acoustic dynamics in a very groovy, stylish and sometimes otherworldly mood. Claudio Ricciardi is a musical theorist, sound designer and pioneering artist in the early days of minimal ethnic drone music. He is firstly known from a larger audience thanks to the […]

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Maurice Louca :: Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot) (Nawa)

Possessing a visionary take on mongrel electronica, Egyptian producer-arranger Maurice Louca brings sounds familiar to lovers of Middle Eastern musics and dervishes them off into utterly new territory on his second album, Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot). Marching in with its dignified, chin-held-high lock-step festooned by carnival beads and garlands, a mad, fantastic organ running in between […]

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The Skull Mask & Midwich :: Six Angles (Hairdryer Excommunication / Cherry Row)

A long, pleasant droneument. Six Angles sees Midwich, Yorkshire no-audience maven Rob Hayler, tag teaming with lucha libre Mexican experimentalist The Skull Mask, aka Miguel Perez, on two long, brainfeeding tracks. “Five Angles,” aside from containing five elements (two guitars and organ drone by Perez, two synth drones side-by-side by Hayler), plays out over five distinct movements. It […]

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V/A :: Visions Vol.1 (Blackwater)

The musical territory explored on Visions Vol.1 is quite captivating and will without any doubt seduce hardcore fans of free-form and contemporary beat-driven electronic music. Rising from the Roman underground, Blackwater is a recently launched label whose ambition is to release on both vinyl / digital edition various artists who are keeping the flag of opened […]

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Chris Moss Acid :: Phantacy EP (Shipwrec)

Chris Moss Acid is part of a new generation utilizing that distinctive decaying dirge, merging monosynth abrasiveness with other sounds and delivering something different. I heave the collective sigh for anyone writing about electronics when it comes to the word “Acid.” There haven’t been many words created to describe the guttural growls of that famous […]

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Build Buildings :: A Generation of Books (Audiobulb)

A pleasant sounding collection that ultimately proves unchallenging and transient in that it moves across your sonic field to other places without really sticking. A Generation of Books by Build Buildings could be called “happy ambient.” Employing little more than short rhythms of small brittle sounds looped and processed into tidy packages, Ben Tweel has […]

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Vril :: Portal (Delsin)

An absolute must not just for fans of techno but for electronic music enthusiasts of any pedigree. Almost nothing is publicly known about the techno producer styling himself as Vril, whose second full length album Portal is Delsin’s inaugural release of 2015. There are a few scattered and blurry photos, but no name, no origin […]

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