Category: "Reviews"

Carl Finlow / Dez Williams :: Bleem ​/ ​Interference Pattern split EP (Bass Agenda)

An EP of gnarled and grinding gears, of twisted metal and jagged sounds from two artists illustrating why they are well considered among Britain’s electro elite. I would argue that the UK has been the breeding ground of electro’s revival. Actually, that statement would imply that the colder edge of electronics had subsided in Britain […]

read more

V/A :: Underground Wave Volume 5 (Walhalla)

Packed with variety, as was the Belgian scene of the 1980s. A spread of weird and wonderful styles are explored. Dense dark bitterness, minimal malaise and even some smiling silliness in this treasure trove. Walhalla seems to be the antithesis of other reissue labels. How so? There are those that pour out records, rivers of […]

read more

Cathode Ray Tube :: Life Among the Rust (Component)

Life Among the Rust dips into and out of audible oxidation, revealing along the way its story of curious, exploratory and emotive electronics. Chang Terhune, fellow contributor and prolific electronic music savant, continues in his quest to elicit strange and effective new sounds from his sonic artillery. On the last go-around we saw Cathode Ray Tube exploring robust sound […]

read more

Cynthia :: Between Two Worlds (Shimmering Moods)

A strange, obsessional, spooky and mysteriously menacing noisy ambient release. Drawing its path in the world of modern ambient music (from experimental, to noise, avant-folk, primitive then abstract tendencies), Shimmering Moods offers here a new beautifully hand-made and meticulously conceived edition. It welcomes the sound art and free-form noisy project Cynthia. Supposedly released by a […]

read more

Techno’s Outer Limits :: July 2016

Latest emission from Techno’s Twilight Zone of EPs, 12″s & LPs with notes in the margins.  First Italy, where Dino Sabatini has launched the Outis Opera sub-series with a first album since Shaman’s Paths (‘view here), from which Omonimo notably departs; as much on a downtempo and trip-hop tip as on an Italian deep techno template of the type co-designed inter alii with […]

read more

Displacer :: Curse of the Black Vinyl (Hymen / Crime League)

The sounds on offer here are rooted in dark drum ‘n’ bass and breakbeat but defy strict categorization as they push into uncharted territory of mutant hybrids. Michael Morton. Known aliases: Displacer. Musician, prolific remixer, owner of the Crime League record label. Friend to Igloo, provider of this hour-long journey. Something like 7 full-length and […]

read more

Thomas Köner :: Tiento de la Luz (Denovali)

Köner’s particular brand of formalism unmoors the work from its author, becomes pure, organic creative process and aesthetic and intellectual pleasure. Composing electronic music, as compared to composing for acoustic instruments, is a distinction only gradual in nature, writes Thomas Köner. At the core of all his work are a sense of place and a sense of color. […]

read more

Glanko & Daniel Bailey :: Isometrik EP (Hidden Shoal)

Running parallel elements you might encounter alongside Loess and Loscil, each piece opens vivid laid-back sound arrays, textures, tones and trips. Two friends taking different musical paths—Glanko filtering glitch-data streams and electronics (ref. Igloo’s 2014 Alset review released on Halbsicht), Daniel Bailey on the guitarist/songwriter spectrum—bring together their strengths on the Isometrik EP with Australia’s expansive Hidden Shoal imprint. A 4-track, […]

read more

Lowered :: Arche (For Gongs) (Trome)

Depending on your predisposition, Arche (For Gongs) may serve either as a tranquility base conducive to self-obliterating meditation or a riveting sound experience that brings the mind into sharp focus. Arche (For Gongs) is a deliciously deceptive dronescape, the first in a series planned by Chris Gowers (previously reviewed as Karina ESP), whose Lowered persona was created to explore […]

read more

Sinner DC :: MEG​/​CDG (Mental Groove / Geneva Ethnography Museum)

Sinner DC is all circular, all spinning. It is silvery particles being held together by some undiscoverable but essential dark matter. Unreduced surface noise is made smooth and soft against the ear skin. In the first of a planned series of collaborations with various musical entities, the Museum of Ethnography in Geneva—whose audio archives house thousands […]

read more

Faex Optim :: Start With The River (Kahvi)

Collecting tranquil interludes gone astray, broken childhood samples, psychedelic undertones and kaleidoscopic colors colliding in blissful accord. As much as I try to hold back any reference to Edinburgh’s Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin‘s musical space as the genre-defining nostalgic downtempo duo, crafting a sound that they’ve firmly etched into the hearts of millions (I’d […]

read more

Nev.Era :: Aisla (Disomnia)

A landmark of visual-audio panoramas, Nev.Era delves into a tangible electronic music trove that reveals more about our terrestrial planet than we ever thought possible. Sergio Mesa (aka Nev.Era), Spain’s finest in the exp-electronic arts, finally reveals a full-length album with Aisla (translated to Isolates), following the effervescent cosmic flows of his Microgravedad 3-track EP—also on Disomnia. […]

read more

Adam Jay :: Corpora (Detroit Underground)

Robust modular electro that pushes old-school dynamics into new territory. Robust modular electro that pushes old-school dynamics into new territory—Adam Jay employs rugged low-end as he punishes nearby bassbins on Corpora. A dozen danceable rhythms and Detroit techno washes rumble about, yet Corpora gravitates towards experimental, acid and fine-cut electro at its center. At times […]

read more

4T Thieves :: Silent Sands (Rednetic)

Like sand granules slowly passing through ones fingers or snowflakes melting in the palm of your hands, 4T Thieves crafts a pleasant sojourn filled with subtle low-pressure swells. 4T Thieves is Nik, long-time Kahvi operator of all things in the expansive netlabel music sphere. Here he has opted to release Silent Sands with revitalized UK-based […]

read more

Severence :: Mensch 003 (Mensch)

This is chilling material, haunting and lonesome. An album of introspection, of reflection and rich textures. In the age of glass and sleekness it’s interesting that modular synthesizers are becoming more and more popular. It’s kind of understandable. It’s the antithesis of the laptop or tablet. Compact versus colossal. Tap versus tactile. Digital versus analogue. There’s […]

read more

Autechre :: elseq 1–5 (Warp)

By taking their programmed music to the next level, what Autechre have presented here is a snapshot of what Brian Eno has been perfecting all these years: generative and constantly shifting music that could effectively just run forever, with every moment unique as a snowflake. You could run most of the tracks on elseq 1-5 […]

read more

Room Of Wires :: Used As A Runner EP (Section 27)

Used As A Runner is chock full of interlaced cobwebs machined with seamless construction. Diving head first into more rigorous electronics, the Room Of Wires duo continue to emit fractured industrial-IDM as is the case on opener “Used.” Second cut “Scarce” is sparse and sporadic, its echoes and crashing glitch landscapes hark back to the earlier days […]

read more

JK Flesh :: Rise Above (Electric Deluxe)

The tracks on Rise Above utilize sparse, repetitive beats, heavy bass, distortion mixed into a swirl of murky, hazy tracks that thud their way into your ears. Justin Broadrick is a living legend whose musical output which spans from the genre spawning Godflesh to more ambient works as Final to the genre-splicing Jesu which sounds like […]

read more

Driftmachine :: Colliding Contours (Umor Rex)

The duo have mastered the art of shifting and sliding synthesized blocks into echoed detours. By reconfiguring ever so slowly, each minuscule bit develops into vast audible sub-structures. Eroded dub drones and corrosive industrial hypnotics are in focus with Berlin’s Driftmachine, their latest titled Colliding Contours is available on Mexico’s Umor Rex. Continuing to stretch modular […]

read more

Axiome :: L’Avenir Est Un Cerf Teint ‎(Ant-Zen)

Not short on drama, there’s a theme that transports the listener requiring a powerful and demanding high-quality sound system meant to enjoy with large crowds. L’Avenir Est Un Cerf Teint ‎by Axiome (aka Cedrik Fermont and Olivier Moreau) is released on German label Ant-Zen and was developed over the past two years. It reveals multi-layered […]

read more

Marsman :: New Kind of Purple (Lowriders)

New Kind of Purple smears the IDM cross-hairs and accurately communicates the artists self-described mind-states by way of exuberant sound sculpting. It’s uplifting and downtrodden all in the same breath, carving a winding and detailed path along the way. The sounds of alien and terrestrial life are revealed on New Kind of Purple, Netherlands-based Marsman’s […]

read more

Review & Interview—Apocryphos :: Stone Speak (Cryo Chamber)

Behind its usual black massive drones the music reveals very dramatic, mournful and mysterious soothing melodies (mainly obtained by guitar waves) which help to be immersed without getting bored by the apparent monotony. Cryo Chamber and Apocryphos are back with a new astonishing sculpted and darkened droning opus in the true tradition of the genre. […]

read more

DimDJ :: DimDJ TH04 (TH ± Tar Hallow)

True the ferocity of past releases is present, caustic chords and raucous rhythms, but there’s also a hint of something less vicious. Tender moments, respites from the desolation, show another side to this Greek machinist and a different side to the Tar Hallow sound. I’ve had the pleasure of covering DimDj’s growth. From Lower Parts, […]

read more

Benjamin Finger :: 9,5 EP (Sellout! Music)

9,5 manages to encapsulate an oddly pleasant space outside of its comfort zone and entangles itself in a brisk experimental-pop 3-pack. Sometimes you’ve got to go a little out of your comfort zone. (Frank) Benjamin Finger, known for his cross-platform approach to music, film and photographer, has etched out a new 3-track EP for Sellout! Music that does […]

read more

Phragments :: All Towers Must Fall (Malignant)

With its dark trumpet call and thundering bass frequencies the opening theme introduces the listener in a malevolent and adventurous sound ritualism absorbed by nightmare like hallucinations and shimmering darkness. Already part of the almighty and indispensable Malignant Records with two releases respectively published in 2008 and 2013, our favorite Slovakian figure of epic blackened […]

read more

Solar Bears :: Advancement (Sunday Best)

Reversed playback, ambiguous ambience and an emotive shoegaze kaleidoscope are spread about as orchestral arrangements are smoothed into decayed soundscapes of dust and debris. Time-lapsed audio photography of the cinematic kind is revealed on Solar Bears’ third album Advancement, a sun-soaked macrocosm of electronic beauty. Taking off from their krautrock drenched outings on Planet Mu, here […]

read more

Marge and the Marvellous :: Distant Dance (No More Pop)

No More Pop is an oasis, an island amidst a sea of darker re-issues, an island of dulcet synth pop and cloudless skies. Bright and cheerful beginnings. Reclaimed sounds on a reclaimed medium. The 7” has a love hate relationship amongst the faithful. For some the smallest vinyl format is annoying. Often poorly made and […]

read more

New Rome :: Nowhere (Room40)

A rich harmonic vein rooted in classic ambient ‘scapism, seen as if through a glaze darkly, via a ’70s-’90s synth-prism. New Rome is the new musical home for Tomasz Bednarczyk, whom discerning ’00s ambient-electronica watchers will recall from a trio of accomplished albums, two of them Room40 editions. Summer Feelings and Painting Sky Together were distinguished by ‘restrained almost fragile […]

read more

Prosopo :: Prosopo (Lux Rec)

Sitting somewhere between drone, industrial and wave, the 12” has a blighted and bitter character. The recent release of R.R. Hearse’s Call Of Oedipus (1981 – 2013) seems to have rubbed off on June. The cold, distant ache of Tsamis’ live recordings is plan to hear on June’s latest foray. Under a new moniker, Prosopo, […]

read more