Category: "Reviews"

eyesix :: Eyecanula EP (Self-Released)

Shattered pulses abound, miniscule melodic streams are cast in all direction. Galway, Ireland-based eyesix (aka Jason Dowd) continues to forage for sonic bits and pieces. Usually aligned with distilled downtempo flares, Eyecanula takes on a mechanical slant. Impacting low-end and crisp production from start to end, there’s a clear nod to early Ae on offer. […]

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Kingbastard :: Data (Odd John)

Data is a good mix of harsh sounds, glitch, ambience and solid 4×4 beats that will leave you puzzled if not ultimately pleased. With a name like Kingbastard (aka Chris Weeks) one might expect the music to sound like a cross between Venow and Gwar. But in fact Kingbastard’s Data sounds not unlike the industrial bastard […]

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Chaperone :: P O N D EP (Great Circles)

An electronic elegy for the factories and plants that built an empire, glory refracted in distortion, nostalgia and broken glass. Great Circles made a real impression on me when I covered the Philadelphia imprint in January. Coming from an ashen and disused space, this label of post-industrial leanings has a raw and unrelenting style. Chalked […]

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Dronelock & Ontal :: The Topics (Shadow Story)

A powerful album, showing masters working the deeper realm of atmosphere, soundscapes and subtle rhythms. Dronelock & Ontal’s The Topics expands on their Parallax EP released earlier in 2015 and it’s a major evolution in their sound. Using little or no melodies is one of their major strengths as well as atmospheric and rhythmic elements […]

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Zen Land :: Zen Land (Warped)

The musical strength of Zen Land lies in the fascinating and original use of transporting colorful raga-like patterns in a jazzy mood combined to powerful textured electronics and softly driven ambiences. Zen Land is a high standard musical collective which features a bunch of well known artists from the international independent scene. Michael Zentner is […]

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Summons of Shining Ruins :: Haruka (Moufu-Rokuon)

Buzz saw meditation, a hundred agitated zithers, a seismic hurdy gurdy, in three, roughly twenty-minute parts. It shimmers so, it rejoices prematurely, it turns back in upon itself with a certain melancholy. The name conjures up visions of an overgrown temple, of abandoned, old gods, Nemoto Shinobu’s credo is that music “breathes life and death.” The dozens […]

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Ben Fleury-Steiner :: While The Red Fish Sleeps (Soft Corridor)

While The Red Fish Sleeps is an engagingly queasy immersion in mystery seas teeming with spectral eldritch presence, accompanying text from Beckett providing further anchorage for a hymn to disintegration and transubstantiation. Ben Fleury-Steiner self-describes as ‘an unabashed moody experimentalist drawn especially to flows between hypnotic micro-sounds and vast aural wholes,’ providing ‘opportunities for deep listening.’ His ‘deep listening,’ mind, […]

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Alphaxone :: Altered Dimensions (Cryo Chamber)

Well produced and voluntary absorbing, the sound sculptures of Altered Dimensions explore the confines of our consciousness, the deep vastness and parapsychological paradigms. Alphaxone is the isolationist ambient project of Iran based sound designer Mehdi Saleh. The project is mostly celebrated for its numerous digital albums released by Kalpamantra, and for its physical releases signed […]

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Ballerini :: Beautiful Ground (Oak Editions)

Meandering over uneven terrain, Beautiful Ground bears the rich scent of freshly turned humus and a lingering bouquet of originality. Alessio Ballerini composed the pieces collected on Beautiful Ground while enjoying an artistic residency at Bioculture in Italy. Enriched with field recordings made during his tenure, Ballerini plays period keyboards and synthesizers and manipulates digital equipment. The results […]

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Franck Kartell :: La jetée d’Orly (Bass Agenda)

Rich textures sit with arctic ambience. The gamut is expressed, from despairing depths to elating elegance. Soundtracks and movie music are often cited as major influences by electronic musicians. 1960s Cybermen and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. 70s slashers and Goblin. 80s dystopia and John Carpenter. The litany of muses is extensive. But, rarely do artists […]

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Badun :: s.o.t.s. Respace (Schematic Music Co.)

s.o.t.s. Respace attempts to resign, revisit, re-appropriate, or leave unresolved the stuff we set aside for the taking, forming and forcing new connections and associations along the way, scavenging for and scattering the detritus of life, just an ordinary day. Ornamental, divorced almost entirely from purpose but nevertheless alive with intent, the modern-day remix is […]

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HVL :: Lucky Star of High Minded EP (Rough House Rosie)

This EP, and the Ritual in Transfigured Time collection released earlier this year, prove HVL has attacked 2015 with a rare relish that promises ever more attention will be directed towards the impressively progressive Georgian scene. Before Putin made headlines by brazenly bullying Ukraine, he was busy pushing around another ex-Soviet nation: Georgia, the humble […]

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Strië :: Struktura (Serein)

Though attended by a similar sonic spirit, each bell chime, chain drag and string bow duly emplaced, Strië lets light play through in bright tone colors and shapes—suspended, augmented, diminished, blurring harmony and dissonance. Strië‘s entrance to contemporary electronica came with a myth-making byline trailing ‘a retired prodigy actress and cellist who now lives in a secluded mansion on the […]

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Trenton Chase :: The Manor Conspiracy (June)

Techno that bares all. It’s powerful and impassioned, adamant and aggressive, this is machine music that demands to be heard. Here in Europe we’re getting a decent bombarding of Greek politics. Syriza and their attempt to push back the forces of the Troika and achieve some sort of financial agreement. It appears that a compromise, […]

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VNDL :: Brelkal (The Irrational Media Society)

The musical identity guarantees a dynamic blend of musical influences for an original sound excursion through calmly floating, mysteriously thrilling soundscapes sustained by dynamic electro rhythmical patterns in a futuristic and enigmatic groovy mood. VNDL is a sound art and abstract minimal ambient project formed by the Montréal based electronic sound designer Philippe Vandal. After […]

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Sphäre Sechs :: Enceladus (Malignant)

Darkly and metaphysically vibrant sonorous pearl that enthralls the listener. After a first and highly noted release, Tiefschlaf, released in 2012 via Malignant Records, the experimental deep drone based duet (Christian Stritzel & Martin Stürtzer) is back with a new and blackened hypnotic ambient release. Playful, sonorous and guided by voluptuous, enveloping string movements, the […]

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Djrum :: Plantain / What I Was Doing When I Was Doing What I Was Doing EP (Samurai Red Seal)

The single most apt diction I’ve ever seen in music journalism was the description of Djrum’s work as “panoramic.” The man’s sound is all-encompassing in scope. Also contained in this idea is the notion of musical narrative: not only is a lush primeval landscape unfurled, every one of his releases has a storybook quality that […]

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Alice :: How to be a human being (Schematic Music Co.)

A collection of mostly short tracks seemingly composed whilst either under the influence of too much coffee or just pure crystal meth. How to be a human being by Alice, on the venerable Schematic Label, is a collection of mostly short tracks seemingly composed whilst either under the influence of too much coffee or just pure […]

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UNKNOWN TONE :: 3View

Unknown Tone is a burgeoning, mom and pop experimental ambient operation out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Like the best family businesses, they hand pick their stock with great taste and discernment and offer their customers both easy-to-access digital and lovingly crafted physical editions. Sima Kim :: Variations for Music Box A wind-up music box states its theme […]

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ZOHARUM :: 3View

A dark forest, an entire region covered in darkness, a small, dark space that continually contracts and expands. Zoharum’s release schedule is fast and furious, embracing a broad spectrum of worldwide experimental electronica. Its most recent parcel revels in the dark side. ForrrestDrones :: Najas Flexilis Exequiae Robert Skrzyński, previously enjoyed enormously as Micromelancolié. The exploration of […]

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Samaan :: Apertures of Adelaide EP (One Electronica)

Sonic savagery is coupled with clever builds and a dancefloor focus. Analogue animalism, music minced by malice. Belfast’s One Electronica was founded by two of its own talent, Samaan and The Superior Inferior. The Northern duo has managed to establish a solid base for their sounds and like-minded artists. The Northerners are starting 2015 with […]

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Sunchase :: The Truth EP (Med School)

For those seeking a fresh drum & bass sound, or for longtime adherents of the minimal aesthetic pioneered by labels like Med School and Exit, The Truth is required reading. Geography cannot be wholly ignored in music. Here in the New World I’ve been to plenty of shows where the performer looks up from their […]

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V/A :: The Dying Lights (Lux Rec)

The Dying Lights showcases the quality of Lux, past, present and more than likely future. If you’re new to the Swiss label you’re in for an deep cross section of what the past half decade has been about. If you’re a solid fan, plain and simple you’re in for a treat. Here’s to five more […]

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Ryosuke Miyata :: Sea of Nebukawa (Organic Industries)

With guitar and unspecified electronics, the Sea of Nebukawa is portrayed intimately. It feels as though we are being taken via slopes and slipways and ginnels to his favorite spots—a rare, affectionate interaction between man and place. Yet another gorgeous release from Organic Industries. All or at least most of the packages designed by Andre Gansebohm, each […]

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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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