Category: "Reviews"

L.iet & Kurt Bogenholtz :: kurzwellengericht (HalbsichtTonträger)

The duo offers a distinctive, complex and neuro-electronic sounding alchemy where micro-sonic percolation meets hauntingly moving droney fragments. L.iet & Kurt Bogenholtz is the side project of the post-techno IDM ambient producer Michael Belletz (from Mnemonic) and Kurt Bogenholt in this first opus signed on HalbsichtTonträger (Pleq, Mnemonic, Architrav et al). The duo offers a […]

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Hanetration :: Murmurist EP (Self-Released)

A mesmerizing and tranquil passage of dust and simmering drones. Murmurist EP by Hanetration “Morning” sublimely passes through a dim sheet of ambient bewilderment, its softened drone peppered in cyclic tones. “Begin” dips into an eccentric cosmic beat which sways and swirls, bends and beacons its low churning rumble. A minimalist sonic transmission emerges from […]

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A Winged Victory for the Sullen :: Atomos (Erased Tapes / Kranky)

Plenty of room is left amongst the arrangements to allow the mind to wander, for images to be conjured, for the music to wrap itself around you. Comprising eleven pieces of lush rapturous sound, Atomos continues the great work of Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran’s self-titled debut album under their A Winged Victory for the […]

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Kryshe :: In Between EP (Hidden Shoal)

The blend of emotional bareness, effortlessness, spaciousness and warm luminosity in the fabrics of In Between is irresistible. Kryshe‘s In Between EP has sneaked into my life very recently thanks to Hidden Shoal‘s main man, Mr. Cam Merton, who consistently provides a warm home for quality and talent from around the world in order to […]

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Helena Hauff & Andreas Gehm :: Helena Hauff Meets Andreas Gehm (Solar One)

Wretched and addictive, a sour sonorous drug to pollute the electronic populous. Solar One Music has a track record of getting its hands dirty. In recent years the German label has begun to sink its fists in the mud of House and Acid. With records from Perseus Traxx, Mantra and Robert Witsch the addictive toxin […]

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De-De-Mo :: ‘Cause I Need You, ‘Cause I Love You (Bordello A Parigi)

De-De-Mo are part of the golden age of the Rimini sound and it’s fantastic to see them find a new audience. I’m curious to see, with a number of labels investigating the Spaghetti Dance seam, how many more gems are there to be unearthed. I never believed that Italo Disco was just a pop project. […]

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Senko :: Dronetudes (Hymen)

A vibrant, intriguing, digital and blissed-out collection of stylish electronic minimalism on the independent Hymen Records. Dronetudes, offered by the Denmark based sound art actor Daniel Kosenko (aka Senko), presents a vibrant, intriguing, digital and blissed-out collection of stylish electronic minimalism on the independent Hymen Records. The ensemble is surprisingly diversified and challenging, inviting the […]

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Anjou :: Anjou (Kranky)

An album stark and austere but dynamic, its elements shift like ice floes; colliding, sinking, and smashing into pieces, directed by some mysterious but entirely captivating design. The self-titled Anjou marks the first time Mark Nelson and Robert Donne have worked together since the excellent Fixed: Content by Labradford; here they are joined by Steven […]

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Forrest :: Beyond The Withered Hills (I, Absentee)

A complex and disarmingly creative record whose sounds speak of the mystical and the physical in the same airy breath. Forrest is a project of Warren Kroll (aka Dorosoto), whose previous work has included a split with Moustache Mountain (Anyteazers / Swepstone Songs) and the well-received Summer Sounds Asleep on U-Cover. Beyond the Withered Hills […]

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Enkephalin :: Cloud Surfer EP (Kaometry)

Cloud Surfer doesn’t venture too far off the beaten path but does allow for an expansive array of carefully woven sounds to forage into the subconscious. Enkephalin (aka Thomas Cordy) strikes again for Germany-based Kaometry. Gritty sound design, erratic dubstep bass and slithering lows form the foundations on the title track. “Stratophony” expands enriched shuffling data […]

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Ard Bit :: Ellioth EP (Lowriders)

Rotterdam-based Ard Bit reveals the Ellioth EP for Lowriders and condenses all form of glitch’n soul into one unique audio fabric. “6002” shimmies about in all directions akin to a buried Plaid artifact, its meandering bass and bubbling melodic synths are pristine and well tempered. “Brizal” and its softly rummaging low-end squabble, elicits a calming […]

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Metamatics :: Instamatic (XTT)

Instamatic opens an engaged musical channel filled with positive frequency bursts and head nodding rhythmic activity that will hopefully reveal further Metamatics material. Lee Anthony Norris‘ vast catalog has taken many twists and turns, venturing through all facets of electronic music as well as expansive ambient / atmospheric interludes along the way. He’s collaborated with […]

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Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra :: When The World Was One (Gondwana)

One of the most intoxicating spiritual jazz concoctions I have ever heard. Already now you can tell this is timeless music; I will be surprised if in ten or even twenty years from now I will play this gem via my CD player and it won’t move me. While as Gondwana‘s boss Matthew Halsall works […]

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Yvat :: Exeunt (Detroit Underground)

Exeunt is an impacted collage made from cohesive electronic chunks for extraterrestrial armchair listening. “Altair” busts open to reveal shimmering glitch tones, broken bass thumps and an uptempo IDM/electro sheen which sways about with rhythmic complexity. This sets the tone for Yvat (aka longtime veteran producer Octavian Justinian Uta) as melodic electrical scrapes adhere to DSP […]

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Lorenzo Senni :: Superimpositions (Boomkat Editions)

Superimpositions is cannier, burrowing inward to locate our limbic triggers, note by note. “Pure appreciation.” Desperate plea or empty promise? In an era of sky-high concept inherited from our modernist lineage, of publicity spin gone gonzo, of commodification and content strip mining, expressed in our virtual vernacular of the viral, is it possible to truly […]

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bvdub :: A History of Distance (n5MD)

Van Wey is able to take themes and stretch them until they are a fine thread, weaving so slowly and smoothly that actual minutes pass the listener by almost unnoticed. SF-Bay-Area-to-Shaoxing-China transplant Brock Van Wey recently released his thirty-third solo album, this time on n5MD under his moniker bvdub, and he is on exquisite form. […]

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The Bug :: Angels & Devils (Ninja Tune)

With the release of Angels & Devils, The Bug is no longer describable by mere genre distinctions. This is street music that derives its personality from grey landscapes and aggressive beats. Just as The Bug’s previous effort, Angels & Devils is packed with guest vocals and dark tunes. Unlike London Zoo’s opener “Angry,” however, this […]

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More Black Then God :: 1964 Zen in the Drones (Aetheric)

More Black Then God creates dank storm culvert ambient in 1964 Zen in the Drones. Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt of Berlin via Chicago has released an impressive amount of music both under his own name and as More Black Then God (sic). I’ve barely scratched the surface of the rest of his work, but find it fitting that […]

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Jvox :: Strange Universe (Component)

A level-straddling blend; earthy, groovy and easy to dig but with a deep, clever halo of abstract thematics and transcendent yearnings which might be harder to swallow were they not so smoothly anchored. Jvox started out as an MC before switching to the machines and although he doesn’t break out the mic on Strange Universe—his […]

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Aroy Dee :: Sketches (M>O>S Recordings)

Sketches is an album possessed of a refinement, restraint and nuance rarely found these days, and contains some of the finest and most evocative music about cities released in a good long while. Where has Sketches been all my life, and why has it been eleven years between the release of Aroy Dee’s debut EP […]

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Dalhous :: Will To Be Well (Blackest Ever Black)

Will To Be Well’s combination of stirring lyricism and smudged harmonics tilts the dark v. light face-off of the debut light-wards, yet a river runs through it that twists and turns with edgy jouissance. A salutary reminder too of halcyon days of synth and sample-based auteurs who were more than mere producers, but screenplay writers […]

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Lunar Lodge / Mai Mai Mai :: LL/MMM (Love Blast / Instruments of Discipline)

A vacuum of distortion and drone draws air from lungs, horror pouring from blurred thump and fuzzed out fear. Instruments of Discipline. If you’re wondering whether or not the name of the new sub-label from Love Blast is an indicator of what will follow let me tell you from the outset, it is. This is […]

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Quasi Dub Development :: Little-Twister vs Stiff-Neck (Pingipung)

Little-Twister vs Stiff-Neck is skinny dub adorned with beads and body paint that throws elbows at genre expectations. Luca Fadda and F.S. Blumm established the pan-Atlantic Quasi Dub Development collective with the highly-regarded Limousine to the Guillotine, featuring Alessandro Coronas on drums. Now the trio has expanded—it shrinks and expands according to the demands of track, album or […]

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Function / Vatican Shadow :: Games Have Rules (Hospital Productions)

With Games Have Fules, Function and Vatican Shadow have worked together to create a breathtakingly atmospheric and surprisingly ambient electronic album unique in both their catalogs. Despite Dominick Fernow’s latest Vatican Shadow release—the mammoth six cassette/digital-only release Death Is Unity With God—being a strangely strangled and muted affair, it was difficult to predict the content […]

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Calika :: Blelly (Abandon Building)

Calika lives comfortably between the realms of acoustic and electric, incorporating elements of both styles into tunes that have great groove and sonic depth, while still embodying a high level of experimentation and subtlety. Calika, née Simon Kealoha, returns with Blelly, his seventh release, through Abandon Building. Musically, he lives comfortably between the realms of […]

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Triac :: In A Room (Laminal / Mikroton)

In A Room floats by within minimal light beams and offers an engaging harmonious perspective. More in tune with sublime calming tones and light flickering, Triac—an electronic music trio from Italy formed in the end of 2011 by Rossano Polidoro (ex Tu m’, Line USA), Marco Seracini and Augusto Tatone—formed In A Room within minimal […]

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V/A :: Decapitated One-Liners (Contort Yourself)

Contort Yourself is the latest label to hail from that Scottish industrial heartland and with the rains returning, though they probably never left, the newcomer has a very curious 12” to introduce. I’ll always have a fondness for Glasgow. By the time I left it I wanted out, and I don’t mean any offence by […]

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Péninsolar :: Foreshadow Near The Mesa (Clean Error)

It is difficult not to immerse yourself into these minimized mechanical shards as cyclic ambient charges flow from all angles, nestled somewhere between human and extraterrestrial emotion. Minuscule clicks and cuts slide across grains of electrical detail, meandering rhythmic data streams, low-end downtempo flutter and the tiniest sounds coalesce into twelve micro-fragments. It is difficult […]

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Dntel :: Human Voice (Leaving / Stones Throw)

In a sense, Human Voice may be a telling clue of what this album definitely does not need. Bleep bloop, bleep bloop. So begins the latest album from Jimmy Tamborello (of The Postal Service fame) under his Dntel moniker. What might be in store for the composer after his band’s much talked about breakup? A […]

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