Category: "Reviews"

TAPE :: Transmissions 3

It’s been far too long since the last Tape Transmission but this means there are heaps of excellent releases to catch up on. Boliden :: Meta (Chemical Tapes) Meta by Boliden Really nice reduced loopy techno—kind of a lo-fi The Field spun through a kaleidoscopic lucid dream dappled with summer evening sun. Donnacha Costello :: […]

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Marconi Union :: Departures EP (Chemical Tapes)

Cunningly camouflaged by new luminous skin and armed with a different approach, MU manages to effortlessly generate its addictive idiosyncratic spell once again. Richard Talbot, Jamie Crossley and Duncan Meadows (together known as Marconi Union), couldn’t have chosen a more suitable title for their new effort on UK’s eccentric independent boutique imprint, Chemical Tapes. Departures, […]

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Fabio Perletta (Øe) :: Unseed (Arboretum / Modern Matters)

Unseed is a serene, contemplative and warmly inviting minimal ambient release. A musical satori and a must have for fans of complex, sinuous and abstract electronic dreaminess. Fabio Perletta is quite a busy sound artist, working simultaneously on his personal sound creations and for his independent label Farmacia901. After several collaborative works, many recent live […]

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Daif :: 2017 (Crystal Magic)

A brand-new name in my ear, Daif (surname King) is heralded by Crystal Magic as “New Zealand’s most-beloved visual artist/synth-wizard,” which only goes to show how long news from the Antipodes takes to reach me. 2017 is sumptuous, high-def, bubbly electronica from the very near, frictionless future. Songs as slick, shiny and buoyant as a Mylar balloon. Titles […]

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Michael Fahres :: Tibataje (Testtoon)

The record transports the listener to a stark world, one of prelapsarian parameters, one where ritual and wildlife convene over the beat of the drum. I was recently listening to Mark Kermode’s “The Soundtrack of my Life.” He’s probably not that well known, he’s a BBC film critic and does other cultural pieces. He’s always […]

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6APPEAL :: Shimmering Moods

Neonate Shimmering Moods label’s rapid-fire release strategy tops our pile with an array of the unknown, Gallery Six, Michiru Aoyama, ~~^^^macheteoxidado^^^~~, TimeDog, and away from the unknown, Benjamin Finger and Bengalfuel. See how the Moods shimmer.   Hiroshima Hidekazu spools out gossamer texture and watery sound findings into Gasansui. As Gallery Six, his exhibits are smarter than the […]

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Ultradyne :: Resurrection :: Return from the Abyss (Pi Gao Movement)

A fist in the throat from the founding fathers if electro. Around Madrid, at the moment, you might well see Ultradyne in bold text. The electro veterans are set for a European Tour and the Spanish capital is preparing itself for a deluge of raw machine sounds. But before the duo of Dennis Richardson and […]

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Alex Cobb :: Chantepleure (Students of Decay)

Ultimately, though darkness and desolation are hinted at, each track of Chantepleure enfolds a trace of hope within it, perhaps simply elemental—the abyss musically faced and something found inside the nothing, a kind of contemplation turned toward redemption. The music of Alex Cobb can be seen as going through a process of distillation over the last decade. […]

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Robert Logan :: Extasis EP (Slowfoot)

Logan excels at conjuring up a peculiar, off-kilter atmosphere in each of Extasis‘ tracks without being too clever nor too arty or experimental which can often weigh a track down with the creator’s artistic manifesto. This EP is a good listen for dark nights and darker times. Robert Logan’s Extasis EP is like a short […]

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EUS, Postdrome & Saåad :: Different Streams (Soft)

Different Streams is confident and cosmopolitan, not only because its far-flung participants each recorded in their respective hometowns—San José, London and Toulouse—but also (live? improvised? field recordings?) in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and had the album mixed and mastered in Athens. The seldom-heard triple collaboration. Not remixing one another’s sounds, not divvying up chores but […]

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DJ Stingray 313 :: Cognition (Lower Parts)

On hearing Cognition it is clear that it’s the art and not the tools which are most important. This is probably the best I’ve ever heard from the Stingray 313 moniker, and the jaw dropping reinterpretation from Kon001 puts this release above and beyond. I haven’t covered Sherard Ingram, aka DJ Stingray aka Urban Tribe, […]

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Frank Rothkamm :: Wiener Process (Baskaru)

Twenty-four hours drawn out over twenty-four compact discs, moments germinated inside a single algorithm and nurtured into being in a studio situated in his enchanting sounding Lodge for Utopian Science in View Park, California. Frank Rothkamm (b. 1965) is a multimedia behemoth (spend some time poring over his biography), a German émigré living in Los Angeles after a brief stay in British Columbia. Wiener […]

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Kristoffer Oustad :: Filth Haven (Malignant)

An ultimate bleak, demonic and epic soundscaping inferno. Filth Haven is the first full length release published by the Norwegian Kristoffer Oustad under his own name. In the past Oustad has offered several albums and compilation works under the moniker of Kristoffer Nyströms Orkester (a power industrial duet formed with Peter Nyström of Megaptera) and […]

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Triac :: Days (Line)

Days shifts from light and floaty to more earthy and rumbling, its seven pieces ranging from pop-ambient lushness to wispy Basinski, the lingering residue of its sources’ timbres seemingly sieved from recorded air. Line is an enterprise whose name is associated above all with challenging listeners. Recent difficult customers NHK (Program) and Koenraad Ecker (Sleepwalkers in a […]

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MKFN :: This Divide EP (Touchin’ Bass)

Though it’s superficially rooted in techno, the trans-national trio known as MKFN push the boundaries of sound design and rhythmic complexity. Though it’s superficially rooted in techno, the trans-national trio known as MKFN push the boundaries of sound design and rhythmic complexity on their new release. “Terrain” opens the This Divide EP with a swelling […]

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V/A :: Events at the Fatal Party EP (Contort Yourself)

This is an EP packed full of heavy hitting, bloodshot eyed, uncompromising slammers. Past and present mashed together into a bitter pulp of goodness, cruelty hovering in the wings to add in an extra kick when necessary. The digging up of house has uncovered other skeletons in the electronic music closet and the dust has […]

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Elisa Luu :: Enchanting Gaze (La Bèl / Hidden Shoal)

Six pieces gather wool as Luu daydreams aloud, ideating musics as concrete as an Irish jig danced out the door. Ringing in summer with church bells made of piano wire and synthesizer nubbins chiming charmingly out of sync, “Sabadilla” opens Elisa Luu’s brief but memorable new collection of sound art pieces. Her Enchanting Gaze is fixed on the close […]

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Arovane and Hior Chronik :: In-between (A Strangely Isolated Place)

A successful partnership and one that any self respecting ambient fan is thoroughly encouraged to seek out—be it via digital or vinyl. Needless to say, In-between has been on repeat around these parts and gets better with every listen. A very special release indeed. A surprising thing happened the other day. A knock on my door […]

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V/A :: Some Like It Raw (Tripalium / Digital Mutant series)

The music delivered here embraces the path of underground, post-industrial and cold techno-inflected experiments. It guides the listener in a very abrupt, sonic and grimy labyrinth of electronic darkscapes. Tripalium is a Paris-based independent label and organizer of live events whose objective is to promote and to participate to the diffusion of modern electronic music […]

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DimDj :: Guilty Pleasure (June)

Expect toes to curl, one with a bludgeoning beat and unsettling grimace. The Greeks are at it again. This time it’s not economics and deficits and meeting deadlines, but electronic music. June Records is hitting a bit of a purple patch. Following on from Trenton Chase’s excellent Axis comes DimDj (aka Dimitris Evagelopoulos.) The Lower […]

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Morphology & Sync 24 :: Low Pass Gateway (Cultivated Electronics)

Unsurprisingly, this is a quality release. Morphology are part of a new generation responsible for re-inventing the colder side of electronics, as has Sync 24. Low Pass Gateway is emblematic of their achievements. Distance, diverse and deep. The Finnish duo of Morphology are not strangers to Britain’s Cultivated Electronics. The partnership premièred on Sync 24’s […]

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DJ Olive :: Coco (Record Blanks)

Coco might be taken as a sequel to Bodega (its cover mosaic of NYC mom and pop shopfronts succeeded by Graffiti Tags of the World), serving up sweet, round-hipped skank, with the odd sharp edge. Songs of innocence and experience. Greger Asch, aka DJ Olive the Audio Janitor, is the most consistently interesting artist to emerge from the […]

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Ben Rath :: A Drop in the Ocean (Triple Moon)

A touching, soundtrackesque, playful and emotionally restful album with a taste of homemade experimentation. Ben Rath is a versatile and intuitively imaginative experimental composer and sound architect based in Manchester. His first craft-based dreamscapes were released by a couple of netlabels, and earlier this year his first physical album was released by Cathedral Transmissions. His […]

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Everyday Dust :: Multā Nocte / Combinatio Nova (Sparkwood)

Everyday Dust appears to be working on a Dustworks series, the first two EPs of which were released in mid-May. Multā Nocte and Combinatio Nova exemplify what I consider to be Dust’s trademark sound: far-stretching synth noise that borders on wind, and somehow sounds like a distant sandstorm in a sweltering midsummer while simultaneously sounding […]

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Roger Van Lunteren :: The Hills EP (030303)

There’s a fantastic sense of fun across The Hills. Van Lunteren is in playful form from the get-go. Amidst the strobe lighting and bright colors are moments of depth. A range of styles are brought together, from high-as-a-kite happiness to slow burning techno, for this candystore 12”. A fine reintroduction to vinyl. It’s quite noticeable […]

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Arc Diffuse :: Olivia EP (Caustica Waveform)

Analog ripples of the past are audible across the 12” but so is a strong look to the future. I’ve been in an out of Pozuelo train station many, many, many, times since my last meeting with Caustica Waveform’s founder. Since then the sun of Spain has wane, but now it is returning. With this, […]

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Pinkcourtesyphone :: Three Themes (Line)

An album that makes a suggestive and seductive soundtrack for come-downs and come-ons alike. Richard Chartier picks up his Pinkcourtesyphone to dial in a digital expansion of Three Themes, originally a gold dust-like 7″ of just 10 copies (Superior Standards, 2012). The release hosts long-form versions of the “Afternoon” and “Evening” themes from Foley Folly Folio (2012) and a reprise version of “62000 Valentines,” […]

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Occulte :: Rock n’ Roll (OPN)

Furiously tenebrous electronic musical spell that without any doubt will seduce avid fans of industrial music culture in its various declinations. Fine provider of materials from the best of the French underground and radical music scene (from experimental electronic, space music to bleak noisy industrialism and post-metal ), OPN recently signed the debut effort of […]

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Lee Anthony Norris & Porya Hatami :: The Longing Daylight (Carpe Sonum)

Referencing ancient Celts and Norsemen and the Hermetic chemistry from our past and the sun—and moonlight from above, Lee Anthony Norris and Porya Hatami embark on their second ambient collaboration, the former working in northern Italy, the latter from his usual base in north Iranian Kurdistan. Norris turns up in a plethora of guises and has a […]

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