Category: "Reviews"

The Green, White and Red of Dark Entries

After a range of releases in 2014 Josh Cheon is increasing Spaghetti Dance output of his pioneering imprint with not one but three reissues from the age of Cellophane and Xenon. I wrote recently about the proliferation of Italo Disco through the American West Coast. This spread is expanding from two hubs, Medical Records in […]

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Cascade Data :: Cascade Data (Buried In Time)

Electro ravaged formations begin to take shape just as quickly as they fall apart. Cascade Data by Cascade Data We’ve written about Cascade Data previously—the dynamic duo of Technicolor Yawn and Ignatius—and just can’t help but mention that their moniker fits the soundscape so well. Shuffling spacious bass drones and subterranean landscapes, Cascade Data is their […]

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Richard Chartier :: Subsequent Materials (2006-2012) (Line)

‘I was always interested in sound(s), even as a child. I loved the sound of refrigerators, air conditioners. I could often be found listening to machines, putting my ears right up to them. A strange child perhaps… The logical progression of that interest was electronic music and then experimental music in high school.’ (Richard Chartier) […]

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Slow Dancing Society :: The Cogent Sea (Hidden Shoal)

SDS is back with what feels like his most emotionally exposed and atmospherically lucid album to date. Cinematic ambient-gaze specialist Drew Sullivan (Slow Dancing Society) strikes once again. I fell in love with SDS’ music back in 2010 after grabbing a copy of his Under The Sodium Lights album. Those lush sound swells were impossible […]

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Xumla :: Statix (Audiobulb)

An impressive, delicate, moving, carefully conceived and intensely creative album that will ravish enthusiastic fans of modern classical / dream pop artifacts of Alva Noto, Christian Fennesz, Dag Rosenqvist et al. Formed by young Russian electronic sound designer Ilya Goryachev, Xumla is an abstract minimal pop-ambient project which encompasses innovative-eclectic sound territories and gorgeously emotional […]

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Retape & Guillotine :: Double review (030303)

030303 have been quiet in the last year. The DJ collective has been busy with gigs, festivals and meeting the needs of Acid hungry crowds, but the label has been silent since 030303 Various II. To ensure full bellies the Utrecht bosses have decided to serve up not one platter but two from a pair […]

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TRDLX :: Dystopia (VoxxoV)

Shaped timbres, unyielding low-end, simmering extraterrestrial electronics and calm ambient sheets all tend to unravel succinctly. Dystopia by Trdlx Rummaging through dark dub infiltrated corridors—not unlike early-era Einoma, Traject and RD—Dystopia explores the outer edges of echoed bass and creative sound design. Shaped timbres, unyielding low-end, simmering extraterrestrial electronics and calm ambient sheets all tend […]

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Claire :: Perfume (Acoustic Division)

Complex when it needs to be, harsh and floor centered when the desire arises and absorbing from needle drop to run out. A lack of women is one of the axioms of electronic music. A friend of mine summarized this quite succinctly on the taxi ride back from Bloc Weekend once. A soft spoken Norfolk […]

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The Transhumans :: Theory and Practice of Domination Vol. III (Transhuman)

Four gritty, sweat streaked, angry Techno convulsions are the offering. I’ve been covering the Theory And Practice Of Domination series since the first volume last year. Hard mechanics has been the focus. Boiled bolts and pistons hammering to a 4/4 beat. The Transhumans have been busy, beavering away in Berlin over their machines to deliver […]

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Verslo Rizikos Rezervas :: Nebelipk (Bordello A Parigi)

New Wave retrospection is at the core, Modern Romantics with an Eastern European tongue. My knowledge of Lithuania is pretty limited. I know the capital, Vilnius but that’s more because I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with world capitals. I also know it was part of the ex-soviet block, and that Ireland have […]

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Ocoeur :: A Parallel Life (n5MD)

Ocoeur trails a path more invested in glitch-dynamics and tangled ambient sheets on A Parallel Life. Franck Zaragoza (aka Ocoeur) revealed Light as a feather in 2013 and it “presenting a very well produced collage that is highly animated and fluid, and is as colorful as the label’s catalog itself” as Nocturnal Ghost described in his […]

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Joux Joux vs Gerald Fiebig & Alexander Möckl :: Private Transport (Angstroehre RMX) (Attenuation Circuit)

Strokes against the grain, raising pleasant hackles and the level of distortion while adding dabs of what seems like nocturnal pneumatic roadworks. Private Transport (Angstroehre RMX) by JOUX JOUX vs. Gerald Fiebig & Alexander Möckl The debut drone by Joux Joux reworks an installation piece by Gerald Fiebig and Alexander Möckl (the latter also known as Poembeat). […]

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Fatima Al Qadiri :: Asiatisch (Hyperdub)

Al Qadiri’s take is indeed spare and spacious but not so very bass rich, a pop music westernized with melodramatically sweeping and bleating synths and decorated with a few tastefully selected virtual neo-Oriental knick-knacks and knock-offs. Kuwaiti Fatima Al Qadiri is a young but well-traveled, multidisciplinary artist based in New York who made a lasting impression on the present reviewer […]

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2ndMOUSE :: Communique (Section 27)

Raw techno slabs maneuvered via analog machines, plastic rhythms, gritty melodic videogame themes and bass dribbling, 2ndMOUSE pulls all the left-field danceable bits into byte sized chunks on Communique. Communique by 2ndMOUSE Raw techno slabs maneuvered via analog machines, plastic rhythms, gritty melodic videogame themes and bass dribbling, 2ndMOUSE (aka Chris Steven McKeown) pulls all […]

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WMB/4D :: When Good Times Turn Sour (Forced Nostalgia)

Nuclear ripples from the 90s, as toxic today as they were near twenty years ago. I first covered Forced Nostalgia back in 2011. The Belgian label was just starting out, reissuing moody and introverted dark Industrial sounds. The weather of Belgium has ensured that moodiness has continued, but since then then other styles have been […]

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Miguel Isaza :: Levedad EP (Eter Lab)

Levedad delivers an exploratory sonic platform with a subtle pulse that should be consumed in one fell swoop. Levedad by Miguel Isaza Seemingly connected in a half-dozen sonic stream, Miguel Isaza offers slightly manipulated tones, taps and tinkering (found) sounds to coalesce. A surplus of softly sizzling noise slides across microscopic dronescapes in an attempt […]

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Abdulla Rashim :: Unanimity (Northern Electronics)

More interested in ambience, texture and analog synthetic techniques than in creating DJ fodder, Rashim eschews the dancefloor imperative and its associated DJ-appeasing 12″ fetishism, emancipating Techno from the domain of electronic body music, moving the zone of inquiry up from the floor to the doors of perception to engage with mind-body dualism. The last […]

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Jennifer Touch :: Jennifer Touch EP (Lunatic)

New Wave and Synth Pop are immediate influences, but there’s a cold Electro seam running through the 12”. Leipzig’s Lunatic opened its vinyl doors last year with Uncanny Valley’s Cvbox. The German imprint, born from the club night of the same name, is extending its reach with a new EP and artist. Jennifer Touch, aka […]

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DeepChord :: Lanterns (Astral Industries)

DeepChord presents Lanterns on new London-based label Astral Industries, which turns out to be some of his finest work to date. So this came right out of left field. Astral Industries is a brand new UK label (and club night) based in London setting its sights on becoming a leading purveyor of “hazy, lo-fi and […]

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Neud :: Play (Bordello A Parigi)

Moments from the past melt with a smoke filled lounge music for a chic and stylish début. Neud are a new international group. New York and Zagreb are the stomping grounds of threesome of Nico Nightingale (Neud Photo), Iva Viskovic and Pierre Klein. The triumvirate are debuting on Bordello A Parigi with the five tracker […]

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Tycho :: Awake (Ghostly International)

An easily digestible expression that teases a marriage between Boards of Canada and Explosions in the Sky. By day, Scott Hansen is ISO50, an outstanding photographer and graphic designer. By night, he is Tycho, creator of lush, yet mellow soundscapes that have played accompaniment to many nights’ sleep, or a particularly clear late night’s drive […]

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AU+ :: Emily (Minimal Trend)

Wildly experimental but punctuated by vibrant melodious tense phrases, this tape is a real curiosity and guarantees an original sonic sound exploration. Minimal Trend Records is among the rare labels to defend with passion and integrity the most engaging side of underground contemporary minimal electronic music, bringing to the fore an enthusiasm for new discoveries […]

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Tangent :: Transience (Tympanik Audio)

Tangent combines dense musical forces that compliment the circular cosmic spot we all inhabit. We wrote about Tangent’s debut 1mk2 (Mindtrick, 2013) described as “…a slice of cosmic detail, broken into ten distinctive fragments that melt together,” and now they’ve reemerged (unsurprisingly) via Tympanik Audio’s conduit for enraptured sonic chaos. Transience doesn’t veer too far […]

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Yair Etziony :: Delphi (False Industries)

A darkly moving and compelling ritualistic ambient release which admits a charming taste for retro kraut-electronic atmospherics. Firstly known for having signed a first effort on the highly acclaimed Spekk label (Japan based structure devoted to a wide range of experimental abstract ambient releases), sound designer Yair Etziony is back with a new tremendous mindscaping effort […]

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Sayaconcept :: Nara (Asadoya Yunta) (Bit-Phalanx)

On this debut single by a singular Japanese duo, the three-stringed shamisen leads light, caressing vocals by the hand beneath the shade of subtle electronics to the unhurried thump of one great, big drum. On this debut single by a singular Japanese duo, the three-stringed shamisen leads light, caressing vocals by the hand beneath the […]

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Random Value :: Chromatic Aberration (Clean Error)

A kaleidoscopic musical entity that merges into one cohesive and tranquil transmission. Trailing through nostalgic Music Has The Right To Children-era Boards Of Canada terrain, Random Value delivers clipped down-tempo interludes, ambient shapes and treated wind instruments on Chromatic Aberration—probably the cleanest error for the label thus far. Field recordings and blurry snapshots of times […]

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Federico Durand & Melodía :: Double review (Spekk/Kaico)

The theme of ‘blurry childhood memories’ is something of a go-to emotion pool for a current breed of ambient and electro-acoustic musicians. It’s one Federico Durand has drawn from over a number of releases from first Spekk outing, La Siesta del Ciprés, through others on Own, Home Normal, and Desire Path. Hosted by Spekk he goes there once more for El Estanque Esmeralda, revisiting […]

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Kein & Wolke :: Double review (Audiobulb/Abandon Building)

Kein’s In Bloom ranges from glitch to jungle, from IDM to confident ambient landscapes whereas Wolke’s All The Pictures Will Be Gone is a tender and melancholic take on glitchy landscapes. in BLOOM by KEIN Kein :: In Bloom (Audiobulb)—Kein’s In Bloom is comprised of seven new tracks, one which previously appeared on a compilation, […]

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Matthewdavid :: In My World (Brainfeeder)

This record is about as self-referential as they come and if this is his world and he’s happy in it, maybe we don’t have a lot of choice but to be happy for him, too. Popular musicians have a long, detailed history of unexpected and ill-advised career moves. Rock artists go country, country artists go […]

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