Category: "Reviews"

David Morley :: The Origin of Storms (De:Tuned)

Ambient music with a rich and textured techno depth. Inspired by Conrad Schnitzler, Morley draws on a soft and serene selection of sounds, swirling them into a soundtrack of storms. I love getting in a good ole natter about electronic music. I don’t want to listen to someone drone on about some flash in the […]

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Carbinax :: Snowglobe Citizen (Self-Released)

What’s amazing about Snowglobe Citizen is the sheer number of ideas Chris M manages to pack into any one track. With an average running time of over five minutes, this is needed but also afforded by the source material. That focus on melody means that Carbinax can take the elements of one track and use them […]

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Parallel Worlds & Self Oscillate :: World Adapter (DiN)

Bridging the infinitesimal gaps between ambient and electronica, each audible snapshot is a pristine melodic bubble of time and space. Composed and produced by Ingo Zobel (Self Oscillate) and Bakis Sirros (Parallel Worlds), between 2010 and 2014, the two have adapted their sounds based on a plethora of analog machinery for World Adapter on the long-standing DiN imprint. […]

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Radioactive Man :: Dub Vault Volume 2 (UNA Sound)

A properly excellent twist on the genre for fans of old and new dub sounds. There are few producers who can effortlessly pick 10 year-old tracks from their unreleased back catalog yet still sound fresh and bang up date. Keith Tenniswood (aka Radioactive Man) is such a producer and it helps that Keith has been seemingly ever present on the […]

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Syndrôm :: Sans Artifices EP (Pavillon36)

This (name your price) collection is choke full of brooding, tremulous percussion and heavily sporadic rhythms. Syndrôm’s music was previously described as “deftly explore(ing) outer worlds before heading towards this circular cosmic spot.” Having rebooted his own France-based imprint Pavillon36, Sans Artifices is a welcomed return and continues in a brooding post-ambient beat-trodden escape. Seven […]

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Conduct :: Borderlands (Blu Mar Ten Music)

Borderlands is filled with “scenes,” evoked by laid back lounge, Cubist flamenco guitar with a serrated metal edge, interstellar wordless vocals, space gongs, Greek island blues twang, analogue synth gadflight, musing xylophone, fawning piano, lonesome, stranded, and parched piano. Venerable and voluble producer and bassist Bill Laswell was an early adapter of drum and bass, which, he […]

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Tape Loop Orchestra :: Go Straight To The Light Of All That You Love (Facture)

Artfully as ever, with visuals—blotchy black and grainy grey photos, a figure walking down the middle of a city street, run-down buildings and other urban lowlights—mirroring the music’s doleful air. Go Straight To The Light Of All That You Love finds Andrew Hargreaves—of The Boats, Beppu et al.—as Tape Loop Orchestra in typically pensive mode, hymning ‘the artist’s continual search… searching for […]

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Blochemy :: Da Mear (Clean Error / Sun Sea Sky)

Blochemy crafts a tranquil and retrospective sonic collection that also reveals distant turbulent experiments continuing to spotlight the past while resting itself firmly in the now. In 2013 we covered Adreom released on Clean Error described as exuding “…the perfect intersection between Tri Repetae-era Autechre and Atol Scrap-era Arovane.” Fast-forward to 2016 and we see the […]

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Quixosis :: De Fiúcher (Self-Released)

Flowing through brush-stroked ambient realms, industrial landscapes of dub and debris, shattered glass and an abstract drone, here we have Quixosis delivering primal contours from a far away place. Quixosis is a new(er) sound-art project from Ecuadorian Daniel Lofredo-Rota and a fully-fledged analog ensemble finds De Fiúcher revealing a dozen snapshots choke full of tranquilized audibles. Some may recall […]

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Honzo :: Melancholia (Arboretum)

This is dark, lonely music; terrifying in one respect and cruelly honest. And within this rawness, this discord, there are wonderful moments. One of the wonders of Berlin is its mixture of people, cultures, influences. This mix in turn attracts others and the brew becomes even more diverse and varied. For years Germany’s capital has […]

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Kane Ikin :: Modern Pressure (Type)

Ikin harnesses various trajectories, folding early ’80s industrial and no wave into techno’s pulse, dub’s low end, and eerie Carpenter-esque menace. Drones loom and static sparks in these unheimlich maneuvres; minimal beats and synth draped in queasy ambience. Half a decade as half of Solo Andata, and Kane Ikin is alone, his musical mood darkened, more hermetic and isolationist. Following the […]

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Atiq :: Sonorous EP (Onset Audio)

Sonorous is in and of itself a deep and imposing sound-sculpture—working quite well in continuous repetition and expressing bass-laden environments with the ease and skill of a true craftsman. We need more Atiq on Planet Earth. Plain and simple. Three years ago saw the release of Fear Of The Unknown—on his own Mindtrick imprint alongside […]

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Ben Rath :: Forgiveness (Sound In Silence)

Forgiveness explores melancholic and grey textural drone ambiences with a dialogue between processed sounds (notably taken from the piano and the electric guitar), looped electronic patterns and mind-tripping reversed treatments. Young multi-faceted artist with roots into experimental ambient and instrumental shoegaze music Ben Rath already published no less than six full-length releases the last few […]

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Boulderdash :: Pro Time Killers (DataDoor)

Progenitor’s of the early 00’s melodic ambient-electronic arena, Boulderdash hone in on their sense of rhythm and tone as Pro Time Killers provides a great snapshot of their multifaceted skills. Refined, chilled music for armchair listening and highly recommended. Intended for release on US-based Acre Records, Pro Time Killers by Swedish producers Hans Möller and Daniel Skaborn decided to […]

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Mark Pritchard :: Under The Sun (Warp)

It may take a while to really click, but when it does you’ll find Under The Sun really gets under the skin. It’s a potent mix of styles expertly ordered and meticulously produced by Pritchard, and one of the best things to come out on Warp in some time. The musical career of the indefatigable […]

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Ruby My Dear :: Balloon EP (Kaometry)

A corrosive, if not blistering foray into quality leftfield breakcore terrain. Julien Chastagnol (also known as Ruby My Dear) shouldn’t be new to anyone that has delved head-first into the extreme electronic arena where refined mayhem is brought to life. We’ve covered previous releases here and now we see the multi-talented French artist continuing where he […]

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Sand Circles :: Motor City / Motor City Remixes (Posh Isolation)

Overall, a midnight feast of pad wash and beat clunk indulgence with enough wow, flutter and tape hiss to make an old ’80s Dolby-hater happy. Sand Circles‘ Motor City gets a reissue courtesy of Posh Isolation, the Copenhagen blog-turned-label curated by Christian Stadsgaard and Loke Rahbek (aka Damien Dubrovnik, cf. Lust For Youth). Kudos to LA’s Not Not Fun (cassette, […]

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Ian Boddy :: Tone Science (DiN)

The album contains a succinct collection of undulating and abstract soundscapes with a rather experimental and anti melodious shape, also reminiscent to some sort of avant garde and radical cosmic minimalism from Conrad Schnitzler. Founding father of the British electronic school of space music Ian Boddy is back to the control of his DiN laboratory to […]

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Stephen Lopkin :: The Strategic Steam Reserve (Titanic City)

The style is retrospective, but no replication. This is a just cracking 12” from a new generation of future gazers. Warm and textured throughout, heady and intoxicating in places with an extra shot being applied when needed. Techno has always been a tricky one. I’m not saying that all genres of electronic music don’t have their […]

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Final Cut :: Deep Into The Cut (re-release) (We Can Elude Control)

Deep Into The Cut is an American reflection of what was happening in Europe, a mirror of the punk grime and electro terror of Europe. The album leaps out with its originality and rawness some twenty six years after it was first released. Despite the big name involved it’s more than passed the litmus test […]

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TX Connect :: Untimely Emotions (Computer Controlled)

Untimely Emotions builds on the sounds TX Connect explored on Replacing Memories; toughened tracks of menacing mechanics and sinister stabbing synth. TX Connect, Gavin Gurthrie, is building up a head of steam. True, the Texan has never really faded from the scene but following releases on Lower Parts and Hornwax it’s fair to say that […]

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Charlton :: Charlton (TH ± Tar Hallow)

This grizzled and gory style of techno isn’t new, it’s born out of post-punk and industrial nastiness; an age of pit closures and regime change. But it’s interesting to hear it as a response to the world around us. TH ± Tar Hallow, arrived in record shops in aggressive fashion. Inner sleeves grimaced, heavy black […]

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Deru :: 1979: Remixed (Friends of Friends)

1979: Remixed is made of remixes, passing the original tracks through diverse treatments, manipulations and arrangements which are not meaningless or absurd, sometimes revealing or bringing to light muted aspects of the original tracks. Deru is the creative sound art project of electronic music designer Benjamin Wynn, located in Los Angeles. The trajectory of this project […]

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Contact :: Discreet Music (Cantaloupe Music)

A luxurious, active listening success. “Discreet Music” (1975) filled the first side of the album of the same name on Brian Eno’s short-lived Obscure Records label. A creative paradigm shift, the work is a North Star for navigating both Eno’s biography and the history of the studio-as-instrument, if not of instrumental music as a whole. This first experiment in generative […]

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ASC :: The Farthest Reaches (Auxiliary)

Tracks on The Farthest Reaches register around 130 bpm, yet create a kind of illusion of movement towards a rolling half-step neo-Schaffel kinesis. A Zeitgeist-y convergence of genre vectors has been descried in ASC‘s recent work—a sense he ‘may well have just cracked the elusive code that binds techno and D&B’s mutually exclusive DNA’ (believe the boomkat hype!). James Clements continues […]

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Murcof x Wagner :: EP.01 (Infiné)

The different visions that the two artists had are well balanced, contributing to generate a unique and special blend of both electronic and acoustic textures, shifting from ambient electronics to contemporary classical. There is an intriguing and brilliant idea behind the concept on which this lovely EP is based and built upon. Issued by the ever […]

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Rapoon :: Song from the End of the World (Glacial Movements)

If the sound of the Big Bang can still be heard by tapping into cosmic radiation, then perhaps the song sung at the end of the world can be reconstructed from the hole that it left. Rapoon begins to rematerialize the undone physical universe by cultivating the seed pearl of a leitmotif, a piano rolling the […]

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2VIEW :: Robert Crouch and Luigi Turra (LINE)

Richard Chartier’s good works for experimental electronic music minorities continue unabated, curating compositional and installation work by international dealers in contemporary sound art and digital minimalism. Latest in Line are Robert Crouch and Luigi Turra. 15 years of service as LINE manager behind him and Richard Chartier’s good works for experimental electronic music minorities continue unabated, curating compositional and installation work […]

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José Soberanes :: The Rising Tide (Whitelabrecs)

A pleasant and diversified collection of free form and slowly moving soothing drone ambiences enriched by green field recordings and minimal melodic sounding acoustic sequences. José Soberanes is a young sound designer and organic ambient artist coming Mexico. He is also the manager of Nova Fund netlabel. He already released a few digital / small CDr […]

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