Category: "Reviews"

V/A :: Fragments (Numb Capsule)

Numb Capsule delivers a diverse range of predominately under-appreciated musicians as they sculpt a very unique set of skills meant to dislodge any preconceived genre notions. Perhaps the next iteration in the style of early-era Skam, n5MD, Musik Aus Strom, and Phonics imprints, Fragments pulls all the punches and doesn’t hold back. If anyone recalls the 0161 […]

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Boulderdash :: Just some parsecs away from home (DSM / Audionaut Capsule)

Boulderdash manage to hone their vintage IDM skills, finding new ways to thread emotive melodies, all the while utilizing hardware to create soft sound escapes for background listening. Sweden’s Daniel Skaborn and Hans Möller (aka Boulderdash)—one of the burgeoning IDM producers in the late 90s and early 00s—continue to manipulate sound inside quaint, melodic time capsules. Pro […]

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Dødsmaskin :: Fullstendig Brent (Malignant)

Fullstending Brent is a very sinister, scary and haunting cinematic black and doom ambient release that will easily seduce most demanding fans of the genre. To be placed next to infernal and massive power electronic releases by Megaptera or Brither Death Now. Hailing from Norway this project is totally new for me. Thematically the album […]

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Kunst :: Kunst (Kunst)

The exploration of the other is a central tenet of this album. Cunnane and Kendrick embark on a twelve track journey into the abandoned. Waste ground. The derelict building. The forgotten and unused, empty audio spaces are given life. Field recordings ghost in the background, their presence being an integral part of the sound and […]

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Scarper :: Warmer Squares (Plexus)

Warmer Squares is not, however, solely reliant on resurfacing rave tropes from a previous party generation—more so it throws a current day take around what made certain aspects dance music so enjoyable; melodies, chord progressions, pure waveforms and the eclectic mash up of soul, electronic, funk and breakbeat influences. Scarper finally delivers a debut long […]

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Stratowerx :: CLS001 (Caught London Sleeping)

This little known artist serves up three tracks of frigid mechanics with Cultivated Electronics boss Sync 24 adding the remix support. The style pursued is stripped back, bare bones machine funk. London has never really lived up to its electronic music potential. Of course there are a spread of labels oozing out of that melting […]

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Midday Static :: Ektachrome (Self-Released)

References, contrasts and comparisons aside, Midday Static fine tunes his sound with Ektachrome, an album that is lively and condensed in a thick kaleidoscopic downbeat stew. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Dylan Boyd (aka Midday Static) understands how to combine those early inspirational Boards of Canada sounds with textured guitar works of his own. Last years Kodachrome rested on fuzzier static […]

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Leandro Fresco & Rafael Anton Irisarri :: La Equidistancia (A Strangely Isolated Place)

La Equidistancia somehow manages to attain an ambient purity you rarely find these days, the material tuned to individual temperament regardless of what that may be. This emotional neutrality is paired with a breathtaking immediacy achieved within a strikingly economic timescale, this being a racy forty-two minute excursion pressed on a single, snowy-marbled vinyl LP. […]

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Dreissk :: To Nowhere (n5MD)

A fine collection of sonic meditations and futuristic elegies in minor key, produced by massive synthesized orchestrations, dissonant, tripped-out and melodious post-rock grooves. Dreissk (aka Kevin Patzelt) is a consistent project signed on the independent n5MD imprint (devoted to a great variety of electronic music, from IDM to experimental, minimal and organic ambient music, active since 2002). […]

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Crisopa :: Transhumante (Self-Released)

Crisopa eschews solemn, melancholic, and instrumental streams of colorful sound. Lively and draped in emotively calm layers. In late January 2017, Crisopa (aka Madrid-based Santiago Lizón) took a splinter break from n5MD and released Transhumante, an extended 7-track digital album. His previous two titles on n5MD were vibrant shoegaze-electronics etched with fuzzy melodic treasures that still echo to this day. With […]

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Aeriae :: Peril Triage EP (Clan Analogue)

Distilled harmonies carefully maneuver through an electrical maze, oftentimes scrambled all about in an organized chaotic brew. A refreshing EP of leftfield electronics from the Southern Hemisphere. Clan Analogue is a long-running Sydney, Australia-based label originally formed in 1992. Fast forward a quarter century, and they’re still churning out release after release. This time we had the […]

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Maroje T :: Anaphase (Kraftjerkz)

This relatively unknown artist has crafted four cuts of cracking machine funk. Tracks are cast in jagged shapes and smooth surfaces, the style expertly toes the line between frigid mechanics and floor funk. A definite find from Kid Ginseng’s label. During the summer I managed to catch up with Neud Photo here in Madrid. I […]

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Enabl.ed :: Tipsy Haux 2.0 (Clean Error)

Overflowing robust beatwork and rugged melodic strands are featured start to end. If Toytronic was the go-to imprint for brittle and punchy IDM of the past, Clean Error would be today’s. Also tagged as being “Resprayed with Love,” Clean Error label boss Jimmy Batista (aka Enabl.ed) finally releases Tipsy Haux 2.0— which almost slipped away—now with six extra […]

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Anemone Tube :: In the Vortex of Dionysian Reality (Blossoming Fern)

Cohesive, intriguing, inspiring and worth to be listened for fans of death industrialism, as well as subterranean dark ambient. Blossoming Fern are new comers in the publishing world of dark ambient, noise and industrial music. For their promising beginning they’ve published the new release of German’s power electronic / industrial ambient act Anemone Tube, strictly […]

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Geotic :: Abysma (Ghostly International)

There’s never a dull moment on Abysma, and casting it as “passive listening” does it a bit of a disservice, in fairness. It’s a magical work, and a perfect soundtrack to all those hours spent at home during the transition from frosty spring into the glowing summer months. One of the refreshing things about Will […]

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Pattern Behavior :: Omens (The Crime League)

Omens immediately catches the attention. Musically it brings to the fore a series of menacing and enthralling cinematic ambiences with a clear 80s retro feel. Pattern Behavior is a synth-electronic music duo formed by Elizabeth Virosa and Robert Galbraith who operate also various pseudonyms such as Snowbeasts. Galbraith is also the founder of the net label […]

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Monoform :: Mea Culpa (Touched Music)

Monoform crafts definitive basslines, mechanized beatwork, and slightly chilled-ambient noodling—consistently leaning on distant, dense and mysterious/melodic sonic sculpting. Yet another benchmark release by Touched (Music For Macmillan Cancer Support), this time from Birmingham-based Monoform (aka Craig Howell) with the 10-piece Mea Culpa album. Seemingly out of nowhere, and well-received around these parts, Mea Culpa comes highly recommended. […]

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Nickolas Mohanna :: Chroma (Karlrecords)

Chroma illustrates a disjointed 8-pc sonic tapestry, one that is sewn together by extraterrestrial acoustics making for a perplexing experience. Fuzzy, abstract and discordant noises are on display with Nickolas Mahonna‘s Chroma. All manner of sound, from broken piano keys, sheared voices, turbulent shoegaze, and dense field recordings seem to float by within the shadows. A visceral […]

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Aegri Somnia :: Endtime Psalms (Cryo Chamber)

A convincing corpus of intoxicating, dystopian and lugubrious alien soundscapes that could be used as a representative soundtrack for adventurous and futuristic metaphysical movies by directors such as David Cronenberg or Philip Kaufman. Aegri Somnia is one discreet and obscure project coming from Croatia, mostly known for its releases on Cryo Chamber. This new album […]

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Valesmere :: 2xc_Castle (Daddy Tank)

2xc_Castle is soul-driven, acid-etched, machine music, one that encapsulates layers upon layers of subdued harmonics, and leaves only dust particles in its path. Valesmere is new to these ears, Daddy Tank, not so much. The UK imprint continues to breath new life into lesser-known acts, putting out releases when the time is just right. 2xc_Castle […]

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Techno’s Outer Limits :: April 2017

First transmission of 2017 from Techno’s Twilight Zone of EPs/12″s and LP, with notes in the margins. James Shaw, the artist known as Sigha, we’re told (blurb), ‘has always placed the listener at a centrifugal point that invites a clandestine hypnosis rather than an abject hysteria.’ Cheers for that, James. Be that as it may, a kind of […]

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Eff Dst :: Blackout (Hymen)

Dense, fluid, and evolved, piano keys embark on soundtrack-driven environments as a propulsive bass assault shimmies its way throughout. Somewhere in the mist between foggy, dark industrial-tinged tones and lighter dub-ambient washes, Eff Dst (aka Belarus-based Sound Engineer, Dmitry Stepnov) delivers a contagious electronic album for Hymen titled Blackout. Dense, fluid, and evolved, piano keys embark […]

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P è n i n ș o l a r :: Interrum (Clean Error)

A leftfield electronic pendulum that slices through the genre range including subterranean glitch-techno, and a medley of articulated sonic effects. P è n i n ș o l a r (aka Ian Hopkins) drops Interrum, a leftfield electronic pendulum that slices through the genre range including subterranean glitch-techno, and a medley of articulated sonic effects. […]

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Ariadne’s Labyrinth :: Lost And Founded EP (Detroit Underground)

Lost And Founded is a mixed assortment, one that balances rapidly rotating pulsars with classical drum’n bass techno. Somewhere in a dense field of high-grade electronics is where you’ll find Detroit Underground’s latest signing—Ariadne’s Labyrinth (aka Sharon Subbarao), a classically trained violinist and pianist—and a debut EP for the imprint. Energetic, emotive, and orchestral at times, […]

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Cyger :: Deep Space Mining (Rednetic)

A welcomed retreat, one that lifts off and doesn’t intend to return any time soon. Techno in its organic state, one that transforms, altering visual and audible perception. A visceral, surreal, and energetic musical universe of sound. Deep Space Mining, perhaps the most on-point album title of 2017, Cyger is a collaboration between Cyan341 and Langer, […]

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Noumen :: Aperion (Central Processing Unit)

Aperion (Greek for “boundless”) stands up to its nameplate—fine-tuned structural audio blocks filled with a plethora of blackened IDM fragments, and disjointed post-industrial layers. Following up from the White Silence 4-track EP, Noumen (aka Andriy Vezdenko from Lviv, Ukraine) finally reveals a full length album after a handful of compilation appearances, this time for Sheffield […]

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V/A :: Planned Obsolescence (Analogic Density)

Planned Obsolescence is a collection of organic abhorrence. Techno sown in toxic soil, allowed to grow in a caustic fog of feedback and spread. An interesting collective has taken root under the Analogic Density banner, one steeped in the traditions of Italian techno, bred on analogue instruments and discontent. 2017 means new possibilities, and a […]

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Lusine :: Sensorimotor (Ghostly International)

The whimsical mix of avant-garde pop and playful electronic listening music should not be confused with it being frivolous or lightweight, however, as McIlwain’s ingenious, hyper-modern sound design and arrangements are still present in spades. It’s been four years since Jeff McIlwain’s last album The Waiting Room, but the long overdue appointment has finally been […]

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Snufmumriko :: At First Light (Shimmering Moods)

At First Light is a subtle invitation to navigate through cloudy, frosty, fragile, subjective and impressionistic soundscapes with a fancy for turntablism and hauntology. Shimmering Moods is back with a monthly batch of new releases, continuously devoted to home-made and craft based minimal ambient releases in a semi-classical style. Let’s have a few words about Snufmumriko […]

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