Category: "Reviews"

][uron :: Tracks 2008-2010 (Self-Released)

Tracks 2008-2010 is a great starting point for the Huron sound—a musical curriculum vitae that features relaxed, next-level electronic audio-works. From post-industrial slivers to dark-ambient realms, soundtrack-driven themes are elevated to reveal new layers of isolation. Steffen Schröder (better known as the prolific Huron) has been on my radar for several years. Continuing to cultivate futuristic […]

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Giraffe :: Climate (Marmo Music)

Marmo Music’s latest roster addition, Giraffe, is a group that share this experimental edge, this desire to throw caution to the wind and allow improvisation to lead the way. You’d probably have more luck predicting the ever changeable Irish weather than you would pinning down Marmo Music. The Berlin based imprint actively ignores the biases […]

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Turbo Teeth :: Yellow Equals One EP (Untitled-1)

Gescom-inspired glitch, bass, distortion, leftfield techno, and all manner of distraction leaves this EP in a field of its own. Turbo Teeth is the solo project of one of Athens’ most offbeat musicians Giorgos Axiotis, member of Balinese Beast, Free Piece of Tape, Holefold and Tom Cruisin’. Released in limited quantities (300 white vinyl), but […]

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V/A :: V.A. 3 (La Beauté Du Négatif)

La Beauté Du Négatif has quietly become on top quality record label. Despite having a catalogue of just seven releases, eight now, the Italian imprint has managed to excavate rich seams of techno, to explore the grimy gutters of industrial and to dive into currents of acid. La Beauté Du Négatif has quietly become on […]

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Yaporigami :: One Sound Extinguisher EP (Kaer’Uiks)

An infected post-apocalyptic foray into abstract, circuitry-based music that is at once arcane, chaotic, and unusually appealing. Yu Miyashita (aka Yaporigami) continues to baffle the ears, having scattered electrical debris on a plethora of releases and remix support over the years, One Sound Extinguisher is signed to Germany-based Kaer’Uiks—purveyors of robust exp-electronic music. A definitive […]

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Ariadne’s Labyrinth :: Twists & Turns (Touched Music)

Ariadne’s Labyrinth’s aptly-titled album gravitates towards bright electronic fragments and positive melodic bursts. If Ariadne’s Labyrinth’s Lost And Founded EP (Detroit Underground, 2017) was an igniting spark plug, then Twists & Turns is surely the revved up engine. Described previously as “a mixed assortment, one that balances rapidly rotating pulsars with classical drum’n bass techno,” […]

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Endless Arc :: Arc Sec 01 (Endless Arc)

A blistering electrical force field that is punctuated by brutal sonic undulations worth every minute. Endless Arc, originally intended to be a jazz label that sold lathe cuts from free-jazz and talented artists with the notation sheet, is now a leftfield techno sub-label of the DIY Irrational Media Society electronic music imprint based in Birmingham, […]

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Room Of Wires :: Mastakink EP (Self-Released)

Three exp-electronic music reference points in the field of mutated IDM, glitch, and spastic beat collisions, while the original stands as a crowning achievement. Room Of Wires continues to evolve in the explosive breakbeat electronics realm and “Mastakink” is his latest single. The title track busts through a cataclysmic and darkened industrial-electro veil that is […]

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Ikuko Morozumi :: Proof Of Existence (Detroit Underground)

A vast mechanized soundscape of turbulent drones and industrial chaos at its most creative. I’m heading into Proof Of Existence with a blank slate, tuned in, and drifting full-speed into another dimension. Ikuko Morozumi develops vast mechanized soundscapes of turbulent drones and industrial chaos at its most creative. “Line” is perhaps the most definitive of […]

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Kurt Y. Gödel :: Axiomatic System (YUYAY)

There’s been a gradual return to braindance. Labels like 030303, Analogical Force and Occult Research have reignited the torch bore by Rephlex. With this, a brigade of musicians have taken up the cause. Kurt Y. Gödel is part of that new blood, reworking those well-honed tools and adding his own stamp. In a strange twist, […]

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Brittney Sparse :: Triumph of a Horse Called Radioman EP (Condition:Human)

Brittney Sparse doesn’t seem too concerned with semantics, but instead details a dub-techno strain and eroded electronic sound that is both relaxing and contemplative. Brittney Sparse, a Chang Terhune (aka Cathode Ray Tube) moniker, churns another extended player for his own Condition:Human imprint. On repeat around these parts, Triumph of a Horse Called Radioman yields emotive, dubby, […]

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Sven Laux :: Paper Streets (Dronarivm)

Long chordal moves, impressionistic soundscapes fluctuate in a vast ocean of tone colors and patterns. Detached acoustic notes, fragmented melodies open on a profound meditative estate where blurred memories meet a feeling of loss or desolation. Dronarivm has gained a serious reputation in the world of indie electronic / emotionally-tinged experimental music with a load […]

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V/A :: Hallucino Attics (Dissolved Re​-​Constructed 2001​-​2006) (Section 27)

Hallucino Attics displays a virtual cornucopia of audio delights in the form of 25-tracks that bend, twist, and contort freely. Perhaps the widest genre-bending lens in the experimental electronic arena, its aural construct and splendid reprieve from the norm makes for the quintessential musical reference point. Yet another massive undertaking, and one that came together by […]

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Magic Panda :: Cloud Fforest EP (Knopje)

Each piece twists, turns and evolves with such a psychedelic ferocity that you are getting double your money on the music alongside a journey into the Cloud Fforest. After a three year hiatus, Magic Panda returns with an epic four track EP on Holland’s Knopje Records. To be fair, it’s no wonder these tracks took […]

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GLOBAL NOISE :: The Kandinsky Effect, Gaudi, Schnellertollermeier

The Kandinsky Effect dives deeper into free jazz and electronic exploration, Gaudi returns to his dub and post-punk roots, and Schnellertollermeie keeps defying jazz power trio traditions. The Kandinsky Effect :: Pax 6 (Ropeadope) With Pax 6, Warren Walker (saxophone/synthesizer/effects), Gael Petrina (bass/effects) and Caleb Dolister (drums), offer the most mind-twisting chapter in The Kandinsky […]

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Displacer :: The Face You Deserve (Hymen)

A solid, and aggressive outing of adventurous, forward-thinking, and layered electronic music that deserves attention in 2017 Best Of lists. Displacer, also known as Michael Morton (head of The Crime League imprint), certainly knows how to keep himself busy with music, art, and all things creative. With an expansive discography spanning 14-years, we’ve seen the […]

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Ignatius :: Legacy Systems (Buried In Time)

Legacy Systems, in summary, is built upon the fluid relationship between man and machine, offering along the way, an extraterrestrial sound field that is utter Autechrean electronic bliss. Perhaps pointing to outdated computer systems, or technology in its title, Ignatius—covered quite a bit in our pages—continues to craft out of this world modular audio collages […]

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Sum of R :: Orga (Cyclic Law)

The ensemble is elegant, shimmering and emotionally elevated, combining sacred elements to sorrowful bleak industrialism. Sum of R is one project hailing from Switzerland and created by Reto Mäder. After two solid releases published by the Milwaukee based Utech Records they are now welcomed by Cyclic law. This project is a real curiosity, challenging and […]

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Qnete :: Clapping The Soles of Your Feet (Drowned)

A record that showcases Qnete’s talent but one where more scope would have been welcomed. From time to time an artist comes along who, due to a number of reasons, might have mass appeal. In electronic the idea of “mass appeal” is a little bit of an oxymoron, let’s say an artist who can appeal […]

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Good Weather For An Airstrike :: Little Steps (Sun Sea Sky)—Vinyl giveaway test-pressing!

Good Weather For An Airstrike is a solo project, originally setup to make relaxing music and induce sleep, to battle creator Tom Honey’s tinnitus. It’s no surprise that Little Steps is as gentle and pleasant as it is—dreamy, easygoing and never hurried. Good Weather For An Airstrike is a solo project, originally setup to make […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: Atlas Of Migraine (Heterodox)

Atlas Of Migraine details an expansive foray through the ventricles of intelligent dub music, mustering up hundreds of ideas that disperse evenly upon its technoid infused landscape. Cathode Ray Tube (aka Chang Terhune) returns with a new full-length titled Atlas Of Migraine for Oregon-based Heterodox—a visual mapping of sorts that details the artists’ 16-year battle with migraines—now […]

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Wet Nurse. & Ten Thousand Miles Of Arteries :: Split (Malignant)

Fans of death industrialism and merciless power electronics from Brigther death now, IRM to Megaptera, Genocide Organ, Atrax Morgue will find here a warmly recommended release. Malignant Records are back with monthly releases of subterranean, blasting and blackened experimental music. I will focus on the split album by two very obscure and underground projects Wet […]

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Abjective :: Diamagnetic Levitation (Detroit Underground)

Diamagnetic Levitation is an exp-electronic focal point of magnetic sounds that culminate to form a tangible and minimalistic detour through IDM’s early (and finer) days. Vadim Pantin’s Abjective moniker was established about 8-years ago—a visceral undertaking that blends articulated / modular electronics, raw rhythmic bits, and fractured melodic notes. With previous collaboration alongside notable acts such as […]

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Sub Loam :: The Unfolding Map (Wist Rec.)

The Unfolding Map offers meticulously done dialogues between field recordings, processed micro sounds, drone-scapes and other manipulated acoustic strangeness. A nice, unusual and welcomed musical excursion. Wist Rec is an Irish independent label and leading actor in the DIY experimental, challenging music universe with Lost Tribe Sound, Flaming Pines, Fluid Audio and many more. The label […]

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Subminimal :: Substance EP (Möller)

On this latest EP, Substance, Subminimal is focused on dub patterns, rarely veering into jungle or drum and bass territories like before. Icelandic producer Tjorvi Oskarsson, aka Subminimal, created a powerful debut album back in 2014, something that had precision in its production which was heard powerfully on the album tracks. The album was called Sinian and […]

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Sova Stroj :: Refugium (Testtoon)

Refugium is sobering LP that challenges the listener and compels them to not only think, but to reflect; a difficult feat in these busy times. When all falls silent, what do you hear? When consciousness rests, what do you see? When night falls, who do you miss? The press release for Sova Stroj’s latest album […]

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b°tong :: Monastic (Reverse Alignment)

Delivering sonic, sinister and grandiose aural vibrations, Monastic removes any trace of melody to concentrate on the psycho-acoustic density of shapes, moods and tones. Based in Germany, Christ Sigdell is an active sound-artist who now works under the moniker of b°tong. His field of experimentations includes concrete sound industrialism, drone ambient and field recordings. After a […]

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TüTH :: Transgression (Umor Rex)

Sometimes, a release falls into your hands which has only magic about it; hearing the first bars, the long and guttural machine cough which it gives out, you close your eyes in anticipation. Transgression transfixes itself within the body, crunching through the listening ear—alert, cunning, and yet almost intolerably gigantic. It is music both depersonalized and […]

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3View :: Asymmetrical Head, EXO_C, Kothyus (Bonding Tapes / Kvitnu / People Can Listen)

A three-pack review including the latest purveyors of experimental-electronic sound emanated from San Diego, California-based Bonding Tapes, Vienna, Austria-based Kvitnu, and Mogilev, Belarus-based People Can Listen imprints. Asymmetrical Head :: Information World Remixes EP (Bonding Tapes) Just a few years ago we described the original Information World EP—released on Bewegung, 2014—as “a well-balanced if not tranquil […]

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