Category: "Reviews"

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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Junq :: Lila Dreams (Further Electronix)

For those of you, those of you struggling for oxygen due to a bad cause of waiting with bated breath, Lila Dream is not a 303 soaked dancefloor splintering slab. The EP sands down the sharp edges of the Art Mechanical release, leaving smooth sleek lines and broad expanses. Junq is a rare breed. His […]

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Jurko Haltuu :: And In My Tears and In The Heaviness Of Everything I Drowned (Shimmering Moods)

A vast, intimate and deeply sorrowful exploration of the mind, its search for salvation. After a short summer break, Shimmering Moods are back with three new monthly releases with a pretty autumnal-moodily introspective flavor, faithful to the standards of organic/experimental ambient music. Let’s have a few words about the new release by Jurko Haltuu, a […]

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Gamardah Fungus :: Fairytales (Flaming Pines)

The immersive, enigmatic and sometimes detached textures are made of micro noise interferences, guitar tricks, reverbs, found sounds and sustained droning moves framed by a dissonant/consonant compositional mode. I’ve always been fond of Flaming Pines‘ DIY philosophy, passion and interest for home made “chamber” ambient music and “sound mapping.” In this register the UK based […]

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John Heckle :: Translate (030303)

Sleek and slender strings, blushed pads and warmth to even out those grizzled hi-hats and snares. A quality addition for 030303 and a fantastic addition to Ireland’s electronic music scene. It appears John Heckle, a stalwart of Tabernacle, has left his hometown of Liverpool and sailed across the Irish Sea to Dublin. Andrew Ingram, one […]

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The Tin Box :: Invisible Kin (Audiobulb)

In fact barely a tone here is jangling or discordant—everything is focused, intricate and direct. Invisible Kin’s sound has its roots in Autechre’s easier material, or Boards of Canada’s more upbeat and uptempo productions. The Tin Box is a solo project by US composer Tucker Sferro. Sferro is something of a rarity when it comes […]

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Monoiz :: Qodkluster EP (Detroit Underground)

Qodkluster, to put it simply, is very well-produced next-level electro-glitch. Abstract and effective electronic music with just the right amount of horsepower and conviction to keep the genre alive and well. Not unlike what you would consume on the Raster imprint, Monoiz fractures percussion and technoid rhythms to no end. “Cyclock5” does just that, its […]

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Belief Defect :: Decadent Yet Depraved (Raster)

Decadent Yet Depraved is a music which can only exist in—and reflect—the pulverized remains and contradictions of a giddy late capitalist plunge into its own abyss. As much as Decadent Yet Depraved utilizes the equipment and machineries of contemporary society, its derangement of them and its throttling, absurdist violence—speak to its attempt to identify music (and […]

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V/A :: Fifth Listen (People Can Listen)

Belarus-based People Can Listen reveal their fifth heartfelt compilation with punchy electronic stems at its core, further nurturing artist relations. A fresh perspective on the tried and true IDM genre—not overtly groundbreaking, but engaging nonetheless. More and more labels continue to navigate their way through artist relationship building with the intent to fill the music libraries of […]

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Techno’s Outer Limits :: October 2017

Latest emission in a series from Techno’s Twilight Zone of EPs/12″s and LPs with notes in the margins.   Anthony Linell is back, Abdulla Rashim veil shed to go as nomenclatural nature intended on debut, Consolidate, with a 2 x 12″ ‘to depth charge vacant participants and lilting movers.’ Emerald Fluorescents has a steelier feel with scattered fractal stabs rotating round […]

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Kingbastard :: Error EP (Odd John)

Chris Weeks‘ Kingbastard moniker continues to explore robotic electronics and vast sound scrapping through circuitry. This three-track EP further details the artists’ unique ability to craft a succinct collection of decomposed tracks. Chris Weeks‘ Kingbastard moniker continues to explore robotic electronics and vast sound scrapping through circuitry. This three-track EP further details the artists’ unique […]

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John Beltran :: Moth (De:Tuned)

For those of you not in the know, Beltran started out on seminal labels, working on Carl Craig’s Retroactive before being signed for albums on R&S, Apollo and Peacefrog in the late 90s with his Ten Days of Blue being a classic of the genre. It’s with this album in mind that Moth arrives. Music […]

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Altarmang :: Void (Cyclic Law)

The buzzing cavernous drones, circular effects and mystical power vibes will definitely catch your attention. Altarmang is a project by one regular Cyclic law artist: Pär Boström (Kammarheit, Cities Last Broadcast). I’m quite familiar with his early works, at that time I reached Par for a book about dark ambient music but which finally haven’t […]

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Gyrowyre :: Ornge EP (Enpeg)

Ornge is a magnetic pulse, succinct in its visit, memories of Arovane, Gimmik, Kattoo, and Penfold Plum (et al) come to mind and heart. Around this time last year we delved into Rde, a debut EP for n5MD’s digital imprint Enpeg which was described as containing “delicate bass thuds, melodic nostalgia of times gone by, […]

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Geistform :: Señales EP (Femur)

The coarse and calculated sequences of the industrial are omnipresent on the EP, as is an experimentation with modular synthesis and expectations of electronica. Espinosa investigates a bleakness and brutality that is usually ignored, a sound where man has fallen and redemption will not be granted. Frak and Celldöd were Femur’s first vinyl steps, the […]

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Kryshe :: March of the Mysterious (Serein)

A highly spacious and deeply absorbing piece of sonic expressivity that sucks you deep into the rabbit hole. German musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and a member of the experimental/classical/ambient project Unland, Christian Grothe, returns as Kryshe with a wonderful new album on the excellent Serein imprint. As stated on the press release, March of the Mysterious […]

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Iteration Corporation :: Gravitropic (Pulse Drift)

IC takes it as a compliment when asked if Gravitropic is electro, citing the genre’s ability to explore “themes pertaining to human consciousness, quantum physics and alter dimensional realities more so than most other genres of electronic music.” He describes his sound “an organic movement toward breaking fertile ground, a gradual movement toward what is possible…” […]

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Mono Peninsula :: Tired Dub (ROHS!)

Mono Peninsula is strictly dub with a hint of IDM whereas Photophob lives firmly in the latter realm with aspects of dub applied to the production. It’s great to see an artist branch out and explore like Mono Peninsula does. I’m not alone in looking forward to more from this moniker and musician. Mono Peninsula—alias […]

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Double review—Jet Jaguar & Luke Killen :: Grounded / Tending The Nest (DataDoor)

Perhaps an interesting collaboration would be to combine both Jet Jaguar and Luke Killen’s talents—one brawn and beauty. Mind and body. Who knows, a vigorous and more complex animal may emerge. Jet Jaguar is downbeat and minimal but warm and calm, like these field recordings have cheerful memories grounded into them. It should be of no […]

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Dissolved :: Lost In A Femtosecond / Submersion EP (Dissolvedamberrooms)

Both releases are boundless and filled with layers upon layers of panoramic electronic music. Dissolved is a prolific musician that continues to reach far into the lost crevasses of his music machines to sculpt contagious and timeless ambient-IDM manifests. Dissolved baffles with glimmering electronic composition and muffled melodic streams drifting in panoramic fields. Lost In […]

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Valance Drakes :: An honest approach to it EP (Detroit Underground)

A mixture of fine-tuned and de-tuned glitch abstracts—tempered, submerged and drifting slow-motion electronics. Perhaps the closest we’ve seen to a full length release—although only a 21-minute runtime—Valance Drakes reveals an 8-piece EP for Detroit Underground. An honest approach to it is a mixture of fine-tuned and de-tuned glitch abstracts—tempered, submerged and drifting slow-motion electronics. “Greed […]

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Somatic Responses :: Pattern Seeking (Hymen)

Pattern Seeking continues to unfurl the duo’s (over) 20-yr skill-set and their unique ability to create corrosive experimental machine music. Augmented by energetic melodic jolts and crunchy synth manipulation, this album simply packs a punch. Abrasive electro filled with industrial-techno clangs and rough bristles encapsulate the majority of Pattern Seeking by the long-running and always dependable Somatic […]

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The Resonance Committee :: Curvepusher Sessions Vol. 1. (Cultivated Electronics)

Curvepusher Sessions Vol. 1 does what you’d expect it to do, that is deliver four tracks of electro that will slice through speakers and floors with equal devastation. The 12” visits a range of sounds, all of which have influenced and inspired, and continue to do so, the entire gamut of machine music. The collaboration of […]

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Drifting in Silence :: Dawn (Labile)

Dawn intends to design enveloping-soothing soundscapes which can advocate mind travels and encourage thoughtful meditative postures linked to some distant memories and to solitary, mystical landscaping sceneries. Drifting In Silence is a space music-electronic ambient project formed by the North Carolina-based artist Derrick Stembridge. This project intends to design enveloping-soothing soundscapes which can advocate mind […]

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Dataline :: Be There (Detroit Underground)

Glitchy tones, low-end drifting, and a penchant for developed harmonies, Dataline dips into brittle techno hues, and sparkling acid undertones—sometimes washed down with evocative vocal stretches. Dataline (currently residing in Sweden) continues to massage the ears with delicate, flowing, electrical waves of energy. Previous releases (with Noorden) delved into similar terrain, marked by melodic grooves, soft […]

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Franck Kartell :: Alaska (Bass Agenda)

The LP toys with the parameters of electro, layering in shades of electronica and IDM. Beats are present but shrouded in stark shadow, blurred in the low light of the northern plains. A record of ambitious proportions and sublime execution. Electro has always been a “distant” or “otherworldly” sound. Kraftwerk saw it as the music of […]

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Everyday Dust :: Further Studies Beyond Decay (Sparkwood)

Further Studies Beyond Decay maintains my view that Sparkwood has a host of visionary artists at their fingertips, as comfortable stringing together grooves that bounce and move as they are weaving cinematic ambient tracks that engage in subtle brain hacking. Further Studies Beyond Decay marks Everyday Dust’s fifth release with Sparkwood records, and fills a […]

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Scanner :: The Great Crater (Glacial Movements)

Mostly articulated around textures, The Great Crater also contains timbral experimentations, subtly droning flux and micro modulations. Active since the early 90s, Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner) has made a name in the world of minimal electronic music, intelligent dance music and reticular sound design. The albums published on Sub Rosa stand as important releases in […]

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