Category: "Reviews"

4T Thieves :: Circles EP (Mahorka)

Perhaps the finest assortment from the 4T Thieves moniker, Nik continues to etch a winding audio path through which IDM’s subtle sub-genres are easily tucked within. Nik has carved a name for himself as 4T Thieves and owner/operator of one of the longest running Netlabels—Kahvi. For this round of musical troves, Bulgarian Netlabel Mahorka snags […]

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Terrace :: Phosphenes (De:Tuned)

If Phosphenes is your introduction, you’re in luck as you’ve just come across one of the premier machine music craftsmen of the last three decades through a generously proportioned EP that showcases his immense abilities. My advice, get digging as you will find gold from a man who shaped the golden age of techno. Stefan Robbers […]

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FFT :: fft1 EP (Uncertainty Principle)

fft1 presents a cross between Ryoji Ikeda’s hyper-technical high frequency work, ’90s bleep and rave tropes, and the experimental electro explorations of Bitstream. A mysterious five tracker from new UK-based label Uncertainty Principle. fft1 presents a cross between Ryoji Ikeda’s hyper-technical high frequency work, ’90s bleep and rave tropes, and the experimental electro explorations of Bitstream. All […]

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First Rebirth :: Abyss Is Calling (Abstrakt Reflections)

A healthy dosage of soundtrack-driven, ritual-laden, and tangled ferocity, First Rebirth finds solace in dark electronic caverns. Abyss Is Calling yields an abstract refinement, curiously, and chaotic beauty start to end. A healthy dosage of soundtrack-driven, ritual-laden, and tangled ferocity, First Rebirth finds solace in dark electronic caverns. Abyss Is Calling yields an abstract refinement, […]

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S>>D :: Co Intel Pro (Central Processing Unit)

Co In Pro is easily primed for the top shelves of listeners interested in definitive electronics with punctuated rhythm bursts. Both movement-based and armchair ready, Co Intel Pro is a fantastic (debut) album that crosses genre confines and maintains its futuristic, robotic, soundtrack-laden, and contagious trajectory. Consistently on the forefront of experimental electronic music, Sheffield-based Central […]

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Vlimmer :: IIIIIIII​/​IIIIIIIII (8 & 9) (Blackjack Illuminist)

As in the previous opus this album is a fine mix of influences coming from cold / dark wave, IDM movements, as well as minimal synth, post-punk and sci-fi soundtracks to produce a personal musical syncretism. Vlimmer (aka Alexander Leonard Donat) is one crazily productive, imaginative synth wizard hailing from Berlin. Igloo readers are already […]

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Milium :: Addis Abeba/Lord Stanley’s Cup (Possblthings)

This first vinyl outing is a brief one, but a precedent has been set. Industrial sound plains are explored, the cold ring of metal on metal or the blurred acoustics abandoned spaces. Electronic music is in perfect health in Leipzig. A spread of innovative labels support a growing underground scene with artists and DJ’s carving […]

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Displacer :: Missing Warriors (Component)

Plenty of moods, variations and sound colors, timbral exploration make this organic and drone release worth the discovery. Recommended for fans of Robert Henke, Atomine Elektrine, Biosphere et al, and an instant favorite from Component’s latest productions. Displacer (aka Michael Morton) is a IDM and chill-out ambient music entity coming from Toronto. This project has […]

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Yomgaille :: Repetition and Motion EP (Kahvi)

Repetition and Motion delivers a nostalgic blur, its vintage synthesizer drones, tones, buzzes and warm hums meld around crisp beatwork. I drove straight into Yomgaille’s sound with blinders on, not knowing what to expect, except to understand that the ever-dependable Kahvi Collective can certainly churn some fine electronic butter. Repetition and Motion delivers a nostalgic […]

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Larvae :: Ghost Dubs EP (The Crime League)

A sparse and strange affair. Part dub, part ambient, part soundtrack, part drone, all rolled into one short, intriguing package. Larvae’s latest—the Ghost Dubs EP—is a sparse and strange affair. Part dub, part ambient, part soundtrack, part drone, all rolled into one short, intriguing package. In all honesty it has required repeated listenings to get a handle […]

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Gouldenberg :: First Expedition (Self-Released)

Soundscapes are constantly imaginative, chilling and menacing, mainly articulated on vintage synthesized-like textures, various electronic manipulations and catchy if not darkly moving melodies. Gouldenberg is a young synthscaping project coming from St. Petersburg, Russia. After a first release published in 2015 and titled Nyctophilia, the project is back with a new release First Expedition. The […]

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Subskan :: Ambidextrous Asylums (Hymen)

Ambidextrous Asylums performs the heroic celebration of industrial production—and then narrates its post-modern obliteration. An entire factory complex is crushed down into a single, blankly-blinking bank of computers. The shadowy hand-almond of a smartphone has killed entire regions. DJ and producer Subskan (aka Jean-Marx Polet) remains within a warp of obscurity—the German label behind his […]

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MacroNoise :: My Steps Lead Backwards EP (Kahvi)

A well-balanced sojourn through sublime organic-electronic realms. Four crisp, brisk, and punchy tracks from MarcroNoise (aka Prague-based Tomáš Šebesta) for the Kahvi Collective this time around. Back in August (2017) we absorbed the artists’ Caravan Planet EP which yielded “a meandering electrical calm worth diving into.” With My Steps Lead Backwards, MacroNoise let’s it all out. […]

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V/A :: No Return Vol.1 (Return to Disorder)

The frosty electronics of Dmitry Distant are perfectly balanced with Neud Photo alongside the warmer currents of Anton Miaovvi. A cracking compilation and a perfect introduction to an imprint run by Hamburg’s hottest export. Helena Hauff’s climbing of the electronic ladder has been nothing but astounding. From being an unknown DJ in quite an unheard […]

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Gail Priest :: Heraclitus in Iceland (Metal Bitch)

A reflective, cerebral and moodily introspective travel through natural elements and atmospheres of deep quietness. Gail Priest is an Australian sound artist and organic ambient music composer who has been active since a handful years. Notable materials have been released on her own label and also on Kate Carr’s DIY independent label Flaming Pines in […]

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RX-101 :: EP4 (Suction)

I’ve a feeling there might be more in the RX-101 duffel bag of DAT cassettes, and while they’re being rummaged through, why not reacquaint yourself with some of Jong’s inspirers: Caustic Window anyone? Cylob? Global Goon? A work filled with cheerful charm. As we all know, life has a tendency of getting in the way […]

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JK Flesh :: Exit Stance EP (Downwards)

While the previous JK Flesh full length Rise Above (Electric Deluxe, 2016) was a harder affair with lots of distorted beats and deep bass, Exit Stance eschews a more stripped down, subtler approach. Each track is relatively short, wasting no time on exposing and developing the motifs within. JK Flesh is the more electric output of […]

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Exillon :: Numbers (Katabatik)

Numbers is highly recommended for folks looking for something in either the techno, acid, industrial and ambient realms or perhaps for something that goes whump in the night. Numbers by Northern California-based Exillon (aka Jay Fields) pulls no punches by starting off straight into it with a solid ambient bass arpeggio. His deft manipulations of a little […]

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Rontronik :: D A T A S H I F T EP (Self-Released)

Rontronik delivers flowing and bass-drenched sonic turbulence that casts memorable shadows and lightwaves across its 35-minute duration. Ron Croudy (aka Rontronik, technique:concrete, and part-founder of the Töshöklabs imprint) continues to forge heavy, beat-infused rhythms from one end of the spectrum to the other. His production skills have elevated on this extended player as low-end rumbling […]

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Lingua Lustra :: Truth Rings Like A Bell (Shimmering Moods )

This new effort carries on timbral explorations and sonic soundscapes, this time with a focus on the psych-acoustic impact of bells resonances. Lingua Lustra is one hyper-productive project curated by Albert Borkent. This sound alchemist and craft-based ambient music producer has just released his new album on Shimmering Moods for an alluring digital/cdr edition available […]

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V/A :: Snow Robots Volume 4 (Suction)

The warm 16-bit melodies of some twenty years back have mutated into grizzled men (much like myself) peddling coarse chords and rough rhythms made to carve up modern dance-floors. A new tradition has started and hopefully it will still be going in two decades time. I’m not big into driving. I’m not particularly good at […]

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Eat Static :: Last Ship To Paradise (Interchill)

While Last Ship To Paradise is a good, solid electronic album combining elements of IDM style beats and grooves, it is not choked with so much synthesis that one can’t hear the tunes for the wires. With 13 albums created over 28 years, Eat Static have earned their status as legendary pioneers in the art of modern […]

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Robert Logan :: Pop EP (Slowfoot)

A foray into new territory combining his knowledge of classical music with atmospherics and just a hint of a more beat oriented approach. When a new Robert Logan release appears we here at Igloo sit up and take notice. This is because his work appears to be that of someone who’s been composing for twenty […]

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Soletik :: Directional (Fusion Netlabel)

With Soletik’s 22-track Directional manifest, the artist tugs on a myriad of fierce, broken and disjointed rhythms. Whether or not the Fusion Netlabel is really based in Antarctica, it is clear that they’re able to extract rigid experimental electronics at its core. With Soletik’s 22-track Directional manifest, the artist tugs on a myriad of fierce, […]

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Eusebeia :: Realization EP (Mindtrick)

A quaint four-track EP that reveals finer dubstep elements—casually drifting, falling, and fading away. Eusebeia returns to Mindtrick with Realization, a quaint four-track EP that reveals finer dubstep elements—casually drifting, falling, and fading away. Early this year we examined the Introversion EP described as “midnight sonic emissions.” This release follows a similar path, its downtempo […]

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Nuanae :: Ryð EP (Kaer’Uiks)

Ryð is a refreshing and engaged five-track extended player that effortlessly crosses the wires between mechanical and instrumental production. Nuanae’s sound, as a result, sways back and forth between classic IDM and current-era electronic experimentation. Earlier this year, Nuanae’s Clusters And Refractions EP was described as “creating sparse dystopian worlds of dysfunctional audio beauty. A visceral post-IDM charcoal […]

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V/A :: Spirals and Synapses (Analogic Density)

This latest compilation has followed the same line as past installments, harsh and hardy sounds made in the 90’s tradition. This is music for sweat streaked floors and smoke filled rooms, in other words techno with a capital “T.” Italy has become my stop for no-nonsense, straight up, techno bangers. Labels like Love Blast, which […]

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Tapage :: Chrome Fragments (LoMechanik)

Despite its minimalist sound architecture Chrome Fragments is a tremendously imaginative and originally conceived album that will ravish fans of obscure dubstep, and evocative ambient soundscapes from the likes of Architect, Hecq, and Autechre. Tijs Ham is a sound designer and electronic music producer from the Netherlands. After a first experience in the breakcore/hardcore techno […]

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Esem :: || EP (Self-Released)

Esem maneuvers a new batch of emotive tracks, this time in a minimalist direction where electrical bits are crunched together with utter precision. Esem (aka Georgi Marinov) maneuvers a new batch of emotive tracks, this time in a minimalist direction where electrical bits are crunched together with utter precision. “n-fold” delves into abstract glitch fissures, […]

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