Category: "Reviews"

Dez Williams :: Forlorn Figures in Godforsaken Places (Mechatronica)

Williams’ latest 12” is an excellent example of why he is held in such high regard. Three cuts of no-nonsense, straight up, sheer machine music, percussion punched through metal with slicing synthwork. Berlin electro collective Mechatronica made their position known from the get go. A strong compilation founded the imprint with a second installment of […]

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Order Of The Muffin :: Dopamine EP (Bass Agenda)

Indeed a sonic neurotransmitter of the extraterrestrial kind, Order Of The Muffin creates seamless organic electro on the Dopamine extended player. From Macedonia we see Nikola Zhevairovski bust open into pure electro, breaks, and raw energy on the Dopamine EP. Its title track, perhaps the most contagious of the lot, is steeped in emotive goodness. […]

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In Rotation :: Multi-view (June 2017)

In rotation for the past few weeks, this multi-view reveals the latest sonic landscape from five talented musicians. Plenty of brittle, glitch, abstract, noisy, mechanical and bass-infused sounds with releases by Fizzarum, LODSB, Mikroben Krieg, Room Of Wires, and Xzicd. Fizzarum :: Frisson (Ant-Zen) It’s hard to believe, but Dmitry Dubov and Albert Rasyulis’s Fizzarum project […]

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GLOBAL NOISE :: The Great Harry Hillman, Tatran, Notilus

Rebellious, eclectic post-jazz theatricality from Swiss/German quartet The Great Harry Hillman, incendiary, otherworldly abstraction from Tel Aviv’s three-piece band Tatran, and futuristic, explosive fusions from French quintet Notilus. Three albums by three innovative young acts who boldly pave creatively boundless and captivatingly individual sonic paths. The Great Harry Hillman :: Tilt (Cuneiform) The Great Harry […]

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Clark :: Death Peak (Warp)

Death Peak delivers on its promise of hidden mysteries with repeated listenings. Never retro nor settling; across nine albums he maintains constant forward momentum as a musician and artist. Clark, as a veteran of Warp Record’s roster, has recorded an album that lands all over the musical spectrum, pinging different genres as he moves on to […]

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Biosphere :: The Petrified Forest (Biophon)

On the surface The Petrified Forest may seem a minor work, but only in terms of its brevity. Biosphere continues to branch out in discrete and experimental directions, allowing the listener choice and scope, such that if his more conceptual or sound-design based works aren’t their thing, there’s a more playful or traditional electronic affair […]

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Millip :: Talk To Me EP ([d]-tached)

The aural canvass Millip paints is rich in yesteryear’s brightly colored IDM hues where fans of early Toytronic and deFocus will find common ground. New to these ears is Millip, recently signed to the forward thinking [d]-tached imprint run by Bovaflux (ex-Struktur). The aural canvass Millip paints is rich in yesteryear’s brightly colored IDM hues […]

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Klankman :: Information Overload EP (TH ± Tar Hallow)

Five shrapnel pocked pieces of twisted metal, painted black, make up Information Overload. Some artists mellow with time, especially in the world of techno. The hard lines begin to softened, the angles turn to curves and the approach melts just that little bit. Maarten Epskamp does not fit this narrative. Under his Klankman moniker the […]

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Tru West :: The Rise and Fall of the Eurojesters (Marmo Music)

Marmo Music has always had an attitude, a refusal to conform, a desire to go their own way. This means that their sound can be pretty challenging and The Rise and Fall of the Eurojesters is undeniably that. A testing 12”, but one which will ultimately leave many scratching their heads; it certainly left my […]

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(ghost) :: Everything We Touch Turns to Dust (n5MD)

Everything We Touch Turns to Dust is a hugely accessible, sonically consistent and cohesive piece of work that, even at a lean thirty-five minutes, never feels insubstantial or fleeting, something even the biggest names in electronic music aren’t always capable of achieving. It’s always such a joy when an artist mellows, evolves and becomes increasingly […]

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Selffish :: He She Them Us (Serein)

The elusive beauty of He She Them Us lies in the fine details of enchanting dialogues between organic and synthetic elements. There’s a magnetizing charm in the space between the notes and in the way the sounds strike, dance, echo and fade away. The compositions pulse with the grace of an elegant, powerful cinematography. “Each […]

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SB-Six :: Trajectories EP (Mindtrick)

Seven original, all modular pieces, and two complimentary remixes by EVS (cover art credit) and He3dless, Trajectories is electrical bliss. Seven original, all modular pieces, and two complimentary remixes by EVS (cover art credit) and He3dless, Trajectories is electrical bliss. Not entirely doused in left of center dub as the imprint has nurtured over the […]

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Scattered Lodges :: Asymmetric Soup (Self-Released)

If you like expressive droney textures and electronic isolationism, no doubt that this album will seduce you. Recommended for fans of Hecq, Loscil, Olan Mill, Marconi Union. Within the last few years the production of home made ambient releases has increased sharply to the point that is almost impossible to follow the rhythm, to appreciate […]

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Xerxes The Dark :: [Ab​]​Solution (D.M.T.)

Abstract, cerebral and enveloping, with a complete absence of melody. This one will easily convince fans of the most experimental vein of dark ambient music. Iranian sound artist and quite active in the uncompromising dark ambient scene since 2006, Morgo Dimmer (aka Xerxes The Dark) is back with a new digital release. He recently delivered quite […]

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Bola :: D.E.G. (Skam)

The key to really digging D.E.G. is to simply cast off your expectations and let Fitton walk you down the avenues he takes. The dreaded, long-awaited return Aaaah the dreaded, long-awaited return, so often simultaneously a blessing and a curse. You’re finally dropping new material for the ravenous masses with pent-up, slathering expectations it can […]

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Cédric Elisabeth :: Parallel EP (Self-Released)

A quaint ambient stream that simply ebbs and flows. Five pieces are interwoven carefully, solemnly, and with precise drifting waves. Copenhagen, Denmark-based Cedric Elisabeth (Paris, France being his hometown) revealed Parallel in February 2017—a quaint ambient stream that simply ebbs and flows. Five pieces are interwoven carefully, solemnly, and with precise drifting waves. Classic, relaxed forms are […]

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The Hidden :: Something Lost Something Found (Thin Recordings)

Something Lost Something Found is built around a vast collection of semi-improvised and lo-fi ambient miniatures where textured chordal lines meets detached piano melodies, micro noises and discreet electronic treatments. The Hidden is the new project founded by the sound designed and graphic artist Dan McRae (aka Thin Films). This debut album titled Something Lost […]

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Dead Melodies :: Legends of the Wood (Cryo Chamber)

Among the most accessible, ethereal and darkly introspective albums signed on Cryo Chamber next to materials from Hoshin, Wordclock, Northumbria or Keosz. A highly welcomed release, easily recommended for fans of eerie cinematic soundscapes and elegant naturalistic dark ambient music. This project name sounds totally new for me but as I’m always pleased to discover Cryo […]

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Erik Van Den Broek :: Expressed (De:Tuned)

A quintet of works that explore a wide range of styles from a musician with a touch that subtly slips between genre divides. An EP that will have you, and me, fishing through Discogs for more from this Dutchman. One of the many treats of electronic music is unearthing something new. This “something” might be […]

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Oubys :: Second Planet (Testtoon)

Second Planet is an attempt to give aural form to heavenly bodies, to patch a sound to places beyond or home and to hear the otherworld. The simple made into the extraordinary. In this age of sensory overload, of tremulous smartphones, of kaleidoscope screens and, of course, people banging on about absolute shite, one would […]

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Hatch :: Writer’s Bench (Section 27)

Broken beat electro, raggatronic rhythms, and toughened melodic breaks all make room for a hard-edged release from Eugene Rowlett (aka Hatch.) Section 27 continues to expand its reach, the Scottish imprint veers through classic-era Skam, Warp, Schematic, Chocolate Industries et al, and reasserts itself in the field of next-level exp-electronics. Broken beat electro, raggatronic rhythms, and toughened melodic […]

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The Laborer :: Se Vende (For Sale) (Analogue Chat)

In brief, Se Vende (For Sale) is a pleasant listening experience and sound travel through digitized sound maps and singular ambient electronica. Analoguue Chat is a newly launched and promising label. I like its concept and intention to deliver an alternative breath to the standardized musical industry, thanks to original craft-based and ultra limited editions […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: The New Taxonomy (The Crime League)

The New Taxonomy is effervescent in its construct—weaving elongated dub realms with ease. Low-end waves continually crash against sharpened 4/4 mechanics which blends in a kaleidoscopic, surreal dream state. Cathode Ray Tube (aka Chang Terhune) embarks on perhaps his most thorough and expansive album to date. Where past releases were engorged by visceral electronic mayhem, The […]

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/DL/MS/ :: Rogue Intent EP (TRUST)

Busted up electro-industrial slabs crash against rugged rhythms, low-end streams and intense sound fields. Busted up electro-industrial slabs crash against rugged rhythms, low-end streams and intense sound fields. /DL/MS/ are Lok44 and Dibek collaborating on Rogue Intent, an intense debut 4-track (vinyl) extended player for Vienna’s long-running TRUST imprint. “Indisciplineado” runs through blackened corridors of […]

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Krystal Math :: Night Tones EP ([d]-tached)

Reminiscent of early Quinoline Yellow, Miles Tilmann, and Gimmik, classic IDM blips and clicks run rampant on Night Tones. Krystal Math (aka Manchester-based Christopher Tilmouth) drops a five track EP of melodic, modular electronics for Eddie Symons’ [d]-tached imprint—the original musical nesting ground for Bovaflux. Reminiscent of early Quinoline Yellow, Miles Tilmann, and Gimmik, classic […]

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DJ Guy :: 1993/1994 Unreleased Tracks (La Beauté Du Négatif)

Contemporary conceptions aren’t so much ignored as they didn’t exist, these works being created well before the modern flavors of the month. This lack of adherence frees the music, unshackles it from the present—allowing for a rich variety of ambient, IDM and techno to bloom. Living in in a post-ironic world, as we do, it’s […]

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Broken Thoughts :: The Primal Forces of Nature (Self-Released)

A captivating dark-electronic album that settles on sparse drone landscapes, sandblasted post-industrial fissures and metamorphic glitch activity. Movement oriented, The Primal Forces of Nature is a wicked firestorm. From Yunnan, China, and composed of material from the last two years creatively realigned, comes Broken Thoughts‘ third release. 7-tracks and 5-minutes a piece. Drones and broken beats are replenished […]

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SubtractiveLAD :: Sustain / Release (Self-Released)

A clearly recommended corpus of warm and delicately touching ambient compositions. SubtractiveLAD is the project of Vancouver-based sound designer Stephen Hummel. A handful of materials have been published on n5MD. Sustain / Release is self-published and is offered as a digital album. It is a collection of highly emotional, dream-like and languorous soundscapes, droned-based guitar textures which can easily […]

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Vortex Count :: Mettadature EP (Detroit Underground)

For all the raw electronic tones that are manipulated with brute force, a robotic techno thump is at its core. Rugged, glitched-out techno, low-end bass and punchy rhythms round out this new release for Detroit Underground. The Northern Spain-based Vortex Count lets sound migrate into darker corridors. Direct and to the point, each track is a seismic […]

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