Category: "Reviews"

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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Nuanae :: Clusters And Refractions (Kaer’Uiks)

Nuanae creates sparse dystopian worlds of dysfunctional audio beauty. A visceral post-IDM charcoal display that ravishes the ears with exquisite noise and organized chaos. Splicing cables between early Autechre and Richard Devine, Nuanae creates sparse dystopian worlds of dysfunctional audio beauty. Asect:Dsect was once tagged as “technically rigorous,” an apt description that also applies to the […]

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D’Marc Cantu :: Hypnopompic (Endless Illusion)

After ten years Cantu’s sound has barely aged a day. The sweat and grime of Jak, the gnawing frustrations of house, the warming hopes and loss of techno; all present, swirled and compressed on Hypnopompic. I’ve been following D’Marc Cantu’s music since his first fury filled steps. Hissing house was the Ann Arbor artist’s forte, […]

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Keith Berry :: Elixir (Invisible Birds)

‘From the more visible we must turn now towards the increasingly less visible which is also most revealing and most true’ (Philippe Jaccottet, Landscapes with Absent Figures) Quote from Invisible Birds, purveyors of hand-packaged ltd. ed. wares ‘evocative of  memory, transcendence, birds, landscape, and nothingness.’ We’re told ‘forms of memory, nothingness and the sublime may include: birdsongs, […]

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Barnacles :: One Single Sound (Boring Machines)

A beautifully designed and colorful ambient minimalist album which reveals an interesting electronic ballet for dreamy-like pulses and emotionally cinematic sound textures with discreet touches of echoing and processed field recordings. Matteo Uggeri is one eclectic and multifaceted sound artist mostly known for his collaborative works as well as for being a key member of […]

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Three on the Radar :: Andi Otto, Tosca, Tornado Wallace

The start of 2017 provided a hefty dose of downtempo electronica, dub and balearica. Here are three records you need to hear. Andi Otto :: VIA (Pingipung) Andi Otto, mostly known for his work as Springintgut, released his fourth solo album, VIA, in late January. It’s his first album under his real name. Already from the first […]

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Conrad Schnitzler & Pole :: Con-Struct (Bureau B)

This collaboration offers an interesting catalog of cold, hypnotic, cerebral, techno-ish and beat laden electronic pieces. If you are into conceptual and minimal ambient sophistication (Cluster, Asmus Tietchens, Monoton…) no doubt this release will seduce you. An important document which brings back to light the musical heritage of Conrad Schnitzler. I used to be an […]

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Roel Funcken :: Balaklavskiy prospex (Funckarma.com)

Balaklavskiy prospex generates just as much energy as the nearest supernova remnants, and is perhaps best suited as the backdrop to these spectacular events. Roel Funcken, probably the most prolific musician of abstract electronic music this side of the galaxy, continues his foray into mind-altering sonic extractions. Balaklavskiy prospex bends and twists its way through […]

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Neunaugen :: Dazzling Tongue (käfTen)

For a debut Dazzling Tongue is an impressive and well executed undertaking on an imprint that has something intriguing about it. Sweden. A country known for a few things. Volvos. IKEA. Electronic music? Less so. Machine funk isn’t one of the Scandinavian country’s most famous exports, yet the small nation does punch above its weight […]

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Lawrence English :: Cruel Optimism (Room40)

The album is developed as one long epic atmospheric suite where soothing peaceful passages are punctuated by vertiginous emotional moments of melancholic beauty. Lawrence English is one very productive and important artist in the late development of modern days experimental ambient music. Among other things he is also the founder of Room40 label. Wilderness of […]

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Richard Barbieri :: Planets + Persona (Kscope)

A strong piece of sonic beauty that doesn’t attach itself exclusively to any time or genre. Ambient, jazz, electronica, classical, darkness and light, it’s all there somewhere, woven meticulously and fluidly into a deep explorative voyage. Although the progressive rock reincarnation solo projects of Porcupine Tree’s front man and creative engine, Steven Wilson, get most […]

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Artefakt :: Kinship (Delsin)

Artefakt’s output is all so exceptionally well balanced that it’s just as capable of driving the headphones listener into a spinning state of hypnosis as it is at filling and driving the dance floor. Since 2014, Dutch producers Nick Lapien and Robin Koek have been released a handful of EP’s as Artefakt on the Delsin, […]

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North Atlantic Drift :: Departures, Vol. 1 (Polar Seas) & Video premiere

An invitation to flow through ethereal streams and to adopt a contemplative listening posture. Easily recommended for fans of emotional and organic ambient sculptures. Through a multitude of publications and labels, the modern facet of the ambient genre has reached a pinnacle during recent years. Honestly and personally I consider that this musical universe now […]

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Delayscape :: Aether (ZCKR)

For all intents and purposes it looked like Delayscape would remain a digital artist, popping up here and there with a track or a tape. ZCKR have taken the step and rightfully brought him to vinyl. An album of cheerful and soulful electronics, one that is soothing and utterly charming. In a less than obvious […]

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