Category: "Reviews"

Vlimmer :: llllll​/​lllllll (Blackjack Illuminist)

Maybe an over-productive project for a few ones but this bunch of nicely made tracks will easily convince fans of dark waving and moodily atmospheric electro-gothic music, mainly from the 80s. Alexander Leonard Donat is one busy, highly prolific, multifaceted and electronic self-produced artist coming from Berlin, Germany. The Berlin underground electronic music scene has […]

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TAFKAMP / Thanos Hana :: TH06 (Tar Hallow)

The dutch imprint is shouting its mantra, ushering in another twelve months with a 12” of abused and brutalized industrial terror. If this is the age of anger, surely this is its soundtrack. There’s a nasty side running through techno. In all fairness there always has been but of late some have taken that misanthropic […]

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V/A :: Covert II EP (De:Tuned / Touched Music)

From sweaty floor to Saturday armchair, Covert II will provide. There’s always a certain amount of media fanfare about the prospect of a “supposed” Aphex Twin release. A whisper of Richard D. James is as much tantalising click-bait for the electronic music nut as the promise of celebrity nudity is to your local lad. Covert […]

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Tapirus/D-56m :: The Art of Seeing (Poverty Is Violence)

The Art of Seeing shows a different side of Poverty is Violence. For those seeking bare bones rawness don’t worry, there’s a decent helping of that on here. There’s also more. Sinister sleekness, sly sneers masquerading as smoothness, D-56m subverts as Tapirus doles out damage. It’s interesting how quickly you develop an idea of a […]

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Earthen Sea :: An Act of Love (Kranky)

Rather than just relying on echoed synth stabs or reverb-drenched reggae samples, the Earthen Sea variety of dub builds from a foundation of sustained, morphing drones and swells. I was at work, fighting back the email threatening to take over my life like electronic kudzu, when the promo pack for Jacob Long’s next release as […]

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Nearfield :: G5 (Brainstormlab)

Distinctive, late 90’s IDM hues are in full force—robust percussion, distant melodies and heavy bass jabs scatter throughout each piece. Belarus-based Nearfield continue to shuffle, mince and break apart exp-electronic music until only the roots are exposed. The duo seamlessly refine and migrate the finest in wide-angle glitch productions, with G5 being their latest installment. […]

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Murkok :: So Little Music (Shimmering Moods)

A beautifully evocative album in the downtempo and dream ambient genre. Loyal to its stylistic trademark, Shimmering Moods Records are back with three new releases to start the year with subtly moving and craft-based organic ambient releases. So Little Music by Murkok is a beautifully evocative album in the downtempo and dream ambient genre. I did not […]

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V/A :: MTRON002 (Mechatronica)

Mechatronica is fresh into 2017 with a second compilation of machine funk. Building on their first record, the German label has drafted in a medley of machine musicians to give voice to a cold future. January is not a month people like. August. May. December. Once the new year has been rung in where’s January? […]

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RVDS :: Shadows (It’s)

RVDS, Richard Graf von der Schulenburg, undoubtedly has the silver box bug. Yet he comes at the writhing wiggle of acid like few others. His latest album is testament to his love of that squirming sound and so much more. Acid seems to be an addiction. Once you lay hands on a TB303, or a […]

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Ioannis Savaidis :: NSA Trusted Networks (Lower Parts)

The coldness of the machine only appears in the higher notes, frost clinging to them as they descend from the stratosphere. Structures are transparent, plates slide, collide and slip past one another as solidity is reduced to a concept. There’s no point in approaching Lower Parts with a pre-set idea. The Athenian imprint has proven […]

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V/A :: Fashion Victims (Fenix Fire)

New Beat has taken a back seat and despite notable exceptions this very Belgian sound has remained on the margins. And perhaps that’s where it belongs, in the late night club where echoing acid is spliced by beats and sweat, on the purity of sticky floors. The Fashion Victims of Fenix Fire are ready to […]

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The Exaltics :: 10 Million Light Years EP (Solar One)

It’s great to keep the old days alive, to celebrate those that started everything, but I’d be inclined to think that we are now living in the day of electro and the sooner we realize that, and support it, the better. Electronic music is just as retrospective as it is future gazing. For a sound […]

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Sebastian Reuschel :: The World is Shit (ZCKR)

Across two tracks, some twenty five minutes of music, field recordings, live music and machine groans are brought together. I’d the recent joy of moving flat. I know moving is a pain in the arse for anybody, but for the record collector it’s an especially harrowing experience. Boxing up two thousand plus records is no […]

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Apocryphos, Kammarheit, Atrium Carceri :: Echo (Cryo Chamber)

Ethereal atmospheric electro textures are intertwined by omnipresent eerie tones, electric guitar vibes, detached echoing piano notes and mantra-like meditative drones. Two years after the well noted Onyx, the veteran project Atrium Carceri joins once more the two highly acclaimed modern dark ambient projects Apocryphos and Kammarheit for a new collective chapter. Echo is a welcoming […]

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Theory :: Red Book EP (Mindtrick)

Theory (aka Russian native Antuan Graftio), elicits a turbulent, muddy and distopian musical trove within each piece. Theory delivers for Mindtrick, what Tangent did in for the imprint a few years ago on 1mk2. The difference, however, is that Theory manages to unleash a more robust industrial influence, whereas Tangent was described as being “inspired […]

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Thin Films :: Mountains and Machines (Thin Recordings)

Electronic varietals shimmy and segue through lush piano keys, and classic late 90’s-era IDM reflections. Fans of Ocoeur, Ulrich Schnauss and Kettel will revel in the mountainous peaks and softened machine grooves. UK’s Dan McRae (aka Thin Films) reveals Mountains and Machines, where electronic varietals shimmy and segue through lush piano keys, and classic late 90’s-era […]

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Eusebeia :: Introversion EP (Mindtrick)

An extended player that opens a plateau of low-flying, lo-fi electronics and mysterious midnight sonic emissions. Eusebeia (aka Seb Watts) is a new alias to these ears, and a welcomed addition to the music library after having been the closure track on the excellent Frequencies of the Mind III compilation with the vocal dust-clouds of “In […]

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Xerxes The Dark :: Transmutation (Kalpamantra)

Transmutation is a nocturnal, deep, quiet and ominous blackened ambient release which definitely figures among the most accomplished ones published by Kalpamantra in terms of lugubrious dark drone industrialism. Mohamad Reza (Morego Dimmer) is a skilled sound designer working under various monikers and exploring a wide spectrum of electronic music, from chill-out to space ambient, cosmic […]

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EOD :: EODS | TVTM :: Alphanumerix (WeMe)

The squirming acid playfulness of Braindance, the cold shot of electro with some light sprinklings of electronica are the hunting grounds of both platforms with WeMe having near a decade’s experience. Alphanumerix is an offering of cerebral electronics with nods to a range of styles, a record for armchairs and floors. WeMe is a label I’ve […]

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Xurba :: Haze de Absentia Dulciora (Electric Studios)

Here we have selected ambient works—panoramas spanning across arid landscapes. Shaping trance-induced sonic windows, Haze de Absentia Dulciora soars at a cruising altitude of 37,000-ft. Xurba (aka the UK’s Will Brazier-Smith) returns with Haze de Absentia Dulciora on his own Electric Studios imprint. Where once lived nostalgia and heartfelt glee, previous albums delved into distant Boards of Canada-inspired kaleidoscope […]

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Dream Scoring :: Images of a Myth (Naissance Musik)

Images of a Myth may be a modern record, but its roots are firmly planted in the traditions of 90s electronics. Sounds are deep and warm, analogue and organic. Hakim Murphy is a prolific producer. Under his own name the Machine Dreams boss has sculpted soulful soundscapes in tones of ambient, house and techno. Over […]

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Ian Boddy :: As Above So Below (DiN)

As Above So Below follows the path of spacious and cinematic ambient music with sculpted and sinuous sound waves, soothing textures, pulsating electronic grooves and beats. Ian Boddy is one pioneering artist in the space ambient genre and stands among the leading figures of this electronic pop musical movement with 80’s synth players such as […]

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Freddy Fresh :: Comacid (Forced Nostalgia)

If Comacid is your starting point for the music of Frederick Schmid you are in for a treat, with this 12” and in the unearthing of quite a gem. Freddy Fresh has a strange claim to fame. The majority of the world will have heard a single sentence from him more than his music, his […]

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Scarper :: Lacuna EP (Plexus)

The most enjoyable thing about this EP is not just the music but also just how fun it is. The recent Kettel album on Clone also inhabited a similar space—putting quirkiness back into electronic music. Here’s a little gem that we missed back in 2016. Described by BBC 6 Music as “a modern day Jean Michel-Jarre“, […]

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4T Thieves :: Details EP (Mahorka)

Tranquil and mildly steering vintage synths, this third EP for Mahorka oozes instrumental percussive bits and melancholic vistas. It is very apparent that Nik at Kahvi Collective knows how to keep the proverbial wheels spinning. He’s run the long-standing net-label for over a decade, and continues to renew his own sound within the 4T Thieves […]

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Raderkraft :: Keine Richtung (Testlab)

Stinissen mentions his love of pre-MIDI sounds and Raderkraft certainly has an uncluttered style. The coldness of electro is ever present, but there is also a freewheeling quality to the EP. Testlab recently opened its doors, welcoming guests with a tape of demos and live tracks from a hometown institution. In the 1980s De Koer […]

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Wolf Dem & THRIVE :: Double review (Great Circles)

These lost echoes of the golden days still reverberate in Great Circles, they reverberate alongside the true possible savior of the rust belt: the computer. I like politics. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I an enjoy ole natter about this, that and the other. Brexit. Europe. Trump. I was drinking in a bar […]

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Somatic Responses :: 109ResCloud (Photon Emissions)

Gritty, flickering, atmospheric haze is in full effect—dystopian and replete with wide open spaces, vacant echoes and rusty shards—109ResCloud is a dense, industrial-synth/drone album with high production value and a contagious structural focus. Long-term Somatic Responses moniker from the Healy brothers (John and Paul) continue to unearth a myriad of underground disturbance. Whereas one might […]

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TROP :: ENCLP001 (Encrypted Audio)

A turbulent electronic foray encompassing bass, beats and brutal rhythms. TROP is Fill Spectre (Fred Chicoine from Montreal) and Kronodigger (Alexey Gorokholinskiy from New York), a collaborative force set to stir darker dub-infested waters. Their debut on Encrypted Audio rips through a turbulent electronic foray encompassing bass, beats and brutal rhythms. Take “The Destroyers of All” […]

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