Category: "Tops"

Igloo Magazine :: Best of 2016

While other sites might fight to get 1000s down to 50 or 20, at Igloo HQ we’ve refused to don the hair shirt of reducing respective contributor lists to a consensual singularity, in favour of doing justice to diversity via lists that range far and wide, and a congruent preference for letting their multiplicity simply […]

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Igloo Magazine :: Best of 2015

So here it is—from ambient drone to post-rock, jazz and modern classical, from IDM to experimental to post-digital microsound; hallucinatory electronics to experimental soundscapery, candy-color post-kosmische to alien noise, intergalactic techno to post-hardcore mayhem and broken bass music, these are igloomag’s picks for the year… Sherpas to your questing climbers 2015: a year of listening, […]

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Igloo Magazine :: Best of 2014

Here it is, well over 160 releases have been selected by various igloomag.com contributors highlighting some of the finest in an expansive array of music featuring ambient, dub, bass, glitch, industrial, IDM, electronica, synth, jazz, modern classical, experimental and various other sonic contortions. Links to reviews, a Soundcloud player, and a slideshow randomly displaying some […]

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Top releases of 2013

Well over 150 releases have been selected by various igloomag.com contributors highlighting some of the finest in an expansive array of electronic music featuring ambient, dub, bass, glitch, industrial, IDM, electro, synth and various other sonic contortions. Links to reviews as well as a Soundcloud player are also included below. ALAN LOCKETT :: Top 20 Abdulla Rashim […]

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ECHASKECH :: Igloo Mix

A mix put together by Echaskech (aka igloomag.com Contributor Andy Gillham) and composed entirely of tunes discovered through Igloo Magazine—an underground electronic music site that’s been in action for no less than 13 years. The mix starts off on an electro tip and ends up in deep techno territory—we hope you enjoy it: Carl Finlow […]

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Top releases of twenty-twelve

Well over 180 releases have been selected by various igloomag.com contributors highlighting some of the finest in an expansive array of electronic music featuring ambient, dub, bass, glitch, industrial, IDM, electro, synth and various other sonic contortions. Links to reviews as well as an iTunes audio player are also included below. ALAN LOCKETT :: Top […]

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Top releases of twenty-eleven

Igloo Magazine’s Contributing Editors pooled together their top releases of 2011 and with 105 titles on display, there’s no real shortage of music to go back and dive into. Also included is an audio sampler of various tracks to entice your ears. ALAN LOCKETT :: 01 Black Swan :: The Quiet Divide (Experimedia) 02 Chihei […]

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Readers poll :: Top 100 releases of 2011

This year igloomag.com invited its readers to cast their nominations and votes for their top releases of 2011 via our Facebook page. With well over 1000 votes over the span of three weeks, here are the results: Readers poll, Top 100 releases :: 01 Plaid :: Scintilli (Warp) 02 Amon Tobin :: ISAM (Ninja Tune) […]

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Alan Lockett’s Tops of 2011 :: So Far (So Good)

Igloo Magazine Contributing Editor, Alan Lockett’s verdict on 2011’s half-year of music is sofar, sogood, with his picks appearing on two Top lists here. To accompany this, extracts from his thirty picks were chosen and sorted into two piles, broadly designated ambient/drone and techno/dub/idm, and spun into a brace of mixes. :::….:.:::….:::::::..:::::…..::..::::…::::.:.::::..:::…:::….:::.::::.:.::.:::.:::.:::…:::..::…:: 20eleven sogood :: […]

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Alan Lockett’s Top picks from twenty-ten

A summary of Alan Lockett’s top fifteen selections of twenty-ten including helpful links to audio and visual media. 36 :: Hollow (3six) One of three 36 releases this year, any of which could have been included here. You know the score: ambient wall of sound built of treated guitar, synths, field recordings and sampling set […]

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Top releases of twenty-ten

With this article, 151 releases and 25 honorable mentions are highlighted as being titles that garnered the extra spins in 2010. These musicians (and associated labels) offered an abundance of quality productions coming from all corners of the globe with an emphasis on releasing music that doesn’t always follow a defined path. [January 2011] Twenty-ten […]

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Jus Forrest :: Top eight for 2009

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Top 8 releases :: Billy Currie :: Refine (s/r) Monoceros :: I Feel Apocalyptic Today (imaginary Nonexistent) Ben Frost :: By The Throat (Bedroom Community) Fredrik Ohr :: Fall Through the Earth (Aleph Zero) Slowcream :: and (Nonine) Cluster & Eno :: s/t (Eno) Ahnst Anders :: Many Ways (Ant-Zen) Requiem For Delinquency :: […]

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James Knapman :: Top lists for 2009

Top 10 releases :: Alva Noto :: Xerrox Vol. 2 (Raster-Noton) It seems my suspicions regarding this album all turned out to be true. Xerrox Vol.2 has been endlessly rotating on my CD player, on my iPod, at work, in the car, twisting through my brain, my dreams, as my waking moments… this music practically […]

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Paul Lloyd :: Top lists for 2009

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Top 10 releases :: A Wake A Week :: Little Black Cloud (Spectraliquid) Access to Arasaka :: Opidian (Tympanik Audio) Alva Noto :: Xerrox Vol.2 (Raster-Noton) Aphorism :: Surge (Tympanik Audio) Aidan Baker / Thisquietarmy :: A Picture of a Picture (Killer Pimp) Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words :: Lost in Reflections (Killer […]

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Alan Lockett :: Top lists for 2009

(January 2010) This is a rough guide for the Igloo-peruser who may be passing by, grazing, looking for some tasty electronic shoots from 2009’s crop. My choices are grouped into two – ‘Ambient’ and ‘Beats’ (mainly techno and dubstep, with a smattering of IDM) for greater clarity. With so many releases in these areas vying […]

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Josh Bratton :: Top lists for 2009

Top 20 Albums of 2009 :: Thomas Köner :: La Barca (Fario) Rhian Sheehan :: Standing in Silence (LOOP Recordings Aot(ear)oa) Leyland Kirby :: Sadly the Future is… (HAFTW) Alva Noto :: Xerrox Volume 2 (Raster-Noton) Jean-Michel :: Tons of Fun (Onpa) Elegi :: Varde (Miasmah) DJ Signify :: Of Cities (Bully) Christopher Hipgrave :: […]

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Pietro Da Sacco :: Top lists for 2009

(January 2010) Top 10’s are always an interesting task; with so many releases passing through these physical and virtual doors, some titles offer more of an audio impact and they are the ones that consistently remain in rotation with due credit. Etching a solid footprint during the past 365 days of 2009; there are numerous […]

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Zimbo :: Top lists for 2008

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Top 10 :: Fennesz :: Black Sea (Touch) Belong :: Colorloss Record – St. Ives (mp3 release) DJ Sprinkles (Terre Thaemlitz) :: Midtown 120 Blues (Mule Musiq) Paavoharju :: Laulu Laakson Kukista (Fonal) The Sight Below :: Glider (Ghostly International) Yellow Swans :: Deterioration (Modern Radio) Maga Bo :: Archipelagoes (Soot) Mike Shannon :: […]

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TJ Norris :: Top lists for 2008

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Top 10 :: Angel :: Hedonism (Editions Mego) Byetone :: Death of a Typographer (Raster-Noton) Machinefabriek + Stephen Vitiello :: Box Music (12K) Kamran Sadeghi :: Through Thickness (Dragon’s Eye) Ethan Rose :: Oaks (Holocene Music) DJ Olive :: Triage (Room40) Omit :: Interceptor (Helen Scarsdale Agency) Lawrence English :: Studies for Stradbroke (Winds […]

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Alan Lockett :: Top lists for 2008

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: 10 Beatless :: Fennesz :: Black Sea (Touch) Eluder :: The Most Beautiful Blue (Infraction) Stephan Mathieu :: Radioland (Die Schachtel) Christopher Bissonnette :: In Between Words (Kranky) Celer :: Discourses of the Withered (Infraction) Paul Bradley :: Consumed (Twenty Hertz) Fabio Orsi :: Audio for Lovers (Last Visible Dog) Gel-Sol :: IZ (Psychonavigation) […]

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Pietro Da Sacco :: Top lists for 2008

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Top 10 :: Autechre :: Quaristice (Warp) Byetone :: Death of a Typographer (Raster-Noton) Ginormous :: At Night, Under Artificial Light (Hymen) Mcmkm :: Orphan Ristophe (Mockmoon) Meat Beat Manifesto :: Autoimmune (Metropolis/Planet Mu) Milieu :: Paperbacks (Milieu Music) Tzolk’in :: Haab (Ant-Zen) V/A :: Electr-ohm Compilation 2 (Electr-ohm) V/A :: Emerging Organisms 2 […]

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Jericho Maxim :: Top lists for 2008

I didn’t get too much of a chance to listen to new music in 2008, instead spending most of the year studying for several certification exams. As such, what follows is more of a recap of the year for me and what I did get a chance to see/hear/experience, rather than a traditional “top 10.” […]

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Paul Lloyd :: Top lists for 2008

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Top 10 :: COIL :: Ape of Naples / The New Backwards (Important) V/A :: Recovery (Fractured) Edward Ka-Spel :: Dream Logik Parts 1-3 (Beta-Lactam Ring) Andrew Liles & Daniel Menche :: Progeny of Flies (Beta-Lactam Ring) Aidan Baker :: Book of Nods (Beta-Lactam Ring) Susan Matthews :: Axis Vein (Siren Wire) The Silverman […]

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James Knapman :: Top lists for 2008

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Top 10 :: Byetone :: Death of a Typographer (Raster-Noton) Kettel :: Myam James Part 1 (Sending Orbs) Model 500 :: Starlight (Echospace [Detroit]) Convextion – Convextion (Down Low) V/A :: Archive Volume 1 & 2 (B12) Kangding Ray :: Automne Fold (Raster-Noton) Alva Noto :: Unitxt (Raster-Noton) The Orb :: Orbus Terrarum (Island […]

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Mark Teppo :: Top lists for 2007

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Ulver :: Shadow of the Sun (Jester Records): Calling this “ambient metal” is somewhat of a disservice to both ambient and metal, but I’m at a loss to how else to quantify this record. It is a thousand miles away from their black metal beginnings, but in the wake of recent releases like Perdition […]

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Adam Winfield :: Top lists for 2007

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Top 10 :: The Tuss :: Rushup Edge Gabriel Ananda :: Bambusbeats Cobblestone Jazz :: 23 Seconds Gescom :: A1-D1 The Field :: From Here We Go Sublime The Ace of Clubs :: Benefist Ricardo Villalobos :: Fabric 36 Gui Boratto :: Chromophobia Cristian Vogel :: The Never Engine Puzzleweasel :: Exo-Grid Read Igloo […]

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Pietro Da Sacco :: Top lists for 2007

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Top 10 :: Aaron Spectre :: Lost Tracks (Ad Noiseam) Ab Ovo :: Mouvements (Ant-Zen) Hecq :: 0000 (Hymen) Port-Royal :: Afraid To Dance (Resonant) Riverz End :: Possible (Lagunamuch Community/Peace Tech.) Secede :: Vega Libre (Sending Orbs) Stendeck :: Faces (Geska) Talvekoidik :: Silent Reflections (Brume) Tobias Lilja :: Time Is On My […]

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James Knapman :: Top lists for 2007

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Top 10 :: Alva Noto :: Xerrox Vol. 1 (Raster-Noton) CoH :: Strings (Raster-Noton) Kettel :: Whisper Me Wishes (DUB) Legiac :: Mings Feaner (Sending Orbs) Secede :: Vega Libre (Sending Orbs) Senking :: List (Raster-Noton) Skallander :: Skallander (Type) Sylvain Chauveau :: S. (Type) The Orb :: U.F.Orb (2-Disc Re-issue) Vince Watson :: […]

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Alan Lockett :: Top lists for 2007

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Top 10 :: Adam Pacione :: From Stills to Motion (Infraction) Atomine Elektrine :: Nebulous (Essence) Deepchord presents Echospace :: The Coldest Season (Modern Love) Jefre Cantu-Ledesma :: The Garden Of Forking Paths (Spekk) Monostation :: Alchemy Series (nos. 8+9, 10+11, 12 released in ’07) (Limit Switch) Pliiant :: Cloakin’ (Ampoule) Quosp :: Soundscapes […]

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