Post Tagged with: "Abstract"

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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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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Femur :: Electronic down to its bones

Based on the strength of these first two 12”s (by Frak and Celldöd), a new, interesting, and forward looking label has just been established here in Spain and one, which I have no doubt, will be a success. Femur. After five years of running a club night, after a compilation on Clasicos Del Ruidos, after enough […]

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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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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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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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Aquarium to Warren Raww :: The many habitats of Natural Sciences (Interview & Mix)

Then you meet those who refuse to adhere (to the spiral staircase of genres), who defy the norms and set their own standards. Manchester’s Natural Sciences would come under this banner. I’ve always used labels as a reference point to get a handle on electronic music. True, that guide rail isn’t as important as when […]

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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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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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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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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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Ultradyne :: Antarctica (re-issue) (Exterminador)

The gristle and grunt of the machine is a feature of this first and only album. Gears blur, snares grate into melodies as percussion pierces all. Within every genre there are the darker purveyors. The blackened stalwarts of techno, the seedy perverts of house; electro is no exception. Coming from the grime and grit, from […]

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V/A :: Meditations 3 (Shimmering Moods)

Meditations 3 is a fine collection of modern, discreetly pulsating and cerebral ambient sketches. Shimmering Moods is back with a new collection of intimate, soothing and semi-experimental ambient tracks provided here as a compilation built on unreleased sound materials offered by regular artists / projects of the label. However this compilation gives the occasion to introduce […]

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Sone Urbia :: Theros (Helikon)

Two tracks of blackened industrial ambience, tarred techno smeared with soot. Alienating and undeniably estranging, Sone Urbia’s music seeks the negative side of the spectrum. The world we live in is changing. A statement that is being bandied about a lot at the minute. Trump. Brexit. The rise of the right. The western world is changing. […]

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Sceptre Fretpen :: PLUGH (Sparkwood)

PLUGH carefully unwraps (these) introspective, nuanced and alluring downtempo/ambient flurries. A soundtrack haven for questioning souls on this circular cosmic spot. Delve into electrical fields and majestic strings, distilled beats and soft rhythms, PLUGH from Sceptre Fretpen at the helm. Somewhere between calm guitar flicks and downtempo streams, “Thin Abyss” elicits all that is tranquil and fluid in […]

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Ignatius :: Hudibrastic & Smug Ruins EPs (Buried In Time)

Ignatius blends (these) interconnected noisy streams into mangled glitch sandstorms and electrical distortions. Ignatius certainly knows a thing or two about modular equipment, on both Hudibrastic and Smug Ruins, it’s evident that there’s more to life than waiting for another round of Autechre material. If elseq-1-5 was any indication of Ae’s “constantly shifting focus,” than Ignatius […]

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V/A :: Unboxed Brain (De:Tuned)

Brainbox, and now Unboxed Brain, shows the range that exists within this almost limitless genre. Embrace the factory floor. Pull close to your bosom the clatter and clang of the warehouse.   I was out the other weekend here in Madrid, went to a club night where Daniele Cosmo, of Lux Rec, and me mate […]

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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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Goodbye, but not farewell :: Femur Mix

I was lucky enough to get behind the turntables there in November of 2015, a mangled and mashed warm up mix before Alessandro Parisi and Juanpablo rounded off a cracking Frigio Showcase. Never got round to doing a track list and hence the wait, only took 18 months! Friday night. Rain. Hail. Oppressive heat. Round […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sixty Drops :: Turquoise (Self-Released)

A breath of fresh air, an ode to docile glitch, brisk clicks, and wandering trails, Turquoise is solemn, disparaging, and filled with electrical noodles meant to be entangled in its downtempo sheen. Turquoise opens with the emotional “Fold 013,” a crisp, glitch and an intertwined chant wraps itself in a mesmerizing loop akin to Dead […]

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