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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 Aitor […]

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V/A :: Covert II (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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Jesse Osborne-Lanthier :: Unalloyed, Unlicensed, All Night! (Raster-Noton)

An abrasive, agitated and swift EP that bursts at the seams, as it should, based on its initial construct. Robust and well-rounded, it’s hard to believe this EP was conceived only 2-hrs before a live set in Paris. The Berlin / Montreal-based, Canadian unearths cataclysmic electronics for this Raster-Noton release. Broken techno slivers punch through […]

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Qebrus :: ᐔ ᐌ ᐂ ᐍ ᐚ EP (Love Love)

Qebrus’ definitive arcane noises all seem to coalesce somehow. Next-level experimentation, chaotic as can be, this EP is the perfect soundtrack to an altered parallel universe. We’ve written about Qebrus in the past, but it’s always been a challenge. Yes, his music is a challenge—it defies convention, rips through an electronic mess and leaves the […]

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Rolando Simmons :: Walk on Strawberries (030303)

In a way Walk on Strawberries marks a shift in Simmons’ sound. The sound of the silver box is a central column of the 12”, but it takes a backseat as the Swedish musician explores other avenues. There was a buzz around 030303‘s finding of Rolando Simmons. An unknown name and a musician of talent, […]

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Filippo Diana :: Nemesi (KOOAAD Muzik)

A rounded vision of the sounds of the silver screen. A singular style isn’t adhered to, instead Diana explores all. Blood stained full moons, rain soaked sidewalks and the sole figure. KOOAAD Muzik’s second release bears a distant resemblance to its older brother. The first release on Joe Drive’s label, by the founder, has its feet […]

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Very Clever Music – V/A :: Brainbox (De:Tuned)

Rose tinted glasses aside, Brainbox is a seriously impressive undertaking. Six records from some twenty five pioneers, masters and newcomers. This new collection displays another side of Belgian label as a range of styles come into focus, from squirreled out acid and ambient immersion to electronica and glitch. There´s a fair bit of childish innocence that […]

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Franck Kartell :: Coïncidences (Bass Agenda)

The second LP from this Frenchman was his soundtrack to a 1962 film. Coïncidences is music of a broader narrative. Links, crossovers, connections between our lives, our technology and our ideas. Through a reduced lens Kartell has produced a sheer and stylistic record, one that finds incredible depth through a shallow selection of sounds. La […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #3 :: Party Like It’s 1991

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camped-up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #3 1991 made waves in 2012 with High-Tech High-Life (Opal Tapes)—chewy New Age synth ‘n’ soundscapes laced with arpeggiating timbres and shimmering drones, and self-titled (Astro:Dynamics)–IDM-y sounds shot through with post-ambient forms and off-kilter melodies, while his Skogen, Flickan Och […]

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“This is Analogical Force. The club. The label. The music.” :: Beneath Madrid

What Analogical Force are doing is releasing a wide range of electronics with definite nods to the past whilst searching for new talent. What they are doing is bringing international music and talent to the Spanish capital, the next being B12 performing Electro Soma live. 90s Britain and electronic music are synonymous. Skam. B12. Warp. […]

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Inkamera :: Time Rewind (Last Known Trajectory)

Cold computer electronics which thaw with palpable emotion, the fragility of flesh beside metal, the soul in a synthesizer. Victoria Lukas has focused on collaborations over the last few years. After a spate of releases on labels like Frustrated Funk, as Vita, and Clone, with Gerald Donald as Zerkalo, Lukas’most recent partnership has been with […]

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Antonio :: Breeze (Smashing Tape)

The overarching style comes from the pits of punk, a mechanized revolt of pistons and gravel. Yet there are softer moments lurking under those creaking sounds, warm keys cutting through the oil soaked gears. Tough, true, but there’s also a tender edge that counters, and compliments, the harshness. Antonio Barbetta has had a very successful […]

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V/A :: Echt Walle Traxx | Lem/Tobs :: Double Portrait (Drowned)

The crew of Drowned definitely lean towards the darker edges of the dancefloor. An elbow, followed by a shoulder and then a shove is how the Bremen lads meet the club, don’t forget a fair bit of thump in there too. An enviable seam of talent underpins the Bremen electronic scene. Drowned and ZCKR have […]

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Enzo Kreft :: Dark Matter (Walhalla)

There’s a weird and wonderful quality to Dark Matter. It follows no line, in many respects Kreft was one of the progenitors of synth wave and he reached that point through experimentation and change. Tracks and ideas bound and leap, scrolling drone skips joyfully into self-deprecating poetry and beyond into congratulation. It’s hard for an […]

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Rhyw :: Rhyw TH05 (TH ± Tar Hallow)

Drums rain down, battering into a bulwark of bass as a bludgeoning techno beast takes form. Moody and malignant, the EP has a haunting and haunted quality. TH ± Tar Hallow has managed to hammer its way into my head. With its no nonsense, pile driving style from a deviant crew of contorted machine criminals. A […]

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Breaklab :: Reet (ZCKR)

Ambient is the style pursued across the five installations. Resonance, echo, fade and decay are the central tools. No tracks are titled, in fact they somewhat merge into one another. I was listening to Will Self recently. If you don’t know him he’s a droll character. His voice has languid quality but his written, and […]

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The search for Aphex Twin, the unearthing of RX-101

There’s an undeniable romance attached to the music of Richard D. James. Aphex Twin coined a sound in the 90s that refused to sit in any one genre. Techno. House. Electro. Acid. IDM. The Rephlex co-founder cultivated a mystery around himself. Ducking and diving between monikers, adopting pseudonyms and nom de plumes as he skipped […]

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Mike Davis :: Dreamland (Carousel)

Thought provoking sounds with just enough thump, cerebral electronics without the pomp; simply put, a wonderful 12” from an artist I’ll be keeping a close ear on. You’d do well to track down Mike Davis on discogs, he’s the forty seventh entry if you’re curious. But don’t let the lack of a sepulchral pseudonym or […]

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