Post Tagged with: "Abstract"

Sova Stroj :: Refugium (Testtoon)

Refugium is sobering LP that challenges the listener and compels them to not only think, but to reflect; a difficult feat in these busy times. When all falls silent, what do you hear? When consciousness rests, what do you see? When night falls, who do you miss? The press release for Sova Stroj’s latest album […]

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b°tong :: Monastic (Reverse Alignment)

Delivering sonic, sinister and grandiose aural vibrations, Monastic removes any trace of melody to concentrate on the psycho-acoustic density of shapes, moods and tones. Based in Germany, Christ Sigdell is an active sound-artist who now works under the moniker of b°tong. His field of experimentations includes concrete sound industrialism, drone ambient and field recordings. After a […]

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John Heckle :: Translate (030303)

Sleek and slender strings, blushed pads and warmth to even out those grizzled hi-hats and snares. A quality addition for 030303 and a fantastic addition to Ireland’s electronic music scene. It appears John Heckle, a stalwart of Tabernacle, has left his hometown of Liverpool and sailed across the Irish Sea to Dublin. Andrew Ingram, one […]

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Monoiz :: Qodkluster EP (Detroit Underground)

Qodkluster, to put it simply, is very well-produced next-level electro-glitch. Abstract and effective electronic music with just the right amount of horsepower and conviction to keep the genre alive and well. Not unlike what you would consume on the Raster imprint, Monoiz fractures percussion and technoid rhythms to no end. “Cyclock5” does just that, its […]

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Belief Defect :: Decadent Yet Depraved (Raster)

Decadent Yet Depraved is a music which can only exist in—and reflect—the pulverized remains and contradictions of a giddy late capitalist plunge into its own abyss. As much as Decadent Yet Depraved utilizes the equipment and machineries of contemporary society, its derangement of them and its throttling, absurdist violence—speak to its attempt to identify music (and […]

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Kingbastard :: Error EP (Odd John)

Chris Weeks‘ Kingbastard moniker continues to explore robotic electronics and vast sound scrapping through circuitry. This three-track EP further details the artists’ unique ability to craft a succinct collection of decomposed tracks. Chris Weeks‘ Kingbastard moniker continues to explore robotic electronics and vast sound scrapping through circuitry. This three-track EP further details the artists’ unique […]

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Geistform :: Señales EP (Femur)

The coarse and calculated sequences of the industrial are omnipresent on the EP, as is an experimentation with modular synthesis and expectations of electronica. Espinosa investigates a bleakness and brutality that is usually ignored, a sound where man has fallen and redemption will not be granted. Frak and Celldöd were Femur’s first vinyl steps, the […]

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Iteration Corporation :: Gravitropic (Pulse Drift)

IC takes it as a compliment when asked if Gravitropic is electro, citing the genre’s ability to explore “themes pertaining to human consciousness, quantum physics and alter dimensional realities more so than most other genres of electronic music.” He describes his sound “an organic movement toward breaking fertile ground, a gradual movement toward what is possible…” […]

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Franck Kartell :: Alaska (Bass Agenda)

The LP toys with the parameters of electro, layering in shades of electronica and IDM. Beats are present but shrouded in stark shadow, blurred in the low light of the northern plains. A record of ambitious proportions and sublime execution. Electro has always been a “distant” or “otherworldly” sound. Kraftwerk saw it as the music of […]

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Scanner :: The Great Crater (Glacial Movements)

Mostly articulated around textures, The Great Crater also contains timbral experimentations, subtly droning flux and micro modulations. Active since the early 90s, Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner) has made a name in the world of minimal electronic music, intelligent dance music and reticular sound design. The albums published on Sub Rosa stand as important releases in […]

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Mtch :: Splt / Rlm (Kaer’Uiks)

Devoid of emotional impact, the album moves forward via robotic glitch, clicks, flicks, and blips that are ruggedly manifested around bass jolts that even Autechre might adore. Mtch unveils Splt / Rlm, a 10-track album providing surreal sound-scrapes, disjointed electrical activity, and dynamic mood-shifts formed around audible data-pushing. Devoid of emotional impact, the album moves […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: The Frozen Years EP (Condition:Human)

The Frozen Years manipulates and unfurls a sonic myriad of sound—its distilled and disturbed frequency jolts more relaxed, CRT continues with his own imprint perhaps hinting at what’s to come. Reportedly between albums, this extended player sees Charles Terhune (aka Cathode Ray Tube) migrate into more metallic chemical streams and smoothened IDM fragments. Where previously […]

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In Rotation :: Multi-view (August 2017)

In rotation for the past few weeks, this multi-view reveals the latest sonic landscape from five more talented musicians. Plenty of brittle, glitch, abstract, noisy, mechanical and bass-infused sounds with releases by Adam Jay, Aeon Waves, C_C, Min-Y-Llan, and Mr. Projectile. Adam Jay :: Maxia Zeta (Detroit Underground) Adam Jay (Southerland) continues to maximize melodic […]

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Ecto Mist :: Equal EP (Genot Centre)

Underground turbulence and low-end structures wrap themselves around fuzzy atmospheric debris. Equal is an addictive, nocturnal, and delirious state of erratic dub-consciousness. Prague-based cassette label Genot Centre unleashes a 5-track extended player from Ecto Mist. Underground turbulence and low-end structures wrap themselves around fuzzy atmospheric debris. Crunchy, subdued and bound by some unusual forces, the […]

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UnknownmiX :: Chew Some More (Lux Rec.)

Lux Rec has never adhered to one style. Techno, house, soundtracks and of course gnarled EBM under the MRT wing. Once again the pick, trowel and brush are being employed, this time for 80s avant garde group UnknownmiX. Lux Rec has never adhered to one style. Techno, house, soundtracks and of course gnarled EBM under […]

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Bauri :: Vinkelvolten EP (Firescope)

A sound that many have forgotten but one that deserves to be heard, a style that had little pretense and would inspire modern acts like Kettel or EOD. Firescope gazing back to find Bauri at his vintage best. Nostalgia can be dangerous. The swoon for the past, candied memories of a bygone time. Nostalgia is […]

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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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