Post Tagged with: "Abstract"

Tapage :: Chrome Fragments (LoMechanik)

Despite its minimalist sound architecture Chrome Fragments is a tremendously imaginative and originally conceived album that will ravish fans of obscure dubstep, and evocative ambient soundscapes from the likes of Architect, Hecq, and Autechre. Tijs Ham is a sound designer and electronic music producer from the Netherlands. After a first experience in the breakcore/hardcore techno […]

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Vizier of Damascus :: Bukhara Kites Part One (Rednetic)

Tumbling arpeggios shift to splayed hip-hop breaks and wonky Eastern melody whilst TV documentary samples and short, pretty vignettes conjure further atmospherics on this wildly inventive and strange long player. UK-based producer, recording artist and sound designer, Arfan Ezra Munir Rai, steps up in his Vizier of Damascus guise with an LP of blunted mysticism […]

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Giraffe :: Climate (Marmo Music)

Marmo Music’s latest roster addition, Giraffe, is a group that share this experimental edge, this desire to throw caution to the wind and allow improvisation to lead the way. You’d probably have more luck predicting the ever changeable Irish weather than you would pinning down Marmo Music. The Berlin based imprint actively ignores the biases […]

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Turbo Teeth :: Yellow Equals One EP (Untitled-1)

Gescom-inspired glitch, bass, distortion, leftfield techno, and all manner of distraction leaves this EP in a field of its own. Turbo Teeth is the solo project of one of Athens’ most offbeat musicians Giorgos Axiotis, member of Balinese Beast, Free Piece of Tape, Holefold and Tom Cruisin’. Released in limited quantities (300 white vinyl), but […]

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Valcrond Video :: Stepping into the vortex with Luke Wyatt

The biases and preconceptions of 4/4 beats and a groove are melted and mutated with ambient, field recording and even indie in oblong moulds of house and techno. One thing is for sure, Valcrond Vide is doing something that few others are attempting and once it arrives on your platters, as it has on mine, it’ll […]

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V/A :: Hallucino Attics (Dissolved Re​-​Constructed 2001​-​2006) (Section 27)

Hallucino Attics displays a virtual cornucopia of audio delights in the form of 25-tracks that bend, twist, and contort freely. Perhaps the widest genre-bending lens in the experimental electronic arena, its aural construct and splendid reprieve from the norm makes for the quintessential musical reference point. Yet another massive undertaking, and one that came together by […]

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Ignatius :: Legacy Systems (Buried In Time)

Legacy Systems, in summary, is built upon the fluid relationship between man and machine, offering along the way, an extraterrestrial sound field that is utter Autechrean electronic bliss. Perhaps pointing to outdated computer systems, or technology in its title, Ignatius—covered quite a bit in our pages—continues to craft out of this world modular audio collages […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: Atlas Of Migraine (Heterodox)

Atlas Of Migraine details an expansive foray through the ventricles of intelligent dub music, mustering up hundreds of ideas that disperse evenly upon its technoid infused landscape. Cathode Ray Tube (aka Chang Terhune) returns with a new full-length titled Atlas Of Migraine for Oregon-based Heterodox—a visual mapping of sorts that details the artists’ 16-year battle with migraines—now […]

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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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