Post Tagged with: "Downtempo"

Krystal Math :: Night Tones EP ([d]-tached)

Reminiscent of early Quinoline Yellow, Miles Tilmann, and Gimmik, classic IDM blips and clicks run rampant on Night Tones. Krystal Math (aka Manchester-based Christopher Tilmouth) drops a five track EP of melodic, modular electronics for Eddie Symons’ [d]-tached imprint—the original musical nesting ground for Bovaflux. Reminiscent of early Quinoline Yellow, Miles Tilmann, and Gimmik, classic […]

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Sun Sea Sky :: Three new releases and vinyl giveaway! (Melorman / Blochemy)

Three releases from Charleston, IL-based Sun Sea Sky are due for release in June—Melorman‘s limited vinyl release Somewhere, Someday LP (his first since the well-received 2013 album Waves) as well as the digital Away EP are set for June 6th, while Blochemy‘s Rame for June 13th. Three releases from Charleston, IL-based Sun Sea Sky are due for release in […]

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Boulderdash :: Just some parsecs away from home (DSM / Audionaut Capsule)

Boulderdash manage to hone their vintage IDM skills, finding new ways to thread emotive melodies, all the while utilizing hardware to create soft sound escapes for background listening. Sweden’s Daniel Skaborn and Hans Möller (aka Boulderdash)—one of the burgeoning IDM producers in the late 90s and early 00s—continue to manipulate sound inside quaint, melodic time capsules. Pro […]

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Scarper :: Warmer Squares (Plexus)

Warmer Squares is not, however, solely reliant on resurfacing rave tropes from a previous party generation—more so it throws a current day take around what made certain aspects dance music so enjoyable; melodies, chord progressions, pure waveforms and the eclectic mash up of soul, electronic, funk and breakbeat influences. Scarper finally delivers a debut long […]

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Midday Static :: Ektachrome (Self-Released)

References, contrasts and comparisons aside, Midday Static fine tunes his sound with Ektachrome, an album that is lively and condensed in a thick kaleidoscopic downbeat stew. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Dylan Boyd (aka Midday Static) understands how to combine those early inspirational Boards of Canada sounds with textured guitar works of his own. Last years Kodachrome rested on fuzzier static […]

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Dalham :: Waves (Public House Recordings)

Via a variant of woozy tape-saturated electronica that’s at once caustic and caressing, it boldly blurs signifiers of new brutalism and beautiful places. News of a new release whose mix of sci-fi and blue-skied synth is sure to win hearts and minds of Boards and Ghost Box buffs alike. Newcomer Dalham‘s Waves shares both those artists’ musico-cultural coordinates, and likemind hauntology—along with […]

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Eff Dst :: Blackout (Hymen)

Dense, fluid, and evolved, piano keys embark on soundtrack-driven environments as a propulsive bass assault shimmies its way throughout. Somewhere in the mist between foggy, dark industrial-tinged tones and lighter dub-ambient washes, Eff Dst (aka Belarus-based Sound Engineer, Dmitry Stepnov) delivers a contagious electronic album for Hymen titled Blackout. Dense, fluid, and evolved, piano keys embark […]

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Three on the Radar :: Andi Otto, Tosca, Tornado Wallace

The start of 2017 provided a hefty dose of downtempo electronica, dub and balearica. Here are three records you need to hear. Andi Otto :: VIA (Pingipung) Andi Otto, mostly known for his work as Springintgut, released his fourth solo album, VIA, in late January. It’s his first album under his real name. Already from the first […]

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Nonima :: Recur (Section 27)

Recur is choke-full of mechanically-infused electronic mayhem that is ever so lightly shielded by its tranquilized downtrodden shimmer. Section 27 founder Nonima (aka Tam Ferrans) reveals Recur, a diverse and abstract electronic abyss that segues into and out of consciousness. Take the opening “Recursor” as a starting point—elongated sounds from another galaxy expand and contract […]

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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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V/A :: Greenosophy chapter II collected by Mizoo (Ultimae)

A beautiful, topnotch output from every facet. The music, the mix, the production, the artwork, everything is constructed with love, passion and expertise. Ultimae and Mizoo start 2017 with a rich, pulsating blast of ambient, downtempo electronica and techno-ish deep trance, provided by a superb, international battery of artists—label regulars and newcomers. A work of […]

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Eusebeia :: Introversion EP (Mindtrick)

An extended player that opens a plateau of low-flying, lo-fi electronics and mysterious midnight sonic emissions. Eusebeia (aka Seb Watts) is a new alias to these ears, and a welcomed addition to the music library after having been the closure track on the excellent Frequencies of the Mind III compilation with the vocal dust-clouds of “In […]

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Scarper :: Lacuna EP (Plexus)

The most enjoyable thing about this EP is not just the music but also just how fun it is. The recent Kettel album on Clone also inhabited a similar space—putting quirkiness back into electronic music. Here’s a little gem that we missed back in 2016. Described by BBC 6 Music as “a modern day Jean Michel-Jarre“, […]

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4T Thieves :: Details EP (Mahorka)

Tranquil and mildly steering vintage synths, this third EP for Mahorka oozes instrumental percussive bits and melancholic vistas. It is very apparent that Nik at Kahvi Collective knows how to keep the proverbial wheels spinning. He’s run the long-standing net-label for over a decade, and continues to renew his own sound within the 4T Thieves […]

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Marconi Union :: Tokyo+ (Just Music)

Via Just Music, the British ultra-creative ambient outfit brings one of its more electronic-oriented outputs back to life coupled with a rich dessert in the form of a mesmerizing, cutting edge live performance. Tokyo was originally released by BineMusic in 2009 and delivered a crafty minimalist ambient techno display. Tokyo+ is a double album containing […]

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Loess :: Pocosin (n5MD)—exclusive stream

The multi-talented duo carefully stitch tempered, tranquil, pensive, and robust low-end tones on Pocosin—to be released February 17th with Oakland-based n5MD. Here’s an exclusive stream of “Striae”—a drifting and timeless sound escape that only Loess could navigate. Pine Barrens, NJ-based Clay Emerson and Ian Pullman (aka Loess) return with a new album. Their signature crumpled, colliding, slow-motion […]

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V/A :: CL-X: Crazy 10 Years A/V Compilation (Crazy Language)

Focused on a varietal mix from just about every exp-electronic sub-genre, CL-X: Crazy 10 Years is certainly a welcomed closure to the year, bringing much needed horsepower to propel us into 2017. Here’s another one before we close the books on 2016. Music certainly is a crazy language, and the Berlin-based netlabel celebrates its 10th […]

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Stray Dogs :: And The Days Began To Walk (Kvitnu)

And The Days Began To Walk is a brooding manifest that digs deep into the soil and excavates a propulsive, darkened soundtrack trove. Stray Dogs‘ third full length, And The Days Began To Walk, is a 6-piece orchestration that bends and twists elongated tribal distortions with electronic music. Here, the album is released on Vienna […]

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PBS’73 :: Rainbow TV (Eyesix)

Rainbow TV is a breathtaking audio snapshot that captures, contains and contorts those mid-70’s public broadcasts. Whenever I’m looking for nostalgic electronics, faded psychedelic bits and bytes, or just fuzzy synthesizer trails, Eyesix has you well covered. And just as the Twoism collective discovers and dissects each Boards Of Canada frequency burst, I find that the […]

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Ruxpin :: We Become Ravens (n5MD)

IDM formulas on a soft bed of synths and a sobering hint of odd sounds from nature and the subconscious. A great connection between electronic and analog elements, offering nothing but a colorful production on a winding path. Iceland’s Ruxpin (aka Jónas Thór Guðmundsson) presents his latest for n5MD titled We Become Ravens. The whole album is as […]

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Understated Theory :: Critical Drift EP (Sparkwood)

Understated Theory’s 2015 EP, Critical Drift, is another example of the fine ears on the folks at Sparkwood Records. Must be something special about the Norwegian cold. Understated Theory’s 2015 EP, Critical Drift, is another example of the fine ears on the folks at Sparkwood Records. Must be something special about the Norwegian cold. At […]

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James Murray :: Eyes to the Height (Ultimae)

With Eyes to the Height Murray takes the Ultimae panoramic sound experience to a new level of idiosyncratic creativity that places him at the forefront of the ambient electronica arena as one of the most innovative and individual sounding artists of our times. James Murray‘s 2008 debut album Where Edges Meet is one of the […]

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V/A :: Sectioned v6​.​0 (Section 27)

Yet another behemoth compilation that spotlights Planet Earth’s finest sonic engineers. Carving, along the way, a splendid cross-section encompassing exp-electronic music and its kaleidoscopic splinter fields. Where do we start with this one? Yet another behemoth compilation that spotlights Planet Earth’s finest sonic engineers. Carving, along the way, a splendid cross-section encompassing exp-electronic music and its kaleidoscopic splinter fields. […]

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Subheim :: Trails EP Track Premiere (Denovali)

The Berlin-based producer returns to Denovali armed with Trails, a brand new 4-track EP featuring his boldest and deepest work to date plus a pulsating, hypnotic techno-ish remix from label mate John Lemke. Scroll down for an exclusive stream of the EP’s third track, “Forsaken Part II.” In the course of a decade Kostas K. […]

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GLOBAL NOISE :: Astral Travel Agency, EarthCry, Fourth Dimension

Old school trance vibrations from Hungary, mind-bending electronica from the U.S. and retro space music from Serbia. Astral Travel Agency :: Digital Spirits (Self-Released) Hungary-based producer Tamás Olejnik creates music under many monikers. Under Astral Travel Agency he conjures the ancient spirits of Goa trance and the deep vibes of the psychedelic chillout of the […]

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A WINTER TRANSMISSION :: Smith & Mudd, Experiments in Silence, Drape, Fatih Tuter

Time for this year’s second Winter Transmission. Four albums to keep you warm and cozy yet soul-stirred and mind-stimulated during the cold gray days. Smith & Mudd :: Gorthleck (Claremont 56) This is what dreams are made of. Nine deep ambient folktronica tracks with 70s space music flavors, ethereal post-rock glow and a gentle Floyd-ish […]

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V/A :: Starseed (Synphaera)

It’s not easy to construct a good V/A compilation that keeps the listener engaged all the way, but the minds over at Synphaera have managed to do exactly that with a lot of style and grace. Chris Bryant and Don Tyler (together known as Ascendant) have started Synphaera Records out of need for a suitable […]

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Posh Isolation :: The less trodden trails of Copenhagen

In an age where so much electronic music has chosen to strip back, to dumb down and pander to the room, this Danish imprint has decided to take the road less traveled; and they’ve found something pretty special at the end of that path. I went to Copenhagen last Easter. Maybe it was the Easter […]

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Five questions with The Smoke Clears

Producer John Daly has camouflaged himself under his The Smoke Clears moniker for the second time and released the project’s second output last month via Dublin’s All City. Igloo Magazine managed to catch Daly for a quick Q & A. Read what he had to say and stream the album and the hallucinatory video for […]

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