Post Tagged with: "Dubstep"

Eusebeia :: Realization EP (Mindtrick)

A quaint four-track EP that reveals finer dubstep elements—casually drifting, falling, and fading away. Eusebeia returns to Mindtrick with Realization, a quaint four-track EP that reveals finer dubstep elements—casually drifting, falling, and fading away. Early this year we examined the Introversion EP described as “midnight sonic emissions.” This release follows a similar path, its downtempo […]

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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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TROP :: ENCLP001 (Encrypted Audio)

A turbulent electronic foray encompassing bass, beats and brutal rhythms. TROP is Fill Spectre (Fred Chicoine from Montreal) and Kronodigger (Alexey Gorokholinskiy from New York), a collaborative force set to stir darker dub-infested waters. Their debut on Encrypted Audio rips through a turbulent electronic foray encompassing bass, beats and brutal rhythms. Take “The Destroyers of All” […]

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Beyond The Bristol Sound… Subtext to Fluid Audio

A post-card from Bristol—post-trip hop, drum’nbass, dubstep, a view beyond The Bristol Sound. Alan Lockett surveys the field, and picks out new sounds from Subtext, Sullen Tone, and Fluid Audio. Moving to Bristol in the 90s offered a vantage point from which to view the rise of a group of artists whose time had come, media-constructed as […]

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Loom in Essence :: Orchestra of androids on synths

Loom in Essence‘s new album DigitAlchemy was released in January through Mycelium Music. A classical and futuristic bass journey through time and emotions. The following interview with Aaron Bjerke (Loom in Essence) covers the inspiration for this new album and his plans for 2016. There is a classical influence to DigitAlchemy which I really enjoyed, […]

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The Fear Ratio :: Refuge Of A Twisted Soul (Skam)

A creepy, dark collection of soundscapes and minor, skeletal melodies stretched out over sparse beats. One thing I love about writing reviews is that as a musician another musician’s work is a great way to reflect upon my own. Some albums even make me reconsider my own approaches, which is not surprising but it’s harder […]

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Maduro :: Filter Sick (Component)

Filter Sick is a heavily processed album that leaves no sound unaffected nor unmolested. Filter Sick by Maduro is a complex, frenetic and glitchy sonic affair. It reminds me of fever dreams had as a child where my delirious mind tried desperately to collate sensory input amidst the microbial infestation afflicting me into a cohesive […]

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Subminimal :: Sinian (Möller)

Percussion is the focus here, drum and bass sequences constantly rearing their head and you get the feeling it’s all held back to keep a sense of clarity about the record. For a record that initially focuses on sparseness and the minimal of melodic sounds, it sure is excitable. The aptly named artist Subminimal dominates […]

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Enkephalin :: Cloud Surfer EP (Kaometry)

Cloud Surfer doesn’t venture too far off the beaten path but does allow for an expansive array of carefully woven sounds to forage into the subconscious. Enkephalin (aka Thomas Cordy) strikes again for Germany-based Kaometry. Gritty sound design, erratic dubstep bass and slithering lows form the foundations on the title track. “Stratophony” expands enriched shuffling data […]

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Maduro :: Black Ice Ballet (Octofoil)

Minimal drops and wickedly complex percussive wizardry that keeps you locked to the groove yet constantly on guard, advancing cautiously into the unforgiving night. With the deceptively innocent chimes of a child’s toy, Maduro welcomes us into his world. A dystopian megalopolis caught in the crux between machine domination and the fading echoes of organic […]

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wAgAwAgA :: Acid Highway (Acroplane)

Frantic, relentless, mentally unstable, I think that about covers the main thrust. And I thought acid was a dead genre! Just goes to show that in the right hands everything is packed full of potential. This LP walks a skittering line flirting around the edges of squelchy acid rave, dub, breakcore, and some other stuff […]

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Sayaconcept :: Nara (Asadoya Yunta) (Bit-Phalanx)

On this debut single by a singular Japanese duo, the three-stringed shamisen leads light, caressing vocals by the hand beneath the shade of subtle electronics to the unhurried thump of one great, big drum. On this debut single by a singular Japanese duo, the three-stringed shamisen leads light, caressing vocals by the hand beneath the […]

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Photophob :: Large Headroom Collider (Self-Released)

Slower atmospheric pieces sit alongside frantic breakcore with proper science applied to the drum programming. A slightly schizophrenic album from Photophob here. Slower atmospheric pieces sit alongside frantic breakcore with proper science applied to the drum programming. Personally I think the former is where Photophob’s strength is, the large atmospheric soundtrack style, while good seems […]

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Known Rebel :: Ocelo EP (Mindtrick)

Slowly creeping back and forth in a rhythmic shadowy abyss, the Ocelo EP is a deep-seated electronic billow that doesn’t let up. Known Rebel follows up from the release of Hollow (Typmanik Audio, 2012) with a new home on this brief sojourn with Mindtrick. This time taking on a more tranquilized approach, Ocelo is a four-track […]

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Maduro :: Blood Turns Black (Octofoil)

Ricocheting back and forth between a post-dubstep sound and infused industrial mayhem, broken slabs of noise and grit interface with toxic rhythms. Washington-DC based Dave B has been producing harsher elements of electronic music for over a decade and continues with his Maduro outfit on the digital-only Blood Turns Black. As you might expect, but […]

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Atiq & EnK :: Embracing The Unknown (Mindtrick)

Embracing The Unknown features enough inventive and complementary material to make it a must for those who really got into Fear Of The Unknown. Embracing The Unknown is an extensive collection of remixes of Atiq & EnK’s 2013 debut, Fear of the Unknown, a joint release by Tympanik Audio and Mindtrick Records. Curating a remix […]

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V/A :: Livity Sound (Livity Sound)

With each track allowed to stretch out an average of six minutes, ideas are allowed to develop, moods to establish, thoughts to be completed. Shipshape and Bristol fashion, Livity Sound is the flagship label of Tom Ford (Peverelist), Joe Cowton (Kowton) and Craig Stennett (Asusu) and it’s just launched its first compilation, a double disc […]

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COMADUSTER :: igloomix

Exclusively for Igloo Magazine, Comaduster crushes old and new school dubstep, fuses glitched out IDM and rewires intense ambient electronic strands into this compellingly crafted new hybrid mix that ably reflects his own intricately assembled style. Sound designer Real Cardinal’s storming debut album Hollow Worlds as Comaduster dropped in June 2013 on Tympanik Audio to massive […]

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Burial :: Rival Dealer (Hyperdub)

Burial’s output is becoming harder and harder to predict or track, and to so boldly eschew the expected dark, angst-ridden, minor key moodiness in favor of messages of positivity, support and compassion makes Rival Dealer one of his most defining releases to date. Over the last few years it has become difficult not to associate […]

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DJ Olive feat. Honeychild Coleman :: THWIS (The Agriculture)

Coleman’s sweet, sweet voice is treated as a delicate instrument by Olive, fragments and shavings of it nestling alongside his soft, rootsy bass, dub keyboards and snakey synth. Gregor Asch (aka DJ Olive) is one of this generation’s true big-city renaissance men: turntablist, producer and remixer (sometimes as “The Audio Janitor”); one of the central […]

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Kode9 :: Rinse: 22 (Rinse)

British beat and bass avantgarde and head of touchstone Hyperdub label, is notably partial to its darker, miry side, and despite opening with an exemplary track by poster-boy Burial, feeds out increasingly rapid-paced stuff on this mix CD, thirty-seven tracks over a breakneck sixty-five minutes, wrapping up with a showcase of recent signing DJ Rashad, […]

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A Tribe Called Red :: Nation II Nation (Pirates Blend)

A personal and cultural statement that unashamedly stands on the shoulders of what came before. Ottawa, Ontario outfit A Tribe Called Red return with a second album of Native American stylings set to thoroughly modern bass heavy foot-moving music, drawing influences from dubstep, trap and other such journalistic classifications. This DJ/producer crew are made up […]

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Hecq :: Horror Vacui (Hymen)

Among the cataclysmic beats, atmospheric debris, noisy elements and brushed electronics, Hecq manages to once again display unconventional yet coherent music that defies categorization. Hecq (aka Ben Lukas Boysen) continues to baffle the mind with mechanically enriched detail and on Horror Vacui we see the prolific artist unleash some unreleased gems of the past decade […]

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Erratic :: Downward Echoes EP (Acre)

A mixture of downtempo glitch, textured electro, gritty rhythms and eerie electronic devices leave the listener to unveil skewed ambient swirls on Downward Echoes. Such cohesive audible distortion couldn’t have come at a better time. A mixture of downtempo glitch, textured electro, gritty rhythms and eerie electronic devices leave the listener to unveil skewed ambient […]

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Five questions for Crackling Claps

London, England’s Crackling Claps pushes low-end frequencies to no apparent end and has done so for just over a year. Label operator Wine Not (WN) directs the label in true artistic form as each release scratches the surface of dub, bass and experimental strains. Igloo Magazine :: When did Crackling Claps start up and what […]

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Bimbotronic :: Street View EP (Crackling Claps)

There’s a certain charm tucked away in these recordings, each track replete with low-flying basslines. Bimbotronic (aka Richard Faulty) delves head-first into dub-infused space via Street View, a 5-track extended player for Crackling Claps. There’s a certain charm tucked away in these recordings, each track replete with low-flying basslines—take “Around You” as the primary focus—tumbling […]

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Mindelixir :: Lunology (Outside)

Taking cues from the likes of Joker and Clams Casino, Mindelixir segues oddly delicate melodies in juxtaposition against bravado vocal stabs and the boom / snap of the 808. Lunology finds North Carolina based producer Bill Schimel (aka Mindelixir) serving up an enticing combination of slo-mo melodic trap versus sci-fi R&B—perfect for pool side lounging […]

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MAEODI :: Maeodi EP

Maeodi is an undertaking to reinterpret the modern Los Angeles sound with a bass heavy, ethereal composition: thick textures, heightened sensibility, melodic and full frequency. Maeodi, a collaboration between Scott Smullen and Chris Bolszo, premieres its first release with a self-titled 5 song EP. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, these two have over […]

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Comaduster :: Hollow Worlds (Tympanik Audio)

 That Hollow Worlds is Cardinal’s debut LP is nothing short of miraculous. Little wonder, then, that it has been such a hotly anticipated release, as there are precious few artists out there capable of creating such finely cut gems as this. When an artist develops a reputation and a following that builds up incredible levels […]

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