Post Tagged with: "Electronica"

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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Caron :: Shifted Reality (030303)

At its heart this is an EP of deep techno. Sounds have been mined from difficult to reach depths for this quartet, sounds nurtured into form whilst being allowed to keep their innate inchoate nature. Superbly immersive music. 030303 has been lying low since last year’s releases. However, don’t mistake a quiet spell for inactivity. […]

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Carbon Based Lifeforms :: Derelicts (Blood Music / Leftfield)

The beloved duo returns with its highly anticipated fifth album, Derelicts. Watch the video for the album’s opener, “Accede” Press release from Blood Music: Legendary ambient unit Carbon Based Lifeforms returns after a six year hiatus with their most haunting work to date. The Swedish duo’s fifth album Derelicts escorts the group’s massive analog ambiance […]

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Doing the rounds with 3.14 :: Pi Electronics (Interview and Mix)

Aegean Electronics is growing, soaking up the talent and enthusiasm centred around Athens. Labels such as Echovolt, Vanila and Lower Parts, artists like June, Morah and Damcase, as well as platforms like Phormix, are carving out their own territory in the competitive arena that is the hearts and minds of the faithful. Pi Electronics is […]

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B12 :: Electro Soma II Re-Issue (Warp)

For those of you who missed Electro Soma, I’m envious. You now have the opportunity to delve into an album of inspirational electronic music, an album that few others have been able to equal; until now. Electro Soma II is not the same as its predecessor but it is made out of the same synthesizer […]

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Heinrich Dressel :: The Styx Swamp (Barba)

In spite of the electro coolness running through the record there is also an inviting techno undertone. Lombardozzi finds an enviable equilibrium between fluid waterways and firmer ground, an island of texture and turbulence. Barba Records is a pretty curious imprint, as is its parent label Burek. Coming out of Croatia, perhaps not the most […]

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The Exaltics feat. Rudolf Klorzeiger :: Das Heise Experiment 2 (The Prequel) (Solar One)

The release sets the scene, a back story of mutation and machine music. The six tracks narrate a Frankenstein tale, with the picture disc and comic strip (also included) putting flesh on the bone. A collector’s piece of wax that gives just a little taste of ghoulish things to come. There has been a fair […]

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John Shima :: Renegade (Distant Worlds)

John Shima’s sounds have become more intricate, more patterned, yet he has managed to maintain that deftness of touch which makes him one of the most interesting UK techno producers. Renegade brings something else with it. It brings to light a new imprint, one which seems dedicated to a lesser promoted style of electronics. John […]

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Com Truise :: Iteration (Ghostly International)

Iteration may suffer a little from that samey-ness that has crept into some of his previous records, but honestly, if you’re coming to Com Truise for this sound, is there really anything wrong with “more of the same” if it’s done well? Probably not, and with a little pruning of a few tracks here and […]

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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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Techno’s Outer Limits :: July 2017

Latest emission in a series from Techno’s Twilight Zone of EPs/12″s and LPs with notes in the margins.   First up, Avian hosts 400ppm for Fit for Purpose, a set of neo-Industrial Techno sketches skulking around a kind of ‘floor functionalism flirting with something vaguely conceptual—‘works to capture the sense of unease and hysteria that fuelled, and continues to fuel the vital countercultural movements that […]

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Between Interval :: Legacy (Spotted Peccary Music)

Legacy does not reinvent the genre, but certainly refreshes it in a spellbinding manner. This is space music in its finest form. Lush, liquid, and entirely ethereal. Ten tracks of intoxicating propulsive circular beauty. Any ambient electronica aficionado who wasn’t asleep during the last thirteen years, certainly heard of Stefan Strand’s Between Interval project at […]

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Bochum Welt :: April (!K7)

It would be lazy and unfair to compare some of the tones and arrangements to Boards of Canada so let’s just say this and a few other tracks on April evoke a vintage feeling somewhere between 1970’s educational films and the dawn of small analog synthesizers for the masses. April by Bochum Welt is a very […]

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Dez Williams :: Forlorn Figures in Godforsaken Places (Mechatronica)

Williams’ latest 12” is an excellent example of why he is held in such high regard. Three cuts of no-nonsense, straight up, sheer machine music, percussion punched through metal with slicing synthwork. Berlin electro collective Mechatronica made their position known from the get go. A strong compilation founded the imprint with a second installment of […]

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Kiss My Arp OR The Quest for Ceyx (+ Violins)

Ceyx Quest is the latest Handstitched*, by The New Honey Shade, aka audio-visual artist Mark Kuykendall, who, as well as recording himself also produces, masters and engineers sound for films and commercials as well as doing cover design, collage, installations, and directing videos. Let’s talk about Ceyx. Son of Eosphorus and king of Trachis in Thessaly, that is. Myth has it […]

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(ghost) :: Everything We Touch Turns to Dust (n5MD)

Everything We Touch Turns to Dust is a hugely accessible, sonically consistent and cohesive piece of work that, even at a lean thirty-five minutes, never feels insubstantial or fleeting, something even the biggest names in electronic music aren’t always capable of achieving. It’s always such a joy when an artist mellows, evolves and becomes increasingly […]

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Selffish :: He She Them Us (Serein)

The elusive beauty of He She Them Us lies in the fine details of enchanting dialogues between organic and synthetic elements. There’s a magnetizing charm in the space between the notes and in the way the sounds strike, dance, echo and fade away. The compositions pulse with the grace of an elegant, powerful cinematography. “Each […]

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SB-Six :: Trajectories EP (Mindtrick)

Seven original, all modular pieces, and two complimentary remixes by EVS (cover art credit) and He3dless, Trajectories is electrical bliss. Seven original, all modular pieces, and two complimentary remixes by EVS (cover art credit) and He3dless, Trajectories is electrical bliss. Not entirely doused in left of center dub as the imprint has nurtured over the […]

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Elsewhereness Revisited #5 selected ambient twerks

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camp-ed up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #5. Now near-veterans with a back catalog on Infraction, Own, Barge and Students of Decay after s/t EP (Highpoint Lowlife, 2007), Pausal stop off at Dronarivm. A Touched Music request to perform in Pembrokeshire prompted the New Forest’s […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 11

Delving deep into the world of Bandcamp tape releases for our eleventh update—so much good music, so little time…maybe just scroll past all the writing and head straight for the sounds! The Nag’s Head :: Live From Concrete Island (Kit) A re-issue of this psychedelic collage of sounds culled from four years of street recordings, […]

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Bola :: D.E.G. (Skam)

The key to really digging D.E.G. is to simply cast off your expectations and let Fitton walk you down the avenues he takes. The dreaded, long-awaited return Aaaah the dreaded, long-awaited return, so often simultaneously a blessing and a curse. You’re finally dropping new material for the ravenous masses with pent-up, slathering expectations it can […]

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Possblthings and Pulse Drift :: Something in the Leipzig water?

Jena. Leipzig. Electro. These two towns are synonymous with quality machine music. Frigid funk. Clinical cuts. Astral reductions. The Exaltics. AC Records, Lunatic, YUYAY. All call either of these German cities home. Now two more imprints are making their presence known on the streets of Jena and Leipzig, Possblthings and Pulse Drift. Jena. Leipzig. Electro. […]

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Denovali Label Night NYC 2017

The prolific experimental German label will host a free entry event featuring Oneirogen, Never Sol, Saffronkeira and Ricardo Donoso on Saturday June 17 in Knockdown Center NYC. Doors open at 8pm. Oneirogen Never Sol Saffronkeira Ricardo Donoso Event page | Ticket reservation | Event page on Facebook | Denovali | Knockdown Center

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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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BITS & PIECES with Miwon

Miwon (aka Hendrik Kroez) is the latest addition to the colorful n5MD roster. This April he released his third album, Jigsawtooth, via the influential Oakland-based imprint. Talk Talk, Hitchcock, Moog Sub 37, Russian herb liquor; read about what gets the Berlin-based electronica wizard’s creative juices flowing. The first album you bought? Talk Talk / “It’s […]

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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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Geotic :: Abysma (Ghostly International)

There’s never a dull moment on Abysma, and casting it as “passive listening” does it a bit of a disservice, in fairness. It’s a magical work, and a perfect soundtrack to all those hours spent at home during the transition from frosty spring into the glowing summer months. One of the refreshing things about Will […]

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Esem :: Enveloped – Remaster (Digital Edition)

Enveloped was a thing of beauty back in 2002, but be under no illusions: this new remastered edition is a revelation. The deFocus imprint launched way back in the year 2000 with a small compilation titled Do You See? It then set about releasing a bevvy of ambitious and creatively fertile releases from the likes […]

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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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