Post Tagged with: "Planet Mu"

Datach’i :: Machine intelligence and Monarch butterflies

Gabriel Weinstock caught up with Joseph Fraioli (aka Datach’i) and was able to speak to him about his new album System, the Eurorack modular format he used exclusively to record it, machine intelligence, monarch butterflies, and his inspirations in this feature. System—an oddly comforting listen from start to finish Datach’i‘s eagerly awaited new release System is […]

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Solar Bears :: Advancement (Sunday Best)

Reversed playback, ambiguous ambience and an emotive shoegaze kaleidoscope are spread about as orchestral arrangements are smoothed into decayed soundscapes of dust and debris. Time-lapsed audio photography of the cinematic kind is revealed on Solar Bears’ third album Advancement, a sun-soaked macrocosm of electronic beauty. Taking off from their krautrock drenched outings on Planet Mu, here […]

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Jega :: 1995 (Skam)

A spread of styles mixed, dipped and re-dipped. And this magpie approach is plain to hear across the LP. Constants are few. Few, but not totally absent. Beats are often crumpled, distorted and cracked. Rhythms are played with, stretched and strained. I still remember the most expensive 12” I ever bought. Back as a fledgling […]

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Venetian Snares :: Your Face EP (Planet Mu)

Your Face is ineloquent, unstructured, crazy, obtuse, perverted. It’s a powerful spectacle of sound that’s debilitating and irritating all at once. Same old Venetian Snares then. Yep. Read the title of the first track on this EP (“Your Face When I Finally”) and ask “what does it mean?” Expectation? A listener in shock after their […]

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SKANFROM :: Back from the Blip-Bleep Brink (Interview & Mix)

Igloo Magazine has been lucky enough not only to ask the German producer some questions but are delighted to bring to your ears a very special mix of “some old favorites” by Semsroth himself. Interview by Robbie Geoghegan. With Roger Semsroth, aka Sleeparchive, having just released his first Skanfrom album for more than a decade, […]

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Heterotic :: Weird Drift (Planet Mu)

Breathy falsetto vocals and new-found, hazy dream pop settings. For those of you still unaware, Heterotic is Planet Mu label-owner Mike Paradinas (µ-ziq/Jake Slazenger/Kid Spatula) and his wife Lara Rix-Martin, a collaborative project that pairs Paradinas’ famous µ-ziq stylings with a pop sensibility and prominent guest vocals. You’d be forgiven for thinking that sounds like […]

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Top releases of 2013

Well over 150 releases have been selected by various igloomag.com contributors highlighting some of the finest in an expansive array of electronic music featuring ambient, dub, bass, glitch, industrial, IDM, electro, synth and various other sonic contortions. Links to reviews as well as a Soundcloud player are also included below. ALAN LOCKETT :: Top 20 Abdulla Rashim […]

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Polysick :: Witness (MinimalRome)

Coming from a House of blackened floors and decaying morals, Polysick brandishes a drum machine like a butcher’s cleaver. There are too many definitions of House. Period. Everyone has their own interpretation, including myself. Whenever someone says they listen to House I never have a clue what they mean. It can mean, for some, noise […]

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Ikonika :: Aerotropolis (Hyperdub)

Whilst she’s undoubtedly progressed you can still hear that in her production—a slight sense of raw talent let loose on the machines—not unlike the early Detroit techno brigade. In an interview with UK based site The Quietus, Sara Abdel-Hamid (Ikonika) explains that on handing her finished album to Hyperdub boss Kode 9 he requested she get […]

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µ-Ziq :: Chewed Corners (Planet Mu)

Chewed Corners is easily the most surprising comeback album of the big names we’ve seen in the last couple of years, and certainly one of the most welcome. It has a vigor and feeling of reinvention that’s simply lacking in certain other albums we’ve seen so far in 2013. And so here we have it. […]

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μ-Ziq :: XTEP (Planet Mu)

XTEP is a feel-good welcome back from Paradinas, featuring familiar tropes and trademarks that are part and parcel of why so many fell in love with μ-Ziq. The year is 2013, and damn it all if it hasn’t been a great comeback year for major artists on the electronic scene so far. Autechre have already […]

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Top releases of twenty-twelve

Well over 180 releases have been selected by various igloomag.com contributors highlighting some of the finest in an expansive array of electronic music featuring ambient, dub, bass, glitch, industrial, IDM, electro, synth and various other sonic contortions. Links to reviews as well as an iTunes audio player are also included below. ALAN LOCKETT :: Top […]

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Frog Pocket :: Frog And The Volcano! (Mouthmoth)

A constant rush and eventual breakdown of electronics keeps this album in a state of constant motion is it plays with the subconscious in terms of intensified volume changes and tranquilized rhythm shifting. [Release page] Frog Pocket (aka John Wilson) has been producing for just over a decade now and I recall the Mouthmoth imprint […]

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Zomby & Machinedrum :: Double review (4AD / Planet Mu)

Zomby and Machinedrum are both excellent candidates for post-dubstep status because of their expertise and reluctance to fully engage with dubstep as a genre. Both have made works that suggest broad musical knowledge and taste, and both are capable of pulling “post-dubstep” out of its confused mire. Is there really such a thing as post-dubstep? […]

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Venetian Snares :: Cubist Reggae EP (Planet Mu)

Cubist is an apt descriptor because the way the sounds are presented are analogous to the abstracted forms within cubist painting. Much like the rounded edges are turned to polygons and triangles within Picasso’s works, the vast delays are cut off before their natural ending and lazy back beats are pulled in closer. [Listen | […]

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RUBRENE :: Glowing Overtones igloomag mix

Glowing Overtones is a snapshot of the current experimental-dubstep scene mixed as a continuous sheet of audible electricity. Chris Bolszo (aka DJ Rubrene) splices forty-three minutes of rhythm-infested bass lines, glitched-out melodies, ricocheting dub, and a plethora of digital manipulation tearing through low-riding overtones. Taking disjointed percussion to the limit and tying them together with […]

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Ceephax Acid Crew :: Unstoppable Phax Machine (030303)

Unstoppable Phax Machine is a continuation of Ceephax’s mad eyed vision of acid music, uncompromising and uncensored. [Purchase] Before all this acid resurgence there were a few UK artists messing around with the machines of house. The likes of The Railway Raver and Mike Dred have always had a fixation with the 303. One artist […]

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Top releases of twenty-ten

With this article, 151 releases and 25 honorable mentions are highlighted as being titles that garnered the extra spins in 2010. These musicians (and associated labels) offered an abundance of quality productions coming from all corners of the globe with an emphasis on releasing music that doesn’t always follow a defined path. [January 2011] Twenty-ten […]

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Eskmo :: Eskmo (Ninja Tune)

Angelides is clearly a phenomenal producer that has managed to create a unique sound, best demonstrated on the superb “Cloudlight.” In fact, it’s such a good tune that it almost covers the price of the LP by itself. [Listen | Purchase] San Franciscan producer Brendan Angelides, known as Eskmo to his rapidly growing fanbase, has […]

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Datach’i :: The Elements (Sublight, CD)

(08.22.05) Datach’i (Joseph Fraioli) starts his new album The Elements with a track, “Musket Iron,” that was foreshadowed by his recent live sets. His consistently scattered yet accessible breaks are now accompanied by more classical timbres like strings and flutes. Not unlike Aphex Twin on the Richard D James album, it’s again proven that splatter-breaks […]

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Datach’i :: Mmale & Ffemale (Planet-Mu, CD)

Datachi’s new album, Mmale & Ffemale, is like trying to get from one side of a crowded room to the other so you can finally say something to the girl you’ve been sweating for, before she gets to the door. There is a well-defined space but it ebbs and flows like a crowd. There’s a […]

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