Post Tagged with: "Synth"

Trenton Chase :: Deadlock (June)

The eight tracker shows a new breadth to Kokkinakos’ sound, black tracks that will damage a floor alongside more playful numbers. There’s a power and strength to the music, but there is also a sense of distress and disorder. Some artists are prolific, others less so. But as we all know, quantity does not mean […]

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x.y.r. :: Labyrinth (Not Not Fun)

But topography, albeit figuratively, still figures as Labyrinth‘s decaying synth and faded sonorities eponymously model meandering inner zones with ‘six misty, mystic chambers of dreams, drones, delirium, and phased percussion, spiraling in slow, sacred arcs.’  On Labyrinth, his vinyl debut for LA Exotic Moods Enhancers Not Not Fun, retro-futurist synth seer x.y.r. ‘coaxes hushed auras of keys, metronomes, […]

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Tendts :: It’s Everything (Lower Parts)

Hailed in the pressed release as “brothers that make music you can dance to, or not,” this pair have managed to create an invigorating LP, one brimming with interesting ideas and an overarching sense of fun. There’s enough time given over to the black t-shirted techno brigade, what about giving some over to this multi-colored […]

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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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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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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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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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Delayscape :: Aether (ZCKR)

For all intents and purposes it looked like Delayscape would remain a digital artist, popping up here and there with a track or a tape. ZCKR have taken the step and rightfully brought him to vinyl. An album of cheerful and soulful electronics, one that is soothing and utterly charming. In a less than obvious […]

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Lav & Purl :: A State of Becoming (A Strangely Isolated Place)

Through A State of Becoming, Lav & Purl are trying to express the interconnectedness of all things, a strong concept reflected in its thematic, melodic and compositional consistency. One can easily get lost in the album. With the sheer volume of of new music vying for our weekly—if not daily—attention, it feels like the age […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #4 appetite for distraction

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 #4.  Gailes is Benoît Pioulard, late-period ambient mode engaged (cf. Sonnet, Stanza, Thine), and long-time student of decay, sustain & release, Rafael Anton Irisarri—guitar-y, synth-y, studio savvy. Previous dronership, solo and duo (Orcas), doesn’t quite […]

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Aspecto Humano :: The human machine touch

Anyone setting up a label deserves respect, or sectioning; doing so in Spain even more so. Aspecto Humano have definitely hit the ground running. Their sound is bright, one that shines with an electro cleanness whilst warming with a disco touch. Theirs is a style few others are attempting in Spain, and elsewhere. Living in […]

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A Bleak Reality :: Inevitable Disaster / Steinzeit :: Wahrheit (MRT)

If we are now living in the age of anger this is surely the soundtrack of discontent. MRT. A Division of Lux Rec. There seems to be little division between these two sides of the Swiss imprint. The black bile from which MRT was born has infected the entire label. Downtrodden. Dank. Dark. What has […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 10

In the true dichotomy that is the tape release world, we’ve continued to trawl the digital world to search out some of the finest tape releases for your ears. Despite a fair degree of searching it feels like we are only just touching the surface of the DIY tape world. Presented here is a small […]

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Goodbye, but not farewell :: Femur Mix

I was lucky enough to get behind the turntables there in November of 2015, a mangled and mashed warm up mix before Alessandro Parisi and Juanpablo rounded off a cracking Frigio Showcase. Never got round to doing a track list and hence the wait, only took 18 months! Friday night. Rain. Hail. Oppressive heat. Round […]

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Ioannis Savaidis :: NSA Trusted Networks (Lower Parts)

The coldness of the machine only appears in the higher notes, frost clinging to them as they descend from the stratosphere. Structures are transparent, plates slide, collide and slip past one another as solidity is reduced to a concept. There’s no point in approaching Lower Parts with a pre-set idea. The Athenian imprint has proven […]

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Xurba :: Haze de Absentia Dulciora (Electric Studios)

Here we have selected ambient works—panoramas spanning across arid landscapes. Shaping trance-induced sonic windows, Haze de Absentia Dulciora soars at a cruising altitude of 37,000-ft. Xurba (aka the UK’s Will Brazier-Smith) returns with Haze de Absentia Dulciora on his own Electric Studios imprint. Where once lived nostalgia and heartfelt glee, previous albums delved into distant Boards of Canada-inspired kaleidoscope […]

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Raderkraft :: Keine Richtung (Testlab)

Stinissen mentions his love of pre-MIDI sounds and Raderkraft certainly has an uncluttered style. The coldness of electro is ever present, but there is also a freewheeling quality to the EP. Testlab recently opened its doors, welcoming guests with a tape of demos and live tracks from a hometown institution. In the 1980s De Koer […]

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Three on the Radar :: Cass., Elektro Guzzi, Tilman Robinson

Three albums, three different stories. From warm ambient electronica and eclectic techno to abstract fragments of electroacoustic and modern classical seduction. Cass. :: Youth Sessions (Emotional Response) Youth Sessions, the new album by Niklas Rehme-Schlüter a.k.a. Cass. on Emotional Response beautifully demonstrates skilful programming, rich, vintage synth work, slow-mo, elegant development and ethereal use of […]

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Manie Sans Délire :: Untitled (June)

This latest installment probes the shadows even further. Tracks delve deeper into murky undercurrents, scrutinizing ashen aspects and the pierced psyches of the unseen and, sometimes, unheard. It’s been a pleasure to have been privy to the development of Tsampikos Fronas’ music, both his own as an artist and his eponymous label’s output. June’s output […]

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V/A :: Femur V1 (Clasicos Del Ruido)

Barcelona’s Clasicos Del Ruido has paid homage to a monthly event that has brought a wealth of talent to the Spanish capital, Femur V1. I’ve mentioned of a club night I frequent here in Madrid more than once in the musical musings: Femur. The man behind it, Arch (or Aitor), shares a strikingly similar taste […]

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Two on the Radar :: Jonathan Fitoussi and HOLOVR

Two highly addictive synth-based albums similar in sound but completely different in mood, behavior and style. Both are out via the prolific sonic oven of Seattle’s exploratory boutique label Further Records. Jonathan Fitoussi :: Imaginary Lines For his debut album for Further Records, inspired by the mystical wonders of constellations and informed by the modus […]

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Day For Night 2016 :: December 17-18 (Houston, TX)

Day For Night, though only in its second year, is presenting a world-class lineup of forward-looking music and visual art. Organized by Free Press Houston and Work-Order, the festival offers a weekend of live music on four stages (both indoor and outdoor) and a large array of visual art installations. As its two biggest headliners […]

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The Lure of the Synth :: Forma & Steve Hauschildt enchant with new albums on Kranky

“I was never worried that synthesizers would replace musicians. First of all, you have to be a musician in order to make music with a synthesizer.” (Robert Moog) Ah…those velvet lush pads, endless sparkling arpeggios, sharp basslines and liquid lead sounds. Those crafty, intelligent machines, little and sometimes enormous, in the right hands can create […]

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Enzo Kreft :: Dark Matter (Walhalla)

There’s a weird and wonderful quality to Dark Matter. It follows no line, in many respects Kreft was one of the progenitors of synth wave and he reached that point through experimentation and change. Tracks and ideas bound and leap, scrolling drone skips joyfully into self-deprecating poetry and beyond into congratulation. It’s hard for an […]

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BITS & PIECES with ISAN + Video Premiere

After a six-year hiatus electronica and IDM veterans ISAN are back with a brand new album on Morr Music. Was it worth the wait? We certainly think so. Read what our Fabrizio Cacciamali had to say about it after immersing himself in the delicate sounds. We also managed to get ISAN to provide us with […]

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ISAN :: Glass Bird Movement (Morr Music)

ISAN steadily remain in a category and in a league of their own when speaking about soft and melodic IDM and delicate emotions, and Glass Bird Movement proves this theory once again and still manages to be an ultra-pleasing listening experience. Without any doubts, another little and sweet masterpiece. The analog tone poems on the […]

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36 :: The Infinity Room (A Strangely Isolated Place)

Featuring ten new tracks of rigorously and restrictively composed, atmospheric, minimal and synth-worshiping ambient electronica. Ryan Griffin’s A Strangely Isolated Place follows up Merrin Karras’ rigorously and restrictively composed, atmospheric, minimal and synth-worshiping album Apex with The Infinity Room by ambient veteran Dennis Huddleston’s 36, featuring ten new tracks of rigorously and restrictively composed, atmospheric, […]

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Mynationshit & Red Blood Divine :: Double review (Waste Editions)

What’s in a name? In musical terms what you call yourself shouldn’t really matter, but it can. I can’t deny it, I pulled a face when I first read heard Mynationshit, a pseudonym that immediately jars. But the curled lip soon began to relax on hearing his music. What’s in a name? In musical terms […]

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