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Last Build Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:46:34 +0000


V/A :: No Return Vol.1 (Return to Disorder)

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:46:34 +0000

The frosty electronics of Dmitry Distant are perfectly balanced with Neud Photo alongside the warmer currents of Anton Miaovvi. A cracking compilation and a perfect introduction to an imprint run by Hamburg’s hottest export. Helena Hauff’s climbing of the electronic ladder has been nothing but astounding. From being an unknown DJ in quite an unheard […]

Gail Priest :: Heraclitus in Iceland (Metal Bitch)

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:11:08 +0000

A reflective, cerebral and moodily introspective travel through natural elements and atmospheres of deep quietness. Gail Priest is an Australian sound artist and organic ambient music composer who has been active since a handful years. Notable materials have been released on her own label and also on Kate Carr’s DIY independent label Flaming Pines in […]

RX-101 :: EP4 (Suction)

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:31:43 +0000

I’ve a feeling there might be more in the RX-101 duffel bag of DAT cassettes, and while they’re being rummaged through, why not reacquaint yourself with some of Jong’s inspirers: Caustic Window anyone? Cylob? Global Goon? A work filled with cheerful charm. As we all know, life has a tendency of getting in the way […]

JK Flesh :: Exit Stance EP (Downwards)

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:18:52 +0000

While the previous JK Flesh full length Rise Above (Electric Deluxe, 2016) was a harder affair with lots of distorted beats and deep bass, Exit Stance eschews a more stripped down, subtler approach. Each track is relatively short, wasting no time on exposing and developing the motifs within. JK Flesh is the more electric output of […]

Exillon :: Numbers (Katabatik)

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:54:46 +0000

Numbers is highly recommended for folks looking for something in either the techno, acid, industrial and ambient realms or perhaps for something that goes whump in the night. Numbers by Northern California-based Exillon (aka Jay Fields) pulls no punches by starting off straight into it with a solid ambient bass arpeggio. His deft manipulations of a little […]

Rontronik :: D A T A S H I F T EP (Self-Released)

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:15:39 +0000

Rontronik delivers flowing and bass-drenched sonic turbulence that casts memorable shadows and lightwaves across its 35-minute duration. Ron Croudy (aka Rontronik, technique:concrete, and part-founder of the Töshöklabs imprint) continues to forge heavy, beat-infused rhythms from one end of the spectrum to the other. His production skills have elevated on this extended player as low-end rumbling […]

Lingua Lustra :: Truth Rings Like A Bell (Shimmering Moods )

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:12:47 +0000

This new effort carries on timbral explorations and sonic soundscapes, this time with a focus on the psych-acoustic impact of bells resonances. Lingua Lustra is one hyper-productive project curated by Albert Borkent. This sound alchemist and craft-based ambient music producer has just released his new album on Shimmering Moods for an alluring digital/cdr edition available […]

WE FORFEIT (Mix 2) :: It’s cold at the bus stop

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 23:43:40 +0000

Ooft. Fierce nip the air these days. Madrid’s temperatures have plummeted and Chris and myself have knocked together some music to reflect those wintery moods as well as tracks to warm your cockles to. Ooft. Fierce nip the air these days. Madrid’s temperatures have plummeted and Chris Robertson and myself have knocked together some music […]

Defunkt Unofficial Day For Night Afterparties :: Dec. 16-17 (Houston, TX)

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:01:32 +0000

While the Day For Night festival is set to heat up Houston for a long weekend, the real action for fans of more adventurous electronic music will happen at two warehouse parties hosted by local collective Defunkt. While the Day For Night festival is set to heat up Houston for a long weekend, the real action for […]

V/A :: Snow Robots Volume 4 (Suction)

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:50:41 +0000

The warm 16-bit melodies of some twenty years back have mutated into grizzled men (much like myself) peddling coarse chords and rough rhythms made to carve up modern dance-floors. A new tradition has started and hopefully it will still be going in two decades time. I’m not big into driving. I’m not particularly good at […]

Eat Static :: Last Ship To Paradise (Interchill)

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 04:27:14 +0000

While Last Ship To Paradise is a good, solid electronic album combining elements of IDM style beats and grooves, it is not choked with so much synthesis that one can’t hear the tunes for the wires. With 13 albums created over 28 years, Eat Static have earned their status as legendary pioneers in the art of modern […]

Robert Logan :: Pop EP (Slowfoot)

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 04:09:44 +0000

A foray into new territory combining his knowledge of classical music with atmospherics and just a hint of a more beat oriented approach. When a new Robert Logan release appears we here at Igloo sit up and take notice. This is because his work appears to be that of someone who’s been composing for twenty […]

Soletik :: Directional (Fusion Netlabel)

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 17:43:28 +0000

With Soletik’s 22-track Directional manifest, the artist tugs on a myriad of fierce, broken and disjointed rhythms. Whether or not the Fusion Netlabel is really based in Antarctica, it is clear that they’re able to extract rigid experimental electronics at its core. With Soletik’s 22-track Directional manifest, the artist tugs on a myriad of fierce, […]

Eusebeia :: Realization EP (Mindtrick)

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 21:00:17 +0000

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 […]

Nuanae :: Ryð EP (Kaer’Uiks)

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 18:00:42 +0000

Ryð is a refreshing and engaged five-track extended player that effortlessly crosses the wires between mechanical and instrumental production. Nuanae’s sound, as a result, sways back and forth between classic IDM and current-era electronic experimentation. Earlier this year, Nuanae’s Clusters And Refractions EP was described as “creating sparse dystopian worlds of dysfunctional audio beauty. A visceral post-IDM charcoal […]

V/A :: Spirals and Synapses (Analogic Density)

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 17:06:39 +0000

This latest compilation has followed the same line as past installments, harsh and hardy sounds made in the 90’s tradition. This is music for sweat streaked floors and smoke filled rooms, in other words techno with a capital “T.” Italy has become my stop for no-nonsense, straight up, techno bangers. Labels like Love Blast, which […]

WE FORFEIT (first 59-min) :: Robbie & Chris mix

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:07:27 +0000

“But finally, finally, after many attempts, computer stresses, corrupted audio files and forgetting to turn on the sound card, the pair of us have managed to put together some tracks in some sort of mixed order. All vinyl. Mixed by our fair, once youthful, hands through aged mixers and recorded on aged computers (forgive any […]

Tapage :: Chrome Fragments (LoMechanik)

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 04:05:06 +0000

Despite its minimalist sound architecture Chrome Fragments is a tremendously imaginative and originally conceived album that will ravish fans of obscure dubstep, and evocative ambient soundscapes from the likes of Architect, Hecq, and Autechre. Tijs Ham is a sound designer and electronic music producer from the Netherlands. After a first experience in the breakcore/hardcore techno […]

Esem :: || EP (Self-Released)

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:51:00 +0000

Esem maneuvers a new batch of emotive tracks, this time in a minimalist direction where electrical bits are crunched together with utter precision. Esem (aka Georgi Marinov) maneuvers a new batch of emotive tracks, this time in a minimalist direction where electrical bits are crunched together with utter precision. “n-fold” delves into abstract glitch fissures, […]

Karsten Pflum :: Love Canticles (Touched Music)

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 06:48:43 +0000

With Love Canticles, Karsten Pflum has the answer: sprinkle liberally with different styles, expertly program, apply crisp and precise production, weave in melodic and rhythmic playfulness and, above all, keep it short and sweet. A truly great and engaging rather than fatiguing electro album can be a difficult thing to nail but with Love Canticles, […]

Vizier of Damascus :: Bukhara Kites Part One (Rednetic)

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 20:19:50 +0000

Tumbling arpeggios shift to splayed hip-hop breaks and wonky Eastern melody whilst TV documentary samples and short, pretty vignettes conjure further atmospherics on this wildly inventive and strange long player. UK-based producer, recording artist and sound designer, Arfan Ezra Munir Rai, steps up in his Vizier of Damascus guise with an LP of blunted mysticism […]

Elsewhereness revisited #7 stuff made of dreams which are

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 19:53:57 +0000

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 #7.    Ambient/folk-gaze maven, Benoît Pioulard, has Lignin Poise, on Beacon Sound. Forget his pop/folk-y fluff, this is the stuff made of dreams which are!—another of those hazy slow falls inwards with airy guitar and a […]

][uron :: Tracks 2008-2010 (Self-Released)

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:15:34 +0000

Tracks 2008-2010 is a great starting point for the Huron sound—a musical curriculum vitae that features relaxed, next-level electronic audio-works. From post-industrial slivers to dark-ambient realms, soundtrack-driven themes are elevated to reveal new layers of isolation. Steffen Schröder (better known as the prolific Huron) has been on my radar for several years. Continuing to cultivate futuristic […]

Release your ears 7.0 :: Daniel Brandt, Saagara, Hidden Orchestra

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:08:06 +0000

Three titles that are piquing our ears lately—it’s our attempt to point you to some notable releases worth investigating regardless of genre. Our staff at continually sifts through a plethora of music in an effort to—at the very least—direct you to some interesting releases we may or may not have written about in full […]

Giraffe :: Climate (Marmo Music)

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:54:28 +0000

Marmo Music’s latest roster addition, Giraffe, is a group that share this experimental edge, this desire to throw caution to the wind and allow improvisation to lead the way. You’d probably have more luck predicting the ever changeable Irish weather than you would pinning down Marmo Music. The Berlin based imprint actively ignores the biases […]

Turbo Teeth :: Yellow Equals One EP (Untitled-1)

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:29:44 +0000

Gescom-inspired glitch, bass, distortion, leftfield techno, and all manner of distraction leaves this EP in a field of its own. Turbo Teeth is the solo project of one of Athens’ most offbeat musicians Giorgos Axiotis, member of Balinese Beast, Free Piece of Tape, Holefold and Tom Cruisin’. Released in limited quantities (300 white vinyl), but […]

V/A :: V.A. 3 (La Beauté Du Négatif)

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:00:53 +0000

La Beauté Du Négatif has quietly become on top quality record label. Despite having a catalogue of just seven releases, eight now, the Italian imprint has managed to excavate rich seams of techno, to explore the grimy gutters of industrial and to dive into currents of acid. La Beauté Du Négatif has quietly become on […]

Yaporigami :: One Sound Extinguisher EP (Kaer’Uiks)

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:39:54 +0000

An infected post-apocalyptic foray into abstract, circuitry-based music that is at once arcane, chaotic, and unusually appealing. Yu Miyashita (aka Yaporigami) continues to baffle the ears, having scattered electrical debris on a plethora of releases and remix support over the years, One Sound Extinguisher is signed to Germany-based Kaer’Uiks—purveyors of robust exp-electronic music. A definitive […]

Ariadne’s Labyrinth :: Twists & Turns (Touched Music)

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:52:20 +0000

Ariadne’s Labyrinth’s aptly-titled album gravitates towards bright electronic fragments and positive melodic bursts. If Ariadne’s Labyrinth’s Lost And Founded EP (Detroit Underground, 2017) was an igniting spark plug, then Twists & Turns is surely the revved up engine. Described previously as “a mixed assortment, one that balances rapidly rotating pulsars with classical drum’n bass techno,” […]