Anom Vitruv – Untitled EP (ZCKR08 – 2013)

Bonjour miserable world, says Anom Vitruv, a Swiss artist having previously released on Tabernacle and Offseason and now paying a visit to the experimental outlet ZCKR from Bremen, Germany. Buried beneath abstract noise and distortion, the EPs three tracks feed the bad dreams, like in the rumbling A-side where chaotic soundbites interfere with bewildered voice and the track gradually adopts a distinctive synth groove before droning away. B1’s smutty dubs and vocoded storytelling are overtaken by angst-inducing noise that leads to the concluding statement you are going to die while the B2 track opens with dark ambient and pressurized loop before […]

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Various – Feral Grind (Submit Recs SUBMIT002 – 2013)

Perc Trax has been an emblematic outlet of the UK techno scene, rough in its artistic approach when nourishing energy for the floor. Certainly allured by the electronic music’s industrial past, label owner Ali Wells aka Perc decided to delve deeper into the hard-edged experimental techno when launched a new sub-label Submit with a symbolic collaboration between Wells and Einstürzende Neubauten earlier this year.Submit’s serious intentions are affirmed with an invasive compilation titled “Feral Grind”, where a glimpse at the artist roster flushes away any fears of encountering midrange techno.In “Electric Bathwater – Beachboyswhenyoudie” the hairdryer is exclusively used for the […]

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Skirt – Wish In The Maze (SEMANTICA 28 – 2013)

Skirt’s position as a flagship producer in Semantica’s stable is reaffirmed with “Wish In The Maze” when the US-born and Birmingham-based Bethany DeMoss returns to Svreca’s label shortly after excllent “Tumulto”, backed by Yuji Kondo and Shifted remixes, and earlier co-op with Svreca (“Hymen”). The new EP is again a joint effort with remix support received by Inigo Kennedy and Ancient Methods. The 120 BPM original moves in the realms of dark ambient, where cycles of swirling pads roam on slow seismic bass, backed by voice modulations. Despite of doomsday aura, certain warmth is sustained deep inside the track. Inigo […]

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Ulwhednar – Withatten 1892 (Northern Electronics ‎NE3 – 2013)

At the end of the 19th century lumberjacks in Northern Sweden claimed seeing something deep down in the woods. They were as frightened as the new vicar with pale complexion, another eyewitness who left the place soon after that.They could not predict that the gloomy atmosphere of 1892 was reproduced 110 years later by Ulwhednar, in Norse tales a warrior carrying wolf pelt in the battle. Now the Swedish electronics label Northern Electronics has excavated Ulwhednar’s pagan drones and cold whispers to give a lesson of genuine darkness rooted in the Nordic mythology.The five-tracker is a macabre piece of slowly flowing minimalistic noise tied to […]

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Skirt – Tumulto (with Yuji Kondo, Shifted remixes) (SEMANTICA 27 – 2013)

Bethany DeMoss aka Skirt is becoming a frequent visitor on Semantica if we only recall her collaboration with Svreca and one-sided vinyl featuring the first part of Shifted’s remix of the riot-sounding theme “Tumulto”, of which the Madrid label now prepares three additional tracks.For the start it’s Skirt herself underscoring her expert touch for beatless sounds, to a certain extent known from the Horizontal Ground releases. Now she unveils the original “Tumulto” with a long stretch of orchestral drone moving over the icy tundra with Arctic winds biting like a razor blade, taking us gradually to the dark ambient territories.The uproar episode with […]

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Tropic Of Cancer – Secret Thirteen Mix 042 (2012)

There are thorns in the beds of roses knows Camella Lobo when presents a new mix for the Lithuanian webzine Secret Thirteen. Known as the musical partner of Juan Mendez in Tropic Of Cancer, Lobo expresses her fondness for the industrial and wave scene across the years. The tracklist features  a number of darkside fiends like Silent Servant, Raime, Rene Hell, Collin Gorman Weiland, Chris & Cosey, Demdike Stare, and, of course, Tropic Of Cancer.

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Decimus – #11 (Digitalis Recordings DIGIV041 – 2012)

Now there is an opportunity to perceive the processes inside the brain of Decimus [Junius Brutus Albinus], the assassin of Julius Caesar, with about forty-five minutes of chaotic and depressed sound experiments. A-side is introduced by double bass and classical notes before subtle H-bomb percussion and frightening moaning enters the stage. Despite of presence of some harmonic riffs it’s mostly about a subdued drone storm. B-side opens with waves of distortion, accompanied by melodic strings and processed voices before proceeding to far-out sound protuberances. “#11” is like from the minds of a burned-out philharmonic orchestra seeking wilder side of life […]

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Innercity – Cyber The Last Grind (Not On Label – 2012)

After being enthused about Innercity’s seven-inch on NNA Tapes, a message by the artist announcing a free album full of electronic psychedelia raised new expectations. “Cyber The Last Grind”, a compilation of Hans Dens’ recordings from 2009 to 2011, is a maze of nonconformist sound experiments under the veil of obscurity, by Belgium’s own specialist of cathedral music. Apart from mindblowing mini-hit “Dada Les Apocalypses” a number of tracks on the fringes on electronic music are found here. Like “Birthriver”, hardcore polka coated in gentle distortion and compelling hum, or “Simulation: Untitled 2”, where illegal lab experiments are conducted with […]

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Nova Scotian Arms – Cult Spectrum (Digitalis Recordings Digiv035)

Rating: 8/10 When at 60 degrees North there was no snow in January, “Cult Spectrum” seemed appropriate music for dark and bare landscapes of the moment. Having released a cassette on Digitalis two years ago, Nova Scotian Arms presents now somber compositions on their first LP for the label.Painted black in its essence, the album does not ignore some brighter notes. If we just take the opener “Gathering / Composition”, that carries sort of Arctic flair with chilly winds blowing over the vastness of frozen seas. Clear and oxygenated drones with classical notes, the track sounds in some parts like […]

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DUST OFF: Carlos Perón – Impersonator II (Play It Again Sam 116 LP – 1988)

This record is just screaming out loud: welcome to Bela Lugosi disco. The horror screen hero himself makes a posthumous appearance in “Galadiner With Boris The Vampyr”, in a track from the extreme end of the album, which is full of filthy EBM and industrial with mashed voices and vocals. Lugosi is not the only celebrity here when the voice of Dieter Meier (Yello) appears in another macabre piece titled “Happy New Year”, also written by him. Meier’s input is not surprising because Carlos Perón, the mastermind behind the album, was part of Yello in its Jurassic phase and left the […]

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