John Tejada – The Predicting Machine (Kompakt 267 – 2012)

In the last decade John Tejada’s productivity was something to match, making it pretty difficult to keep track of his numerous publications. Compared to the previous he moves at a considerably slower pace, with not so tense schedule and has found a new home label with Kompakt, where he released LP “Parabolas” last year.For “The Predicting Machine” the question was if it is not too predictable? Because of Kompakt’s recent shift to pop-electronica, I had the fear of being encountered with a compromise product. The tonality of the LP is rather smooth but all other worries are largely unfounded. Emotionally […]

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Various – Estcon 2012 (Trash Can Dance TCD212012 – 2012)

Once a year Estonian sci-fi and horror fans meet at Estcon to spend a few days in the nature with beer and fantasy. The focus is on literature and storytelling, but these good folks with expanded cultural horizon like the music too. This year all participants were eligible for “Estcon 2012”, a two-CDR compilation, 150 copies issued on Trash Can Dance label.With 34 tracks and more than two hours of playtime it’s a sizable package and offers many interesting finds. In fact, it was a great listening experience and gives faith in the present and future of Estonian alternative music.The […]

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Triangleforever – Brink Of Disappearance (2012)

Known for tweeting graphic codes, Triangleforever has now outed as experimental musician with a digital album called “Brink Of Disapperance”. The Bandcamp page creates an impression of smoked glass placed on your screen, so the design wonders are not limited to the myriad of symbols on Twitter. The release itself features seven tracks of Gothic electronica under the veil of sentimentality, with domination of dark emotions. “Just A Moment” is a song performed by a choir of lost souls and “Claudia” is a slowly burning witch-house derivative. Cinematic dialogue on dreamy drone can be found in “No Forgiveness” and of […]

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Red Stars Over Tokyo – 4 Track 12″ (Hot Hair 05 – 2012)

One artist, one label – Red Stars Over Tokyo impressed on the previous release for his own Hot Hair and on the new EP the artist from Belgium continues strong performances. The release is an edition of 300, of which each 100 pieces pressed as clear, clear green or black vinyl.Most of the EP could be described as grown-up electronica, but looking into depths of the compositions a notion of macabre beauty emerges. When we just take the first track “Two Lover Jumping Off The Roof” – musically it’s an expression of serenity, but this feeling is made void by […]

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Various – The Power Of Movement In Plants EP (Electronique.it ELE-R001 – 2012)

Italy’s webzine Electronique.it has decided to enjoy the joys and sorrows of being a record label and prepares its first release featuring three artists. Preview clips tell that “Soils” by Commodity Place is an ordinary ambient piece and “Is This For Real?” by passEnger keeps tranquil mood while adding some casual beats. The best track comes from the Cosmic Metal Mother – “The Unreleased Techno Mixes Series (comunicazione uno)”, which is destined to move the feet and flirts with Detroit and Belgium anno 1992. Buy vinyl

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Panabrite – Soft Terminal (Digitalis DIGIV036 – 2012)

If a composition called “Rainbow Sequence” opens the album titled “Soft Terminal”, it heralds tranquilizing moments and coziness. Having heard only occasional samples from Panabrite’s previous work, the new album by Norm Chambers gives a clear proof of his craftsmanship and lets to perceive the lightness of the sound. Eight episodes of the goodnight fables for the young and old to make people dream in color.Panabrite’s music is from a wildlife preserve where wolves and lambs are drinking from the same source. My favorite is “Index Of Gestures”, a piece where essential elements of Panabrite’s sound creation are crystallized – […]

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Hypnobooster (Hypnobooster CD)

Rating: 7/10 Subconsciously, I have been waiting for Hypnobooster’s debut since seeing his street art in central Tallinn. Nine lines of poetry invited to give to the streets girl names. Gradually the identity of the outdoor visual artists was revealed, with the knowledge that Hypnobooster is preparing his first album. Upfront tracks on some compilations, like “HÕFF“, made anticipation rise. The strophes about girls and street names are now materialized in “Pangem tänavatel’ tüdrukute nimed”, the standout track with metallic rock arrangement and pathetic power vocals by the man himself.  It gets good company from the wall of guitars and […]

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Nuel – Trance Mutation (Further Records – Fur 038)

Rating: 10/10 Close the door and enter the relaxation chamber with oil massage and fish therapy. Manuel Fogliata a.k.a. Nuel operates a spa of sounds to purify minds and bodies. After a couple of technoid releases, most recently for enigmatic Aquaplano Limited series, it’s quite unexpected to hear the Italian on such a esoteric tip. Looking at the publisher, Further Records, the absence of booming drones is not a surprise, if we just think on fellow Italian’s Donato Dozzy’s album on the Seattle imprint last year.At first sight the orange vinyl in silk-screen printed Ancient Egypt cover depicting ibis-headed god […]

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Various – Groove 133 / CD 42

Rating: 7/10 Some good ones on this Groove compilation. Let’s start with a Mexican who loves machines and combines them with traditional instruments: like a godchild of Liaisons Dangereuses, Rebolledo rocks big time in “Steady Gear Rebo Machine” with monotone percussion – a pretty angry track that makes curious about the man’s recent album Then Semantica – there is a short feature about the Spanish label in the magazine – is represented by E.R.P. with placid and deep electro track “Repose”, which gets the beauty award of this comp.“Human Like Us” from the new album of Planetary Assault Systems is […]

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Red Stars Over Tokyo – Hits Of Sunshine (Hot Hair 04)

Rating: 9/10 Never heard about the Red Stars Over Tokyo before. The act name promised an atmospheric affair, as did the album title “Hits Of Sunshine”. Had a strong feeling of prejudice of being affronted with sounds that are good for watering the plants. Not true, it offers much more.The title track is, as expected, a lush electronic composition, although minimalistic humming interference closer to the end hints that this might not be so mellow thing. Also in “Lost Trace” the beats are still buried, but odd voices reminding of sacral choir and secretive whispers indicate a small change. Only […]

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