REVIEW: Saint Abdullah – The Sounds Of Evil Volume 1 (Boomarm Nation / 7″ BOOMARM14 – 2017)

Saint Abdullah, a project by two US-Iranian brothers, was introduced to the world with the track “Mossadegh’s Revenge For 52” on Boomarm Nation’s spectacular “Family Album 2017”, a digital compilation from the experimental side of dub and world music. Prior to that, the duo had promised intense cross-cultural experience with some Soundcloud uploads and now Mohammad and Mehdi have completed their first album in digital and cassette format, accompanied by a seven-inch vinyl sampler on Boomarm, a label from Portland, Oregon. History and religion are important sources of inspiration for Saint Abdullah who are based in Brooklyn and Tehran, and if […]

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REVIEW: Arcanoid, Jimmy Edgar+Ideograma, Plant43, Annie Hall – 10.X. (SEMANTICA 10.X – 2017)

This year, Semantica Records’ glorious decade in music is celebrated with the anniversary series, a journey through global techno, involving artists from Sweden to Japan, from France to Argentina for mostly four-to-the-floor, tripping tracks. The ten-vinyl batch is now peaking with “10.X.”, dedicated to electro that has not been an uncharted territory for the Madrid label, if to recall thematic tunes from Ed Chamberlain, E.R.P., Boris Divider and many others. Gladly the contributions from all artists  – everyone of them has previously appeared on Semantica – are diverse on their own way. Spanish producer Arcanoid opens with a symbiosis of synthwave, […]

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Bandcamp ambient picks: Horsetail, Jari Pitkänen, Øyvind Juel

Horsetail Horsetail from the UK are ‘makers of noisy outer space music’ from the abstract side of ambient and drone, which is well reflected in the title track and in “The Wound That Never Heals”. If to imagine it as a vinyl, the “B-side” turns out as the winner: distorted creeper “His Terrible Heart” would appeal to techno DJs and “Cloak” is a minimalist ballad for the mountaineers in base camp. Hollow Sea by Horsetail Jari Pitkänen Finnish artist Jari Pitkänen boasts a large back catalogue based on ambient experimentations with Roland MC-303. Of his recent navigations in stellar dust, the […]

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REVIEW: Ioannis Savvaidis – NSA Trusted Networks (Lower Parts LP12 – 2016)

Lower Parts takes a break from the usual repertoire of drum-heavy acidic cuts and changes the mood to sparkling ambient with “NSA Trusted Networks”, the debut from the Greek producer Ioannis Savvaidis. Coming in an edition of 250 copies with A3 poster and download code, Savvaidis’s EP is an admiration of classic synth compositions from the seventies, his tunes carrying the spirit of Jean-Michel Jarre and Vangelis. From recent times, parallels can be drawn with synth explorations by Freak Electrique or especially Ricardo Donoso, which means that anybody who is missing tunes of the late Digitalis Recordings should find a little comfort […]

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REVIEW: RX-101 – EP1 (Suction Records suction032 – 2016)

At the end of 1990s, Suction Records garnered much support for its synth and wave magic from Lowfish, Skanfrom, Mitgang Audio and others. Although in the last decade, the label from Toronto has been less in the limelight, it recently brought out a few notable records from the EBM and industrial angle, including new material by Celldöd from Sweden and a set of remixes of “Work Terminal”, a vintage track of Toronto’s legendary group Digital Poodle. Suction’s newest discovery Erik Jong is from the Netherlands – a survivor of warehouse techno era who has opened his bedroom producer’s archives under the RX-101 […]

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Sven Grünberg – Hingus (Bureau B BB 241LP – 1981/2016)

Sven Grünberg is real name of a real person and he is not a fictional Lufthansa engineer who secretly became electronic musician in the 1970s and appeared from the obscurity later. Grünberg, who turns 60 this November, was born in the Estonian capital Tallinn and cut his teeth in the local seventies bands Ornament and Mess, acting in the latter as composer, singer and instrumentalist. A graduate of a music college in Tallinn, Grünberg decided to become electronic musician in (then) Soviet Union where he was not a loner, if to recall from the previous generation Eduard Artemyev who wrote scores […]

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REVIEW: Convextion – 2845 (A.R.T.LESS VEXT LP 1 – 2016)

About every ten years, Convextion is shaking up the world. It began in 1995 when Sean Deason’s Matrix Records from Detroit launched with the debut twelve from the electronic artist from Dallas. The follow-up on the same label and EPs on Tektite and Down Low Music brought the Texan Gerard Hanson to the awareness of the public who appreciated deeper, dub-infected techno. Convextion’s brilliant debut album in 2006 created immense but well-earned hype but also left a strange aftertaste because of Down Low Music’s decision to do numerous represses of what initially was meant to be a limited edition. Probably it […]

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ITPDWIP – Post Love (Brokntoys BT12 – 2016)

Brokntoys is a label I should have coveted long before spotting Marco Bernardi’s “Spoken Word Of Lie” (2015), because in retrospective many earlier works of the London-based label sound terrific too. I would not be walking alone with the claim that Brokntoys can be found in the forefront of current electro movement, when it puts out impressive tunes by Luke Eargoggle, Dez Williams, Microthol and others, quite often in the format of mini compilations. After Dan White’s “Digital Physics”, there is another solo release coming from the label, “Post Love” by ITPDWIP. Behind the acronym is Greek producer Vladimiros Peilivanidis who also uses aliases […]

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SHXCXCHCXSH – SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs (Avian ‎AVNLP003 – 2016)

Sssssnake chhharmers from Sweden, not only linguistically challenging dark knights from SHXCXCHCXSH who boast over 6,300 followers of their empty Soundcloud account, believe in the power of ‘s’ in the new album for UK label Avian. After initial rush to vitriolic roughness, when only to recall earlier catalogue entries by Shifted and MPIA3’s, Avian’s tastes have become more varied (Litüus, for example) and SHXCXCHCXSH’s album belongs rather to the experimental section. Instead of targeting sweaty techno caves with their previous Avian LP “Strgths”, SHXCXCHCXSH emits steamy, pixelated sound that constitutes the basis of most of the compositions. Consciously or not, many parts sound very familiar: one of the album’s best tracks, “Ssss” at […]

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David Morley – The Origin Of Storms (De:tuned ASGDE010 – 2016)

De:tuned is keen to put acclaimed artists from the past to contemporary context, either by reissuing old or presenting new productions. The LA Synthesis double pack was one of the 2015 highlights and after B12’s “Transient Life”, it’s the turn of the UK-born Belgian resident David Morley who debuted back in 1992 with “Evolution” on R&S Records’ ambient offshoot Apollo and was active in the nineties with a handful EPs. With “The Origin Of Storms” the Belgian label resumes the pursuit for abundant textures in electronic music, when Morley’s beatless synth variations are floating over ambient fields in the 12″+10″ album over 40 minutes of playtime. The […]

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