Pär Grindvik – Isle Of Real (Stockholm LTD Sthlm LTD LP01 – 2016)

In the era of fast music consumption, when one can shuffle through the track-by-track streaming experience instead of buying a LP, the album format is luckily far from becoming obsolete. It’s still an effort that is meant to reflect the artist’s maturity, to look back to at least a couple of years of production experience. For Pär Grindvik, the waiting time was even longer, going back to the 1990s when he was in the heart of Swedish techno scene as DJ and record store owner. Preceded by a couple of split releases, Grindvik’s first solo EP “Monuments” came out in 2006 on his own […]

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Peder Mannerfelt – Controlling Body (Peder Mannerfelt PMLP002 – 2016)

No need to seek professional treatment when hearing voices in your head during the listening session of “Controlling Body”, because it’s part of the experience devised by Peder Mannerfelt for his mind-and-body-testing album. Processed human exclamations are the centrepiece in many compositions – Mannerfelt’s approach is one of a composer, not just producer – and the vocals, coming from Ms Cameron Mesirow aka Glasser are surrounded by a broad spectrum of sound variations. About half of the album is based on vocal-and-bass experiments that stand for the demanding side of the electronic music. It’s worth mentioning that hardly any of the tracks goes the predictable way, as […]

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Giorgio Gigli – The Right Place Where Not To Be (Electric Deluxe EDLX 045 – 2015)

After two years of relative silence in the solo front, Giorgio Gigli has completed the debut album that can be seen as an attempt to challenge the stereotypes. In stark contrast with Gigli’s former droning and noisy floor tracks, the triple vinyl “The Right Place Where Not To Be” is focused on sounds closer to the ambient electronica. Something already heard in the 2010 track “Psychological Scene of the Imagination (Psychoacoustic Edit)”, his collab with Obtane on their own, by now discontinued Zooloft Records. The release sounds quite exceptional also in Electric Deluxe’s catalogue, diverging from its ordinary banging material, especially when Gigli’s previous […]

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Donato Dozzy – The Loud Silence (Further Recordings FUR 058LP/CD – 2015)

Yambo, the main character in Umberto Eco’s novel “The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana”, returns to the childhood home for a memory recovery. For getting cured, he is browsing childhood memorabilia – books, magazines, vinyl records, thus delving into the popular culture from the beginning of the 1930s. Leaving aside the memory loss, there are some parallels between the novel and “The Loud Silence”, a new experimental album by the Eco’s fellow countryman Donato Dozzy. After the sessions at his parents’ house in the Italian countryside, Dozzy unleashes the potential of an ultimately hypnotic device, a predecessor of all 303s and 707s – the mouth […]

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MOVIE & SOUND: Test pilota Pirxa / Navigaator Pirx (1979)

Oddly enough, the Eastern bloc regimes that practised bogus communism, tolerated sci-fi themes in arts and literature, despite of treating suspiciously anything what seemed even a little bit ambiguous. In the times when artists had to live with constant unease of having their works censored, may it be for wrong colours used in a painting or for the word use in poetry, the sci-fi could have been an especially risky business. Maybe the abstractions related to unknown territories and times were regarded as harmful enough for not threatening the existence of the rulers. I believe there are scholars familiar with […]

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Edanticonf ‎– MCMLXXXIX (Wolfskuil Ltd ‎WLTD025 – 2015)

Italian space traveller Edanticonf reports for duty again, this time on Darko Esser’s Wolfskuil. Having debuted in 2011, the artist is foremostly known for a couple of dubbed out and atmospheric pieces on the Canadian label Silent Season, but also dropped a solid EP on M_Rec Ltd Grey Series last year. Presented by the label as ‘a very personal statement from an artist’ – what else it could be – the title may refer to the author’s birth year because musically “MCMLXXXIX” does not have anything in common with the acid house or new beat craze that governed in 1989. Maybe Silent Season’s […]

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Erik Truffaz & Murcof – Being Human Being (Mundo Recordings mundo003-LP – 2014)

“Being Human Being” is a cross-genre collaboration of the French jazz trumpeter Erik Truffaz and Murcof, Mexican electronics producer. Not for the first time, as in 2008 they released the album “Mexico” on Blue Note and the same label features Truffaz’s numerous collabs with other artists. The sleeve art by the graphic artist Enki Bilal is about humiliation and despair, with Sarajevo and Belgrade, Bilal’s native city, scribbled on the wall and reminding of hardships the Balkans have gone through in last decades. But the album, occasionally seeking the dark depths of the human nature, is not as gloomy as expected, expressing the hope of things turning better. The album starts with melancholic intro “Origin […]

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Τεχνόπολις – booming times for Greek techno and house

Either at a grocery store or tube station in the heart of big cities like London or Berlin, it’s easy to bump into an electronic artist, given the high density of techno’s creative minds in those metropolises. The artistic and partygoing appeal of large cities in the UK, Germany, Benelux, Italy, Austria and USA has been dominating the scene for over 20 years but gradually other locations have gained importance, often boosted by a few artists that brought the country to the map – like Sähkö in Finland. Not only Vangelis I’m not sure how many techno producers per square mile […]

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KUUM suvi 1995: Siim Nestor Liivimaa elektroonikast – Neuron Phase, Lu:k, Drone jt

[This post in Estonian only, about the mid-1990s electronic music scene in Estonia as featured in KUUM magazine in the summer of 1995.] Becki miniposter ja Mr Lawrence’i või Vennaskonna feature oli väärt lugemine, kuid ajakirja KUUM 1995. aasta suvenumbrist jäi kõigepealt silma Siim Nestori ülevaade Liivimaa elektroonikast. Jutuks Neuron Phase, Lu:k, Drone ja teised tegelased Põltsamaast lõuna poole, aga ka Eesti elektroonika skene tervikuna.KUUM oli Pirita linnaosas Erik Morna juhtimisel ilmunud ajakiri, mis interneti-eelsel ajastul oli asendamatu infoallikas kohaliku ja piiritaguse moodsa muusika kajastamisel ning andis välja ka mõned kohalike artistide kassetid.

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Jeremiah R. – Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit (Enklav. ‎ENK015 – 2014)

Jeremiah R. from Rotterdam is a dreamer, pursuing the sounds of electro’s atmospheric section, if to decide by his EP for the Italian label Enklav. [yes there is a full stop at the end].It gets a cautious start with harmonic layers in „Interdimensional  Beings“, to fit the loungy ambience of design hotels. The title theme “Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit” advances one level up, appearing as an intelligent and clinical electro track.Gentle breeze of dub arrives in “Infinite Skies”, a toughtful and relaxing piece and after wellness department we reach glimmering “Exile”, arching over to my personal favourite “Illuminated Process” – an intense tune […]

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