Ø [Mika Vainio] – Konstellaatio (Sähkö Recordings SÄHKÖ-28 – 2014)

The artwork of “Konstellaatio” gives a clue to the foundations of Mika Vainio’s new album as Ø. It’s about summers in the Nordic countryside, grandma’s mythological tales from the memorable days between self-indulgence, when kids went picking wild strawberries under the burning sun, and suspense, when they were spying at a haunted house in the woods.Considering Vainio’s recent work, “Konstellaatio” is unsurprisingly of very different breed than Ø’s debut album “Metri” from 1994 or early EPs, which were in line with Sähkö’s rhythmic sci-fi fare of that time. Twenty years later Vainio comes with a constellation of life experiences, offering an inward-looking mix […]

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Yves De Mey – Double Slit (SEMANTICA 63 – 2014)

“Double Slit” represents the unconventional side in Semantica’s catalog when Yves De Mey, also a member of Sendai with Peter van Hoesen, targets experimental niche and stays close to his last year’s “Metrics” on Opal Tapes.Slow-paced “Disperse” is built on grainy modular textures akin to Alva Noto and Mika Vainio while“Slew Modified” tries more colorful palette with a bulk of rhythms and timbres leaving gradually a cacophonic impression.De Mey’s convincing skills appear on the EP’s flip side, when the title track “Double Slit” sets off with subtle helicopter percussion and buoyant chords, complemented with mechanical ticking for slight industrial flair. […]

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Kit Clayton and Christian Dixon reveal Tujurikkuja

A track called “Ahmak” by Tujurikkuja gained the first spot in Rrose’s November Top 10 for RA and raised questions about the artist’s identity. It got the special attention of Estonians because a local cult sketch group bears the same name, tujurikkuja meaning mood-spoiler. But it’s not a joke as Terminal 313 found out in a brief conversation with a person behind the act. “Essentially it’s an ambient noise project between myself and Christian Dixon (Death Sentence: Panda!, Murder Murder, Earth Jerks)”, said Kit Clayton, a renowned electronica and experimental artist having earlier released on Scape, Phthalo, Background and other labels. “An album is in […]

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Wochtzchée – T400 (Wochtzchée – 2013)

Estonian producer Taavi Tulev is mostly known for his Wochtzchée project and has completed a new digital/CDr EP called “T400”. The textures of the title track indicate electronica sitting in the front row of the release with compositions moving between electronic clicks & cuts and deep modulations. In “Jääkiired / Ice Rays” fragile layers come up, hovering in the distance like aurora borealis in the Northern hemisphere while the shadowy side with some EBM notes appears in “Masinkaja Masinaga / Machine Delay With Machine”, later flowing into comforting electronica. Dissonant “Algusemaiguline lõpp / The End With A Taste Of Beginning” […]

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Ancient Methods at Kõue Heli Festival, Estonia (Sat August 3, 2013)

First mentioned in the Liber Census Daniae in 1241, the Kau Manor (Kõue mõis) in Estonia was originally a medieval vassal stronghold. The location dating back to the 13th century is an appropriate setting for a live performance by Ancient Methods, the lord of Berlin’s pitch black techno war funk. The place of action is an intimate but significant festival Kõue Heli, to be held on Saturday August 3, 2013 at Kau Manor, about 50 kilometers South from Tallinn. Ancient Methods has managed to create unique sound combining harsh industrial riffs with complex rhythms for a devastating experience. As the […]

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Ed Chamberlain – Untitled (SEMANTICA 52 – 2013)

Ed Chamberlain’s second visit to Semantica with an IDM and electro EP that belongs to the more placid department of the Madrid label. Across three tracks Chamberlain, who once ran his own Baselogic imprint, admits his preference for the melodic and intelligent side of electronic music. The “Place” is an example of finely textured electro with blossoming pads and accentuated bass while “Somefind” is expressive electronica with acid drops, akin to former Toytronic output. Dramatically titled “Landmine” starts with a space mission countdown and takes off to a helium-fuelled trip. Chamberlain’s sound engineering seems pretty close to Plant43, another artist […]

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[PHYSICS] – Spectramorphic Iridescence (Digitalis Recordings DIGIV051 – 2013)

If a release is called “Spectramorphic Iridescence” one can expect commuting in scientific trails between the campus and the physics lab. Especially when the album is by [PHYSICS].Lush synth waves penetrating the room in “Anodyne Dream” are slightly misleading because the following compositions derive from floating wellness music and seek more complex structures.Already “Gender Amplification” opens up to oscillations, swaying drum patterns and broken vocal samples. Short “Random Water” is a melting pot of ambient house and free jazz while synthetic drums in “Isosceles Trapezoid” lead us to indigenous tribes dwelling in “Emerald Forest” or in “Hydrazine”.Synth layers emerge once […]

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Leven Signs – Hemp Is Here (Digitalis Recordings DIGIV050 – 2013)

Once again I would like to meet Zakaria in Sefrou. On a Friday night when the harira stalls are open in the dusky side streets we bump into each other amid lively noise of the central market. He, with a smile short of some teeth, shows good command of English and fondly recalls the days when Jimi Hendrix was around, and not only him. Zakaria comes from the Moroccan hippie generation and knows the power of guitars and hand claps. We both might not have heard about Leven Signs but it’s never too late to learn about the enticing music […]

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Discoverer – Tunnels (Digitalis Recordings DIGIV044 – 2012)

“Tunnels” would not be a stranger in a living room where the father-in-law proudly demonstrates a worn-out copy of Tangerine Dream and, with a sad note in his voice, recalls bygone times. To cheer him up and add some Christmas touch to the atmosphere, just give a spin to the recent album on Digitalis.Despite of running a roster of lesser known artists the label from Tulsa does nothing accidental. With “Tunnels” they continue explorations in the vastness of synth-based music with a new artist from Kansas City.Behind Discoverer is Brandon Knocke who admits the passion for former times, going back to the 1980s […]

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