Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Michele Mercure
Beside Herself

RVNG Intl collects some of Michel Mercure’s early minimal synth and experimental electronics compositions. All of the tunes that make up Beside Herself were initially issued on cassettes self-released by Mercure between 1983 and 1990. These lo-fi ditties will appeal to fans of Pauline Anna Storm and The Nightcrawlers.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Reto A Ichi (aka Prefuse 73)
The Lapse Of The Exchange / Alone Moving Often

Who is this new kid on the block? Guess again! It’s none other than Mr. Prefuse 73 himself, Guillermo Herren. Can’t refuse the Prefuse. Here we have a double-album narrative that begins in Manhattan’s Chinatown and is driven by the foulness of city life out into the peaceful sticks. Lots of intricate, Prefuse-esque melodies and sample-slicery to enjoy.
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  • !K7
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Yoshinori Hayashi
Ambivalence

Transcending genres like Nosaj Thing on a detuned bicycle, Japanese producer Yosinori Hayashi’s debut album is a collage of bongo breakbeats, forlorn jazz samples, and wobbly synthesizers. Ambivalence. We'll say it reminds of ill-maintained carnival ride and of undiscovered Boards of Canada b-sides, but a little stranger.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Max Graef
Lo Siento Mucho Pero No Hablo Tu Idioma

Berliner, Max Graef, returns four years after his highly-rated debut Rivers Of The Red Planet with Lo Siento Mucho Pero No Hablo Tu Idioma - or I’m Very Sorry But I Don’t Speak Your Language, as my basic Spanish leads me to understand. Graef says of the record that it he approached it in an unmusical way - more experimental than its predecessor in terms of instrumentation and recording venues. Double LP on Tartelet.
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Maxxxbass
Gone Fishing

Long Island Electrical Systems aka L.I.E.S. love a bit of obfuscation, and this latest LP from Maxxx Bass has heaps of it. The strange cover, the lack of track titles and the obtuse, drifting sonics within Gone Fishing will have been music to label-boss Ron Morelli’s ears. That said, this is not an unwelcoming record from an artist who has previously released on L.I.E.S. through his group KWC 92. Found sound, FM electronics, synth choirs and gentle flutes all bob in the stream of this nine-part affair. The overall effect lands somewhere between Fennesz and a wordless Panda Bear.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

BEAST
Ens

Beast is Koen Holtkamp, who is also known as one half of Mountains with Brendan Angeregg. Ens sees Holtkamp making more tightly constructed compositions, compared with his previous sprawling explorations. The album was made as Holtkamp’s partner was expecting, then having their first child and the experience plays out in the heartfelt music, some grounded and some more for the clouds. LP and CD on Thrill Jockey.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Various
Incantations For Tape

Hard as it is to believe, there was a time when pitch wobble, reversed recordings, noise and abstract bleeps and bloops were truly surprising and groundbreaking things to hear in musical recordings. Sound Miracle offers a polite introduction to a few of the boffins and weirdos who were hard at work developing these (and many other) techniques when they first became possible at all. Though space wasn’t found for Halim El-Dabh or electroacoustic poster boy himself Pierre Schaeffer, the compilation is bursting with such other pioneers as Daphne Oram, Bülent Arel and György Ligeti.

Lia Mice
The Sampler As A Time Machine

Glasgow’s Optimo bring you Aussie-born London artist Lia Mice, whose album The Sampler as a Time Machine has to do with the temporal effects of rearranging and manipulating recorded sound. Is Lia a time-traveller from the 1940s? Either way, Walter Benjamin would be delighted by this album of time-twisting leftfield pop, led by gnarled bass, repitched vocal textures and fluttering electro.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Colin Potter
Rank Sonata

Colin Potter has been orbiting the centre of the UK underground music scene(s) for his whole career, as a member of Nurse With Wound and Current 93 and through a stack of other collaborations. Rank Sonata is a fully solo work however, and finds Potter wandering his electronics down dreamy ambient pathways. On Hallow Ground.

London Modular Alliance
Wireless

London Modular Alliance is a silly name, but at least it’s factually watertight. The group formed around the London synth emporium London Modular, and all of their tracks are born from hardware jams. It’ll come as no surprise that the cuts on Wireless are dense, slightly sinister numbers that sound very expensive. Will appeal to people who’ve been enjoying anything that CPU have done of late.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Ratgrave
Ratgrave

Ratgrave is the new project from Julius Conrad and Max Graef. From squelchy electro-funk to smooth, chilled vibes via some more erratic beats, this album has everything you want for a good night in or out. It was recorded over a three year period in three different locations, although they are keen to point out that they were all on terra firma, and we can only assume that this informed the record’s final outcome. Ludwig L lends additional EFX to the album. LP on Apron.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Moscow Youth Cult
Lux

Dance crew Moscow Youth Cult return after two years with Lux, which seeks to take apart pop music and reconstruct it from its discombobulated parts. It's a nostalgic and heavily influenced work, but it's too propulsive for that to be a problem in the moment: just go with it, won't you?
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Karlheinz Stockhausen
Adventures In Sound

Karlheinz Stockhausen is an artist that every music lover should give a go at least once in their life. The German composer’s theories about everything from form to notation to sound itself revolutionised art music in post-war Europe. In one way or another his work has influenced pretty much genre to come after him. Worth a listen, then, and this new compilation Adventures In Sound provides a good way into the composer's ouevre.

Sone Institute
Where Moth and Rust Consume

The first Sone Institute work in six years finds itself Where Moth and Rust Consume. What possessed Roman Bezdyk to make an album about our Phil’s wardrobe we may never know. Returning nonetheless to ol’ pals Front & Follow for their new release series, the Institute presents an album of leftfield trip-pop and charming/unsettling mid-fi atmospheres.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Bendik Giske
Adjust

Oslo artist Bendik Giske here articulates the music, narratives and musical narratives of club culture using little more than a saxophone. If it sounds a bit strange it’s because it is, but Giske’s highly focused and expressive project is also very compelling and gorgeous. Comes armed with remixes and reinterpretations by the motley crew of Total Freedom, Lotic, Deathprod and Rezzett.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Richard Devine
SortLave

Richard Devine returns after six years with his new album Sort/Lave. It sees the Atlanta, Georgia-based electronics whizz throwing up opposing textures using his custom built modular system. The pieces flit between sandpapery percussion and glorious ambience. The album was conceived and recorded over the last two years. Triple LP or CD on Timesig, a Venetian Snares imprint.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Various
Sowas Von Egal: German Synth Wave Underground 1980-1985

The excellent Hamburg-based label Bureau B have unearthed more rare synth gems, to compile: Sowas Von Egal: German Synth Wave Underground 1980-1985. Not your typical '80s synth comp; this collaboration with the Damaged Goods party DJs has brought to light some remarkable, seldom heard music  ranging from post punk and synth wave -- all originally released in very small quantities, often by the bands themselves and sold at their gigs -- all pressed in the first half of the 1980s. Available as an LP or on shiny new CD.

Harmonious Thelonious
Petrolia

Harmonious Thelonious is the electronic outlet for Dusseldorfer Stefan Schwander, which he uses to explore both African and American minimalism, while always keeping that sweet sweet danceability to the fore. Full-length Petrolia is particularly high energy, with especially tasty live-instrument contributions from Ghazi Barakat. Its out on Marmo Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

The Radiophonic Workshop
Possum

Possum is a new British horror film from the mind of Matthew Holness (Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place). It is the first time that The Radiophonic Workshop have scored a film. Their 50 years as pioneering electronic sound-makers, known for the original Dr. Who theme and who have counted Delia Derbyshire among their number, are the perfect fit for Holness’ weird vision. 6 panel digipak CD on Room 13.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM
  • Soundtracks

Keir Vine
Instance

London’s Trestle Records (City Shepherd, Adam Coney) drop a record from famed keyboardist/hang player Keir Vine. The Instance EP is rather different to the plush post-jazz that Vine dishes up as part of Portico Quartet. These eight tracks are built around droning church organs, field recordings, found sounds and little snippets of piano. They've got a bit of a Ghost Box flavour to it. It all adds up to a really nice listen.

The Lotus Eaters
Desatura

Please be very very careful. This is not the 1980s Lotus Eaters famous for their 'First Picture of You' single. Instead these are two techno artists Lucy and Rrose. Here the two step away from the usual techno instrumentation and use synthesized sound and feedback to generate both textural and percussive elements to their music.  

Eric Copeland
Trogg Modal Vol. 1

Eric Copeland - he of Black Dice fame - turns in a record of bleep-bloop goodness for DFA. The first volume of his Trogg Modal series finds Copeland exploring the freakbeat club sound that he locked into on 2017 full-length Goofballs. Fusing lo-fi techno, Balearic house, minimal synth beat and … generally weird shit, Copeland has come through with another befuddling yet beguiling LP here.
  • Label(s):
  • DFA
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

The 15 Dead Minutes
Bio-Evolved

It's been a wee while since we last heard from The 15 Dead Minutes aka David Froud (Heuristic Audio) and David Campbell (Delinquent Dialect). Their collaborative work first appeared on Irish label Trensmat and later on Sunil Sharpe's Earwiggle imprint. Now the duo return with an ace four-track EP of seething and infectious cuts blurring the lines between techno/electro/industrial. All tracks bang and rattle in all the right places and are heavy in terms of both sound and emotion. Only 300 copies with killer artwork by Yamako King.
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Seán Carpio & Eomac
ETXC002

The second instalment of Eotrax’s collaborative series sees label boss Eomac of Lakker hook up with Migro/Klein artist Seán Carpio. On ETXC002 the pair bounce various kinds of feedback off one another to produce a record of drone, noise and concrète. These needling, abrasive tracks are not for the faint-hearted - enter at your peril.
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Thighpaulsandra
The Lepore Extrusion

Originally released on a limited run by Brainwashed Recordings in 2006, Thighpaulsandra’s The Lepore Extrusion gets reissued by Klanggalerie.(Konstruktivists, Nurse With Wound). It’s a typically unusual work from the Coil/Julian Cope collaborator, with main affair ‘The Leport Extrusion’ a single piece that shifts between spacey drones and vocal-led concrete ala Karlheinz Stockhausen. This new pressing comes with a bonus track.

Aphex Twin
Selected Ambient Works 85-92

Not sure that you need us to introduce this one to you. The album that broke Aphex Twin to the masses (relatively speaking), Selected Ambient Works 85-92 starts with two genuinely sublime pieces of music, ‘Xtal’ and ‘Tha’, which your collection literally cannot be without. The whole thing is great though, whether for solo listening late at night or for esoteric dancefloors. An absolute classic.

Oneohtrix Point Never
Returnal

Returnal was Daniel Lopatin's fourth album under the Oneohtrix Point Never moniker and originally released in 2010. It was his final album before signing to Warp and was released on Editions Mego who have kindly re-pressed it on gatefold LP. It develops his earlier synth-based music with elements of noise and vocals resulting in a combustible and disorientating record full of mood and tempo shifts. Certainly one of his best transmissions to date.  
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  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Kostis Kilymis
Second Saturation

A fresh new Tapeworm, plucked from the ground. And what does it contain? Why, two sides of exciting materials from Kostis Kilymis of course! The work presented here is grown out of a Stockholm live performance and some sweetly detailed field recordings, all treated and processed by various means, some of them pleasingly dubby. Second Saturation is a tape on The Tapeworm.

Zeno van den Broek
Entrop

Cassette label The Tapeworm have been running a tidy racket for almost a decade now. Since 2009 the London label has released great little tapes from the likes of Stephen O’Malley and Derek Jarman. Their 111th release (very satisfying, that) comes courtesy of Dutch composer/sound-artist Zeno van den Broek. To create Entrop, van den Broek built a synth, modded it with feedback loops and set it to trigger percussive sounds on a drum computer. The musical results bridge noise, music concrete and IDM.

D.A.F.
DAS IST DAF

Gabi Delgado and Robert Görl fronted Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft (D.A.F.) were an experimental electronic/electro/industrial group active from 1979 until the late 80s, proclaiming they had fulfilled the concept. For fans of Kraftwerk, Laibach etc. this collection houses four albums with a bonus vinyl of remixes (including Boys Noize and Giorgio Moroder) as well as two unreleased tracks, and a load of goodies.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Joep Beving
Conatus

Conatus: in which Joep Beving hands over pieces of his contemporary classical music to various artists for reworking. With Deutsche Grammophon as the label, and a list of contributing artists that includes Suzanne Ciani(!), you won’t be surprised to hear that the quality of Conatus’s material is very high indeed.

Peter Gordon
Eighteen

Peter Gordon’s first LP in three years arrives courtesy of Foom (Rhys Chatham, Peter Zummo). On Eighteen Gordon is ably assisted by Gabe Guernsey (Factory Floor), Larry Saltzman (Arthur Russell) and Paul Nowinski (LOLO) here. The group craft instrumentals of autumnal beauty that are at once too woozy to be dance music, too silvery to be r&b, and too synthetic to be soul. They are what they are, and they are beautiful.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Belia Winnewisser
Radikale Akzeptanz

Radikale Akzeptanz is the first release of Belia Winnewisser as a solo artist, and it beautifully marries together her synth-pop experience in bands with her sound art practice. So the tunes are there, as are the sturdy beats and rhythms in places, but also more unexpected textures, tones, and structures. An exciting mix. On Präsens Editionen.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

EOC
The Path of Untitled Memories

The promising Mirae Arts with their third release here. This one’s courtesy of Katsunori Sawa’s EOC (Enormous O’Clock) project. The Path of Untitled Memories represents a change of pace for Mirae Arts. Whereas previous drops from Seraphim Rytm and Michiru Aoyama have been largely or wholly ambient works, The Path Of Untitled Memories is a no-BS body-techno affair that nods to the Echochord school. Good craic.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Saloli
The Deep End

The Year Zero for Mary Sutton’s debut LP as Saloli was a performance at a clothing-optional soaking-pool sauna. In attempting to make music for people relaxing in hot bubbly water, Sutton came up with these sounds of warm, tranquil beauty. The generative point of The Deep End encourages comparisons with Yamaneko’s Spa Commissions, but the sounds here lean more towards the New Age reissues of Seance Centre. Out via Kranky (Tim Hecker, Dedekind Cut).
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Grupo Controle Digital
A Festa E Nossa

Remaster of the only album from sleek Brazilian electronic funk duo Grupo Controle Digital. Sadly, one of the members Gel Valiery, died young, leading to the end of the band. His bandmate, Billy Jaguar, became a priest, but was tracked down by DJ Millos Kaiser in order to secure permission to use their tracks. 

Diaster
Clustered Non Symmetry

Diaster are an Italian duo working with electronics of various sorts: from musique concrete and academic electronic music to techno, D&B, and other musics of the club. It's a winning combination of course, and new album Clustered Non Symmetry is eight tracks of stark, minimal, propulsive sound. Out on the Aperture label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Autarkic
Treble Rebel

Rich, zany club tunes from Tel Aviv’s Autarkic, which looks like what a parrot might say if it heard the word ‘Autechre’ once. It does not, however, sound like anything of the sort. The style going on here is a rather meaty, flexible production filled with cheeky sampling and well-paced workout rhythms.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Heinali
Iridescent

A new full-length album from busy Ukrainian sound-worker Oleg Shpudeiko, aka Heinali. Iridescent is mostly crafted out of modular synth improvisations, some of which are then reworked and re-ordered to created the finished pieces we hear here. Sometimes deep in ambient drifts, and sometimes pumping beats, this material is always strong for those who like some electronic adventure.

Extrawelt
Unknown

Unclassifiable production duo and lifelong friends Arne Schaffhausen and Wayne Raabe having been concocting sounds together for twenty years. They have recorded ten albums together, however, Unknown is their fourth under the Extrawelt moniker. It’s electronic music, but then there’s other stuff in there as well, so don’t pigeon hole them. Triple LP or CD on Cocoon.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
Stranger Things: Halloween Sounds From The Upside Down (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)

Stranger Things. You like it. We like it. Everyone likes it. Netflix’s answer to Twin Peaks often throws in a fair dose of spook to up the ante. With Halloween just around the corner the series’ music directors Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein have compiled 14 of their creepiest compositions for Stranger Things: Halloween Sounds From The Upside Down. They may also mean ‘Halloween Sounds’ in the sense that this record owes quite a debt to John Carpenter.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM
  • Soundtracks

J.O.S
Ultra

I'd probably have a word with my record label is they sent out a press release saying I fondled synths, but then I'm not J.Ö.S. aka Johan Öhman Sollin. On Ultra, the Swede channels the boring bleakness of Scandinavian winters into sci-fi soundtrack style compositions that bring to mind James Ferraro and Oneohtrix Point Never's early stuff.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Aphex Twin
Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP

Available on 12” Vinyl and CD. After Syro, the first material from Richard D. James under his Aphex Twin moniker in 13 years, dropped near the end of 2014, I think most of us hoped that it wasn’t going to be an equally long wait. James says he’s been making computers play real instruments for years, designing and contracting people to build his manic contraptions. Of course, being Aphex Twin, the title could be a complete misnomer.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Various
The Bedroom Tapes

The  Minimal Wave label present yet another stellar collection of minimal wave artists taken from around the world, and in this case recorded mainly on 4-track recorders in, yep, their bedrooms. Covering 1980 to 1991 it features tracks from Disque Omo, Unovidual, Aural Difference, Arvid Tuba,  Perfect Mother, and many more. Limited copies.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Tangent
Approaching Complexity

The Netherlands duo of Ralph van Reijendam and Robbert Kok bring us their fourth album together as Tangent. Their sky-gazing ambience and gently unfurling beats have graced releases on Tympanik Audio and now n5MD (following 2016's "Collapsing Horizons" LP, a beautifully effective blend of dubby ambient and glitchy IDM styles) give us "Approaching Complexity". We continue to follow and enjoy their artistic development and their relationships with the world around us, now with recurring piano themes. Sounds like a winner. Available as a limited edition 180-gram orange vinyl LP or CD, on n5MD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Maelstrom
Fragment

More electro from the Central Processing Unit label. This time it's from Maelstrom, who returns to the label after July 2018's ECZO, with the four-track EP Fragment. The bass is as tough as you might expect, and I think I detect a hint of acid? I'm no expert. Most impressively Maelstrom is not afraid to vary tempos over the EP so Fragment will have something for every DJ.

Shlohmo
Vacation

Shlohmo’s 2012 EP Vacation has been long gone for a long time, but Mr Shlo has kindly taken pity on those who missed out with this new repress, on the Friends of Friends label. Vacation includes three original tracks, as well as four remixes of other artists in an LA Beat Scene style, including Airhead and Nicolas Jaar. Pick it up this time!
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

CUTS
A Slow Decay

CUTS’ new 12” A Slow Decay delivers on the promise of the two Exist EPs with one more appetite-whetter before his debut full-length A Gradual Decline lands. A Slow Decay, taken from that record, shows off a deep, icy spaciousness that sometimes drifts and sometimes explodes. Plus two exclusive B-side tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

The Orb
History Of The Future Part 2

Available on double CD or as a boxset with 3 CDs and DVD on Malicious Damage. Having announced a new album due in 2015, The Orb have released two retrospective compilations their work up until now. Including only released on vinyl tunes and unreleased video footage on the DVD, as well as completely unreleased songs "Baghdad Batteries Launch Night" and "Jam On Your Honey".

Matthew Dear
Bunny

Dear Matthew, thanks for releasing a new album. I don't know what it sounds like yet. I'm told that it's kinda moody and ominous which would certainly offset the fact that it's named Bunny, because rabbits are incredibly cute. I've also heard that Tegan and Sara feature on a track, which is easily the best news I've had all year. I'm sure this record will speak to your need to make a myriad different sounds all the time and in good avant-pop ways. Thanks XOX Norman.

James Ginzburg
Six Correlations

James Ginzburg might be better known to you as 50% of Emptyset, that most crushing of electronic music projects. This solo record, which was put together for a Berlin commission earlier this year, engages with a wider palette than that group, with folk musics of many different hues mixing with generative composition. Six Correlations is out on Subtext.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

The Future Sound Of London
Archived 9

Jumpin' & Pumpin' follow 'Archived 8' with -- you guessed it -- the ninth volume in their ongoing series of unreleased music from the apparently inexhaustible Future Sound Of London archive. 'Archived 9' brings together another dozen tracks, some of which have been reconstructed and embellished upon and mixed to complete a new album of work in its own right, worthy of sitting next to 'Lifeforms' or 'ISDN'. Archived 9 is available on CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

David August
D'Angelo

David August has always felt an affinity to the parts of him that came from Palestrina in Italy. On D'Angelo he takes his first steps in exploring this feeling in public. Recorded in Italy (by necessity), the album is a muscular mixture of Balearic pop and darker sounds of the noir soundtrack. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Phono Ghosts
Photons In Fashion

So what Blackpool’s Phono Ghosts does is sample some tapes, run them through an audio workstation on his computer, then chop them up and reassemble them to form new shapes. The resulting tracks that make up Photons In Fashion are a hypnagogic re-rendering of ‘80s synth sounds. As in - Vaporwave. That said, the way that this set of ‘wave jams layers up its vocals is a tad more psychedelic than your Macintosh Pluses and your James Ferraro’s.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Siavash Amini
Foras

Siavash Amini's rain-textured drone has wowed us ever since What the Wind Whispered to the Trees, where neutral environmental grounds found vulnerable, almost songwritten ambience. Foras is his sixth solo record in as many years and sees him continue to traverse these liminal spaces, considering the very way our surroundings lead our emotions, considering architecture as psychology. You must cop this.

GAIKA
BASIC VOLUME

Gaika has been threatening a masterpiece for a while now. In his debut LP BASIC VOLUME he might just have made it. Over the fifteen tracks here he weaves together far-flung musical legacies - D’Angelo, Future, Popcaan and Arca are all discernable influences - into a record of dark potency. Dre Skull, Sophie and Jam City are among an impressive list of co-producers.

Space
The Best of Space

For a moment I thought that Phil had lost his mind but no, this is not the 'best' of the Female of the Species Liverpool band but the original Space - a kind of prototype Daft Punk. Their big hit was 'Magic Fly', an otherworldly tune which summed up their cosmic/disco/synth combination. But there was loads more where that came from and this collection compiles the best bits from their four ahead-of-their-time albums.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

James Holden + Maalem Houssam Guinia
Three Live Takes

What a combo: Maalem Houssam Guinia and James Holden; Moroccan Gnawa and modular synth. Three Live Takes presents us with three live cuts from a 2016 London performance, with these two very different sound palettes somehow combining into a coherent new sound-world. 12” out on Border Community.

Colin Self
Siblings

RVNG Intl. brings you New York / Berlin artist Colin Self’s sixth and ultimate chapter in his Elation opera series. As you might expect from a pop opera, it’s conceptual, richly detailed and highly nuanced. It also features plenty of good singing. The main idea is that of familial closeness and kinship arising from mutual curiosity and care rather than biological association. Uplifting stuff.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

A Certain Ratio
Up In Downsville

A Certain Ratio AKA ACR AKA "Joy Division with better clothes" were a Manchester post-punk band who mixed elements of funk, disco and dub into their sound. Up In Downsville was their seventh album and was originally released on Rob’s Records (a label owned by Joy Division manager, Rob Gretton) in 1992. This reissue comes courtesy of Mute and is available on light blue coloured double vinyl LP and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Mike Simonetti
Solipsism (Collected Works 2006-2013)

Between the years of 2006 and 2013 Mike Simonetti busied himself with co-running Italians Do It Better alongside Johnny Jewel. Despite spending a lot of his time planning release schedules for the likes of Chromatics and Glass Candy, Simonetti was able to get into the studio every now and then and lay down some tracks of his own. Solipsism collates these sleek, slow and sexy slices of Italo-Disco as ‘the nail in the coffin’ for Simonetti’s relationship with the label.
  • Label(s):
  • 2MR
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Acid Pauli
Selected Indianer Works

Acid Pauli (aka Martin Gretschmann of The Notwist) has soundtracked the new film Es war einmal Indianerland, and this release picks out the best sections of that soundtrack for some separate listening. Its an eclectic set, with Pauli playing to the mood of each scene, but Selected Indianer Works sounds brilliant on a stereo too. LP release on Ouie.
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  • Soundtracks

disrupt
Omega Station

Here’s Jahtari boss Jan Gleichmar aka Disrupt’s first solo full-length since 2009’s The Bass Has Left the Building. This time the bass actually has left the building, along with most of the electro-reggae at which our lad Jan so excelled. Instead he’s gone all-out sample librarian and created an electro-ambient soundtrack to a retrofuturistic space voyage. Faultless production, as ever.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Marie Davidson
Working Class Woman

If you've yet to experience Marie Davidson's music as a solo artist then it's possible you may have encountered her on the Constellation label as a member of Essaie Pas, Land Of Kush or Les Momies de Palerme (amongst others). 'Working Class Woman', her fourth solo full-length, arrives on Ninja Tune and is the Montreal-based artist's most introspective and visceral work to date. Her sound absorbs influences from Italo Disco, proto-industrial, minimal synth and electro which she moulds into her own distinctive vision.

The Field
Infinite Moment

Hope is something we could do with in 2018. Axel Willner AKA The Field had been toying with various new ideas for his sixth full length album before realising perhaps that we could do with an album that is warm and comforting. Therefore 'Infinite Moment' is hued with a rich gauze of straight to the heart electronics to soothe your mind in troubled times.  

bvdub
Drowning in Daylight

The illustrious esquires at Apollo represent sadcore-ambient titan bvdub’s label of the week for Drowning in Daylight, a quadrilogy of teary twenty-minute longuns with right poetic titles. Now passing the thirty album mark, Brock Van Wey can be counted on for the skills to pay the bills and give your ears some cinematic thrills.
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Bliss Signal
Bliss Signal

Surge, the first single off Bliss Signal’s self-titled debut, sounds like a collaboration between Deafheaven and Dag Rosenqvist. In reality it's James Kelly (Altar of Plagues) and Mumdance who are working together. The result, as far as we can tell, sounds like a death-metal remix of some very soulful ambient. And it's pretty tasty.

Lawrence
Illusion

After a couple of LPs for Mule Musiq, Illusion sees Lawrence back on Dial, the label he founded alongside Carsten Jost and Turner. This is another record of finely-calibrated central European techno and deep house from the one born Peter Kersten. The likes of Move D and Will Saul would have been pleased to come up with something like the delightfully bleep-bloopy ‘Treasure Box’.

Various
Air Texture Vol.VI – Selected by Steffi and Martyn

The Air Texture series reaches volume six and for the occasion drafts in Steffi and Martyn for another double-CD's worth of previously unreleased gems. Consider the calibre of the selectors -- famous both for their individual spins on house and techno -- and then consider the brief as per usual: leftfield selections, ambience aplenty and techno in name only, too widescreen perhaps to be limited to the dance-floor. 26 tracks, including appearances by: dBridge, Shed, FaltyDL, As One, KiNK and of course, Steffi and Martyn themselves. The vinyl option is a double-EP with 8 tracks.
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Maarja Nuut & Ruum
Muunduja

Estonian violinist and vocalist Maarja Nut joins producer Ruum. Her airy voice and subtle violin create quiet lakes of sound, while Ruum’s electronic soundscapes seem to paint the depths that lie below. Muunduja is a haunting and reflective effort, out on FatCat, one of the finest world-pop/indietronica labels.

Mount Kimbie
Mount Kimbie DJ-Kicks

Mount Kimbie fans -- particularly for their selecting and mixing skills -- rejoice, for finally have !K7 got around to giving the duo a space in their hallowed DJ-Kicks series! Featuring a plethora of goodies from the likes of Severed Heads, Object Blue, Via App and an exclusive from the boys themselves of course, the seeds of the mix were sown when they toured with Actress across a run of six dates. A whole box of drums and textures on the CD (23 tracks, mixed) or 9 tracks on 2x vinyl LP of course, should you prefer. 
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Jun Kamoda
Jun Kamoda

Japan’s Jun Kamoda, whose experience behind hip-hop project Illreme goes back a decade and a half, here follows two EPs with a groovy album of supremely colourful house, disco and hip-hop through Black Acre. Complete with a cartoon insert by the artist plus fabulous painted artwork by his wife Hisano.
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Collector
Triple Crown

Collector is a new project from Australian Jason Campbell, the mind behind the synth meditations of Stitched Vision. As Collector he is just as interested in electronic sounds, but this time it's all about the rhythms: firm drum machine programming punching through Campbell’s modular synthesis set-up for some slightly off-kilter techno. Triple Crown is the first release on Drawing Heat Records, limited to 300 vinyl copies.
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Kode9 & Burial
FABRICLIVE 100

Here endeth the lesson. The 100th and final edition of Fabric’s Fabriclive CD mix series comes courtesy of two artists who, perhaps above all others, have defined the sound of the London club since the turn of the millenium. Burial’s South London bleakscapes and Kode9’s Hyperdub label have spread their tentacles into nearly every facet of UK club music, and you’d be hard-pressed to argue that any of the other 99 Fabriclive mixes don’t bear their influence in one way or another. Now, as the series rounds out, the pair drop a 37-track mix that shows love to footwork, gqom, jungle, grime and everything in between. Not to be missed.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Various
Sichten 1

Raster-Noton folded in 2017 with the Raster label taking its place. In its short life the new imprint has already dropped killer selections from Belief Defect and Robert Lippok. Now Raster kick off a new series, Sichten, that allows label favourites to collate albums of left-field electronic music. Frank Bretschneider - an artist who had several releases on Raster-Noton back in the day - oversees the first lot. On Sicthen 1 he gets eighteen tracks out of six artists that include Benjamin Brunn and Zavoloka.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Pip Williams
Mode#7

Back in 2013, Pip Williams’ Mode#7 was the first release on Brokntoys. Fast forward to the present day and the label’s catalogue runs to around thirty drops from artists including London Modular Alliance and Koova. The four hard-nosed electro jams here remain some of the imprint’s best work, and as such they’re getting a short-run repress on hand-stamped wax.
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E-Unity
Tallarita EP

French producer E-Unity (one Loïc Berger) releases his inner bee for London’s FTD Records. The title track does a mode-switching dance around clubby references, which is both awkward and absolutely compelling at once. Nailed it. ‘Everlasting Legacy (Collage Mix)’ follows a similar method, while the other two tracks allow a little more consistency.
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  • FTD

ADULT.
This Behavior

It seems like -- ooh, let's see -- at least 18 of your Earth years since this duo gave us 'Nausea', back in those heady, queasy post-millennium Electroclash days. 6 albums and countless (nearly) EPs and singles later, Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller present us with This Behavior as ADULT. All caps, full stop / period: record store peeps like us love them. Nic and Adam recorded it in a wood cabin in the wilds of North Michigan in the freezing mid Winter, should be a suitably chilled and frosty one then. On Dais records; choose from your black or yellow vinyl, or even a CD should you prefer.

Roll The Dice
Live At Berlin Atonal 2017

The festival Berlin Atonal have a record label now, releasing selected highlights from live sets over the years. This release extracts four tracks from a 2017 performance by Roll The Dice, who are of course Malcolm Pardon with Peder Mannerfelt. Expect deep-rolling electronics and pummelling techno beats, not always at the same time. 12”.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Hirakish
Black Velvet

After causing a stir in the world of modelling - he has long been a catwalk star for the high-concept fashion brand Hood By Air - New Orleans artist Hirakish is now turning his attention to music. Black Velvet is out on NYx Unchained and recalls last year’s Prince Of Grunge EP by IVVVO that came out on the same label. These voguish amalgamations of various 90s styles - grunge, r&b, bedroom pop, a little industrialism - are delivered with great poise and bite by Hirakish. It's no surprise to hear that a collaboration with Yves Tumor is in the pipeline.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Mythologen
Church Music

Swedish producer Mythologen aka Alexander Palmestål is back with second twelve Church Music - probably short for Church-converted-into-a-nightclub Music. We have one of those here in Leeds! Bursting with rather euphoric electro-dance, big smiles all-round, the EP shows Palmestål’s great fondness for London’s myriad club scenes.

Foodman
Aru Otoko No Densetsu

Sun Araw’s Sun Ark imprint welcomes leftfield joker-juker Foodman for a new long-player of baffling, sample-shuffling rhythmscapes and a booklet of colourful drawings with the vinyl version. His tendency towards uncrowded layers of rubber-pitched samples plundered from all over and an overall sense of complete carefree delight prevail throughout.

Flamingods
Kewali Remixed EP

Flamingods follow-up 2017’s Kewali EP with a selection of remixes for the impressive Byrd Out (Andrew Weatherall, Mad Professor, Mosca). Kewali Remixed is a nice and varied triple-threat. Vanishing Twin run with the frenzied psychedelia of the Flamingods sound on their flip of ‘Bhima’, Richard Norris turns in a cosmic bit of acid-disco, and the title track is slowed down to a Balearic lilt by Stealing Sheep.

Spencer Zahn
People Of The Dawn

Debut album from bassist Spencer Zahn. On People Of The Dawn he takes the vocabulary of jazz but plays with the semantics. The bass is still the thing holding it together but rather than melodic improvisation Zahn plays with texture. Helped by Darkside's Dave Harrington who did the electronic processing on the album.

Andrew Liles
The Flesh Creeping Gonzoid: Speciality Offal & Other Choice Cuts

Andrew Liles has worked within Nurse With Wound, Current 93, as well as with the likes of Gnod, Faust, and Cosey Fanni Tutti and many more plus his immense solo back catalogue. Here we have a massive box set of 6 CDs of unreleased material, with a bonus DVD of bonus goodies such as outtakes limited releases. Limited to only 500.

Prequel Tapes
Everything Is Quite Now

Vaulting, cinematic compositions for Gaffa Tape Records by Berlin-based Prequel Tapes, also known as Prequel Tapes. Whoever it is, their music mixes industrial techno, EBM and ambient into sprawling, melodramatic vista-floors, the likes of which ye might very much enjoy if ye think bvdub should give EDM a go for a change.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Ben Chatwin
Drone Signals

Former Talvihorros chap Ben Chatwin has not been content with releasing one album this year. Instead he has gone back to his sound sources for 'Staccato Signals' and created an entirely new work. 'Drone Signals' as you might guess by the title is a more ambient stretched out work that will appeal to all your drone and neo classical greats like Ben Frost and Max Richter. 

Léonie Pernet
Crave

Leonie Pernet, from Paris, has completed her debut full-length album and is now ready to send it out into the world. Crave features the vocal, piano and drumming talents of Pernet, also arranging the whole affair to her precise specifications. Crave is a dramatic and multi-faceted album, full of sleek beauty. Released by InFine.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Ocoeur
Inner

Ocoeur is the neo-classical/ambient project from French composer Franck Zaragoza. The name is a play on the French meaning ‘to the heart’. On Inner, his fifth long-player, Zaragoza brings synths to the fore highlighting the ambient passages. However, the usual piano, strings and production are very much in evidence throughout the album. Zaragoza has previously shared the stage with the likes of Fennesz and Uziq, so worth checking out if you’re fans of either. LP and CD on n5MD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Haiku Salut
Etch and Etch Deep

Don’t let the name fool you; Haiku Salut are neither French nor Japanese. Instead, they hail from Derbyshire. The tracks they make on Etch and Etch Deep combine a big stack of sounds grabbed from sources electronic and acoustic, with results that are both strange and highly tuneful. On How Does It Feel To Be Loved?

Isabella
Whistle

He’s a busy bee, that Peder Mannerfelt. As well as touring and releasing his own records at a rate of knots, the Swedish producer also manages to make time for running his own Peder Mannerfelt Produktion label. The latest PMP drop comes courtesy of Boston-based artist Isabella. The five tracks of her Whistle EP can be placed into two camps - ‘Residual’, ‘Penchant’ and ‘Vain’ are all whirligig techno jams that recall the work of Mannerfelt himself, while ‘Dicey Takes Its Form’ and ‘I Could Get You’ are eerie ambient things equal-parts Mark Mothersbaugh and Pram.
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Sote
Hyper-urban 20 30

Previously released on such labels as Sub Rosa, Warp, and Dielectric Records. Sote’s constantly shifting and growing exponential rhythms would be the perfect treat for fans of SND, Mark Fell, and Autechre. Clattering electronic chimes and clangs fall in and out of sense. Features remixes from Dalglish, CoH, Terminal 11, and Cameron Shafii.
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Unknown Artist
Rellik

Mask are a pretty nifty label. So far the imprint, which appears to have surfaced from Germany, has dropped three records by nameless artists. All of them have been made up of one-take techno or house jams, and all of them have been worth listening to. Rellik is just as good as the other two. The four tracks here mash a little dark techno and hip-hop into the mix.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Chris Liebing
Burn Slow

After a career spanning a quarter of a bloody century, big techno lad Chris Liebling is finally making one of his dreams a reality. He's always wanted to make an album like Burn Slow, slow minimal techno, achingly restrained. He's accompanied by a number of others, most notably Gary Numan, providing some uncharacteristic spoken word on 'Polished Chrome (The Friend Pt. 1). On Mute.

Penelope Trappes
Carry Me

Run the Trappes! The Penelope Trappes, to be precise. Having released her acclaimed debut LP Penelope One on Optimo last year, Trappes is now hot-footing it over to Houndstooth for the follow-up. To tide people over before Penelope Two (seems she’s got a thing going there) Trappes is releasing this 7”. It contains album track ‘Carry Me’ and exclusive tune ‘I Can Hear You…’. The former is a mournful, syrup-slow ballad in the Grouper vein; the latter a Gothic Colin Newman tribute. Carry Me also comes with a CD on which Abul Mogard turns the title track into a reverberant drone.

Aphex Twin
Collapse EP

With mysterious artwork appearing everywhere from Turin to Kippax - on people's coffee cups, on the back of tea towels, on the last sheets of loo paper - it's that time again: a new Aphex Twin marketing campaign. Which means only one thing - new music from the maverick electronic producer. This time, a 12" issued with bizarre sprawling text and a video already banned for failing an epilepsy test.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

LOR
Lunar Orbit Rendezvous

With a strictly space-mission themed aesthetic, Lunar Orbit Rendezvous by LOR tracks a space journey with electronic music that combines modern techno and deep house with touches of vintage Kraftwerk (check some of those vocoders!). Who are LOR? It doesn’t matter, because this is music that feels like it can thrive in deep space with no need for human interaction. On Lo Recordings.
  • Artist(s):
  • Lor
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Dwart
Taipei Disco

Taipei Disco is music made by Dwart during time spent living in China, between the years 1989 and 1993. Composition took place in a Macau apartment and even within the Guangzhou nightclub that gives this EP its name, using early portable synth technology to record ideas in the moment. Intimate-epic synth-pop goodness with an interesting history. On Holuzam.
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R.S. Pearson
Reality from Childhood Remembered as a Dream

First active in the early 1980s Seattle underground, experimental composer R. S. Pearson finally gets to cross “Get an official release with a label” off his to-do list. Collected for vinyl by Serendip Lab, these various short, charming works of arpeggio sequences and sound design also dabble in algorithmic/generative composition and strange, ambiguous moods. Just what you’d hope for from titles such as ‘Dinosaurs in Water’ and ‘Water Jets of Ancient Disney’.
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