Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Wrangler
Three Memes

My three favourite memes are Disaster Girl, UNITINU and Spurdo Spärde. To find out analogue electronics supertrio Wrangler’s (Stephen Mallinder of Cabaret Voltaire, Phil Winter of Tunng and Memetune boss Benge of John Foxx and the Maths) own shortlist, you’ll just have to snap up this EP. Features veteran Crooked Man’s take on ‘Real Life’, Daniel Miller’s oily remix of ‘Theme from Wrangler’ (previously released on remix comp Sparked) and LoneLady’s rework of ‘Space Ace’.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Various Erased Tapes Artists
1+1=X

Erased Tapes lie to us once more and release some tapes that actually haven’t been erased. Au contraire - 1+1=X is actually full of music! It’s something of a celebratory release to commemorate the label’s tenth birthday back in 2017. A bunch of ET faves - Ben Lukas Boysen, Daniel Brandt, Nils Frahm and loads more - got together in a Berlin studio to collab, jam and generally vibe. The result is this twenty-track selection that takes in everything from sound art to club bangers to chamber music. It's quite a lavish package - two CDs and a photographic book in a nice white box.

Steven Rutter & John Shima
Step Into The Light

FireScope Records is run by one Steven Rutter who on Step Into The Light is collaborating with John Shima. These tracks all carry an optimism that is more than welcome in 2018. Addictive drum buttons layered with a warm ambience contrast with tracks that have a bit more bounce. 
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Autechre
NTS Session 3

The third installment of Autechre’s live sessions for online radio station NTS brings another two hours of new music from the constantly evolving duo. Part three sees a wide selection of the duo’s styles from the chromatic shiftings of glos ceramic to the fantastically maniacal tt1pd that brings you back to their Draft 7.30 days. Triple LP on Warp.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Autechre
NTS Session 4

The fourth and final installment of Autechre’s sessions from their residency for NTS radio. With each session bringing 2 hours of new music, Session 4 acts almost like a digital palette cleanser, with the first half taking four tracks of minimal glitchy dronescapes they close with a huge wash of dense drone in an hour long piece called All End. Triple LP on Warp.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Haiku Salut
There Is No Elsewhere

Fresh from collaborating with Public Service Broadcasting on the very successful Every Valley LP, Haiku Salut come through with their third full-length. There Is No Elsewhere is a synthesis of the more palatable end of contemporary classical music - Yann Tiersen, the Erased Tapes and Village Green stables - with the light electronica of Mum and 20th Century British composers like Ralph Vaughan Williams. Out via PRAH Recordings (Oliver Coates, Group Listening).

Ben Frost
All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated

Ben Frost’s spring cleaning uncovers more material from the wings of last year’s The Centre Cannot Hold sessions with Steve Albini. In this episode of A Touch of Frost, our hero’s angry, manly cinematronica is assisted by remixes from Carsten Nicolai’s dominion of DSP Alva Noto as well as Albini himself.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Autechre
NTS Session 2

Number two in the series of four of Autechre’s live sessions for London/Manchester based online radio station NTS brings two further hours of fresh music from the shapeshifting duo. In full glitching IDM mode for the opening of this one, from the outset they move from the speedy micro beat shifting of elyc9 7hres through stumbler six of eight (midst) and into the Granz Graf metallic churning of xflood. Then slowly shifting into more abstract droning movements.. Triple LP on Warp.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Black Merlin
Oba Enka

George Thompson is the man behind the mysterious Black Merlin project if you didn't know; mystique somewhat vaporised. Here he is for his first EP on Mannequin records, and it's a three-track thumper. Bringing the Noir to techno and the voodoo to the dance-floor once again, some manic bass-lines with unrepentant drones and pummelling kick-drums enter the fray, to slay. Great. 
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Oliver Coates
Shelley’s On Zenn-La

The two-step Arthur Russell returns with his first solo full-length since 2016’s fantastic Upstepping. What Oliver Coates is really good at is not letting his prodigious abilities get in the way of creating music of great body and motion. Again focussing on cello and production, Coates has melody, rhythm and harmony in perfect balance once more on Shelley’s On Zenn-La. Out via RVNG Intl. (Visible Cloaks, Hieroglyphic Being).
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Ital Tek
Bodied

Ital Tek’s sixth LP for Planet Mu might be the Brighton producer’s most full-realised work to date. There is barely a whisper of the frenetic dubstep and footwork rhythms that formed the bedrock of his early releases. While the sense of dystopian unease that has always been part of the Ital Tek sound carries through to Bodied, here we find it drifting in seas of electronic ambience and sombre strings. Imagine Fatima Al Qadiri, Arca, recent Bjork and Vangelis and you’re getting there with this one.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Heavee
WFM

The debut LP from the latest Teklife prodigy Heavee is really a bit of a label love-in. Only one of the eight tunes on WFM is a solo production from the Chicago artist, with the rest of the record taken up by collaborations with a number of artists including DJ Paypal and Gant-man. There’s even a long-lost DJ Rashad collaboration in there. A self-proclaimed child of ghetto house, Heavee’s style is more straight-to-the-point than the footwork of his contemporaries. The juke influence is strong, mind.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Maribou State
Kingdoms In Colour

Maribou State return with their sophomore LP. The follow-up to 2015’s Portrait is another collection of breezy, emotive electronica that takes in plunderphonics, festival house, post-dubstep and more. Hopping on a trend in this sort of thing at the moment, there seems to be a Bollywood flavour to some of the samples. Khruangbin guest on the Bonobo-y ‘Feel Good’.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Scott Xylo
Find Us When U Get There

Black Acre scoop up Leicester twentysomething spark Scott Xylo for an afrofuturist LP of neo-soul, hip-wonk beats, smokey jazz downtempo and collaborations with the likes of Jon Glitches, Catherine Sera, Afronaut Zu and Marcus Joseph. Plus fairly splendid cover art by Philly comic illustrator Pat Aulisio.

Mark Pritchard
Four Worlds

Funny, I was just thinking the other day when will there be another Mark Pritchard album. Well my prayers/thoughts are answered with this collection to follow up his much loved 'Under the Sun'. Though there are no Thom Yorke collabs here to 6 music playlist him, he does collaborate with underground poets and oddballs such as San Fran's the Space Lady. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Thomas Fehlmann
Los Lagos

Thomas Fehlmann has been keeping busy. Just three months after the release of The Orb’s No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds LP, Fehlmann is set to drop his first solo full-length since 2010’s Gute Luft. Los Lagos contains eight polished pieces of techno and features a collaboration with Max Loderbauer. As with Gute Luft this one’s out on Kompakt.

EQ Why
Life Of The Why - The Mixtape Volume 1

EQ Why may not be as well-known as footworkers like DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, but the young Chicagoan has still scored releases on Orange Milk Records and Duck N’ Cover. This latest mixtape, issued on cassette by Brighton label Third Kind, sees the producer/DJ drop near one hundred of his own tunes over the course of sixty-odd minutes. Life Of The Why is a party starter if ever we heard one.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Rejoicer
Energy Dreams

After a few years releasing on his own Raw Tapes label, Israeli producer Rejoicer has struck beatsmith gold and signed for Stones Throw. However, Energy Dreams could just as easily have cropped up on Brainfeeder, such is the similarity to Daedelus and mid-period FlyLo. Funky, jazzy, hip-hoppy electronica of the sort that never goes out of fashion.

Hinosch
Hands

Hinosch are a Dusseldorf-Osaka proposition, featuring two people who have variously been in To Rococo Rot and Goat. Hands is their first full-length album, and it is staunchly instrumental, though less improvised than their past work, What we hear is fully-fledged, busy and bustling electronic music, driven by proper drum machines and wee tape loops. Propulsive fun, on the TAL label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Object Agency
Abaa Cove

Object Agency returns to Kit Records (The Nag’s Head, Lung Glass) with another LP of wacky techno. Abaa Cove is a really chirpy record. Perky drum tracks on tunes like ‘1K MIDI’ and ‘Dads Of Summer’ (great title) are wedded with bright FM synths that zip across the monitors. Sometimes they coalesce into off-kilter melodies, but generally they’re content to bounce around like some leftover Joe Goddard modulars. Good fun.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Phil France
Circle

Electric piano arpeggiator Phil France, known from suave jazz outfit Cinematic Orchestra, releases his second. Circle, like predecessor the Swimmer, is filled with spacious, calm, and soothing notes. A lot of notes. Get on it if you’ve always wanted to hear a collaboration between Emeralds and Philip Glass.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

R.A.N.
Şeb-i Yelda

Out of the deep dark depths emerges the new project R.A.N., by Hüma Utku. Produced in Berlin but with Utku’s native Istanbul looming in the background, Seb-i Yelda is four powerful tracks of dark ambience, with traces of traditional Turkish acoustic instruments cast adrift in a sea of bass electronics and distortion. Strong stuff, on Karlrecords.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Patricia
Free Lunch

After releases on labels like Spectral Sound and Opal Tapes, Patricia makes the switch to Nona Records (Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Kadaver) for the latest drop. The one born Max Ravitz - you may also know him as any from Inhalants, Masks and Pulpo - serves up five more slices of hissing electro here. Free Lunch will please anyone who dug Patricia’s recent triple LP Several Shades Of The Same Colour.

KYO w/ Jeuru
All The Same Dream

Posh Isolation’s KYO release their third LP. On All The Same Dream the core KYO duo of Frederik Valentin and Lust For Youth frontman Hannes Norrvide bring American-in-Copenhagen Jeuru into the fold. The result is some of the group’s most focussed and powerful material yet, with Jeuru's vocals providing a strong anchor around which the band’s hybrid techno/power electronics sound can coalesce.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Bernard Parmegiani
Les Soleils de L’île de Pâques / La Brûlure de Mille Soleils (Original Soundtracks)

Apparently this record is for fans of 'explorations of the galaxy and of unexplored territories of the human mind' . . . how grand.  La Brûlure de Mille Soleils (1965) and Les Soleils de l’Île de Pâques (1972) are two previously unheard soundtracks from the acclaimed French composer Bernard Parmegiani. For fans of Pierre Schaeffer, François Bayle and Robert Cohen-Solal. Available on a gatefold double vinyl LP and digipak CD and released on WRWTFWW Records. 

Francis Harris
Leland

Francis Harris initially released Minutes Of Sleep in 2014, and it has been out of print for most of the intervening time, so let’s all celebrate this new reissue from the good people over at Scissor and Thread. Leland is a great example of Harris’ aesthetic, with his sound bolstered by Emil Abramyan’s cello, Greg Paulus’ trumpet, and Gry’s vocals. Triple LP vinyl reissue.

ACT!
Universalist

ACT! is a David Psutka project: you might know him better as Ceramic TL or Egyptrixx. With project debut album Universalist he says screw you to all that deep dark brooding heavy techno and cranks up the good times with bright digital action. Explicitly MIDI-laden and not afraid to splatter sonics all over the listening field, Universalist is electronic music for our times. Out on Halocline Trance.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Andrea Taeggi
Zimní Král

Berlin boffin Andrea Taeggi (also known as Gondwana and half of Lumisokea) brews a synthetic broth for London’s SM-LL. The album consists of material recorded with archaic analogue equipment at the Willem-Twee synthesis lab/studio in Holland and confirms a continued interest in damp, dynamic textures and hypnotic polyrhythms.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Northcape + Obfusc
Reprojected

Starting off as an experiment in collaboration and remixing each others tracks these ambient electronic producers decided to take it one step further and release a full album of collaborations. This six track album is the result and the good people at Sun Sea Sky Productions have issued it on a CD containing the usual beautiful photography and design.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Melorman / Mokhov / Data Rebel / SineRider
Of Tree

A collaborative album from these four artists who have spent the last year or so making this lovely album of tracks inspired by/based around the subject of nature. There's also remixes by Behind Clouds, Jani R, Ocean Lost (aka Stray Theories), and Warmth to round off a lovely package which comes in eco wallet. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Golden Teacher
No Luscious Life

This here blurb writer thought that this band had broken up. He’s very happy to have been proved wrong. Anyone who has ever seen Glaswegian sextet Golden Teacher live can attest to their brilliance. Featuring members of Silk Cut and Ultimate Thrush, the group’s hyper-rhythmic acid tests are true dance music in the way they sweep you up in these great rushes of feeling. This, their seventh record but first LP, was recorded at old haunt the Green Door Studio.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

doon kanda
Luna EP

If you follow contemporary electronic music odds are the creature on the artwork for Luna EP will feel unsettlingly familiar. doon kana is Jesse Kanda, a visual artist who's worked with the likes of Arca, Bjork, and fka twigs. His music is surprisingly restrained, but is still disgusting in a way that makes it endlessly fascinating.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Automatisme
Transit

Automatisme is the recording moniker for Canadian electronic musician, producer and record store employee, William Jourdain. His fourth physical album release, Transit, is his second for Constellation. The album is informed by organic time signatures such as heart rate and ocean waves as well as the more mechanical, albeit twisted and warped, like the clocks in Salvadore Dali’s Persistence Of Memory. 180g vinyl LP on Constellation.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Autechre
NTS Session 1

If you can't afford the enormous box set you can also get Autechre's stunning NTS Sessions in bite sized chunks. The long running electronica greats issued a swathe of new music via a stint on the NTS online radio station back in April 2018. Now you can get it on vinyl and this is the first instalment. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

serpentwithfeet
soil

Josiah Wise enlists a raft of sound innovators for the debut serpentwithfeet LP. Clams Casino, Paul Epworth, Katie Gately and mmph are some of the minds behind the gorgeous vistas of soil. Wise’s extraordinary voice, reminiscent of Nina Simone, remains centre-stage. He is a true innovator and we should treasure his talent. If you never listened to blisters, get to know now

Wetware
Automatic Drawing

Norman website visitor, meet Automatic Drawing. It’s the debut LP by Wetware (Roxy Farman & Matthew Morandi). The pair first appeared on the New York industrial scene in 2015, hamming it up with intense and provocative live shows. Distilling such live energy to record can’t be easy, but they’ve nailed the production of these compelling, clattering rhythms and discomforting vocals. There’s even a whiff of vintage industrial pastiche.

Suumhow
Crash_Reports

Californian imprint n5MD (bvdub, OKADA) fronts the debut LP from Brussels electronic duo Suumhow. Crash_Reports shows a strong post-rock influence in the vein of other label releases by artists like (ghost) and Winterlight, though the glitchy treatments here are more Autechre than Explosions In The Sky. A nice one if you like a bit of IDM.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Various
Total 18

In the year of their twenty-fifth birthday, how apt that Kompakt should run the latest instalment of their Total series to twenty-five tracks? Well, on the CD at least - there’s just eight on the vinyl, but that does come with a download code. Total 18 is a mixture of fresh faces (Ghost Vision, Aaron Ahrends) and seasoned vets (T. Raumschmiere, Geiger). The famed German techno label blends young and old with aplomb here.

Mad Zach
Out Of Body

Mad Zach, a Berlin-based producer from San Francisco blends Berlin techno influences with bass-driven sounds of his west coast origins. His first release for Alpha Pup, Out Of Body is notable for its intensity, well-paced rhythms and accessible experimentalism. 12” splatter vinyl on Alpha Pup.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Suicideyear
Color The Weather

Color The Weather and colour us interested, because we’ve finally got an LP from Suicideyear. Though Baton Rouge’s number 1 Sadboy dropped the Japan odds-and-sods full-length back in 2015, this LuckyMe drop is the first time that Suicideyear has set out to create an album's-worth of tracks in one sitting. The vision is realised well here, with his classic Gothic trap style balanced out by excursions into digital noise and mournful ambient interludes. Think How To Dress Well meets Ziur.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Allen Ravenstine
Waiting For The Bomb

Pere Ubu’s synth whizz Allen Ravenstine returns with a typically hare-brained record. Waiting For The Bomb is one of those rare LPs where you can’t really find a genre for it. It’s got a kind of Krautrock thing going on, but only in the sense that it combines acoustic and electronic instruments and has modular synths filling the space where you usually find vocals. There’s also a quality about it that leads you to think it could soundtrack a film one day, but then you’re stumped if you could say what kind of film. Related listening would be … Klaus Schulze? Amon Düül maybe? It’s good, anyway.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

GAS
Rausch

You wait years for a new GAS album and two come along (almost) at once. Hot on the heels of last year's 'Narkopop' this is a different kettle of fish altogether, consisting of one long track which you are meant to listen to in one sitting. Wolfgang Voigt's work is ideal for this long form presentation. He's possibly less good at poetry though, so we won't reproduce in full the poem he's written to accompany the work.

White Ring
Nothing / Leprosy

Witch House OGs White Ring are set to drop Gate Of Grief, their first LP in a near-decade, in the middle of 2018. Concurrently with that record we also get a double A-side 7” that fronts album highlights ‘Nothing’ and ‘Leprosy’. Both tunes combine Alice Glass-style industrial electro with some darkwave steez.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Motohiko Hamase
Intaglio

There’s a resurgence in japanese electronic, jazz and new age music going at the moment. This has shone new light on the underrated bass player, Motohiko Hamase leading to the reissue of his ambient/new age album, Intaglio. Hamase was a reliable session player with acts such as pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto and maverick guitarist, Kazumi Watanabe as well as being a member of the Isao Suzuki Sextet playing modern jazz. LP and CD on Studio Mule.

Steve Hauschildt
Dissolvi

Former Emeralds synth wizard Steve Hauschildt returns with 'Dissolvi' the name taken from the latin phrase cupio dissolvi, meaning "I wish to be dissolved". Let's hope Steve isn't dissolved any time soon as here he presents another example of his work which contains techno pulses, synth haze, the voice of Julianna Barwick. 

Dorian Concept
The Nature of Imitation

After several EPs and an album on Ninja Tune Austrian producer Dorian Concept has been signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint. For his first full length with the label The Nature of Imitation is the producer deconstructing and starting again, stepping away from the very clean sound of Joined Dots and taking influence from jazz, fusion, prog, and electronica, bringing the old and new together. It will be groovy and warm and fuzzy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Knightstown
Knightstown

Knightstown is Michael Aston, a man who has most notably composed music for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Being that those take place in World Cup years I can't be the only person who missed it but we now have a fresh chance to acquaint ourselves with Aston. On Knightstown, he centres his falsetto singing over woozy electronics in a similar vein to the latest Bon Iver album. On FatCat.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Michiru Aoyama
Brilliant Days

Brilliant Days is the second release on vinyl from Japanese producer Michiru Aoyama. He lives by the sea in Kamakura, Japan, and this location informs his ambient music. Brilliant Days consists of two pieces of music made from electric guitar lines treated with electronics to create a serene soundscape. His work has been much praised by the legendary Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. Aoyama has also reinforced his knowledge of electronic music with a stint in Berlin as well as releasing work on Organic Industries, Taalem and Somehow Recordings.

Steven Julien
Bloodline

Apron Records boss Steven Julien (you’ll probably know him as Funkineven) drops a ‘mini-LP’ in the wake of his 2016 record Fallen. The meaning of Bloodline’s title is manifold, referring to Julien’s family, his musical influences, and the passing of Roland TR-808 creator Ikutaro Kakehashi in April 2017. As such, the six tracks here are built from the legendary drum machine upwards and are topped with 80s jazz-funk keyboards (‘IDK’, ‘Bloodline’) and sticky 303 basslines (‘Roll Of The Dice’).
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Third Reel
The Hidden One

An intriguing drop on Romeda Records here. Label favourites Kanal Drei and Dublock have now joined forces as Third Reel. They offer up a surfeit of material on The Hidden One - the record spans eighteen tracks, a fair few of which clock in at over eight minutes. The sounds generally veer between dark and minimal techno (‘Moon’, ‘Shining Dawn’) and eerie sound art/drone experiments (‘Child Of Gaia’, ‘Rainbow’).
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 3

This is the third collection of tracks from Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook entitled, you guessed it, The Dark Side of the Moog (Vol. 3). This one also brings about the composers differing electronic sounds and throws them together to create electronic master pieces. Available on double vinyl LP with an insert, and released on Music on Vinyl. 

Gabe Gurnsey
Physical

Gabe Gurnsey helps make the dislocating hypnogloom you hear on any given Factory Floor record, having ground out cold grooves for a good long season of his life. As a solo act he's committed himself to making warmer and prettier music with more to latch on to. Physical sees him deliberately reroute his approach to structure and design, offering music to bliss out to rather than to get caged in with.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Pantha du Prince
The Winter Hymn

Pantha du Prince is the master of rich, organic techno full of complex composition and beautiful melodies. This Winter Hymn 12” on Rough Trade is his first real release in six years and one in which he has welcomed a handful of collaborators to help out with his pristine minimal techno. It’s nice to have him back.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Natureboy Flako
Theme For A Dream

Natureboy Flako has a very old-fashioned looking piece of sleeve art for his new LP, but the sounds within are bang up to date, with an array of analogue synthesiser equipment as well as guitars and vocals in use. Theme For A Dream wants to go deep inside the listener’s mindspace, as it came from deep within Flako’s. Album released by Five Easy Pieces.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Oneohtrix Point Never
Age Of

The new Vangelis gets round to his eighth studio LP, to be released by Warp. Born in part from his MYRIAD project for the Red Bull Music Academy, this latest album sees Oneohtrix Point Never screwballing some new styles into his Blade Runner-goes-electroacoustic ouevre. This means computer music colliding with harpsichords as well as old folk sounds in a typically neurotic manner.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Capitol K
Goatherder

Now a producer of some note (The Comet Is Coming, Ibibio Sound Machine), Kristian Craig Robinson returns to his original incarnation which through the nineties and noughties splurged out some pretty brilliant bold and inventive electronica. This latest album was inspired by a trip to his native Malta where he built a studio in a cave. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Helena Hauff
Qualm

Expert DJ Helena Hauff presents her second full length - a suite of her own productions, which are potent enough to stand tall alongside any of the gritty, futuristic electro she might choose to spin of an evening. Qualm is made up of direct hardware jams, and has appropriately hard-kicking results: ready for the floor, but with a certain sense of hovering dark atmosphere around it (see the German translation of Qualm: smoke).

Paul Frick
Second Yard Botanicals

Known to many as one third of Brandt Brauer Frick, Paul Frick finally gets his debut LP release via Apollo records. Yes, although Frick has released a handful of EPs over recent years and made music for over twenty years, Second Yard Botanicals is the Berliner's first full-length under his own steam. Well, he finally buckled down and got on with it, and aren't we glad; Frick used an assortment of instruments as well as his own field recordings and dissected breakbeats to craft a sonic collage infused with eclecticism and classical influences, interwoven with fragile melodies drawing on the poetry he takes in every day. Wowzers.
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F ingers
Awkwardly Blissing Out

Quick reminder: Blackest Ever Black request you spend one night in a haunted house before you receive your purchase of any of their records. This newie from F ingers was spooked up with recording help from Samuel Karmel, Carla dal Forno and Tarquin Manek, and offers strands of dubbed and psychedelic soundscaping. A potential gothic flick for when you're feeling all too relaxed.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Oneohtrix Point Never
We'll Take It

Daniel Lopatin doesn’t rest on his laurels when it comes to his ever on point Oneohtrix Point Never vape-shifter material. With hardly a beat passed since Age Of, here he is back on Warp with an EP in the form of We’ll Take it. From a producer that you never know what to expect, you can be damn sure this will be forward thinking and mind melting stuff.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Jon Hopkins
Singularity

Singularity is the first Jon Hopkins record since his breakthrough opus Immunity and he has made it in such a way that you are meant to listen to it in one sitting. As a lot of music listeners have the attention span of a gnat this could prove a tricky request but sit yourself down, turn the internet off and enjoy it as Hopkins produces a suite of techno to ambience to choral music and everything in between.  

Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones
Vicious Circles

After working together for a while as the Fractal Fantasy audio-visual group, dancefloor futurists Sinjin Hawke and Zora Jones reunite for a seven-track EP on Planet Mu. As anyone who’s heard their solo work would expect, Vicious Circles is a wicked blend of different clubisms. Drill, Jersey, juke and peak-era Timbaland are all rumbling in the lines of this impressive showing. Anyone who’s kept an eye on Fade To Mind these past few years should give Vicious Circles a go.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

White Ring
Gate Of Grief

White Ring came up during that brief phase in the late 2000s when Witch House was very much in vogue. While there is a shared trap-gloominess between White Ring and Salem, oOoOO et al, the band’s long-awaited Gate Of Grief LP shows more influence from the likes of Alice Glass, early-90s industrial and darkwave, coldwave and other related waves. It’s also better than the aforementioned.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Forma
Semblance

Forma return to Kranky (Grouper, Tim Hecker) for their latest LP. Semblance is another fine record from the Brooklyn group that combines their penchant for minimalist composers like Steve Reich and Jon Gibson with a contemporary modular sensibility. The likes of ‘Three-Two’, while not exactly being techno, have as much pulse and movement as any DJ tool. The trio maintain the control and focus of the best art-music ensembles throughout Semblance. Lovely artwork too.

R. Girardin
Emotional Music

NYC-based specialists in weird pop and experimental electronic music, Palto Flats release the debut album from R. Girardin entitled 'Emotional Music'. It's a record on which Girardin explores his new-found love of customised, quirky sounding synthesizers and expresses a pure, naive joy through them. As a result, the combination of man and machines speaks of ecstatic, poetic and spiritual communion. Vinyl only.
  • Vinyl LP (PF008 / ZG002)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Bear Bones, Lay Low / Don't DJ
Plafond 3

After two entries that have seen contributions from Legowelt and Milan W., the third record in BAKK’s Plafond series hosts new work from Don’t DJ and Bear Bones, Lay Low. Both of the jams here take up a full-side, and the artists luxuriate in the length of their pieces. While the latter's collaboration has yielded a psychedelic, New Age-y electronic odyssey in ‘Dissolve Into The Night’, Don’t DJ’s ‘Rag For Rudolf Rocker’ is a tense anti-groove that could be a soundtrack to a piece of contemporary dance.
  • Vinyl 12" (BAKKPLAFOND 3)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Untold
HEK029

It doesn't seem long since Untold's monstrous 'Motion the Dance' was indeed doing just that. 5 years and several releases on from that EP, it's clear that there's no let up on atmosphere and tension, though the forces that carry it along are more alien, more heavily percussive, and guaranteed to twist dancefloors.
  • Vinyl 12" (HEK029V)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Yazz Ahmed
La Saboteuse Remixed

Self-proclaimed ‘High priestess of psychedelic Arabic jazz’ and former Radiohead/These New Puritans collaborator Yazz Ahmed sees her 2017 LP La Saboteuse remixed by a handful of Gilles Peterson-y producers. The Bahraini-British trumpeter allows Hector Plimmer, DJ Khalab and Blacksea Nao Maya twist her originals into new, club-friendly shapes here. La Saboteuse Remixed also includes the Ahmed original ‘Spindrifting.

Ross From Friends
Family Portrait

Give Rossie the CDJs, Marcel. While he may have originally emerged back in 2015 as the clown prince of lo-fi house, Ross From Friends showed off a more mature aesthetic when he debuted on Brainfeeder in early 2018. He follows up that EP, Aphelion, with his first full-length. Family Portrait is a well-rounded distillation of the producer's multi-faceted style, drawing as much influence from his new boss Flying Lotus as it does the fidgety compressed club jams of contemporaries like Project Pablo.

Lårry
sys_001

Techno of dark portent from Berlin’s Lårry here. Much of sys_001 skulks in the shadows, the alien-transmission synths and insistent kick drums trailed through the darkness by reverb. It’s an eerie listen not dissimilar to Lucy or Kangding Ray. Only on ‘systems_obfuscate’ do things boil over - this is a distorted, panicky DJ tool with shades of Schwefelgelb to it.

XOR Gate
Conic Sections

Tresor present yet another alias from Heinrich Mueller - real name Gerald Donald. The legendary Detroit producer has been behind some of the most impressive, immersive and cutting-edge electronic music to emerge from the motor city; Dopplereffekt, Drexciya, Elecktroids, Arpanet,Der Zyklus, Glass Domain, Intellitronic, Japanese Telecom, Rudolf Klorzeiger, Z Therapy, Abstract Thought, Daughter Produkt, Flexitone, Gedankenexperiment, L.A.M., NRSB-11, Zerkalo, Zwischenwelt. This new project is a single 30-minute piece which was originally commissioned by ArtCenter South Florida in Miami. If you skipped geometry class, fear not as Donald's sounds require no understanding of his concepts to be enjoyed. Sit back as three dimensional shapes plot new trajectories as they emerge from the speakers.

Terre Thaemlitz / DJ Sprinkles
Deproduction EP 2

Terre Thaemlitz’s LP Deproduction was a bold, challenging and typically fearless piece of sound art. The arresting original of ‘Admit It’s Killing You (And Leave)’ brought together post-minimalist piano composition with discomforting samples. Here, all is stripped away bar the keys to leave an uncanny spool of music. Deproduction EP 2 also has Thaemlitz turning in an edgy, deeper-than-deep house remix of the same piece under the banner of her DJ Sprinkles project. Great stuff.
  • Vinyl LP (C027.EP2)
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Black Lodge
Bitter Blood

Shrouded in anonymity and curious unfounded online debates, Black Lodge releases a collection of intense yet cathartic tracks from the Black Lodge archive. Mixing noise and ambience, it sits in the middle of harsh and relieving, the crashing end of the party and all the madness, but in a good way, and you welcome it.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Don't DJ
All Love Affairs Fail But They Never End EP

Wise words from Don’t DJ there. All Love Affairs Fail But They Never End is a somnambulant, wistful collection of techno-noir. Don’t DJ’s originals range from purring electronica in the vein of Jan Jelinek (‘Veles’) to lengthy and pensive synth ambiences (‘Two Of Pentacles’). Newworldaquarium provides a deep, minimal and ethereal re-rub of ‘Veles’.
  • Vinyl Double 12" (BH050)
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DJ Residue
211 Circles Of Rushing Water

DJ Residue is the latest alias of the shape-shifting Gunnar Wendel (Kassem Mosse, The Siege Of Troy). 211 Circles of Rushing Water continues in the vein of recent releases on The Trilogy Tapes from Parris and Metasplice. This is erstwhile, obtuse electronica where the instruments and beats often appear near to coalescing into substantial grooves but seem reluctant to go the whole hog. Inga Copeland’s Lolina project springs to mind.
  • Vinyl 12" (TTT067)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Various
Prophecy + Progress: UK Electronics 1978 - 1990

Spanish label Peripheral Minimal (Spatial Relation, Doric) release a selection of Thatcher-era electronics. While you could charitably term most of Prophecy + Progress synth-pop, the thirteen tracks here are a far cry from your Dead Or Alives and your Depeche Modes. Entries from Naked Lunch and Konstruktivists are useful nuggets of early industrialism and synthwave, while the likes of Clock DVA’s ‘Lomticks Of Time’ and Five Times Of Dust’s ‘Automaton’ are lo-fi experiments.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Seraphim Rytm
Prayers By The Lake

The first release on Mirae Arts comes courtesy of Seraphim Ritm, an alias of the artist you may know better as Damaskin. Prayer By The Lake is a four-part suite of glacial techno as cold and crisp as the snow-covered landscape on its cover. The stargazing sounds of Detroit are invoked here, but something about this EP situates it very much on planet Earth. It’s not dissimilar to something you might find coming out on Tresor. Nice work.

John Bender
Pop Surgery

Pop Surgery was the last album German eccentric John Bender recorded. It was originally released in 1982. He brought together tape experiments, drum machines and analogue sequencers to deconstruct the idea of the pop song - Pop Surgery perhaps containing his best attempts at doing so. Fans of Suicide, Throbbing Gristle circa 20 Jazz Funk Greats and the early strains of Cabaret Voltaire should check this out. Reissue LP on Superior Viaduct.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas
Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas

Prins Thomas has been keeping busy hasn’t he. After a solo full-length, a collaborative LP with Bjorn Torske, some remixes and a bunch of EPs back in 2017, he’s now readying a new album alongside Norwegian jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft. The five lengthy tracks here meet somewhere in-between Wesseltoft’s downtempo lounge-hop and the spacey disco we usually associate with Thomas. It’s a very pleasant affair. Out, of course, on Smalltown Supersound.

Lorenzo Senni
The Shape Of RemixXxes To Come

Two really quite different versions of Lorenzo Senni’s track ‘XAllegroX: The Shape Of RemixXxes To Come (Senni loves his X’s doesn’t he?). One side features DJ Stingray’s dark, booming version, and the other side, by evil computer wizard Florian Hecker, will blow out your synapses. 12” from Warp.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Cruel Diagonals
Disambiguation

Drawing Room Records present the debut LP from Bay Area vocalist/field recordist Megan Mitchell’s Cruel Diagonals project. Disambiguation is an unsettling listen, with Mitchell utilising electronic sequences and synthesised hums alongside the sounds she’s found and the ones she’s made with her voice. The lines between electroacoustic composition, ambient techno and drone blur nicely here, and the end result recalls Holly Herndon.

Holiday Inn
Torbido

Holiday Inn are one of Rome’s finest synth-punk outfits, and they create music as ferociously DIY and direct as that Xerox-ed cover art. Torbido is real powerhouse stuff, tapping straight into the veins and jolting with wave after wave of pulsing, shouting, pumping energy. Not at all like the chain of budget hotels. Vinyl release from the Avant! and Maple Death labels.

Soft Riot
The Outsider In The Mirrors

Get yourself onto YouTube and search Soft Riot and album title in the search bar, and you'll find a genuine 'promotional film', not a trailer or an album sampler, but an actual promotional film. I can't decide if this is the future of music advertisement, or a whimsical attempt at selling music? Either way, The Outsider In The Mirrors is the latest release from Soft Riot and is available on vinyl LP, CD and Tape from Possession Records. (Seriously, search that promotional video, it's hilarious). 

Stray Theories
All That Was Lost

If you like ambient music then you'll probably like this third record from Stray Theories called All That Was Lost. When Templeton-Wolfe isn't busy writing and composing material for other musical ventures, he gets time to release gold like this which will appeal to fabs of Hammock and Eluvium. Available on vinyl LP and CD and released, proudly must I add, on n5MD. 

Oneohtrix Point Never
R Plus Seven

‘R Plus Seven’ is Oneohtrix Point Never’s sixth studio album but the first he’s released since signing to Warp Records. Daniel Lopatin’s new surroundings suit him well, with ‘R Plus Seven’ combining his signature brand of uncanny hypnagogia with the IDM and electronica innovations of Warp luminaries like Boards Of Canada and The Black Dog. One can also detect the influence of Vangelis, Lapalux and Daedelus.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 4

The Dark Side of the Moog (Vol. 4) is another compilation record from two great electronic composers: Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook. Apart from looking rather cool on the record sleeve, the music is pretty damn cool, too. Available on a double vinyl LP with an insert, and released on Music on Vinyl.  

Okzharp & Manthe Ribane
Closer Apart

After leaving LV, Okzharp has thrived alongside fellow South African artist Manthe Ribane. Following some hype-generating EPs in the mid-2010s, they’ve come through with a baker’s dozen of tracks for their debut LP. Closer Apart sees Ribane guide Okzharp to some spare and groovy instrumentals that whip up a mix of South African House, Kwaito, two-step, UK funky and dubstep. Atop these the singer provides some delicate autotuned vocals. Suitable for both club and home listening and out via Hyperdub.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

RP Boo
I'll Tell You What!

It’s amazing to think that RP Boo has never had a prominent release of wholly original material prior to I'll Tell You What!. The last two LPs from the footwork originator, Legacy and Fingers, Bank Pads And Foot Prints, were largely archival releases. I’ll Tell You What! finds the RP technic in good nick after all these years. The tracks here are exemplary 160 bpm workouts that also feature a little of Boo on the mic. Out via Planet Mu.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Pariah
Here From Where We Are

Pariah makes his long-awaited return with his even-longer-awaited debut LP. The reason that the one born Arthur Cayzer has taken so long to drop Here From Where We Are is down to the fact that, after getting a little jaded by music, he took time to rediscover the sounds that really made him tick. As such, this record is a nice mix of the sort of banging techno he does alongside Blawan in Karenn and synth ambiences, sound art and more. He sounds like he’s enjoying himself, which is nice. Out via Houndstooth.

John Maus
Love Is Real

There is an alternate timeline in which John Maus, rather than Ariel Pink, was the one who collaborated with Madonna.* You only need to listen to Maus’ 2006 LP Love Is Real once to know that it would have been something worth hearing. The academic punk heartthrob is in majestic form here. Psychedelic minimal wave paeans like ‘Rights For Gays’ and ‘The Silent Chorus’ spiral ever-higher. *In this reality Maus divides his time between being a massive pop star and president of the U.S.A.. It’s a great timeline.

Lotic
Power

After a season out of the spotlight, the celebrated Lotic returns to Tri Angle (Adult Jazz, Forest Swords) for their debut LP. Power retains certain elements of the deconstructed club sound that helped put Lotic on the map back in the mid-2010s while also bringing in new elements. The use of vocals, for instance, is a prominent and welcome change. Comparisons will be made to Arca, but there is also a lot of Fatima Al Qadiri in here.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Robert Cohen-Solal
Les Shadoks

Les Shadoks was an animated French TV show that ran from 1968 till 1974, and its one that has built up a bit of a cult reputation over time. The soundtrack to this scintillating show was put together by Robert Cohen-Solal, a GRM-certified electro-acoustic composer with a playful touch. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, you really ought to hear this fabulously eclectic music. On WRWTFWW Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM
  • Soundtracks

LTO
Storybook

LTO is a part of the Bristolian Old Apparatus collective of electronic explorers, and his solo work continues the highly attentive approach to sound design. On Storybook however, the advanced electronics surround some melodic and melancholy piano lines, making for a less abstracted kind of music. Storybook is released by Injazero.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Hybrid
Drive Club (Original PlayStation Soundtrack)

When I was younger our computer games didn’t have such incredible soundtracks as this, the lineup alone is one most labels would be envious of. Remix duties taken on by masters of most electronic genres, including Machinedrum, The Qemists, DJ Shadow, Noisia, Photek, Clark, and Black Sun Empire. Christ on a (computerised) bike.
  • Genre(s):
  • Soundtracks
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Earthen Sea
An Act Of Love

Earthen Sea is the solo project of Jacob Long, also of the punkish outfit Mi Amo. The music he makes as Earthen Sea however is fairly different, being a form of dub techno that leans so far into ambient music that at times you can just forget about the dancefloor. Big wam sweeps of sound will swallow you up white the 4/4s keep you moving. New album An Act Of Love is released by Kranky.

Pina
Lärm

Phil just couldn't wait to have this one played in the office. In fact, he emailed Ian directly to instruct us to listen to it all immediately. Who doesn't get a little excited about one of the most recognisable underground electronic artists of the 90's releasing some new stuff? Lärm by Pina is available on vinyl LP and is released on Lapsus Records. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Miki Yui
Mills

Warm field recording clutter for broken droners. Miki Yui's newest record for Cusp Editions sounds beautiful through and through, recalling the shuttering architecture of records by Danny Clay. Using clanging, metallic sound sources and odd strands of half-baked rhythm, Yui creates an inviting, Sunday morning kinda experimentalism.
  • Vinyl LP (CUSPEDITIONS 006)
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Kutiman
Don't Hold Onto the Clouds

The multi-talented Kutiman drops a new full-length via his own Siyal Music imprint. Don’t Hold Onto the Clouds is, in the producer/instrumentalist/label-owner/animator’s own words, a record that helps him fall asleep. We can see why that’s the case - the four lengthy entries here are languid things that recall, among others, Moondog and Alice Coltrane. There’s also a clear influence of Indian classical music. It’s a dreamy LP for sure.

Rian Treanor
A Rational Tangle

He’s well-known to us now of course, but let's look and listen back to Rian Treanor’s 2015 debut, the sharp A Rational Tangle EP on The Death of Rave. Four cuts of jagged synthetic shapes, showcasing the family instinct for rhythmic and textural complexity that somehow still comes together as a joy to hear. White label 12”, just about still available at time of writing!
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM