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Jules Venturini
Whities 014

It’s been a hot year for London’s Whities, as the Nic Tasker-ran label of leftfield grooves has platformed pure charisma from the likes of Lanark Artefax, Avalon Emerson and Bullion. Whities 014 comes from Jules Venturini, a noted record store clerk and connoisseur of precious vinyl. This 12” packs three tracks that somehow find a point between the ironic optimism of James Ferraro and the sickeningly sincere buoyancy of Four Tet. Ravey New Age type beats with a flair for the dazzling and the delirious.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Arandel
Turbatrix

“Ok then, back to basics/Grab your shell-toes and Arundel’s Turbatrix.” Who’d ever have thought that Robbie Williams would have liked his techno served up by the kooks at Sheffield’s Computer Club and shrouded in the sort of heady, claustrophobic ambiences you’d tend to associate with an Ostgut Ton release? Still, you heard the man. Take both pills. F*ck the matrix.
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Vanessa Amara
Manos

The most elegant of noise labels, Posh Isolation, continue their recent descent into kinder, more gentler experiments. Vanessa Amara made the lovely drone record You're Welcome Here a while ago, the duo offering low-key streams of sound with the occasional dramatic and bell-tolling payoff. They're back with Manos which sounds as shiny and beautified as many of the recent synthings the label's been putting out, such as the wonderful Buy Corals Online.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Prostitutes
Aluminum Garage

Cleveland native James Donadio – also bravely known as Prostitutes – is back with 'Aluminium Garage', a thrilling EP that staggers joyfully between mid-tempo, early electro jams and modern techno. This is a multi-layered record, complete with sub-heavy kicks, blasts of bongo and deliciously warped piano chords. 
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Makeness
Loud Patterns

Loud Patterns is the debut album by London-based Makeness (Kyle Molleson). It’s quite loud, and it entails a lot of various musical patterns. With its colourful, swaggering art-rock approach to dance and electro-indie, the record sounds like a confident collaboration between Caribou and Hot Chip.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Russell Haswell
Tongue Dancer '85

Someone let noisy troublemaker Russell Haswell into the famous EMS Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, where he had a play around on their marvellous collection of synthesisers. Typically searing business from Haswell here. Tongue Dancer ‘85 is a single-track, single-sided 12”, limited to 300 copies.

Voices From The Lake
Live at MAXXI

Editions Mego present a set of ambient techno noodlings, initially performed Live at MAXXI, part of an exhibition in Rome. Voices From The Lake is the duo of Donato Scaramuzzi and Giuseppe Tillieci, and they have an excellent melodic sensibility as well as a strong ear for texture, tone and atmosphere: these pieces often sound half-underwater.

Klara Lewis
Ett

Sinking into the abyss with Klara Lewis. Ett is a the debut full length from the producer. This one is a deep sea odyssey, with Klara delving into expansive sub-60 hertz territory and the grainy upper middle. There are field recorded manipulations, loops, samples and electronics that seamlessly blend the raw matter with the digital to make a whole new thing. Out on vinyl LP from Editions Mego.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Oto Hiax
Oto Hiax

Oto Hiax is Mark Clifford of Seefeel and Scott Gordon of Loops Haunt: eg. two proper electronic sound professionals. This record, the debut full-length release of the project, mixes the experimental textural approach typical of the label (Editions Mego) with a love for harmony and melodic elements, resulting in a rich and lovely listen. Double LP release.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

SELA.
homemade jams from jules & jessica's kitchen

homemade jams from jules & jessica’s kitchen seems to be a pretty representative title for SELA.’s second album: these tracks surely do feel like they’ve been put together on the fly, prioritising feeling over finesse. And it works: this is an album of uniquely strange and special weirdo R&B. Out on Error Broadcast.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

J.K.
GEA

More unique constructions on this double vinyl from JK (aka Jodey Kendrick). Clattering, stiff-but-funky drums come under attack from swooping bass bombs while spectral synths hover in the distance. A singular take on dark electronic music which is suffused with groove and a freewheeling sense of adventure rather than po-faced attitude.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

COH
COHGS

COHGS is a collection of COH material that has crept out in various ways and on various labels over the years. This material is defined by its relatively rare inclusion of vocals and lyrics, from an array of collaborators including Little Annie, John Balance and Peter Christopherson. Various approaches are taken, all adding texture and detail to the mysterious sonic pictures of COH. On Editions Mego.
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  • CoH
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

UnicaZürn
Transpandorem

UnicaZürn is the imaginative sound collaboration between Stephen Thrower and David Knight, both of whom have participated in some notable experimental musics (with Coil, Lydia Lunch and more). Transpandorem, their new LP for Touch, drifts around some spacey territory with synths, mellotron, guitar, clarinet, leaving behind a music that is hard to pin down.

mmph
Dear God

Young South Korean Bostonian mmph (one Sae Heum Han) wanders through uneasy drama-scapes on his debut mini-album Dear God for Tri Angle. Momentary brushes of stereo-flitting textures, stop-start percussion and other sounds processed beyond recognition are guided by ebbs of cinematic synth and sampler. Serious stuff.
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Distant Animals
Lines

Very intellectual drone from Distant Animals. Daniel Alexander Hignell is an artist, musician, and more. Lines is inspired by such greats of minimalism as La Monte Young and Morton Feldman. Most intriguingly, this comes with 4 postcards showing "land-art interventions" made during the creation of the album. Love a bit of interdisciplinary art me.

Nidia Minaj
Nidia E Ma, Nidia E Fudida

Nidia Minaj is the nineteen year old Portuguese producer who cares infinitely more about making the dancefloor move than she does about copyright law. Nidia E Ma, Nidia E Fudida showcases her addictive and creative production style over a whole LP’s worth of quick-fire tracks: her rhythms are so strong, she can even afford to throw distorted scramble in there sometimes too. LP on Principe.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

SCB
Caibu

This one’s been coming. After two 2017 EPs (and next month’s Engineered Morality), Paul Rose aka Scuba aka SCB gives us the first LP from his vowel-phobic project. Anyone coming here and expecting a nice fix of jacking house will be left disappointed - SCB’s stuff is less welcoming, full of foreboding synths and hard, no-bs techno drums. Throw in a concept where Rose uses the LP “to explore the fictional narrative in which a hypothetical timeline is corrupted by a climate-related disaster”, and it all adds up to Caibu being a rather bracing experience.

Karen Gwyer / Raven Cru / Dukwa / Lily
DBA024.5

This 4-track multi-artist 12” on Don’t Be Afraid is a great selection, with label favourite Lily on one end and a first ever appearance on record from Raven Kru on the other. However, the pick of the crop might just have to be Karen Gwyer, whose enveloping techno sound-universe swirls pleasingly around the listener / dancer.

Neil Scrivin
Geek Upmanship

Records that are remastered are always fun. Whether you've heard the original or not, they're always worth a listen because they're obviously worth a remaster. If you know nothing about Neil Scrivin and Geek Unmanship expect an oddly satisfying mix of digital guitars and somewhat jazzy tones. Available on cassette tape and only in a transparent turquoise case. Released on Fonolith. 
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Chrome Sparks
Chrome Sparks

Chrome Sparks is the recording moniker of Jeremy Malvin. He liked the name so much that he decided to name his debut album that too. There’s a buzz about this guy following a couple of well received EPs on Future Classic, the label that has been home to Chet Faker and Flume. He recorded it partly in a secluded cabin in upstate New York and partly in a studio in Brooklyn. If you like The xx, Machinedrum, Toro y Moi and Flume then you should definitely check this out. LP and CD on Counter Records with artwork by Tonje Thilesen.

Boothroyd
Pure Country

Tri Angle alum Boothroyd releases his debut album on Fnord Communications. I'd love to tell you this was a country album, I really would. What else would it be? It's even got the wheat graphic on the artwork. Instead you've an album of dense electronic music with the confidence to dip in and out of ambience.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

John Matthias & Jay Auborn
Pretoria Remixed

John Matthias (Derailer) joined forces with composer Jay Auborn to release Race To Zero through Village Green records in 2017, mixing modern classical with heavy electronic production. Here they bring Bristolian producer CUTS, Will Young’s (not that one) Moon Gangs project, and former Mogwai guitarist John Cummings in to remix the track Pretoria. Turning this cinematic piece in two very different interpretations.

Jan Jelinek
Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records

Released in 2001 Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records by Jan Jelinek has sat on so many people’s wish list since because it has not been repressed once. Well, major props to Faitiche for answering the call, not only as a double vinyl but with two bonus tracks taken from the Tendency EP. Micro sampling ambient techno at it’s very best.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Arikon
The Prophet’s Blood Is Boiling

Beauty and decay from Arik Hayut as Arikon. Hayut draws parallels between contemporary excess and the beasts found in Jewish scripture, creating music that is immense and wasting away. He calls his style 'drum & drone', using the rhythm of drums and the texture of drone to dig deep into hopelessness.  
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Daniel Avery
Song For Alpha

It’s taken five years but Daniel Avery’s follow-up to the well-received Drone Logic is finally here. Song For Alpha mixes techno and rave-inspired tunes with gentle ambient soundscapes effortlessly. It recalls the avant-garde ambient of William Basinski, Warp’s early ‘90s Artificial Intelligence compilations and some Brian Eno. Double LP and CD on Phantasy Sound.

David August
DCXXXIX A.C.

David August lets the drums drop away for this latest LP. DCXXXIX is made up of twenty-four tracks that investigate all things ambient. Droning synths, nuggets of found sound, idly hit percussion, some ivory-tinkling, that sort of thing. A nice record to get lost in for an hour. Will appeal to fans of the Icelandic school and some of the more hissing fauna-type stuff that Posh Isolation have been putting out recently.

Chris Carter
Chemistry Lessons Volume 1

The synth-king of Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey and Carter Tutti Void presents a solo album, his first for seventeen years! Chemistry Lessons Volume 1 has a sort of vintage flavour, with old-school electronics weaving around almost folk-esque melodies. It’s got twenty-five tracks too, so plenty of Carter to feast on. Released by Mute.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Elysia Crampton
Elysia Crampton

One year on from the brilliant Demon City, Elysia Crampton is back with her new self-titled album. One of the most inventive electronic producers in the scene, her music is ambitious not just musically, but also conceptually. Expect weird club bangers informed by science fiction and radical queerness. 
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Up High Collective
Solitude

Belgium based audio-visual group, Up High Collective started making waves in 2010 with their first single Blend. Now their experimental trap and bass heavy beats come through their own Tangram imprint. After several EPs Solitude is their first LP and brings equal measure of abstraction and oddness alongside heavy shuffle and groove.

Kwes.
Songs For Midi

It’s a half-decade on from Ilp, the debut LP by Kwes., but the London musician has been keeping busy. He’s mixed an album for Kelela, produced alongside the likes of Hudson Mohawke, and has writing credits for Loyle Carner and Solange. On Songs For Midi, Kwes. balances these refined chops with an element of childlike openness - the ‘Midi’ in question is his young niece - to create six tracks of rich electronic pop.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Various
Dutch Wave: A History Of Minimal Synth & Wave In The Netherlands

With 80s electronic music from the Low Countries all the rage at the moment, it was only a matter of time before someone started putting out some chronicling compilations. Step forward OnderStroom Records, who’ve really done their research for this one. Many of the eight tracks here were recorded in bedrooms and released in cheap cassette runs back in the day. Bringing them all together in one place allows for a celebration of the bygone Dutch DIY scene.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Secret State
Zero Zero One

The bloops and bleeps and synths don't stop. Here is the latest release on the always consistent CPU records and the mysterious Secret State makes repetitive and harsh bleep music that you may want to find in a dank underground club. Some warmth appears in the form of soft synths and electro funk grooves so it's not all bang bang. quite soulful in places. 
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Kensington Gore
Hexagon

Stephen Wood and Scott Gubbels make up Kensington Gore, a duo who dabble in driving electronics, spacey soundscapes and motorik propulsion. Hexagon is dark and has an oppressive terror brought about by stabbing synth work, however, this is matched by a lightness of touch, production-wise, and a certain melodic nouse. Thurston Moore is among their celebrity fans. LP only on More Than Human.

Aquarius
Soulquencies

Aquarius is the new project from Tokyo native Chikuma Tsuboi who moved to Glasgow and started up some club nights in the early days of dubstep. Silke and Goth Trad are known due to his promotion of them. He has also supported Mala at The Art School and engineered for Mungo's Hi-Fi. Soulquences is sound system music ripped apart and sewn together with ambient passages, the jaggedness of grime and some hefty bass. He returned to Tokyo to finish the album, which has been a labour of love for some time. Double LP on Scrub-A-Dub.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

M.E.S.H.
Piteous Gate

M.E.S.H. presents a curious release indeed, a record that dips in and out of typical club forms, knocking dancers back with dramatically shifting rhythms and unexpected sonic elements metamorphosing in and out of existence. Great stuff for a debut. Piteous Gate is out on PAN, the obvious home for Berlin-based weird club electronics.
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  • PAN
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Frank Riggio
Psychexcess II - Futurism

Psychexcess II - Futurism is the second part of Frank Riggio’s musical trilogy about birth, life and death. It is a rich, colourful and dynamic work designed to play out like a movie tracking the lifecycle of a human being. Riggio mixes experimental soundscapes, ambient passages, throbbing dub and IDM.
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Moon Gangs
Earth Loop

Moon Gangs is the solo jam of BEAK> keyboardist William Young and 'Earth Loop' has emerged out of his love for early day synth movers and shakers such as Tangerine Dream and Popol Vuh. Young didn't go out much as a child and so had years to listen to soundtracks and play video games. This has infused his music which is full of ambient, analogue synth loops and foreboding, cinematic drones.  

Basil Kirchin
Silicon Chip

Basil Kirchin was an astonishing Hull-based musician and composer, who worked with orchestras, tape machines, avant-garde explorations and pop songs for many years, but with little recognition till Trunk got reissuing after his death. Silicon Chip is a properly funky slice of 1979 disco that jumps right into your head even though you’ve never heard it before. Yellow vinyl 7” on Trunk.

Man Duo
Orbit

Squelchy pop elegance from Man Duo, whose versatile, party trick approach to electronica is lightly informed by their previous work together as Amateurs de Vérité -- which tinged their synthwork with psych folk. The duo's follow-up, Orbit, can be light and washy, hard industrial and even throw-down house, twisting and turning into a meandering dance record that bangs before going ethereal. Vocals are cooed in English, Finnish and Italian, the record sounding collaged amidst its constant forward momentum.
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Jean-Jacques Perrey
Jean-Jacques Perrey et son Ondioline

Jean-Jacques Perrey was an early master of experimental electronic pop, with a great talent for tape editing, the Moog modular synth, and the rare Ondioline instrument. Jean-Jacques Perrey et son Ondioline, which sources tracks from an array of rare archival sources, particularly focuses on the Ondioline, with several ‘demonstration’ tracks, but we also get to hear previously unreleased collaborations with Dick Hyman and Angelo Badalamenti! LP on Forgotten Futures.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Damaged Bug
Cold Hot Plumbs

John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees fame spits out another collection of would be hits under his Damaged Bug moniker. Cold Hot Plumbs is a synth workout with a distinctly analogue sound, packed with colour, texture and Dwyers famous ear for melody. Warm you plumbs on this. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Castel Face.

Severed Heads
Come Visit The Big Bigot

Originally released in 1986, Dark Entries reissue Come Visit The Big Bigot on double vinyl for the first time since. Experimental and generally quite harsh percussion, noisy synthesis and sample mangling back vocals that vary from Kraftwerk-ian to almost Gary Numan. At it’s core it’s an industrial record, but with some polished edges.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Västlänken
Moebel / Autobaba

By day, he’s just an ordinary Swede like anyone else named Jerker Jarold. By night, he’s Västlänken, the underground psychedelicist Gothenburg deserves. Associated with Uran GBG and Lava among others, this moniker is Jarold’s first foray into ambient/minimal techno. He can’t resist letting the psych - and even a little kraut - leak through though, giving this 7” an unusual and superb flavour.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Stephen Thrower
Trouser Bar

Stephen Thrower, a member of Coil from Scatology up until 1992 went on to work in groups such as Cyclobe and UnicaZürn. Here we have the soundtracks to short film Trouser Bar (Directed by Kristen Bjorn) and two silent films by Peter De Rome. Having previously written scores for Derek Jarman and Ben Wheatley it comes as no surprise when he switches from thumping disco to noir tinged slow jazz.

Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk
Passage

Ulrich Schnauss and Jonas Munk both know their way around music: their individual past activities have included drum & bass, post-rock, psych, shoegaze, electronica… Schnauss even recently became a member of Tangerine Dream! Passage, the second collaboration of the two, is a shimmering suite of spacey electronic music, suitable for epic dreaming and drifting. Out on Azure Vista.

William Basinski & Richard Chartier
Divertissment

Serious minimalists heavyweights collaborating right here. William Basinski should need no introduction, and Richard Chartier has been ploughing a rich furrow of electronic microsound for years. Their third collaboration together is Divertissment, which is of course a richly detailed sonic environment, subtle but powerful.

Ulrich Schnauss
No Further Ahead Than Today

He continues to be everywhere including bafflingly in Tangerine Dream with whom he has produced a new album to be released later this year. He has, though, never quite lived up to the promise of his first two records but this his 5th LP promises a return to the melancholic, atmospheric compositions that stirred us so long ago. 

The Transcendence Orchestra
Modern Methods For Ancient Rituals

Through a vast array of instruments and processes, in a setting designed to evoke transcendental energies, Anthony Child and Daniel Bean have conjured up a remarkable torch bearer of deep listening. It's a slowly shifting, drone wash of texture and growth that will definitely appeal to fans of Eno, Laraaji and Natural Snow Buildings.

NHK yx Koyxen
Parallel Tempo

NHK yx Koyxen, the producer with the most pronounceable name in the business, presents a new EP of his unique work. Parallel Tempo’s five tracks takes that electronic music you like so much and pulls it apart into jagged new forms, some of them more danceable than others. 12” EP from the -OUS label.

Gaspard de La Montagne
Spectres

Emotive downtempo techno from Gaspard de la Montagne. The swish Swiss producer and SBIRE co-founder shows the skills for tumbling, dubby rhythms (‘Spectre’, ‘Aube’) and rather melancholy synth arrangements (‘Aube’, ‘Masque’). EP closer ‘Perspectives’ is a slow-burner revolving initially around a beautiful synth motif and later giving way to a solemn techno trot. Atmospheric stuff.

Flica
Sub:Side

Malaysia’s underground electronica scene produced the visionary Flica ten years ago, and he’s produced many heart-swelling and profoundly beautiful moments in that time. His fifth studio effort Sub:Side marks his tenth anniversary as a recording artist, and it strips back Flica’s formula to total simplicity and minimalism. 

A Certain Ratio
acr:mcr

Reissue of A Certain Ratio's 1990 album, acr:mcr. One of the legendary Factory Record's key acts. Despite avoiding the market saturation experienced by their contemporaries (you'll probably not find them in Urban Outfitters), these dance punk are as fun as anything. Pressed on clear vinyl at 45rpm so you could even play it in a club. 
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Mouse On Mars
Radical Connector

A re-issue of the eighth studio album from German electronica/post-rock artists Mouse On Mars. Originally released in 2004, Radical Connector dialled back the experimentalism and made for one of the most accessible records Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma ever made. Presented on a mixed-colour splatter vinyl. 
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Phono Ghosts
Solar Dream Reel

Apparently Phono Ghosts aka Neil Scrivin aka Meatbingo (Skam) crafts his music by trawling charity shop cassettes for hidden goodness, or even hidden badness: it’s all going to be cut and spliced, chopped and screwed anyway. The double vinyl release Solar Dream Reel has a strange and groovy vibe: as the project name suggests, you can feel the spirits of the old music pushing through from the other side of the mix. On Fonolith.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

CUTS
EXIST 2

Anthony Tombling Jr, AKA Cuts, is releasing music from his H.P. Lovecraft inspired film, Exist, over two EPs. Exist 2 balances dark and light, quiet and loud to score the drama perfectly. The EP also includes his track Bunsen Burner from the Ex Machina soundtrack and the TV show Person Of Interest. 12” EP on Village Green.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Various
The Midnight Manual

Five years into Midnight Shift’s time as a label, so it's time for a celebration. The Midnight Manual looks both forwards and back, commemorating the label’s time so far whilst also giving previews of some no-doubt killer EPs due later in the year. Over two 12”s we have a wild array of tracks from the likes of Harmonius Thelonius, Knutsson-Berg and Thermocline.
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Ian Hicks
Changeless

Third release from the Optimo administered So Low label and Glasgow club night who's area of expertise is gloomy synth music. Ian Hicks, previously of Soft Metals, is a perfect fit for the label. His Changeless EP is exactly five tracks of shimmering gloomy synth music.   

Night Christ
Conversation Policy / Illum Sphere Remix

Secretive debutant Night Christ has turned in a fabulous single here. On ‘Conversation Policy’ he offers himself to his partner in a Joe Goddard-esque tenor over a ping-ponging synth-pop groove that is equal parts Inga Copeland and Behaviour-era Pet Shop Boys. The flip sees Illum Sphere providing more of an edit than a remix, embellishing the track with splodges of reverb and the occasional extra hi-hat. Out via Dublin’s excellent All City.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

TüTH
Transgression

A range of musical and non-musical influences have been poured into this disquieting and hypnotic journey from TüTH, AKA Chicago's Damon Carruesco. Over the course of the tape there's a distinct nod to contemporary electronic styles; it's emotionally sparse, sometimes brutal, and wrapped up in tension.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Levels
Levels

Umor Rex continue a prolific release period with another cassette of electronic explorations. This time it's a minimal workout for drum machine, synths and samplers. The result is a dynamic and detailed sound world with shades of Selected Ambient Works, electro and electronica influences and primitive era techno.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Mikrovolt
I

Mikrovolt opens this synth adventure with a piece of upbeat and shimmering motorik groove full of synth squelches and machine drums. We're taken on a journey through Tangerine Dream, Jarre and Neu! textures, with even some loose links to instrumental synth pop. A dynamic, colourful and bouncy affair.
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Drums Off Chaos
Centre

The late Jaki Liebezeit is of course best known as the innovative and influential drummer of Can. In recent years he often discussed his self-styled binary theory of rhythm, put into practice on this percussion-only EP with the help of three other drummers. The style conveys echoes of various African, Asian and Indian percussion styles, as well as the cyclical grooves and recognisable drum tone that were a feature of his tenure in Can. Hardly surprisingly, it’s hypnotically engrossing stuff.

Perel
Hermetica

Perel's debut album manages to strike the balance between post-punk and disco that only the better artists on DFA's roster manage to. The German producer is a proud fan of Eurythmics and 2 Unlimited and she has the comfort with more poppy melodies you'd expect from one. 
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  • DFA

Kellen 303
WHB EP

EP on Keysound Recordings from Brooklyn-based newcomer Kellen 303. Five tracks who draw from the frenetic dance traditions of footwork and vogue music, set against the dark aesthetic of goth and industrial. Any producer who can successfully work in the same space as Venus X is worth a spin or two. 

Bird Of Paradise
Smoking Holiday EP

UK producer Jo Howard's latest EP contains for varied tracks from the retro-tech diaspora. Opening with a paranoid, down tempo number before moving onto the 80s futura of 'Joy-Rides', side A is all atmosphere. Side B brings in a steady hypnosis on the title track, before the pummelling 'Breather Resist' closes things on a faster tip. 
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

zK
Last Night

Swiss tykes Hallow Ground (Dedekind Cut, Goner) make their latest foray into the sonic arts via this six-track from the always-intriguing zK. Last Night is a slippery listen, constantly shifting and never allowing the listener to settle. Numbers like ‘Fugitive II’ see eerie glitches and processed pianos flitting around the headphones in a manner that recalls the spookier elements of Yves Tumor’s sound.
  • Artist(s):
  • zK

Intense Molecular Activity
I.M.A.

I.M.A. were a pair of New York sound industry people back in the early 80’s: their jobs gave them access to some interesting studio spaces out of hours, which they utilised to record their own versions of the sounds they loved. Synths and percussion were performed, recorded, and then bounced and dubbed through a network of tape loops and recorders, for extra interesting results. Their Intense Molecular Activity is now reissued in full replica style, with a postcard, on vinyl, by Dark Entries.

Fahrland
Mixtape Vol. 1

If you left the city that never sleeps because it managed to sneak a gram of ket into Berghain and moved to the countryside what sort of music would you make? Fahrland (aka Geiger) recently made that move and is now producing the sort of lush, funky, and assured electro pop that screams going to bed before midnight. 
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Meat Beat Manifesto
Impossible Star

Big Beater is watching you!  The world is in a strange, disturbing way these days, but international man of mystery Jack Dangers, Manifesto in hand, is here to weigh in. Meat Beat Manifesto has been going for over three decades now, and these new offerings show Dangers’ long-honed proficiency. His production is thick and uneasy, but the tone of most of these very lively and rich, drawing on all sorts - acid, breakbeat, IDM, lounge, electro, and even snowstorm’d ambient brick walls.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Electric Indigo
5 1 1 5 9 3

female:pressure founder and former Hard Wax employee Electric Indigo has been around for almost three decades now, so it’s quite a surprise that 5 1 1 5 9 3 is her debut LP. She uses all of the tricks she’s picked up over the years to create an album that balances serious electroacoustic compositional chops with the visceral immediacy of IDM and central European techno. If tracks like ‘Ntandathu’ are the sound of the club in full-swing, ‘The Landing’ is what happens after everyone’s gone home. Release on Monolake’s Imbalance Computer Music.

Broshuda
Jemi

An album of ‘post-rave power ambient poems’ from Berlin’s Broshuda here. One spin of Jemi and you can see what he’s on about. The sound design on this LP is as impressive as anything you’ll hear in 2018. Busy yet spacious, full of light and shade, it obliquely recalls the atmospherics of dub, trance, ambient punk and a bunch of other genres. The closest stylistic references are … Rabit? Lorenzo Senni? Ziur? It’s a unique record really.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Respuesta Alternativa
Grata Compania

Jesus Ma Catalana (what a name) cut these five tracks as Respuesta Alternativa back in the early 80s. Loading up his synths and drum machines, he got other musicians to solo over the top of them and create this odd record. Weirdo-lounge jazz meets synth-pop, that sort of thing. Weather Report if they were a one-man bedroom project. Reissued by Left Ear Records.
  • Vinyl 12" (LER 1012)
  • £13.99 £8.39 (saving: £5.60)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Ismo Laakso
Ofelia

Forgotten in a drawer for twenty years, this bizarre LP by Ismo Laakso at last sees the light of day, courtesy of Puu - sublabel of the revered Sähkö Recordings. These are some off-the-wall lo-fi excursions from the feisty Finn, with industrial and abstract sound design and texture-mangling alongside sacred choral, modern classical and many other kinds of samples. It’s aged well.

Brett Naucke
The Mansion

Brett Naucke continues on the purple patch that saw him drop a few releases in 2017 with his second LP for Editions Mego offshoot Spectrum Spools (Quicksails, Container). It features more of the hyperactive sound-craft that Naucke has become known for over the past few years. Bringing together electroacoustic compositional techniques, day-glo organ tones, found sounds and contemporary classical ideas, Naucke’s bright music is as invigorating and psychotropic as ever before on The Mansion.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Other Lands
Pattern Transform

Oh here we go, here's a colourful thing, one foot in sumptuous tropical island-house, another in quirky downbeat electronica. Richly composed and beautifully groovy, this release is hard to place but none of that really matters to be honest, the vibes are light and shimmering and categorisation can melt away.
  • Vinyl 12" (FIREC025)
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  • Limited edition

Solitary Dancer
In The Name Of The Mother

Optimo call time on their successful Optimo Trax offshoot at the thirty-third release. The EP in question, courtesy of Montreal’s Solitary Dancer, is also one of the more unusual pressings in the series. The three tracks on In The Name Of The Mother are all reverb-fugged edge-of-the-dancefloor numbers that by turns recall The Orb (‘Heroine Dub’), Inga Copeland (‘La Donna’) and Suicideyear (‘Lady Pimp’).
  • Vinyl 12" (OT033)
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DJ Nigga Fox
Crânio

DJ Nigga Fox continues to forge a brave new world on this latest EP. His first solo release on Warp sees the Principe fellow turning the global clubsphere inside-out, bending rhythms and genres to his will to create body music of unique power. The likes of ‘Poder Do Vento’ reference everyone from Fade To Mind to Buraka Som Systema to DJ Bin Laden.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

EMEI
EMEI

Bristol’s Aphelion Editions come through with a hyper-limited sound-sketch by EMEI. Opener ‘Frosted Glass’ sets the tone nicely for EMEI. Beginning with glacial prettiness, the melodies soon distort and overlap to create thick textures that bear comparison to the likes of both Fennesz and Explosions In The Sky. The record is an impressionistic one, with nursery-rhyme melodies, found sounds, screeching drones and more flitting in and out of the mix.

The Modern Institute
The Modern Institute

As I'm too stupid to make head nor tail of the wordy press release but what this appears to be is a "a project which examines the rituals of performance, the signifiers of bourgeois culture and the absurdities inherent in the middle class art gaze". Had a quick listen and yeah it's sound art, basically. Odd spoken word vocals over weird rhythms. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

The Skull Eclipses
The Skull Eclipses

This coming-together between Spencer Stephenson (Botany) and Raj Haldar (Lushlife) has produced an intriguing LP. While in aesthetic it skirts close to the stables of Brainfeeder and Liquid Amber, the sonics reference everything from Matthewdavid to The Focus Group. Tracks like ‘Pillars’ are edgy and thrilling hip-hop cuts that benefit from whip-smart guest verses. Laraaji and Open Mike Eagle feature, among others.

Majeure
Timespan Redux

Oh the things you can do with an armful of analogue synths and a drum kit... ZOMBI's A.E. Paterra comes at us with an epic, relentless journey through the cosmos. And a very groovy cosmos it is. Psychedelic in intention, kraut in execution, deep space soundtrack in spirit, and all the better for it.

Black Meteoric Star
NO MORE WHITE PRESIDENTS

True. It's been a total disaster hasn't it? Black Meteoric Star is the project of Gavin Rayna Russom (LCD Soundsystem/DFA) who has constructed this dark and claustrophobic discotheque exploring themes such as capitalism and death as well as Russom's recently announced trans identity. Tough and jarring club music experiments from an expert in the genre. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Lorenzo Senni & Francesco Fantini
The Challenge

The King of New-New Tranceland aka Lorenzo Senni comes through with something completely different here. Yuri Ancarani’s 2016 film The Challenge was a study in opulence, dealing as it did with the hobbies and pastimes of Qatari sheikhs. Senni and Francesco Fantini’s music for them takes the ideas of Senni’s solo work - slowly-evolving cells of melody, richly evocative chord progressions - and transplants them from modular to orchestra. The record’s packaging - a 10”, housed in gold-embossed inner sleeve, itself nestled in a 32-page photo booklet - is as ostentatious as the film’s subject matter. Limited to 500 copies.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Lorenzo Senni
Superimpositions


  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

DJ Taye
Still Trippin’

The debut LP from DJ Taye lives up to his billing as one of the leading lights of footwork’s post-Rashad world. Taking cues from his late mentor, Taye’s chops as an MC come in handy across a record that draws as heavily from the world of rap as it does from Chicago’s 160-bpm dance scene. Second track ‘Trippin’’, for example, sees Taye flexing his lyrical muscles with as much speed and dexterity as the drums in his instrumental. Chuck Inglish, DJ Paypal, UNIIQU3 and more guest.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Neil Cowley Trio
Spacebound Tapes

Neil Cowley was inspired by the Sci-Fi of Arthur C Clarke -- particularly his 1956 novel 'The City and the Stars' -- when he grouped his trio together to record their 'Spacebound Apes' LP in 2016. Now, a quartet of top-notch electronic producers have been commissioned to remix a track each from the album, each in their own unique styles. The results, on Spacebound Tapes are even more interstellar than the original tracks. Rival Consoles, Throwing Snow, Christian Loffler and Vessels all bring in the spacey bleeps, pulsing beats and galactic keyboard fun.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

E Ruscha V
Who Are You

This blurb writer is suffering from quite bad insomnia at the moment, and as such some of the music in the Norman description list is having a particularly strong effect on my sleep-deprived brain. As soon as I put on the title track and lead single for Who Are You, my weary face burst into a big old grin. It’s lovely stuff from E Ruscha V - an artist you might better know as Secret Circuit - combining tropicalia, ambient and cosmic electro influences to create music that heads straight for the pleasure centre.

Molecule
- 22.7°C

With releases on Mille Feuilles, Underdog, and Sounds Around, french producer Molecule returns to Because Music for his latest full length -22.7°C. Spending well over a month in Greenland sampling what the Arctic has to offer he pours it into ambient and near transcendental techno, blurring the lines of synthesis and natural.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Moby
Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt

Moby's etched himself quite the reputation since his techno and ambient releases of the early 90s. The trip-hop output made famous on 'Play' has become his classic sound and his new album is a welcome return to this. New single 'Like a Motherless Child' demonstrates this perfectly, a contemporary take on a historic spiritual song.

Le Millipede
The Sun Has No Money

Alien Ensemble member Matthias Goetz drops the second LP of his Le Millipede project. Though his work in AE sees him sticking to the trombone, there’s a far wider range of instruments being employed across The Sun Has No Money. As well as some Peter Zummo-indebted trombonica (‘Brennelementesteuer’), this album takes in everything from Gallic library music (‘Compost Ghosts’) to parodic twee-pop ala The Notwist (‘Toennchen’) and much more.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Delia Derbyshire / Brian Hodgson / David Vorhaus
Electronic

This will be of fascination to fans of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop as it is a 1969 collaboration between two of their best and brightest and American musician David Vorhaus with whom they then went on to form the ridiculous experimental electronic band White Noise. These tracks were intended as TV production music and many were used on cult 60's programme 'The Tomorrow People'. 

Dedekind Cut
The Expanding Domain

A full and complete sounding record from Dedekind Cut entitled The Expanding Domain. A mixture of droning electronic sounds contrasted with trance-like melodies and subtle piano notes, makes this record a piece of art on the blank slate of an artist. Created in New York, Seoul and Berlin and released on ‘Hallow Ground’, this record is available on Vinyl LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

The Nightcrawlers
The Biophonic Boombox Recordings

Late 70s kosmische from *checks notes* Philadelphia and New Jersey? The Nightcrawlers were a trio from the States making music that more than happily finds a place among kosmische greats like Tangerine Dream. The two discs of The Biophonic Boombox Recordings issued by Anthology Recordings were painstakingly curated from a collection of over forty tapes worth of all-night recordings.

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