Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

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

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.

The Future Sound Of London
My Kingdom Re-imagined

The Future Sound Of London, or FSOL to their friends have taken a Michelin-starred chef’s approach to reworking their 1996 track, My Kingdom by offering it up in eight different ways on My Kingdom Re-imagined, moulding it from ambient rock to electronica along the way. The original version of the track features on their Dead Cities album, was based on Vangelis track Rachel’s Song from Bladerunner and even impacted the the top 20. 180g vinyl LP, limited to 200 copies and CD on Jumpin’ & Pumpin’.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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. 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.

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.  
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.

Kate NV
Для For

The latest release from RVNG Intl. is the second LP from Moscow sonic experimentalist Kate NV. Much like new label mates Visible Cloaks, Sugai Ken and Holly Herndon, Для For makes for a challenging but fun listen. There’s a psychotropic element to NV’s music that provides an easy access route to these playful sound portraits. Some of it recalls a more avant rendering of Glasser’s Ring. The eponymous track appeared on RVNGIntl.’s 2017 LQBTQI+ benefit LP Peaceful Protest.

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

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

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.  

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

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

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.

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

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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

Eric Siday
The Ultra Sonic Perception

A fascinating collection of experimental 1960s electronics here. Eric Siday was an early pioneer of the Moog synthesizer as well as musique concrete and extended technique, and integrated these disciplines into film and soundtrack music. This collection brings together a series of eerie electronic miniatures which originally came out on 10" 78rpm discs, some of which were featured in '60s episodes of Doctor Who! One for the Derbyshire/Ciani fans.

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

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. 
  • Label(s):
  • DFA

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

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. 

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.
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  • 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. 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
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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
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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.
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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’).
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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.
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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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Hieroglyphic Being
The Red Notes

Prolific producer and DJ Jamal Moss puts out another record under his primary Hieroglyphic Being alias. He expanded his horizons with a collaborative album We Are Not the First in 2015, learning from and working directly with Marshall Allen and JITU Ahn-Sahm-Buhl. He follows it up with a record orbiting the same world: The Red Notes plugs in to the legend and legacy of Blue Note, in particular its hardest shredders Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane, marrying their innovations with Chicago house.

Max Cooper feat. Kathrin deBoer & Quentin Collins
Tileyard Improvisations Vol. 1

This album is what appears when numerous shades of jazz and improvisation are granted vocal narrative, then backed with smart beats and rhythms. These spontaneously created tracks defy many forms of compositional logic, yet feel natural and deeply addictive. Soulful, effortlessly groovy and singular work.

D.A.F.
Gold Und Liebe

In 1981, Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft released their fourth album, the Conny Plank-produced Gold und Liebe. Of course, the D.A.F. boys are in a sexy synthy mood, pushing their electropunk power onto the listener with excellent lusty power. Gold und Liebe is here reissued by Gronland on CD and as an LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Groundislava
Groundislava

Groundislava, from the same corner of town as DEEJ and Schlomo, surfed in on the wave of mainstream acceptance of nerddom in general and chiptune in particular. His self-titled debut ducked the radar on its release, but became a cult classic over time and is now finally up for rerelease. The upbeat 8-bit songs still hold strong and make for a great retro time-piece.
  • Vinyl LP (FOF108LP)
  • £17.49 £10.49 (saving: £7.00)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Jesse
Fluids

This lovely disc of sketchy paints comes from Finnish band Jesse, whose recent collaboration with DJ Sotofett came right out of nowhere. The cosmic crew continue to play with disco and psychedelia by laying down simple ideas and then positing a more developed galaxy they could live in. Pretty enough to buy without another thought.

Mouse On Mars
Idiology

German electronic duo Mouse On Mars have been at this music lark for 24 years now. The duo have never felt the need to bow to convention. Their 2001 album, Idiology is now being reissued by Chicago label Thrill Jockey. Pressed on white vinyl with a die cut sleeve and inner sleeve with artwork, this reissue serves to whet your whistle before the release of the forthcoming new album Dimensional People.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Otto Sidharta
Four Indonesian Electronic Pieces 1979-1984

Extremely rare sounds from Otto Sidharta, an electronic composer from Indonesia. This release, which puts to vinyl four pieces from the double disc CD edition, were recorded between 1979 and 1992, and make for astonishing listening. Pure electronics are merged with environmental recordings to create vivid pieces of sound. LP release as part of Sub Rosa’s excellent Early Electronic series.

Hannah Peel
Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeia

Imagine going from Barnsley to outer space. This is what Northern Irish electronic artist Hannah Peel explores on this new opus. It's the story of an elderly pioneering electronic music artist who dreams of leaving her Barnsley home and seeing Cassiopeia for herself. Peel realises this with horns by those responsible for Tubular Brass. She's also one third of the Magnetic North dont'cha know. 

10LEC6
Bone Bame

Ed Banger! Good to see you again. It’s fine, we’ve forgiven you for what you did in the 2000s. 10LEC6 have been kicking around the French label for a few years now, but the addition of singer/MC Nicole has seen the group develop a new sound that they describe as ‘Bulupunk’. The ‘Bulu’ part comes from the Bantou dialect Nicole sings/raps/shouts in, while the ‘punk’ bit leans more towards the party-starting post-punk of ESG, Liquid Liquid et al. Whatever you call it, Bone Bame is a riotously fun listen.

Ryuichi Sakamoto
async - Remodels

Japanese electronic music legend and former Yellow Magic Orchestra member Ryuichi Sakamoto's 2017 album 'async' graced numerous end of year lists. An all-star cast of remixers have been assembled to re-work the material in their own distinctive visions; Arca, Fennesz, Oneohtrix Point Never, Motion Graphics, Alva Noto, Yves Tumor, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Cornelius and S U R V I V E. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Nu-Sound II Crew / Magnus I
Spilt EP

Both a reissue and a split EP, this is one of the things we love most at Norman Records. Throw in the fact that we’re talking about oldskool experimental 90s synthesizer driven electro, and we might be tempted to keep all these beautiful vinyl 12”s, including the sweet postcard of the Nu Sounds crew djing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

East Man
Red, White & Zero

Anthoney Hart - he of Basic Rhythm and Imaginary Forces fame - drops the first release of his East Man project on Planet Mu. Red, White & Zero is a whip-smart take on grime also incorporates elements of jungle, techno and hardcore, with an overall effect not dissimilar to the ‘ruff sound’ pioneered by Novelist and Mumdance. Features include Darkos Strife, Killa P and Kwam, while academic Paul Gilroy provides liner notes.

B. Fleischmann
Stop Making Fans

The record’s almost called Stop Making Sense, there’s a song on it called ‘We’ve Heard The Talking Heads Talking’ and the cover looks like a still from the video for Hot Chip’s ‘One Pure Thought’. Needless to say that B. Fleischmann’s latest LP is a smart, fun and danceable album. The indietronica here comes with more backbone than much of the genre’s fare and is counterbalanced by plaintive electronic torch songs like ‘There Is A Head’ and Gloria Amesbauer collaboration ‘The Pros of Your Children’.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Orson Hentschel
Facades

Düsseldorf-based Orson Hentschel flexes his vocal chords on latest EP release “Facades”, though his pipes are more geared toward the spoken-word (he’s not exactly Mariah Carey). Almost choreographic, this record weaves together minimalist electro and seamless samples to a cathartically tense climax.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Mica Levi
Delete Beach

Delete Beach is a short anime film that features an exclusive original soundtrack by Mica Levi, the polymath equally at home singing punky songs, DJing grime, or scoring pieces for London Sinfonietta. Synths and strings and jagged beats are Levi’s palette of choice here, creating an atmosphere that stands up on wax as well as with the visuals. Double 10”.
  • Vinyl Double 10" (DDS024)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Label(s):
  • DDS
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM
  • Soundtracks

Floating Points
Kuiper

Floating Points presents 2 nice side-long cuts that continue his exciting evolution into expansive full-band electronic jams. Both Kuiper and the B-side track ‘For Marmish Part II’ are compositions with lots of room for change and growth, the band clearly as hypnotised as the listener by the pulsing momentum. 12” on Pluto.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Akadama Bros
Sunshine

Some J-rap larking about from the Akadama Bros here, a crew who boast Bo Ningen’s Taigen Kawabe in their numbers. ‘Sunshine’ is a wry and fun cut that boasts a squelchy, vaguely jukey instrumental. Contains remixes Clock Hazard’s Technoman and Shitkatapult’s Candie Hank.
  • Vinyl 12" (ADA0051)
  • £9.49 £5.69 (saving: £3.80)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Joe Germlin
No Master Dynamics

Banana Oil/Gay Against You noisenik Joe Germlin drops an album of strange sort-of-hip-hop on Adaadat. Taking cues from the Scandi Frankengenre of Skwee, the funk/rap/chiptune-hybrids across No Master Dynamics make this an LP you can’t get comfortable with. This is a good thing - the 8-bit grooves ping-pong around with a carefree abandon which you can’t help but get swept up in.

Max Cooper
Emergence Remixed

Remixes of Max Cooper’s grand full-length Emergence project, featuring a great array of producers. We’re talking Vessels, Rival Consoles, Christian Loeffler and more besides. Generally, the remixes take the original material’s IDM and push it into full dance floor territory, with superbly effective results. 12” EP on Mesh Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

George FitzGerald
All That Must Be

George FitzGerald returns to the Double Six label with his second full length album. Includes collaborations with Bonobo, Lil Silva, Hudson Scott, and Tracey Thorne. Reflecting changes in his personal situation All That Must Be see FitzGerald shift his focus from the dancefloor somewhat and drive straight at the emotional core.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM