Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Yellow Magic Orchestra
X∞ Multiplies

X∞ Multiples sees Yellow Magic Orchestra dropping their serious persona to have a bit of a laugh. Electronic songs and instrumentals are interspersed with comic sketches. There is also a humourous take on Archie Drell & The Bells soul classic Tighten Up. Transparent 180g vinyl, limited to 1000 copies.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

FIS
The Blue Quicksand is Going Now

Fis has previously dabbled in weird drum’n’bass, but here, on his debut full-length The Blue Quicksand Is Going Now, he drops out a lot of the rhythm to leave us with hazy electronic soundscapes chattering around the sonic field. Great new stuff from New Zealand, released on the Loopy label.
  • Artist(s):
  • FIS
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Acre
Better Strangers

With previous EPs released on Tectonic, Cold Recordings and PAN’s sub-label Codes, Better Strangers is Acre’s album debut. From previous works showcasing rave flashbacks and heavily distorted jungle breaks akin to Andy Stott productions. From his own words Acre has injected more emotion into this release than previous outings, meaning this could be a pleasantly tough record to digest. Available on double LP or CD.

Piero Umiliani
Synthi Time

Piero Umiliani is part of the canon of Italian film composers, but he stepped away from the orchestra for a while in 1971 to record Synthi Time, a lovely collection of short melodic pieces using synthesisers alongside a Hammond and a kind of harpsichord. Dreamy, bright, and a little odd, like a melancholic childhood. LP reissue on Schema.

Arca
Mutant

Second full-length from Venezuelan producer Arca. It would be fair to say that he is a ‘hot’ producer these days, given that he played a reasonable co-production role on Bjork’s Vulnicura album this year. Mutant has 20 tracks of expansive electronics, including the remarkable ‘Vanity’ from earlier this year. On Mute.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Fhloston Paradigm
Cosmosis Vol 1

Fhloston Paradigm is a pseudonym of Philadelphia groover King Britt, following a busy career with releases on plenty of your favourite labels. Cosmosis Vol. 1 lands on Hyperdub, where it’s adventurous range of tracks (spanning ambience, twitchy soundscapery and hard analogue house) fit right in with the crowd. 12” EP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Flying Lotus
Cosmogramma

While previous releases like ‘Los Angeles’ had made Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison) a buzz-act in the electronic underground, the project’s third LP ‘Cosmogramma’ made it clear that we had a special talent on our hands. This 2010 record is boundlessly creative, with Ellison incorporating spiritual jazz, free music, new-age composition, glitch and a hatful of other styles into his hip-hop-tronica core. Most impressive of all that, for all its high-falutin genre concerns, ‘Cosmogramma’ remains an extremely accessible record, full of thrills and spills. Thom Yorke features on ‘... And The World Laughs With You’ - not the last time he’d be seen on a FlyLo release.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Power Glove
EP II

EP II follows on, naturally enough, from EP I, which released for Record Store Day and didn’t hang around long. Power Glove make electronic music that is weighty on the 1980’s cultural influences (I mean they are named after a Nintendo accessory…). Out on Invada, pressed to red vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Wolves and Horses
Every Moment Of Light And Dark

Belgian ambience from Wolves and Horses, aka Christian Saint-Viteux. The tracks that make up Every Moment Of Light And Dark were apparently composed with imaginary short films in mind, and are suitably cinematic as a result. Slow-moving atmospheres, as you’d expect, buoyed occasionally by emotive touches of piano. CD on UAE Records.

t.e.s.o.
No.3. Obliate

The guys behind the t.e.s.o. project evidently love Brutalism, Modernism and all their trappings. Naturally they also like electronic music, with an Autechre-like approach. (especially towards titles: mmmm, give ‘e_flaer 10’ or ‘pb iW 05.’ another spin…) Self-made electronics guide them towards radical experimental constructions. Double LP on Aperture.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Calum Gunn / Sebastian Camens
Slant Deviations


Airbird & Napolian
Mr. Foolish

Producers Joel Ford (Ford & Lopatin, Ejecta) and Ian Evans (Napolian) have teamed up as Airbird & Napolian. The pair met whilst working for the highly regarded Software label. Collaborating on Mr. Foolish allowed them to do what they wanted to do, how they wanted to do it - mixing cosmic funk, American house and hip-hop.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Vessels
Dilate Remixes

If Vessels’ recent album Dilate wasn’t club-ready enough for you (unlikely, but I’ll continue), Dilate Remixes should sort you right out. They’ve called in the minimal techno talents of Barker & Baumecker, the housey vibes of Ripperton, and Monkeytown man Alex Banks, for a deep, hedonistic trio of reinterpretations. 12” on Bias.

Django Django
Pause Repeat

Taken from Django Django’s second album Born Under Saturn, Pause Repeat is a joyous, summer-filled pop song. Now it’s been pulled apart and reassembled by the likes of Debruit, Clap! Clap!, Bok Bok, and JD Twitch of Optimo. Expect some excellently percussive reimaginings. 12” vinyl available on Because Music.

Lamb
5

Lamb released 5 (suitably enough, their fifth album) in 2011, the first recorded results of their reformation after a half-decade away. People seemed to like it, so it is now reissued in deluxe style by Music On Vinyl, who have pressed up 1000 copies to 180g silver vinyl. This version also includes two bonus tracks, one featuring Damien Rice.

DJ Paypal
Sold Out

DJ Paypal is here with Sold Out, stretching the pun as far as it can go there. Going for pure fun in a footwork world, this is his debut for Brainfeeder and the music is a mix of fast tempo remixes of genres such as jazz and salsa combining EDM and hip hop elements. Sold out? We'll see. Should be.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Manta
Etra

Etra is an “exploration of the manifesto of the human ego in architecture”, and that means experimental techno. Over the course of 9 tracks, Manta builds up a series of vivid atmospheres, mixing subtle voice / breath samples in with twinkling synth parts and the sometimes-present 4/4 kick. Out on Where to Now?
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Lakker
Tundra

Dark, brooding atmospheres reminiscent of your time as a night-shift factory worker, always throbbing onward: expect those sounds from Lakker’s debut full length. Tundra will give you the chills with its threatening basses and obtuse beats that’ll fill your room, ears and head as soon as the needle touches the vinyl.

Various
The Art of Remix

Nonclassical imposes its strict remix policy -- you can only remix with sounds that already exists in the track -- on a roster of famous electronic artists, from Hot Chip having a go at the music of Gabriel Prokofiev to Thom Yorke using his DJ skills to do things with 'Cortical Songs'. This record takes revered classical pieces and contextualises them in a completely different fashion, hoping to make the genre a little more club-friendly. 

Klavikon
Klavikon

Klavikon approaches prepared piano with an aesthetic drawn as much from techno and IDM as from John Cage. “No looping!” is the key: like Colin Stetson, Klavikon makes more sound than seems possible in one moment. I mean that kick drum sound has to be a sample right… Nope, that’s from the piano, unsequenced. Debut album on Nonclassical.

Samoyed
Saturday

Saturday by Samoyed was recorded over a four year period and reflects the 16 changing seasons that have past in that time. Samoyed is heavily influenced by his natural surroundings - he lives in a hut in northern Scotland where the winters are harsh and the summers are fleeting. Recorded on barely functioning ‘80s equipment, the digital sheen is tempered by fuzzy lo-fi warmth. LP on Flask, limited to 300 copies.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

FaltyDL
Visceral

FaltyDL is back on Ninja Tune for two fresh new dancefloor rollers. Last year’s full-length In The Wild took things in a kind of experimental direction, full of ambience and build. That was very welcome, but a pro like FaltyDL wouldn’t squander the opportunity of a 12” on anything but full-on bangers. Heavyweight vinyl in Ninja Tune’s house sleeve.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

James Ferraro
Skid Row

Skid Row is James Ferraro’s follow up to the 2013 album NYC Hell 3 a.m. Like its predecessor, Skid Row is an exercise in neo-brutalism, here however, he has thrown his own deconstructed versions of thrash, modern classical and country music into the mix. The album was recorded in L.A. and the lyrics, which started out as poems addressing the state of society, soak up what Ferraro sees around him: excess, poverty, racism and police brutality.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Traxman
Slash Time

Funky-fresh footwork frenzy from experienced producer and Teklife and Tekk Djz Traxman. Soulful synths, twisted samples, and those irresistible snare hits that run rings around prospective dancers. Features significant contributions from DJ Fred too. LP and CD editions, on the Duck N’ Cover label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

FOUND
Cloning

In the four years since their 2011 album, Factorycraft, Scottish folktronica band, Found have reduced their numbers to become a duo of founding members Ziggy Campbell and Kev Sim. On their new album, Cloning, the guitars are replaced a thick fog of analogue synths as the duo introduce new influences into their music such as groundbreaking ‘60s electronic duo Beaver & Krause, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and the soundtracks of John Carpenter.

Yellow Magic Orchestra
Solid State Survivor

The legendary Yellow Magic Orchestra’s classic second album Solid State Survivor is available on vinyl again! A major synth-pop progenitor here: so influential that even if you’ve not heard it directly, you’ve probably heard something that covers or samples it. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Vert
The Days Within

Vert (aka Adam Butler) has been away from music for 6 years, apparently writing a novel. He’s back now though, with 11 new tracks making up The Days Within. Melodic and dramatic electronic music, unquestionably the produce of an experienced and inventive producer. Released on the imaginatively-named Shitkatapult label.
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  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Oneohtrix Point Never
Garden of Delete

A new full-length album from Oneohtrix Point Never, a project that Daniel Lopatin seems to be taking ever deeper into the world of digital hyper-reality. Garden Of Delete is festooned with painfully bright synth sounds and bitcrushed samples, creating a vivid and disorientating sound-universe. On Warp Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Prequel Tapes
Inner Systems

Prequel Tapes retrieved the basis of these tracks from teenage recordings, and filtered them through subsequent years of experience in making and loving club sounds. Inner Systems is a very personal work, but also a pretty dance-ready one. The heavyweight LP is packaged with a 16 page booklet. On R’Coup’D.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

John Lemke
Nomad Frequencies

John Lemke‘s Nomad Frequencies LP is an electroacoustic work with a grand scope. Over the course of 10 tracks, Lemke melds analogue synthesis and field recordings with percussion and melodic instrumentation. Also, prominent use of tuning forks. Nomad Frequencies is released on CD or double gatefold LP by Denovali.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Phork
Disappear In Raveland

Whilst existing in club parameters, Disappear in Raveland by Phork is a minimalist and experimental work that also takes in the surreal and adventurous. Within these parameters, Chicago house, footwork, drone and and techno are all given equal weight. The reconstructed footwork beats could make this the ace in the hole in any DJ’s set. Phork has previously released work on Opal Tapes, NNA and Orange Milk to great acclaim. Disappear in Raveland is available on vinyl LP on Time No Place.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Bernd Kistenmacher
Wake Up In The Sun

Bernd Kistenmacher grew up a little too late to roll with the Tangerine Dreams and the Klaus Schulzes of the German electronic music world, but he didn’t let that stop him: he just got hold of the same sorts of analogue synthesisers and got involved, ignoring the digital 80’s world around him. Wake Up In The Sun was first released in 1987, now reissued by Bureau B.

MM / Imaabs
Body Horror II

MM is the abbreviated form of Miss Modular (the boss of Her Records), who obviously isn’t afraid to push into experimental territory while still maintaining the dance. Two wild pummelings on her side, and on the B we have Chilean producer Imaabs, who goes slow and hypnotising with his material. On the Purple Tape Pedigree label.
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  • PTP

ESB
Tiersen / Laquerriere / Poli

ESB (you may know them as Elektronische Staubband) are a French trio. Funnily enough, the Tiersen of Tiersen / Laquierre / Poli is actually Yann Tiersen of Amelie fame, but here he puts down the violin and dives into the world of analogue synth-joy with his partners. Spacey and thoughtful jams on Bureau B.
  • Artist(s):
  • ESB
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Max McFerren
Sipps

Known to many under his Mcferrdog moniker, Max McFerren reverts to his own name for this leftfield release on 1080p. Acid funk flavours and expansive synthscapes combine on Sipps to create an alien mood that’s infused with urban melancholy. Out on limited 12" vinyl from 1080p. One copy per customer.
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Sim Hutchins
I Enjoy To Sweep A Room

Occasionally tense, always emotional and beautifully constructed, I Enjoy To Sweep A Room is the debut album from Essex boy Sim Hutchins. Blurred, synthy and richly produced it’s a woozy journey into the mind of a post-grime talent. Well worth your time. Out on vinyl LP from No Pain In Pop. Included bonus CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

T.Raumschmiere
T.Raumschmiere

T.Raumschmiere is the project of Marco Haas, label boss of the Shitkatapult imprint. This self-titled album is the first in 7 years, and although the press release ties itself in knots over whether or not this is ambient music, to my ears it sounds like industrially-tinged dark synth-simmer, with some vocal tracks. Has a strong atmosphere though. On Album Label.

Bernd Kistenmacher
Head-visions

Bernd Kistenmacher grew up a little too late to roll with the Tangerine Dreams and the Klaus Schulzes of the German electronic music world, but he didn’t let that stop him: he just got hold of the same sorts of analogue synthesisers and got involved, ignoring the digital 80’s world around him. Debut album Head-Visions was initially released in 1986, and is now reissued by Bureau B.

Arash Moori
Heterodyne

Heterodyne has reportedly been in-progress for 13 full years, which is quite something. The result is Arash Moori’s magnum opus, a suite of experimental electronics that is often rhythmic and sometimes harsh. Always compelling though, especially when you learn that many of these sounds are from self-built devices. On Type.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Christopher Bissonnette
Pitch, Paper & Foil

Christopher Bissonnette patches in his analogue synthesiser once more for this new outing on Kranky. While plenty have been tutting about ‘peak modular’ recently, with Pitch, Paper & Foil Bissonnette shows that a clear vision and tight control can achieve wonder without going bleep-mad.

Kode9
Nothing

Believe it or not, this is bass music veteran and Hyperdub boss Kode9’s first ever full-length solo record (having previously made albums with the sadly departed Spaceape). Nothing works in grime and footwork influences along with typically low-slung Kode9 rollers: several tracks also acknowledge Spaceape by leaving empty space for the absent vocalist.

Levantis
Romantic Psychology 1

First ever full-length release under the Levantis name. The name might be new to you, but you’ve almost certainly heard this producer’s material before (Whisper it, but this just might be Actress…). Romantic Psychology 1 has 11 tracks of expanding murky electronics, with that expert touch guiding things. Out on Technicolour.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Various
The Art Of Remix EP #1

The Art Of Remix challenges electronic producers to make new dancing gold out of classical music, with the extra twist that they have to use only the original source material. Stepping up to the likes of Prokokiev we have heavy hitters like Thom Yorke and DJ Yoda. This first EP of the project is well worth hearing. From Nonclassical.

Underworld
Second Toughest In The Infants

Underworld’s 1996 album Second Toughest In The Infants is being reissued in great style here, as a double CD, double LP, or full-on 4CD box-set. All versions are fully remastered, and the box contains a brace of live, instrumental and alternate versions, including some totally unreleased material. Plus an essay from John Savage. On Universal.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Zeus B. Held
Vinyl Collection

Vinyl Collection compiles a stack of material taken from the three solo albums of Zeus B. Held, a German synth-head. With a background in prog, Held’s solo trips are fairly ornate, but there are also disco-like tracks, really weird tracks, and even a Beatles cover! 180g coloured vinyl in a stunningly ugly sleeve, from Medical Records.

Moufang / Czamanski
Live in Seattle

David Moufang and Jordan Czamanski have been working in electronic music in various forms for decades. That experience shows on Live In Seattle, which is that rarest of things: an improvised, totally live techno set. Over 99 minutes, they move through deeply atmospheric series of peaks and troughs, enrapturing the audience (and now you!). On Further Records.

Luke Vibert
Bizarster

Luke Vibert returns with a new full-length that recalls many of the paths he has so expertly trodden before. Thoroughly funky breaks underpin everything, the rest of these tracks being made up of a kaleidoscopic variety of samples, melodies and tightly tweaked little details. Bizarster is a busily fun record, released by Planet Mu.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Michael Valentine West
Code 17 Abstraction

Code 17 Abstraction is an album of electronic wonder from Michael Valentine West (who you might know better as Mikimo Sosumi, Twiggy And The K-meson or Lower Third). Mad, funky, energetic styles tumble over each other, (we’re talking glitch, funk, maybe even a touch of drum & bass) forming a wild whole. LP release on Anna Ott.

Various
Ixtab Compilation Series, Volume 1

The first of what is promised to be several compilations, Ixtab Compilation Series, Volume 1 has tracks by Interbrain, Samoln, Idea Fire Company and BRRR, and Empfänger. A wild variety of names and a wild variety of cosmic disco sounds. A groovy, colourful compilation on Monofonus Press, limited to 300 copies.

Cut Hands
Festival Of The Dead

William Bennett's new record under the percussive Cut Hands moniker, 'Festival Of The Dead', is based around aggressive, deathly drums, as you'd expect by now -- it's the ex-Whitehouse member's third record under his new alias, and this particular branch of noise continues to sound more organic and rhythmic. 

Yppah
Tiny Pause

A mostly electronic record here from Yppah. Something of a kaleidoscope this one, with the producer sending a swirl of sample fragments, guitars and synth ambiences over driving, martial beats. Tiny Pause is his fourth full-length record, and is pressed to clear-with-green-splatter vinyl. Out from Counter.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Dead Fader
Dosage EP

Dead Fader is the recording name of John Cohen. Most of his work has been for Robot Elephant Records, and he will be known for his collaboration with Sensational which spawned the Work It, No EP. He is now with the Touchin’ Bass label. Dosage EP eases you in before punching you in the chest and scrambling your senses with heavy bass and beats to match.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Jackie House
Stydive

Jackie House gives it all away with the name eh? Turns out they live up to the moniker though, with Stydive, a clear and present dancefloor danger with old school drum machine rhythm and trippily echoing vocals. On the B-side, Matrixxman tries his hand at a thud-tastic remix. 12” on Dark Entries spin-off label HNYTRX.
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Saffronkeira
Synecdoche

Saffronkeira is the project of experimental and unconventional Italian electronic musician Eugenio Caria. Synecdoche is Saffronkeira’s fourth album. Here he takes the collaborative idea he used on Synecdoche’s predecessor, Cause and Effect where he worked with trumpeter Mario Massa, and runs with it. This time he collaborates with Mia Zabelka, Siavash Amini, Idlefon, Field Rotation, Sebastian Plano, Subheim and Witxes. Vinyl LP comes in thick matte gatefold sleeves with 180gm coloured vinyl and download code.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Seahawks
Deep Haul

A bumper selection of music here: Seahawks present a great selection of material from artists including Prins Thomas, Pye Corner Audio and Captain Sunshine. The resultant Deep Haul is an excellent collection with a gorgeous sunny haze to it. On Ocean Moon, with the 500 edition LP accompanied by a twelve track bonus CD.

Dan Friel
Life

Dan Friel comes at things the right way, starting with a small, simple set-up and wringing all he can out of it. In his case, a Yamaha Portasound toy keyboard is at the core of everything, Friel overcranking it and using it to mimic a whole range of instruments. Life is a record of high-energy, lo-fi melodic dance songs: lots of fun! On Thrill Jockey.

Luke Haines
British Nuclear Bunkers

Luke Haines has a gruelling concept for for his latest LP. British Nuclear Bunkers is about just that: a post-nuclear-apocalypse world of underground bunkers. Conveyed, naturally enough, through the medium of analogue synths squeezed into a rock-like format. 10 tracks and a bonus 7” for purchasers of the vinyl. On Cherry Red.

Denzel + Huhn
Brom

Denzel + Huhn carefully create exciting digital soundfields for the pleasure of the listener. Brom is their first record in eight years, and the thought that has gone into it’s 14 tracks in that time is audible. These pieces crackle, skip and hum with a remarkably melodic sensibility. Released on CD by the Oktaf label.
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Introverted Dancefloor
Introverted Dancefloor

Introverted Dancefloor is the name of the latest project from Bevan Smith, who has been keeping himself sonically busy under all sorts of monikers for years. This LP takes Smith’s introverted vocals to the dancefloor (see what I did there?), where his productions take off into body-moving crescendoes. Huge stuff on Carpark.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Beacon
For Now


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Grischa Lichtenberger
La Demeure; Il Y A Peril En La Demeure

Grischa Lichtenberger releases La Demeure: Il Y A Peril En La Demeure, a record of fucked-up beat tracks and unusually-structured electronic business. The press release even invokes Kafka, so it has to be having at least one listen right? Released as a CD on the aesthetically firm Raster Norton label.

Four Tet
Rounds

Ten years since the original release, Domino reissue Four Tet's Rounds on CD and vinyl. This masterwork of leftfield beats, sampling and melodic sound construction came at a pivotal point in Four Tet's journey to fame. On the reissue the album comes with a bonus live recording of a performance in Copenhagen.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Donato Dozzy
The Loud Silence

Donato Dozzy decided to make this record using nothing but a selection of mouth harps, which he has treated and layered into a bizarre landscape of noises. It’s an odd, but certainly impressive piece of work. The Loud Silence is part of a series that Further Records are releasing that feature only one instrument.

Aisha Orazbayeva & Tim Etchells
Sleeping Through

This EP is the first fruit of an intimate new collaboration between Aisha Orazbayeva and Tim Etchells, pushing violin and voice into an intense, sometimes uncomfortable space together. Sleeping Through is challengingly minimal but powerfully performed. Vinyl LP released in a limited edition on the Prah Recordings label.

MG
MG EP

Martin Gore of multi-million selling mega-band Depeche Mode began work on a new solo album, MG, after the band’s Delta Machine tour in 2013. MG was released in April 2015. Now we have MGEP, an EP containing remixes by Martin Stott, Virgil Enzinger and Gore, assisted by Depeche Mode cohort Christoffer Berg. The EP also contains two new non-LP tracks.
  • Artist(s):
  • MG

COMA
This Side Of Paradise

COMA’s new record straddles the fence between electronic music for the club and electronic music for the home. This Side Of Paradise, their second album, attaches loose clouds of songs to typically beautiful Kompakt semi-ambient minimal beats, all sounding pretty compelling. CD or double 10” vinyl set.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Rabit
Baptizm

Houston dude Rabit produces a really mighty set of tracks for this 12” on Tri Angle Records. Nigh-on Industrial percussion mixes with gun-shots and other sounds of rhythmic chaos on ‘Bloody Eye’, a brief but immense track that sets the tone for the rest of Baptizm. Grime instrumentals from beyond the UK? Damn right.

Tarcar
Mince Glace

Blackest Ever Black have spent 2014 moving away from electronic sad-sack tropes and this 12” vinyl from Tarcar is somewhere between the two points. A groovy little DIY electronics ramble with some sultry vocals, it’s not upbeat -- Nico’s The Marble Index is a good reference point -- but it’s more of an isolated, lonely dub kind of bleak. For real connoisseurs of despair and desperation.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Senking
Closing Ice

Another fine delivery from the Raster Noton roster. The new senking record closing ice ends a two year silence in style, with nine dark, grooving tracks. The bass is thick and the subject matter is weighty and personal, but the song forms come through relatively clearly. Serious, high quality work from senking.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Bruce Haack
Haackula

This reissue represents the first ever vinyl outing for Haackula, a cult favourite among electro enthusiasts. Bruce Haack originally made this record in 1978, but the music was thought too weird and dark to release. This release has the full original album, plus his 1982 smash tune ‘Party Machine’. On Telephone Explosion, 1000 copies.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Ricardo Donoso
Machine To Machine

Ricardo Donoso works across a variety of styles, from more conventionally tuneful to out-there experimentalism. With Machine To Machine he tries to meld the two approaches, and he does a great job. These tracks are carefully composed explorations of texture with a rich seam of emotional content running right down the middle. On Denovali Records.

Mario Diaz de Leon
The Soul Is The Arena

Whoah! Mario Diaz De Leon has made a frankly insane record here, blending hardcore 20th century composition with intense electronic mangling and a hardcore punk approach to sequencing. The Soul Is In The Arena is an intense blast, very accomplished whilst also sounding fully gonzo. On Denovali Records.

Ron Morelli
A Gathering Together

Dom Fernow’s Hospital Productions label has been gradually following his path towards techno, though without fully shedding the harsh distortions we’d expect given the label’s past. L.I.E.S head Ron Morelli manages all of that, with a full-length that will pound you with heavy dancing all night long. A Gathering Together is available as an LP.

Aïsha Devi
Of Matter and Spirit

Aisha Devi is a producer who stands somewhat apart from most of her peers. Of Matter And Spirit mixes Devi’s unusual vocals with hovering synth patterns to make tracks that skirt up against much contemporary electronic songcraft whilst remaining crucially different. A spiritual trip well worth your time, on Houndstooth.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Jam City
Earthly Versions

Jack Latham takes his ever-evolving Jam City project on an excursion to the dancefloor with new EP Earthly Versions. Matching the heady four to the floor vibes of his increasingly notorious live shows, this thumping collection adds balls the beauty of previous releases. Out on vinyl 12” from Night Slugs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Lumisokea
Mnemosyne

Drone time baby! Not just any old drones though: Lumisokea have been working with recordings of such resonant acoustic instruments as gamelan and cello, and have processed and re-engineered them into the pieces you hear on Mnemosyne. Detailed electroacoustic sound caverns, pressed to vinyl on the Alter label.

Blue Daisy
Darker Than Blue

Blue Daisy is the solo project of Kwesi Darko, who writes, produces and performs. His production style is remarkable: for example, the title track moves through smooth background ambience, moodily aggressive hip-hop, woozy string samples and rock cacophony in just four minutes. Darker Than Blue is on R&S.

Darkstar
Foam Island

Who’d have thought, back in the early dubstep days, that Darkstar would end up releasing an album called Foam Island? Probably no-one, but I’m glad they did, as that title fits the tactile textures of this collection of smooth electronic pop rather well. Twelve tracks, released in the kind of superbly-photographed sleeve you’d expect from Warp Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

FaltyDL
Rich Prick Poor Dick

FaltyDL heads straight back for the dancefloor following the more esoteric sounds of his last album. Rich Prick Poor Dick is a tight little double-track package: the title track is driven by a fast-clicking drum pattern and supported by bleeding-through-from-the-next-room bass, while ‘RPPD 128 edit’ seethes powerfully. 180g 12” on Ninja Tune.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Lord Real
Bad Code EP

Lord Real is a Norwegian lady who is now resident in the UK. Bad Code EP is a paradoxically focused yet unsettled work that has been likened to an imaginary lo-fi jam session between Aphex Twin, Earth’s Dylan Carson and artist Russell Haswell. The recording will make you question your hearing but Zones, the label responsible for this release, would like to assure you that it’s working just fine. Cassette only, limited to 50 copies.
  • Tape (Zone 004)
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  • Limited edition

Becoming Real
LQD OIL EP

After two years of silence, Becoming Real is reintroducing himself. And the LQD OIL EP is a great business card to do so. Floating between esoteric beatless grime and over-the-top trap, BR's music is layered and complex. This cassette tape (limited to 50 copies!) is both unique and a crowd-pleaser of sorts.
  • Tape (Zone 002)
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  • Limited edition

Majeure
Termination Shock

‘Termination Shock’ is the third album release from ambient synth composer Majeure (aka Paterra from Zombi). Comprising eight tracks of intimate, minimalistic ambient synth tracks, the record is part new age, part kraut rock with endless textural layers of 90’s/2000’s inspired synths which Paterra describes as his coldest and darkest work so far.

Benedict Drew
Notes On The Anxiety Of A Record Running Out

Benedict Drew is an artist who works across various platforms such as sound, video and associated electronics, sculpture and performance art. Expect experimental and avant-garde sounds on his new 7”, Notes On The Anxiety Of A Record Running Out which is backed with Notes On The Filling Of Gaps.
  • Vinyl 7"
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Made Of Oak
Penumbra

Penumbra is the solo work of Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso, in which he can fully explore his beat-centric side. Made Of Oak is only his debut EP, but it shows off an intuitive approach to electronic textures, with chunks of sound flying around left right and centre, above sturdy beat tracks. 12” vinyl or CD on Partisan Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

TVO & Andrew Sharpley
CBK Robots

An interesting record here, with release timed for the announcement of the winner of the Labour Leadership election. There is a reason for that too: CBK Robots warps and manipulates the speech of the candidates into new, slightly spooky forms. TVO & Andrew Sharpley have made a statement both interesting to hear about and interesting to listen to. On Broken20.

Kit Grill
Paradise

Kit Grill has five tight new tracks to present to the world, and this time he’s sending them out via the Vase label. Shiny house exultations from a sleek future world where unpleasantness seems to have been eliminated in favour of warm good times. Reminiscent of some of Ikonika’s textures at times. The Paradise 12” is released by Vase.
  • Vinyl 12" (VSE011)
  • £6.99 £3.50 (saving: £3.49)
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  • Last copy

Thool
Thool

Thool’s self-titled 12” release on the DEEK label feeds you three tracks of rolling odd-dance, full of vague synthesiser haze and wispy vocals harnessed to a beat. I don’t think we’ve heard from Thool before, and this first missive suggests we should start paying attention! Thool is released by DEEK.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Jens Uwe Beyer
The Emissary

The Emissary by Jens Uwe Beyer is the full-length debut from a seasoned Kompakt alumni. With a raft of releases under his Popnoname alias, Jens Uwe Beyer now steps out under his own name to deliver an intimate, GAS-inspired selection of tasty Pop Ambient morsels. Out on CD and vinyl LP+ CD from Kompakt.

Helena Hauff
Discreet Desires

‘Discreet Desires’ is the debut solo album from German electro artist Helena Hauff. Driven by a fascination with the relationship between artist and machine, Hauff creates a spontaneous, analogue generated techno, through freestyle jams and improvisation. Her debut release reflects her love for musical subcultures such as punk, nu wave, industrial, krautrock and avant garde electro.

Mueller_Roedelius
Imagori

Mueller_Roedelius are Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Christoph H. Mueller, coming together for the first time to create Imagori. It’s an album of electronic music but it feels intimately hand-crafted. The tunes are deep and warm with some rich piano and lots of percussive flourishes. It’s like electronic jazz. Pressed on a pink vinyl LP.

Savant
Artificial Dance

Savant has titled this record Artificial Dance, which is an interesting choice given that the music it contains is a lot less ‘artificial’ than plenty I’ve heard. Although loops and samples are clearly in play here, the instrumental tracks at the core of these pieces sound very much human, especially with the keen focus on interesting flaws. On RVNG International.

Lightning Glove
Raving Peacocks Tail

The elemental coldwave of Lightning Glove caught our attention last year when we heard the spectacular Radical Zoo, and now the band are seeing a reissue of an old record for Tesla, full of further electronic misdemeanours. Raving Peacocks Tail offers the same vibe the band are masters of -- taking Krautrock vibes and eschewing their disciplines for what feels like a long, hopeless jam.
  • Vinyl LP
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

Oneirogen
Plenitude

Plenitude is pretty direct for a Denovali release. While Oneirogen does have some of the ambient-droning-electroacoustics we’ve come to expect expect from the label, this EP also kicks very hard, with crashes of noise and battering beats: even some distant black metal-esque screams! Strong stuff.

Björk
Notget (Lotic Fromdeath Version)

Part of Bjork’s Vulnicura remix series, in which a favoured artist is given a single sided 12” to reimagine one of the album’s tracks. This one is Lotic’s work, and he chooses to surround Bjork with a churn of organ loops and other, more unidentifiable sounds. The flipside of the vinyl is an etching. On One Little Indian.

Evan Caminiti
Meridian

You might well know Evan Caminiti from his work in droning guitar duo Barn Owl: this latest solo LP presents a more electronic side to his sound, working with synth systems. Deep caverns of tone and click, moving slowly forwards towards who-knows-what end. Meridian is released on CD and LP by Thrill Jockey.
  • Vinyl LP (THRILL393LP)
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  • Last copy

Hidden Rivers
Where Moss Grows

As both artist name (Hidden Rivers) and album name (Where Moss Grows) indicate heavily, this is music deeply rooted in the natural landscape. Refreshingly however, Huw Roberts (the man behind the project) understands that that doesn’t have to mean an acoustic folk-fest: instead he deploys mellow electronics for his explorations.
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

The Twelve Hour Foundation
Macaroni Cheese

The Twelve Hour Foundation are an electronic duo from Bristol consisting of Jez Butler (ex-Beatnik Filmstars) and Polly Hulse. The pair got together to perform Butler’s solo album, The Lighter Side Of Concrete, to a live audience. Hulse suggested the name for a side project but it stuck. Macaroni Cheese is available on 7” single.
  • Vinyl 7"
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM

The Host
Esalen Lectures

The Host’s new record, The Esalen Lectures, is essentially a fake record, taking as its conceit the idea of visiting a psychedelic retreat. This slightly sinister hippy environment is conjured up through New Age synth sounds and all manner of whooshing and hissing. This could certainly make you feel ‘altered’. On Touch Sensitive.

Dave Smolen // Hair_loss
Dave Smolen // Hair_loss

This record showcases the embryonic works of what would become Metasplice. Before this was released in 2011, Dave Smolen and Hair_Loss had recorded separately but always toured together. Their joint tours under the Malleable Records name represented what was happening in the Philadelphia electronic scene of the late 2000s. The pair’s wide rhythmic palette is a theme of this record as it always has been with their work.
  • Vinyl 12" (BR001)
  • £9.99 £5.00 (saving: £4.99)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Electronic / Electro / IDM / EBM