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An Album By Korallreven

Korallreven brings you An Album By Korallreven, which makes perfect sense, I suppose, and it starts off with the gauzy layers of "As Young As Yesterday," which eventually resolve into a perky piece of shoegaze pop. The dreamy "Sa Sa Samoa" and sparkling "The Truest Faith" are full of hope. Not everything is all peachy, though: "Keep Your Eyes Sh...view item »

Robert Lippok

Ooh, this record's pretty hard to pin down. I like that about it. I don't know a lot about Robert Lippok but here he seems to be creating some kind of hybrid take on downtempo early '90s techno, keeping it glacial and minimal for the most part. The beats are a little bit disjointed but ne...view item »

Northwest Passage's New Era

Millimetrik is some chap from Below the Sea & Glider, two post rock acts who have graced my earlobes on occasion, BTS stunning me stupid with one particular CD years ago. His latest release under this alias comes at me with warm tidings. It's one of those albums that just melts your spine. graceful & melodic, dripping with atmosph...view item »

Hive Mind
Elemental Disgrace

Spectrum Spools has been releasing some pretty amazing material since its inception and 'Elemental Disgrace' by Hive Mind seems to be a recording they hold in very high regard. Considered to be one of the main inspirations for the formation of the label Hive Mind's work appears to be the ...view item »

Vision Quest One - Spaceships Over Topanga

Vision Quest. A native American rite of passage, but more importantly a classic eighties high school wrestling drama featuring Matthew Modine and Linda Fiorentino. You might know it as Crazy For You, since they wanted to cash in on the mint Madonna theme tune in some markets. Topanga. A canyon, but more importantly the girl from Boy Meets World ...view item »

Krom Monster
Krom Monster

Here's an interesting one. Cambodian instruments with modern day electronics and it's all for charity as the profits raised from the sales of this go towards supporting further musical activity on Phnom Penh after the Khmer Rouge regime killed approx 90% of musicians and artists over a 4 ...view item »

Burnt Friedman & Jaki Leibezeit
Secret Rhythms+ - Friedman & Liebezeit : Shackleton/Becker Mixes

Flapjacks are getting too healthy these days, even the choc chips in this one tasted organic & uh....natural!! Whatever, pray tell, happened to the mountain of cheap treacle & nasty sugar injected into every crevice? Oh, where was I? Am I REALLY listening to Shackleton here?? What...view item »

Roll The Dice
In Dust

The Swedish duo of Malcolm Pardon and Peder Mannerfelt dropped an amazing record for Digitalis a wee while ago and then a limited edition 12" for the Leaf label. Both records had got me quite excited to hear another and here it is. A brilliant full album for Leaf. Let's face it, Leaf have acquired some top artist...view item »

Glass Swords

Not that familiar with Rustie so I can't vouch for his other (apparently) well received 12” EP's 'Zig Zag', 'Ultra Phizz' and the 'Sunburst EP' but this Glaswegian producer is clearly ahead of the game with his jumped up post-Dubstep style. Lumped in with the likes of Hudson Mohawke...view item »

D_rradio/ Marcia Blaine School For Girls

On Awkward Silence first up Marcia Blaine School For Girls and d_rradio. Marcia Blaine is good rhythmic electronica a la Gescom and/or EU. d_rradio are an excellent  new band from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne like whose demo impressed us earlier in the year. Its mellow drifty...view item »


New 10" from Matra on Unlabel. I was dreading this being more twee-tronics but it's not, it's great. Its based around the old electronica machine but has some really interesting sounds. A vocal creeps in after a bit. There's four songs here and they are all pretty enjoyable. Reminds me of an electronic...view item »

Four Tet (Fourtet)
Everything Ecstatic

I watched the Four Tet interview on the last Specialten DVD and decided he seems like a lovely man. I also decided (at that very same moment) to never give one of his records a bad review cos he seems too nice and, if I upset him, the guilt would tear through me like Geoff Capes ripping up phone books.  So here I am with his ...view item »

Super Awareness Is Fruit

I love Strategy. Their 'Drumsolo's Delight' on Kranky is pretty much one of my favourite records of all time. Taking the dub of dub techno and erasing most of the techno it's the most beautiful laid back lovingly decayed, bass heavy electronica you are ev...view item »

Shaded Monocle
Lit By Talons

Five electroacoustic tracks constructed by Matthew Atkins with Paul May on drums, Carolyn Hume on pianos and Simon Kobayashi on guitars. This lies somewhere between the organic and synthetic with what I imagine is the results of Matthew recording the players and then creating the trac...view item »

The Blackout

Tunnels is Nick Bindeman, the guitarist of Eternal Tapestry. This is an excellent project that takes influence from deep electro-Kraut cuts. Excellent drum machine tones, minimal droning synths, and ring-modulated vocals resound through the album. This is the sort of record that you would expect to be reiss...view item »

The Rollercoaster Project
Drone 1

THE ROLLERCOASTER PROJECT is Johnny White who is a member of The Research and has remixed the like of The Cribs and Forward Russia. This project is his electronic stuff and damn fine it is too. Injecting soul into the circuits on the title track with staggering results. Within the analogue squelches is pur...view item »

Nils Grondahl
Jeg Har Noget Tilsvarende Derhjemme

Nils Grondahl: "Jeg Har Noget tilsvarende Derhjemme" (Sound Of Perpetual Astonishment) Starts of on a wild free floating scree-out in the vien of Sunburned Hand Of The Man Or No Neck Blues Band, collapsing into a very fine micro-tonal work out that's barely perceptible. Lock up your cats and dogs as it's just about within our hearing rang...view item »

St Gregory Orange
Things We Said In Bedrooms EP

This St. Gregory Orange CD is a bit of a mystery to us really.. It's out on Philophobia but that's about as far as our knowledge stretches so this is going to have to be one of those stupid reviews where we actually have to listen to the music in order to judge it. Oh, and it's called Things We Said In Bedrooms. I've said some things in bedrooms th...view item »

Trifler Vs The 70's

Here we've got a mega-limited (only 20 made!!) CDr of Caretaker-style plunderphonics from Cauterised. It comes in a super cute handmade little cloth pouch, which is a nice touch. As for the songs, he's been going through his archives and finding a mix of '70s cuts - largely ...view item »

Hudson Mohawke
Satin Panthers

I like what I've heard of Hudson Mohawke but I'm no expert so forgive my slightly misinformed review. 'Satin Panthers' sees the return of Hudson Mohawke (a.k.a Paul Birchard) after a year of silence but it looks to have been worth the wait as this five trac...view item »


here is a 7" by Prop which is nice rhodes piano and questionable twiddling bass. The next track veers into miniature, sweeter Squarepusher territory. Final track funks a bit too much but has interesting sounds and beats. Nebula is 7" only on Inventing Zero records....view item »

Biotron Shelf
Cloud Banks And Arabesques

New on Boltfish, this is the debut from Biotron Shelf, one half of which is the man from Cheju who also doubles as the man from Boltfish. It's a CD jam packed with beautiful, warm semi-organic electronica...view item »

The Chain
Lostwithiel EP

The first track here is an absolute stonker. Using some kind of clattery bell-like noise it bursts into life with skittery drums, rave-influenced basslines, squelchy acid squiggles and cut up female voice. It bounds along like...view item »

After Parties I

Jimmy Tamborello keeps himself busy as one half of The Postal Service, also records as James Figurine and does the Dntel stuff too. At first I thought this was a bit weird coming out on Sub Pop but then the Postal Service connection has cleared that up. Basically these are two really sweet, fairly stripped back electronic EPs of downtempo, moody...view item »

Gang Colours
In Your Gut Like A Knife

Gang Colours make a sort of minimalist ,shoe-gaze type sound that isn't for me. You know, its one of them....sort of dance music with a really annoying off beat that every time I hear it I want to stab myself in the face with a sharpened onion. At least after doing so I could get someone to eat the evidence . It's dance music for people who ...view item »

Black Strobe
Shining Bright Star EP

BLACKSTROBE 'Shining Bright Star' is a 7 track EP with premixes from Zongamin and Oliver Waterman. The sound is a lot like Depeche Mode with the dark moody vocals and atmospheric electronic / synth pop. Not exactly an atrocity on the face of modern music but a bit trendy sounding....view item »

Yx aka 1ch aka Solo

Trippy downtempo  housey breaks; lucid bent, rugged rhythms; laid back but propulsive rapping & grooving avant-smeared cyber hip-hop have been expertly blended to graze harmoniously on thi...view item »

Amon Tobin

I'm reviewing this from a promo CD copy. Man you gotta love the extent that labels go to these days to prevent piracy - our promo copy is apparently watermarked and traceable with a unique ID code and it has a funny warning sticker on it. It is necessary though because I may well be tempted to upload the upfront audio to the ...view item »

Borngraber & Struver

Side A of this 12" is the epic sixteen and a half minute 'Reise' beginning with drones and a distant kick drum which then emerges to the fore and is the foundation for haunting keys and than big dramatic sweeping synthesizer swoop across the soundfield. A very nice gloomy and eerie ...view item »

Snuggle Bunnies

Well I was reading the press release for this and it goes on about synths, field recordings, sound installations etc and I was expecting a right load of "beard". What I did get was a total pop album, the vocals of which sound reminiscent of Madonna (especially the 'Ray of Light' era). Listening to it with headphones on though I'm hearing a lot m...view item »

Mark McGuire
A Young Persons Guide

This young chap and Dustin Wong are like the new gods of guitar nowadays. Sod writing blazing lead parts and eschewing songwriting in a traditional sense. All you need is a load of delay pedals, a shaggy hair do and a laptop and off you go, right to the top of some poncy magazine /online blogs "best of" lists. This guy play mainly guitar in Emer...view item »

The Bombshell EP

We've also got a jazzy breaks E.P. in by LMD64 which once again may appeal to the Ninja Tune/Vibert set. Once again the Corrugated Tunnel feller shoehorns a mix on here....view item »

Printed Circuit

Printed Circuit!! We've missed you here at Norman towers! God bless you and your uplifting posi style chip tunes! It's been a while since the amazing 'The Sound Of The Wonderful Technique' hit my CD player for the first time so it's a pleasure to see another LP has finally materialised. Combining her love of nerdy sequence based electronica and ...view item »

John Foxx And The Maths

More serious business coming my way. This time it's a collaboration between John Foxx (Ultravox) and producer Benge (synth power nerd) who are going all out with the analogue synths on 'Interplay'. There's a lot of boring nerd talk in the press release about how the album was recorded and what was used to achieve the desired results but today th...view item »


I've been enjoying this for a few weeks now and whenever I've fancied listening to something a bit more upbeat to keep me going through a particularly busy period I've put on the Wols CD and almost everytime someone has asked 'what's this?'. Usually a good sign but then you also want to know what something is when it's total gash just so you don...view item »

Kimonophonic / Dunaewsky69

Awkward Silence are back in the playing field. There's about a million players and we're the referees. Fortunately these lads can stay on the pitch.... It's one of their split 3" CD's and it's by Kimonophonic and Dunaewsky69. The 1st half is play by Kimonophonic who has 3 boys on the pitch. They're all well constructed pieces of electronic mus...view item »

Drums Off Chaos & Jens-Uwe Beyer
Drums Off Chaos & Jens-Uwe Beyer

Really enjoyed this Magazine series so far. The 'Cologne Tapes' super group affair was a particularly appealing listen and from what I've heard so far this collaboration between Drums Off Chaos & Jens-Uwe Beyer is another winner. Drums of Chaos is a loose collective of percussionists founded by Jaki Liebezeit of CAN and this is their first p...view item »

The Third Eye Foundation
The Dark

Aw man, the dark lord Matt Elliott is back with a brand new epic new album on Ici D'ailleurs. After a big hiatus from recording as the TTEF, filling in the gap with a few ace solo albums, he's back! It's fantastic too. In a nutshell it's full of swirling melodies laid over drum 'n' bass beats. It sounds like he's carried on with the orchestral b...view item »

Cheju/ Shoosh

After a reasonable hiatus Awkward Silence return with another 3" split CD. I think the last one was by Nautilus and Uga. Gosh that seems like ages ago.... Followers of Cheju will be all excited with his appearance on the label along side Shoosh. Cheju unleashes 'Moody Copy' and showcases his trademark warm melancholic electronics with solid be...view item »

Pollution Salute

Sitting somewhere in between the retro 80's memory pop of Small Black and the dinky electronica of The Postal Service sit Pollution Salute. Its pleasant electronic bedroom pop with some comparisons to Papercuts and the like yet its a little too fey and airy to really grab the listener by the balls on first listen but maybe that isn't the point. ...view item »

Distinct Stance

A mighty strange E.P. from Dev 79 on Zenapolae. It says fucked up electronics on the label and offers up 6 tracks of distorted slo-mo hip hop with a really interesting array of shades & effects. Quite sinister in places. Can't quite place any direct comparison with anything but It's one of the most ear...view item »

Red Stars Over Tokyo
Helen In The Mirror

The next thing I have for you is a long playing record by Red Stars Over Tokyo. This is on the Hot Hair label of Belgium. Speaking of Hot Hair someone told me the other day that they knew someone who used to burn their hair rather than cut it. Is this normal? I would have thought that a scissor would be easier.Anyway this is entitled 'Helen in the ...view item »

Red Stars Over Tokyo
Not Moving

Red Stars Over Tokyo return with a new selection of minimalist drones and ambient compositions on the Hothair label. What can i say about this guy? Previously he's been known to touch on neo-classical type stuff whilst occasionally drifting into minimalist techno. Now he's in it purely for the electronic drones, crafting dreamy sleep inducing to...view item »

Vvolves EP

Apparently Ant used to "get given" all the Welsh bands because he "understood them" more. This was always amusing as he'd sit in his little chair, head in hands, trying to make sense of some feeble jangly dirge with wet lyrics whilst we all rolled around laughing. This may have only happened once or twice but it was so funny it may well have hap...view item »

Teruo + Platform
I Used To Be Scared Of The Sky

Got a couple of things in this week on the MRM label. Here's one of 'em! Not sure if it's limited to 50 or 100 but it's gonna be one of 'em as they don't make too many of these things. 'I Used To Be Scared Of The Sky' is a collaborative effort between Matt Atkins (Platform) and Simon Kobayashi (Teruo). Here the pair have teamed up to give us 4 t...view item »

James Blake
James Blake

Oh shit, I got the man of the year, I better be goddamn respectful! That Klavierwerk EP was definitely a masterstroke in post-club dynamism & stunning downtempo bliss. I'm thoroughly loving some of the musical tricks he employs on this, his much-heralded eponymous debut. He makes very interesting moves in the "beats department", playing outs...view item »

Beautiful Friend
Hello Rainbow Geeks

For those who've enjoyed Robert Horton's adventures in abstract sound, this release may come as a surprise: it did to me! The 20 tracks compiled here date from 1996-2005 and find Horton collaborating on mainly song-based material with Les Shimmin. What's really endearing about this is a spirit of adventure - the feeling of peopl...view item »

Electric Carpets

Well one of the deepest pleasures of working in the independent sector is hearing truly underground sounds; wildly innovative & free musics from every corner & crevice of the globe. This is one of two sibling electronica compilations we have in this week on a really interesting & progressive label we've been supporting for many years...view item »

Thollem / Scodanibbio
On Debussy's Piano And...

Some experimental classical gubbin-a-rama for you tweaked-eared psychonauts. This is the culmination of two respected soloists going hell-for-leather on Debussy's actual piano (the one he owned for his final fourteen years) and a double bass. So it falls more in the realm of jazzical. Yes, this is often crazed, sometimes graceful but never dull....view item »

Rose & Sandy
Cat’s Cradle

Taking a break from more beat orientated excursions Rose & Sandy; A.K.A Ruaridh Law (TVO/The Village Orchestra, Accrual and more) and Dave Donnelly (The Production Unit and more) take time out to pursue experiments in sound installation and ambient improvisation. These two Glasgow based musicians take their time on 'Cat's Cradle' with a mamm...view item »

There's A Fault

First Paper Jones, then Tiago La, then S.A. Andree. I love the production skill and mysteriousness of his lyrics – can’t tell if they’re profound or complete nonsense at times. This album is definitely more electronic than his previous ones, but it is a good one to lie on your bed and trip out to. The tracks sound rather simila...view item »

Danny Saul
Kinison - Goldthwait

I knew I remembered the name from somewhere: Danny Saul did that Liondialer thing with Greg Haines a ways back. And I certainly know the name Goldthwait but I feel that I should make as little as possible out of the fact that I'm reviewing something which has something (however tenuously) to do with Zed from Police Academy because it's just ...view item »

Bernhard Loibner
Unidentified Musical Subject

Right. If I played a member of The Distractions this next record they'd probably kick me in the balls and walk away in disgust spitting "deviant slag" under their breath. To you or I, however, Bernhard Loibner is one of those highly engaging industrial electronic experimentalists. He uses electro-acoustic methods & influences from the outer ...view item »

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