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Oliver Scott
This Way Tipler

As far as I'm aware this is something that's not been done before. Basically what's happening here is that some warped and twisted clanking electronic rhythms have been edited into one hour segments and then cut and pasted in complete silence and remain unheard until the purchaser of the CD hits play. So the audio on each disc is unique to its o...view item »

Squarepusher
Just A Souvenir

I'll get this out of the way before we even start: I seem to be the only one in here who can tolerate the new Squarepusher record. Everyone else just keeps laughing in ways either embarrassed or bemused, although Brian does concede that parts of it are 'tremendous fun'. I'd have to agree with him there, at times it's like travelling from space on...view item »

Susumu Yokota
Love Or Die

Susumu Yokota: Love Or Die (Lo Recordings) New twelve track opus with titles that sound like they've been translated literally from their Japanese origins, if they belonged to an British artist no doubt they'd be screams of pretentious. The music is nothing of the sort however, track two: A Slowly Fainting Memory Of Love Respect, and Hatred is a ha...view item »

Golden Disko Ship & Jasmina Mas
City Splits 1 Berlin

Fax
Primario

Dunno much about Fax. 'Primario' Sounds intriguing. Dubby, hypnotic, percussive, soulful. Clicky, aquatic, howmanyadjectives? Makes me think of some of the more adventurous & peculiar stuff on Scape. Another case of treated & blurred acoustics mixed with organic electronic rhythms to form a cohesive & hugely pleasant r...view item »

Autechre
Oversteps

Whoa there big boy, these lads just flipped ya. Flipped ya for real. And by the time this album's over they'll have flipped ya again. It fades in from complete silence and for the majority of the first half of the LP it's a thing of wondrous and surprisingly immediate beauty, with gorgeously icy synth washes laid over beats that are as straightforw...view item »

Kid606
Songs About Fucking Steve Albini

Miguel De Pedro, a.k.a. Kid 606, has long been a twister of the accepted aesthetics of electronic music and noise. With S.A.F.S.A., he leads you to believe that he's entered the harsh, drum-machine driven guitar clatter of Albini's best known band, Big Black. Everything from the cover art to the typography referen...view item »

Super 8-Bit Brothers
Brawl

Squarepusher
Ultravisitor

This album is my favourite Squarepusher album along with Go Plastic. Ultra has that earthy and mesmerising vibe that I quite honestly have never heard before from this artist to this degree. Everything comes together here. No idea on how Tom feels about the record these days but I would be hard pressed to say he thought it was anything but stell...view item »

Burial
Burial

When the debut Burial album popped onto radars over the world, divided opinion soon gave way to cult status. An unlikely pairing of screwed up garage beats, moody bass and morose ambience heralded an era of genuinely emotive but strange dance music, cementing the album as a contemporary electronic classic. ...view item »

Abbie Gale
2

The first release on the newly formed Inner Ear label. 2 is the appropriately titled second full-length release from Greece's Abbie Gale. Packaged in a beautifully designed tri-fold digipak sleeve (complete with lyric insert and inner album sleeve that recalls vintage vinyl), 2 is an intoxicating spin that is strangely appealing and perplexing. ...view item »

Boards of Canada
In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country

As you know, In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country first materialised ‘twixt Boards of Canada’s two bumper-length Warp classics Music Has the Right to Children and Geogaddi, and is, rightly, just as acclaimed. For my money, ol’ IaBPOitC is better produced than either album,...view item »

Smile Down Upon Us
Smile Down Upon Us

Totally enchanted by the Smile Down Upon Us album. It's a new collaboration by old folkers Phelan/Sheppard & a delightful lass called moomLooo who is based in Tokyo. She adds to this kaleidoscopic tapestry of organic & found sound an air of childlike glee & wonderment, embellishing the sunkissed twinkling universe of sound with happy ma...view item »

Kraftwerk
Tour de France

Tour de France 1, 2, and 3 are rather more like 1 big track split into 3 parts. It's rather like a cycling version of the Autobahn track from their classic album Autobahn. All of the songs on the here have a nice sound to them, it's easy to relax too, yet at the same time, I can imagine cycling to it as well. There are a few hidden, distant musi...view item »

Kraftwerk
The Mix

Okay, I'll admit I miss the original "The Robots", old vocoder, and a couple of the old synth sounds. But Kraftwerk did a perfect job of tastefully implementing all the most exciting sounds invented in the 80's. The songs have retained their sense of fun and freshness. Rarely does an artist tinker with 15 year old songs and come up with somethin...view item »

Kraftwerk
Techno Pop

I used to hate this record when I was younger, but I reckon I just had a stick up my arse back then. This album gets a bad rap for being the follow-up to Computer World which took 5 years to surface. Whilst it doesn't reach the magical heights of that record, or indeed most of Kraftwerk's output, it's still a great listen. It's certainly...view item »

Various
Geometry

Andrea Parker's excellent Touchin' Bass label has a cracking compilation out that features, Bogger, the totally awesome and highly under-rated Ben Milstein, Bitstream, Doctor Evil, Wee DJ's, Jeff Pils, B0t23 and Alpha606 & Sync 24. Let's just say that if you're a fan of forward thinking underground electro then you probably know the score here,...view item »

Blackpepper
Vqarekk

I've been given a single to do by Blackpepper on Dirty Demos. its called 'VQarekk'. I'm not sure what that means. Anyway its decent breakbeat electronica with nods towards Chevron, early Squarepusher, stuff on Planet Mu. Lots of skittery drums, bleepy electronics and booming sub bass. Nods here and there to old jungle type stuff with the effected s...view item »

Printed Circuit
The Sound of The Wonderful Technique

The lovely Claire from Printed Circuit has just received copies of her new album ' The Sound Of The Wonderful Technique'  and has been kind enough to come and hand deliver some to the office which means that we'll be amongst the first people selling these. This is more of her trademark 8-bit computer game melodies, synth pop, retro ...view item »

Neil Landstrumm
Bambaataa Eats His Breakfast

Landstrumm is one of the few Neils I know that is probably cooler than a horde of uber icy raspberry popsicles in a hammock, reclining in the Bahamas. His take on dubby grime & 8-bit electro ghetto tech is quite brilliant and on this new mini LP 'Bambatta Eats His Breakfast' showcases another step further along the individualistic line he's for...view item »

Response
Reflect

That silly bald man who isn't me is playing Brett & Business lady's fave band The Lovely Eggs too loud as i'm trying to think of kind things to say about 'Reflect' by Response. Seems to me like a warm, twinkly semi-ambient journey full of hazy synths, cute motifs, pleasing harmonies & found sound, neo-classical passages married with spots o...view item »

Taro Kawasaki
Sing Me A Song EP

Before I take another shower I'll tell you about a CD that is equally as sweet... A lovely 3 inch disc on Drifting Falling from Taro Kawasaki.'Sing Me A song EP' is a playfully curious 4 tracker of sparkling bell tinkles, gently plucked acoustic guitar melodies and sparse beats. There are hints of abstraction, but the melodies win the tussle in the...view item »

Patrick Kelleher
You Look Cold

Patrick Kelleher 'You Look Cold' is up next for a spin... This is an interesting listen from the off... It has a very evocative feeling about it that mixes dramatic electronics and acoustics. His vocals sit neatly in the mix and the overall style of a few of the tracks I find reminiscent of David Sylvian. This man is clearly an a very talented arti...view item »

Fedaden
Broader

I've been tossed this Fedaden CD to pore over and I'm bloody glad cos it's one of the finest "IDM" releases we've had in a while, barring Ol' Uncle Jega who probably helped define the oft teeth grindingly tedious term. 'Broader' opens with the French take on chunky melodic electronica, rich tapestries of electro synth, skittery beats, twi...view item »

Colleen
Everyone Alive Wants Answers

Colleen’s debut album Everyone Alive Wants Answers was first released in 2003, to the joy of those who heard it. The album is a sensitive suite of electronically-tweaked instrumentals, small-sounding melodic material spliced, looped and spun-around into something entrancing. This Leaf Label reissue (LP with CD) is...view item »

Dntel
Dumb Luck

Can you believe Dntel have a new CD out on Virgin owned subsidiary Moshi Moshi. I can cos it's here in my hands. I never really got the Postal Service... which I suppose doesn't have much to do with this. Only I never really got Dntel either. I tried but I found it all a bit twee. Some nice bits in it all and he's clearly a talented chappie but thi...view item »

Diamond Watch Wrists
Ice Capped at Both Ends

Not a day goes past in the office where the word dork isn't mentioned. The boys here are obsessed by 'em and if you're wondering what one is then look here and you'll see a chap touching one. Then you'll wonder (as I did) for a good while as to why he's touching a whale's cock and doesn't mind having his picture taken. That of course has nothing to...view item »

Twerk
Living Vicariously Through Burnt Bread

Judging from the artwork, you're bound to think that you're going to be listening to something NIN-ish or some dark Skinny Puppyish throwback to 80s industrial dance. Instead you get very atmospheric, stripped down, glitch-house that fluctuates between static feedback infused ambient and subtle 4/4 glitch. Twerk takes straight forward glitch-hou...view item »

Tim Exile
Listening Tree

Are you lot listening? Tim Exile's 'Family Galaxy' IS single of the year. It must be. I can't imagine someone pulverising so many styles of club music into such an headfuck odyssey! On his debut LP for Warp, the well respected ex-junglist & party prankster blends his new glistening stew of disparate electronic styles with prowess. He is a music...view item »

Various Production & Gerry Mitchell
The Invisible Lodger

I'm just giving this Gerry Mitchell/ Various Production 'The Invisible Lodger' album a second listen and I must say there's some magic happening with this collaboration. I think they first teamed up with for a remix on a 7" and it seems the relationship has been most fruitful. The most striking thing about this album is how good Various Produc...view item »

Platform
Categories of Dust

We've had a few CDs in by Platform over the last year or two. And here's a brand new one called Categories Of Dust. These are normally pretty limited to 50 ish copies so they don't usually hang around for too long. It's predominantly sound art I guess. This is one 21 minute long track constructed of samples recorded from around his house using a a ...view item »

Boy In Static
Newborn

There's a new release on Alien Transistor by Boy In Static. The singer sounds a bit like that chap from Snow Patrol. It's more indie than previous releases on the label and we think it's gonna appeal to folks who like Styrofoam. Indie music with a few blips, tweaks and beats. Nice enough stuff like.......view item »

Harmonic 313
When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence

The Harmonic 313 LP is here. Exciting times, gang! For those that haven't been following the two stellar EPs Mark Pritchard's put out under this name before you can expect a big bassy melting pot of dubstep, hip-hop, electro and techno. As well as the obvious Detroit reference points for an electronica artist (Drexciya, Juan Atkins, blah blah b...view item »

Lithops
Ye Viols!

Nothing St. Werner touches has ever been less than technically proficient, but with each new album it's becoming increasingly difficult for Lithops to shake its reputation as a poor man's Mouse on Mars, a trend that dates all the way back to its early singles and continues here, on the intelligently constructed, fundamentally flawed Ye Viols. Gi...view item »

Color Cassette
Forever Sparrow

Forever Sparrow is Color Cassette's full length follow-up to the 3" CD I vaguely remember from a while back, which Mobeer put out. Looking at the blurb this one seems to be about a boy who gets lost in a magical forest, gets turned into a sparrow and chooses to stay in the forest forever but before reading that I just thought it was a really n...view item »

Paul May & Platform
Broken Hulk Display

Paul May + Platform arrive in my lugholes next, brandishing a bag of tools, an old drum kit made of plumbing & biscuit tins and possibly an eerie glockenspiel /theramin set up. And an echo machine. They then proceed to take all this dubious musical instrumentation into a pitch black dark shed and quietly stagger around in a meditative fashion, ...view item »

The Truth About Frank
A Briefcase Full of Suspicion

The Truth About Frank is a chap called Alan & his mysterious mate who i'm unacquainted with. They've a really interesting self released CDr called 'A Briefcase Full of Suspicion' that we've been caning. Beginning with atmospheric found sound collage and distorted vocal snippets on 'Muri desu Yo Sonzai', an insectoid pulse begins to wrap itself ar...view item »

Bastards Of Love
Bastards Of Love 2

We have 2 new records in the Bastards of Love which is a little like early Depeche Mode type electro. ie dark yet with a pop sensibility. This ain't my forte but hopefully this modicum of info will be enough to give you an idea!...view item »

DJ Elephant Power
Atlas Anthem

Trans Am
The Surveillance

Can instrumental music tell us something about surveillance? An interesting attempt to prove it can, and one of the few records that addressed the subject in the pre-9/11 US....view item »

Alejandro Franov
Aixa

Capitol K
Notes From Life On The Wire With A Wrecking Ball

It's been a long time since I've heard anything of Capitol K and he seems to have undergone a bit of a transformation in the meantime. Notes From A Life On The Wire With A Wrecking Ball kicks off like Damo Suzuki-era Can, particularly Future Days, spacey guitar pickings bubbling around a severely motorik base until trancey rave stabs come in out of...view item »

Platform
EP1

Its great to have some new material from Matt Atkins' Platform. The first track treats our ears to some proper decent crunchy beats and weeping cinematic synths and then a really sweet melody just melts me into submission. It fits in wonderfully with the mechanical beats and reminds me of Chiastic Slide period Autechre. The second tune has som...view item »

Canyons!
Trapdoor/ Diamonds

Speaking of unsettling sounds the disc from Canyons! has a bit of an eerie quality to it. Sounds built from guitars and broken laptops are the order of the day here and I reckon this will appeal to folks that dig Fennesz's stuff. Trapdoor/ Diamonds is more good stuff on Hellosquare....view item »

Sam Shalabi
Eid

Flying Lotus
Los Angeles

Back in the office beaming with pleasure after purchasing some bargain PJ smoothies. If you bought them at Tescos, one meagre bottle costs about the same as a packet of fags. Health rules but my wallet can't keep up with it. That's why Britain's sub classes are often obese & can't walk up inclines without coughing up a lungful of something horr...view item »

Blaubac
Reflux e.p.

Also on Disco_r.dance is Blaubac's newie, the 'Reflux' EP. Now if I were him I'd imbibe some Pepto-Bismol because that really soothes your indigestion worries and chills your stomach the fuck down. I had some this morning cos I felt like i'd eaten a bag of wasps & half a cactus when I got up. To be serious, this is some beautifully produced gli...view item »

Polygon Window
Surfing On Sine Waves

This is an album by Richard James, of course, from the period where he was also putting out records under the psuedonyms of 'Caustic Window','The Dice Man', and of course, 'Aphex Twin'. And unlike the first two nom-de-plumes above, this is more in an Aphex-y vein, with dark melodies and very tasteful but propulsive beats in use all over. If you ...view item »

Aphex Twin
Drukqs

Hoorah a new Aphex Twin LP. Been playing this for some time and at first I thought it was kind of average but it's grown on me and now I reckon it's yr vintage Aphex Twin. There's some nice mellow piano tracks on there and some mental Aphex tracks as you'd expect. Some on the harsh end of...view item »

Aphex Twin
Selected Ambient Works Volume II

A pivotal album in the acid/ambient scene - truely unique and hauntingly beautiful this album bolstered the enigmatic Aphex Twin's reputation as an important figure in the electronica scene and in turn influenced many other electronic artists. Mainly unnamed compositions, each track has a minimalistic quality, a real breakdown of composite parts...view item »

Robin Saville
Peasgood Nonsuch

Robin Saville from ISAN releases his debut CD on Static Caravan called 'Peasgood Nonsuch'. An extremely informative sentence that one. No idea what a Peasgood Nonsuch was til I had a quick peek around the internet and discovered it's a breed of apple. Maybe type of apple is more apt but I like the fact that apples breed and will one day take over t...view item »

Renfro
Mathematics

Immensely rewarding CD in from Renfro next who do this enchanting glacial glitch pop thing, Bursting with sublime soul-searching vocals, whirring electronics, emotive keyboards & some next level production, this album is called 'Mathematics' Described as having a shared love of sad dream pop and progressive electronica, this Southern England du...view item »

DJ Scotch Egg
Drumized

Nursing the mother of all hangovers I've almost lost the will to live... Let's see if the DJ Scotch Egg 'Drumized' album can perk me up... I heard that he'd signed to Load a while ago after he toured with Lightning Bolt so here are the latest fruits of his labour. You know the score with Mr Egg like, he does some wacky gameboy mentalism a...view item »

Michaela Melian
Los Angeles

Maga Bo
Confusion Of Tongues

If your after a mix CD this week you could do worse than snap up the Maga Bo 'Confusion Of Tongues' mix. He mashes up loads of dubplates and tracks from Enduser, Filastine, Timeblind, Nettle, Slaughter Mob etc. Every variation of the breakbeat is thrown into the mix, jungle, dubstep, baiile funk, middle eastern rhythms,hip hop, dancehall etc. For f...view item »

Tickley Feather
Tickley Feather

Tickley Feather: S/T (Paw Tracks) On the Animal Collective related label is this twenty track collection of naievty and lo-fi whimsy. All recorded on four track and collected from the past four years experimentation, Tickley Feather is lone female; Annie Sachs known for touring as support to Animal Collective with whom she shares a love o...view item »

Montag
Going Places

Personally I find albums including different artists make that album more of a "Various Artists" album then their "own" album. It's great to have some others do "remix's" on a separate album but Montag shouldn't have focused half his album to "who-are-they" artists. These "contributing" artists don't add much to Montag's image but just add "blah...view item »

Yellotone
Executive Timber

We got a new CD by Yellotone entitled 'Executive Timber'. You may remember this guy (Simon Harding) having stuff out on Ai Records a bit ago. He's got a bit of a band together now and is singing and everything and it really is great that he is because he's a very talented guy. Brian pipes up and says that this has a New Zealand feel to it with bits...view item »

Pridon
Apnea Eina

We got this CD right. It's on Low Impedance. It's by .Pridon (note the prefixed dot!). And it's called 'Apnea Eina'. Dropping somewhere between earlier Autechre & prime BOC in parts, this sounds like nicely programmed & well layered electronic gear. Atmospheric is an over-used word in my oeuvre but I don't give a jot. I'll get my marker pen...view item »

Raoul Sinier
Two Heads

Raoul Sinier AKA Ra of Planet Mu / Coredump/ Sublight has a fine 3" CD entitled 'Two Heads' out on Disco_r.dance. This is more of his trademark blend of messed up distorted crunchy beats. The first track 'Mired' has an organ sound and is like a crazy holy crunch fest. 'Warm Hall' has a wicked distorted beat and a dramatic sense of tension. Out Th...view item »

Clark
Turning Dragon

Both Brian and I accidentally both reviewed the Clark 'Turning Dragon' album so here's mine. Sadly it's smaller than his... We've just entered into a wee debate about electronic dance music that's trying to be too clever for its own good...Warp have been promising for a while now that Clark is the new Aphex squarepusher. He does have his momen...view item »

Lapsed & Nonnon
The Death of Convenience

For his third full length album, Lapsed (Salt Lake City's Jason Stevens) pairs up with his long time live-collaborator Nonnon (Dave Madden). The Death Of Convenience is a lot more than yet another electronic hip hop album. Appropriately titled, it is a record in which nothing is convenient. Genre-less, it rewards those who are willing to abandon...view item »

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