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Submersion
Process

Are you ready for some drifting glacial dub techno?? I said, "Glastonbury - are you ready for some drifting, glacial dub techno??" See, I could headline Glastonbury. I already have the patter. Why are all the rock stars so deaf that they can’t hear people the first time? And bloody Radio 6: stop inviting musicians in to spend a Sun...view item »


Kore
Hidden Pathways

Here's a lovely tape of woozy acid techno business on the ever reliable Wil-Ru imprint. There's an interesting mixture of liquid synth wobbles and dinky little melodies, laid up against crisp and often fast-paced beats. On one hand it's reasonably propulsive and danceable, but on the other it's sleepy and gentle and as relaxing as a warm bath....view item »


Ozarks
Ozarks

As we found out last week a lot of musicians are so up their own arses that they couldn’t even spell the word ‘humility’ so its nice to see a bit of humour in the works with this set of otherwise melancholic songs. On the front sleeve the record company has paid for a sticker...view item »


Brian Grainger
Blue Wheatfield

On this cassette, Brian Grainger sets lonesome guitar loops running into the distance, allowing the mesmerising effect of the repetition and accumulated layers of sound ephemera to gradually transform them into epic expanses of haunting overtones. Most of the tracks revolve around a strummed motif on a modulated guitar, onto which e-bowed guitar...view item »
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High Tides
High Tides

High Tides make beach music for a beach that has been extracted from a 1980’s VHS with the colour balance a little off: big synth haze and booming drum machines, occasionally down-pitching into a darkness. Turns out to be a pretty strong aesthetic. CD comes with ‘coconut-scented air freshener’ too!...view item »
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Overcast Sound
All We Know Fades

Here's my second Wil-Ru offering of the week after the languid acid techno goodness of the new Kore tape, and this time it's a CD from Overcast Sound. This is more of the dubby techno that I expect when I think of this label, beat-driven but smooth and laid back, a warm and we...view item »
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Repeated Viewing
The Three Sisters (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Well I listened to this earlier and became confused that it's the soundtrack to a film that hasn't been released yet! It sounds so classic and Carpenteresque -- so brooding and foreboding -- that I was sure it was another Death Waltz release, a reissue of a soundtrack from the '70s or '80s! Not to be confused with Chekhov's Three Sisters...view item »
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Morris Arch Network
Morris Arch Network

Izaak Schlossman is presumably a man and he makes blistered muntered beats, avant-dubby techno and submerged bruised ambient textures under the project alias Morris Arch Nightwork. Beautiful velcro fizz, playful glitch, shimmering phasing and warm stumbling beats prosper here alongside f...view item »
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Various
Synthrotek​/​WR Modular Compilation

The Synthrotek/WR Modular Compilation is the 51st release by Portland’s Wil-Ru Records. This is a collaborative effort with Synthrotek DIY electronics, who bring you 13 dynamic tracks that focus on electronic musicians working within the modular synth community, covering a diverse range of electronic soundscapes – from ele...view item »
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Cliff White
Dark Roads

Cliff White continues to prove that the impossible can be done, and that you can tame a modular synth if you try. Dark Roads is another attempt to bring our biggest sentient rival to bay, featuring modular synthesizers constructed by White himself in order to create a space opera thriller that...view item »
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Biathalon
Sleepless

Biathalon is tenderly bathing your ears with this double digital running time soother. Sleepless is the mysterious multi-disciplinarians return to production. This 12 minute ambient droner takes you down to the shore and sets you off to float away on a bed of subtle loops, lush synths and watery...view item »
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Ohrwert
Tracing Rays

Here’s another of those CDs from the reliable Wil-Ru imprint which come in DVD cases instead of CD cases, this time the fourth album from Dutch dub-ambient producer Arjen “Ohrwert” Schat, sculptor of delicately throbbing bliss-outs and indistinct dronescapes. This is seriously hazy stuff, start...view item »
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Lamont Kohner
Willamette Dubs

Wil-Ru releases rarely disappoint so I’m pretty intrigued to hear what their latest discovery Lamont Kohner has to offer on this debut album, which comes complete with a bonus CD of remixes from the likes of ...view item »
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Morriconez
Cloud Of Dust, Cry Of Death

Given the name and the fact that the DVD case this CD comes in looks like an aged spaghetti western cover, I initially thought that this CD was going to be in thrall to prolific film composer genius Ennio Morricone, but while his influ...view item »
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EOD
Questionmarks

Okay, here’s the deal. I’ve got this record which I’m told is “acid”. Now Brian loves acid, he’s always taking it, some days I can smell it on his breath. It’s probably like his second or third favourite drug. I’ve been told he doesn’t...view item »
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Coppice Halifax (Milieu)
High Hawaiian Fog

In case you didn't know Coppice Halifax is one of the aliases of a certain Mr Brian Grainger otherwise known as Milieu (and err... Brian Grainger). Over the years he's been a prolific musician with literally millions of releases out. Now they're slowing down and other folks are releasing '...view item »
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Intergalacterrorist
Shards

Ah yes, after reviewing the awful new Ceremony 7” I had to pick out something I knew would be good, so I went for this, the new Intergalacterrorist CD on Wil-Ru. Housed in a DVD case, it invites you into an electronic world of bright digital bleeps and subby pulses and glitchy beats. Gr...view item »
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Jeremiah R.
The 5th Dimension

Minimal electro from Rotterdam's second best “export” (Robin Van Persie is surely No.1!). This is Jeremiah R.'s debut record, which by all accounts is a very intriguing, almost otherwordly sounding album. This is music that will lock you into a session of celestial meditation, ...view item »
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Coppice Halifax (Milieu)
Pacific Opal Hex

Coppice Halifax aka Milieu returns with a sweet new album of sub-aquatic synth tranquility, dub infused drones and blissful heavenly murk. His releases under the Coppice Halifax guise have always been a cosmic treat and this one is no different. 'Pacific Opal Hex' is particularly dubby in ...view item »
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Brian Grainger/ Biathalon
Backwater Fumes

I thought this was going to be ambient nonsense so was pleasant surprised when the first track of the Brian Grainger side contained propulsive bass, looped, delayed guitars and came off as the type of experimental art-rock produced by the likes of Lotus Plaza. The second track appears to be a remix of the first on...view item »
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