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JASSS
Weightless

Having enjoyed both of the JASSS records on Mannequin’s ‘Death Of The Machines’ series, I was expecting more of the same from this Spanish artist. However, on debut album ‘Weightless’, she’s really spread her wings way beyond the fringes of the dancefloor and that EBM rooted sound. Although for sure there&rsqu...view item »
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Mika Vainio & Joachim Nordwall
Monstrance

This 2013 crusher from Mika Vainio & Joachim Nordwall comes back around to squash us all over again. Originally issued on Touch and now reissued on Nordwall's own iDEAL Recordings imprint, mastered at EMS, Stockholm and now with new artwork by Philip Marshall. This collaboration had the duo recording back in 2010 in Einstürzen...view item »

EVOL
Ideal Acid

A hyper-rave extravaganza from the naughty boys behind EVOL here. Ideal Acid is a typical combination of flair and wit. The two sides here are most definitely acid house, but it’s acid house as you’ve never heard it before. It’s testament to their talent that they manage to make Ideal Acid suc...view item »
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Nadine Byrne
Dreaming Remembering

‘Dreaming Remembering’ is an album of freeform, explorative electronics and the soundtrack to a short film of the same name (peep the video) from Ectoplasm Girl Nadine Byrne. I was supposed to write about this album last week, but despite having heard it about five times now, I’ve had real difficulty summoning the words. Like t...view item »

Vanligt Folk
Palle Bondo

Baffling and haunting material from hardly-classifiable electro-creeps Vanligt Folk. Palle Bondo was written as a critique of the social stigmas of disability. In particula...view item »

Carlos Giffoni
Vain

How have we all managed to do without new business from Carlos Giffoni for six whole years? Lord only knows, but the No Fun bossman is certainly back in action now, presenting new full-length LP Vain...view item »

Pan Daijing & Werner Dafeldecker
A Page To A Corner

iDEAL Recordings (Merzbow, Jim O’Rourke) presents the first new material from Pan Daijing since her celebrated Lack LP was released by Pan in 2017. A Page To A Corner sees her join forces with Werner Dafeldecker to create...view item »
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JH1.FS3
Loyalty

This enigmatic artist name can be decoded as the union of Puce Mary and one Jesse Sanes of the hardcore band Hoax, making some frail abrasions combining industrial noise, grayscale electronics and a healthy dollop of pulsing experimentalism. Apparently, it’s “deeply p...view item »
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John Duncan
Riot

John Duncan’s 1984 release Riot still stands as a landmark in extreme music, sonic experimentation and music concrete. Even Duncan himself says that “[i]f there...view item »
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Ectoplasm Girls
New Feeling Come

A second album of ghostly mysteriousness arrives from Ectoplasm Girls, 5 years after their debut. New Feeling Come is a set of ravaged ambience and haunted synth-pop from the Swedish sisters, sure to leave the listener with uncanny vibes. Only 300 copies of this LP are available, courtesy of iDEAL Recordings....view item »
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Good Area
Macbeth

Good Area is the pairing of Allen Mozek and the ever-intriguing Gabi Losoncy. Though the pairing is now defunct, this LP remains! Macbeth is the second and final Good Area LP, and it’s a fine block of skronky dilapidated noise-unrock. Yes that’s right, instr...view item »
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Johan Zetterquist
Study For A Monument

On ‘Study For A Monument’ Johan Zetterquist uses minimal tools; Gibson SG, amp and f/x to build and sculpt large structures, layering atonal shards of feedback and noise live with no overdubs. The sound lies somewhere between the drone metal of Stephen O’Malley, ...view item »
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High Boys
Dead Zones

High Boys are Skull Defekts members Jean-Louis Huhta (aka Dungeon Acid) and Joachim Nordwall. They recently had a 12” on Hoga Nord and are back with an EP on Nordwall&...view item »

Stephen O'Malley
Fuck Fundamentalist Pigs

Highly sought after and very limited second pressing of a solo performance by Stephen O’Malley. Member of drone lords Sunn O))), Æthenor, Khanate, and founder of Southern Lord and Ideologic Organ. His personal statement after the Hebdo attacks is anger towards facist...view item »
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Henrik Rylander
Feedback Overload Unit

Henrik Rylander (of the Radium 226.05 crew from Gothenburg, ‘80s / ‘90s) continues to plough raw and minimal terrain on his latest record Feedback Overload Unit...view item »
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Sewer Election
Malign

Imagine Alan Lomax travelled in a time machine and visited the era of the peak of the bubonic plague in Europe sometime during the 1300’s. He buried his tapes in a time capsule and we’re now listening to the rotting, eroded recordings of the bubbling of toxic pools and streams. The tortured muttering a...view item »
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White Stains
The Work Workings (Volumes 1 & 2)

A glorious tape reissue of White Stains’s The Work Workings  from 1989, with the second tape filled with material described as being “probably never released”. Starting with pounding industrial drums over the course of the first two sides the percussion gives way to heavily distorted noise and ove...view item »
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Stephen O'Malley
Dread Live

Sunn O)))’s feedback architect Stephen O’Malley cranks the amps even louder on his solo vinyl LP Dread Live. This is an extended and extremely loud improvisation for solo guitar (though the colossal heaviness sounds like an army of guitarists). Relentless waves of heavy drones and sq...view item »
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Stephen O'Malley
End Ground

Drone-guitar-merchant Stephen O’Malley steps away from his wide array of collaborators (with Greg Anderson in SunnO))), with Peter Rehberg in KTL etc.) for a solo release, a document of a live set in Paris in 2013. End Ground sounds precisely as h...view item »
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Tilliander
Compuriddim

Here we have a tasty 6-track LP from Andreas Tilliander on iDEAL Recordings. The very thought of music taking a dubwise approach to acid conjures nightmarish visions of dreadful psychedelic trance chill out rooms and 90’s head shops. But trust me, you’re in safe h...view item »
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Joachim Nordwall
The Ideal Black

Not that I’m a masochist or anything, but I do enjoy the thrill of being physically pummeled by sound. Currently the new LP from Skull Defekt and iDEAL Recordings bossman Joachim Nordwall...view item »
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Russell Haswell / Dungeon Acid
Split

Russell Haswell here shares wax with an artist whose name decently describes Haswell’s own sound: Dungeon Acid. The Dungeon master lays out some deep and heavy acidic dancefloor material, while Haswell goes harsh and fierce with barely-contained, theoretic...view item »
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Various
iDEALISM Volume Two

Tidy wee 5-track LP on Joachim Nordwall’s reliable iDEAL Recordings, kicking off with Sweden’s noise-monger Dan Johansson appearing as Sewer Election with ‘Rutiner’ which is som...view item »
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Nate Young
Regression

I reviewed this album when it came out on CD back in 2009 but my review seems to have been destroyed by the Gremlins in the Norman Records mainframe. If I ever get my hands on those pesky little green twats… So anyway, this was the first of three ‘Regress...view item »
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Dave Phillips
Rise

I think this is one of the scariest records i’ve ever heard. Unsettling and arrhythmic terror from Dave phillips, member of outsider art group Schimpfluch-Gruppe. Sample track we know enough to know how much we will never know layers violent impacts with a solid repeating bass tone, heavy breathin...view item »
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John Duncan
This Bitter Earth

John Duncan has been enjoying subjecting familiar songs to his unique approach for a while now, and this 7” (a sort of addendum to his Bitter Earth LP) is no exception. A Pere Ubu B-side, a 60’s R&B tune, and Jules Styne’s ‘I Fall In Love Too Easily’ ar...view item »
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Hypnotower
Unlearn

Hypnotower is the solo project of Tanya Byrne, one half of Ectoplasm Girls. Her Unlearn record is quite a thing, slinking through different modes of spooky noise. Lots of disembodied voices and distant thuds, as well as upswells of industrial and black metal sounds. Only 300 copies of t...view item »
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Joke Lanz
Plays Sudden Infant

Joke Lanz Plays Sudden Infant: in which long-term noise provocateur Joke Lanz picks up a stack of his own old records under his Sudden Infant alias and cuts and splices and juxtaposes the sounds with wild abandon. Somewhere between a noise DJ set and a brand new electro-acoustic jumble-...view item »
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Mika Vainio
Mannerlaata

As with the forthcoming Pan Sonic album, ‘Mannerlaata’ is a soundtrack. In this case for a “74 minute lettrist film made entirely without a camera” by Finnish filmmaker Mika Taanila. The fact that this is a soundtrack and I’m listening without visuals r...view item »
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Christer Bothén
Ljudskulptur För 5

A great logical step for fans of Colin Stetson. Christer Bothén builds micro worlds of percussive drones and pops through his reeds. Immersive headpone stuff where the silence is almost as important. Best known known for his work with Fire! Orchestra and collaborating with Don Cherry...view item »

Saturn and the Sun
Focus On the Centre Of Your Skull

Focus On The Centre Of Your Skull by Saturn and the Sun is a visceral yet mind altering mix of psychedelic electronics, ‘80s industrial music, minimal techno and dub. Claims that this will leave your brain in tatters are probably not far from the truth. Recorded directly to tape then pressed to vinyl....view item »
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Ryan Martin & Joachim Nordwall
Trance Below The Streets

The title Trance Below The Streets presumably refers to the state of mind that these two deep synth-heads fell into while recording the record in a chilly basement. Ryan Martin and Joachim Nordwall weave their tender electronic patterns around one another, forming beautiful crystalline sculptures. 300 L...view item »
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RM
Unfit

RM is Riccardo Mazza, one half of Lettera 22, who happen to be an excellent Italian electro-acoustic / noise duo. For his solo full-length debut, RM is slipping stern beats and sturd...view item »
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John Duncan
Bitter Earth

Bitter Earth is a remarkable album of cover versions (Iggy Pop, Nina Simone and various other interesting choices) performed by John Duncan and his cast of collaborators. He’s assemble...view item »
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Dionysian
Dionysian

‘Dionysian’ by Dionysian is a collaborative memorial project release from experimental sound and art labels Börft records and iDEAL records, in celebration of the music of their friend and contemporary Joel Brindefalk. This release focuses on the noisier elements of Joel Brindefalk’s back catalogue by posthumously issuing ...view item »

Ornament
Protest Music

Joe DeNardo usually makes music with the band Growing, but here, as he’s treading a slightly different path, he has adopted the name Ornament. Protest Music was recorded in Brooklyn in 2014. It has interesting arrangements that develop from discordant folk beginnings, raw guitars ...view item »
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Will Guthrie
Sacree Obsession

Adventurous percussionist Will Guthrie is so great at what he does that he can fill two sides of an LP with only percussive instruments, and make it fascinating as he does so. Electrifying soundscapes from gongs and drums ritualistically assembled, with a lot of space on the first side and a more driving rhythms on side two. On ...view item »
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CM Von Hausswolff
Plays John Cage II

Scandinavian experimentalist CM Von Hausswolff takes on one of the grandfathers of experimental music, John Cage. Plays John Cage II features a version of the famous ‘4’33”’, this time ‘for electric guitar (broken amplifier version)’. Premium crackle. Released as a 7&...view item »
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EVOL
Purple Melters

Brain-smashing hardcore wave-synthesis from Evol here on this new 12” on iDEAL Recordings. The aim of these intense, super-repetitive pieces is apparently to warp the listener’s perceptions, and it seems to me to do an excellent job. Get your Purple Melters on yellow vinyl, with a free sticker of a mocking a...view item »
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Dead Machines
Plays Kwaidan

My missus thinks the music I listen to is a right load of noisy nob twiddling nonsense. I'm jealous that Wolf Eyes' John Olson has a wife that enjoys the same sounds as him. No wonder he married her. I'd love to be a fly on the wall at their house... "Yeah I'll peel the potatoes after I've finished recording the sound track to your worst night...view item »
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Various
iDEALISM Volume One

White 12” vinyl on iDeal. First in a series of compilations from iDeal, showcasing their particularly disturbing brand of harsh experimental music. Features Altar of Flies, Peder Mannerfelt. Frederikke Hoffmeier’s 3rd Monologue is one of the most unsettling tracks I’ve...view item »
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Altar Of Flies
Altar Of Flies

Mattias Gustafsson is the human being behind the 'Altar of Flies' moniker and his new self-titled release -- the follow-up to 2010's 'Permanent Cavity' -- continues his experimental and free-minded vision. It's moulded out of field recordings and electronic manipulations that speak to the personal experiences of Gustafsson himself -- kind o...view item »
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Ü
Doobedoo Dub 'e’ Dope

First off, Doobedoo Dub’E’Dope by Ü: full credit is due for that titling. This LP, on iDEAL, is sadly a posthumous release, as Joel Brindefalk of Ü died last year, only 37. His friends at the label have seen fit to pull this material from the archive, and be glad they did: Doob...view item »
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Daniel Lowenbruck & Marcellvs L
Stallgewitter

Berlin-based experimental sound artists Daniel Lowenbruck and Marcellvs L (from Germany and Brazil respectively) join forces on this 7" to present a single 10-minute piece culled from field recordings captured in Thailand, Iceland and the UK. It's an awkward found-sound patchwork of log fire crackles, swells of hissing static and watery spray, m...view item »
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Jan Svensson
Pogrom (Electronic Music by Jan Svensson 1990)

Ooooh blimey a mad synthesizer record on minty white vinyl from the label with all the answers, Ideal. It’s a funny one is this, dark imagery abounds. It looks like it should be a Bianchi record or summat. But no, this is loa...view item »
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John Duncan & Jim O'Rourke
YEAH

Veteran viscerally terrifying art sicko (look up his 1980 piece 'Blind Date' if you think that's hyperbole) John Duncan teams up with 'School of Rock' music consultant Jim O'Rourke here on an LP with two very different sides. It probably goes without saying that neither of these sides are exactly an easy listen. On side A is a lengthy pi...view item »
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Dimitrios K
RMXS

Liking the opening track here. This is a 12” of remixes from the self titled debut as reviewed enthusiastically by Brian here. The Van Rivers mix is a nice slab of housey techno with a...view item »

Henrik Rylander
Object Subject To Change

Its a risk for Phil to give me all the 'difficult' records this week but I like a challenge so here goes. First up Henrik Rylander who from the sleeve is a very intense man with a terrifying stare. The first track ‘Object’ is comprised of a two note fuzzy low end drone going back and forth back and forth but underneath is the...view item »
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Frak
Alice in Acidland

Alice In Acidland is a very different kind of child's story in which everyone is brought up on esoteric techno. Frak goes hard and relentless on this release, worshipping his old techno and rave heroes and offering no frills, no respite no love. Cold, dark and distorted cuts from a person who should not b...view item »
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Russell Haswell
8 track EP

Russell Haswell is as direct as ever on this new release on iDEAL Recordings. An EP with 8 tracks? Yeah, call it 8 track EP and be done with it (see also the cover art). The sound is no different, blasting the listener with first-take, no-overdub noise, or ‘nO!se’, as Haswell would have us s...view item »
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Ectoplasm Girls
Txn

The Ectoplasm Girls project was born in 2006 and was created by Swedish girls Tanya and Nadine Byrne in order to deal with the death of their mother. Nothing like a bit of creativity as therapy and when you combine that with a fascination with the occult then there is the potential for some deep self exploration ...view item »
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Dimitrios K
Dimitrios K

God this sounds soooo lush! If you dig techno you will surely think so too. Hailing from Gothenberg - home of the Swedish Batman no doubt - our Dimitrios looks like a stern druid scholar or some kind of head Jedi in the press photo I just looked at. You would not dare tell him his music is lame...view item »
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Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words
Lost In Reflections

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Daniel (A.I.U.) Higgs
Hymnprovisations for Banjo

I've never heard someone make a banjo sound as transcendental as this guy. Ex-Lungfish legend & apparent tattoo artist extraordinaire Higgs has this beauty back in print at last. Recorded with occasional interludes/accompaniment from just a "decaying" piano & the swell sound of pure raindropery, this album has the spirit of a lost lo-fi ...view item »
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Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words
Dreadcade

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Rannisto
Surrur

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Dan Froberg
Do-Ti-La-So-Fa-Mi-Re-Do

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Johannes Helden
Title Sequence

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Wolf Eyes
Black Wing Over The Sand

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Death Dub
23

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Deathroes
Suffocation

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Aleph-1
ST

A rare thing occurred at these towers today. All heads were mutually hypnotized by the sublime rhythms of The self-titled Aleph-1 album. Alva Noto fans have no doubt been awaiting the return of Carsten Nicolai, this time under a different guise. iDEAL are the label that bring us this joyous album. Responsible for releases by Mokira, Prurient, Wol...view item »
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Envenomist
Arc Light

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C.P.U
The Hard And The Dead

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Alvars Orkester
Kateter

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Audionom
Superior

I can’t remember when was the last time I enjoyed ‘rock’ record this much. Not a single throw-away track. Honestly, I listened to it 3 or 4 times in a row. Fucking awesome, in my book, of course. There are also 2 or 3 superb, new wave-ish, post punk-ish, apocalyptic instrumental tracks. In places, they actually reminded me of Sigue Sigue Sp...view item »
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Kevin Drumm
Purge

Reissue of an hour’s-worth of 2007-vintage Kevin Drumm, first released on cassette. Purge is now back in print and on CD, which means it is ready to dominate your stereo if you dare let it. This is Drumm in a ferocious and harsh mood, with wave after wave of dominating electronics cascading over t...view item »
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Carlos Giffoni & Prurient
Heavy Rain Returns

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Andreas Tilliander
Dutty/ Digital

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