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Affiliate of Bristol collective Young Echo, Sam Kidel has become known for his sense of pranksterism. His 2016 project ‘Disruptive Muzak’ saw the artist play a strange brand of elevator music down the phone to people in call centres, and then record their perplexed reactions. His new record ‘Silicon Ear’, seems to continue this brand of subversive commentary, with the track titles ‘Live @ Google Data Center’ and ‘Voice Recognition DoS attack’.
Following several EPs on Hippos In Tanks and Honest Jon’s and three albums and two EPs on Hyperdub, Laurel Halo releases her new LP, Raw Silk Uncut Wood on Latency. The Berlin-based American electronic musician was inspired by a score for a Metahaven film and U.S. novelist, Ursula Le Guin’s translation of the 6th-century Chinese text Tao Te Ching. This blurry, contemplative and widescreen soundscape features cello by Oliver Coates and Eli Keszler on percussion.
An eight track release from Belgian sound artist Yves De Mey entitled Bleak Comfort. This record is described as having 'left-of-centre' electronics which, of course, drew mt attention to it straight away. One can only wonder what Mey's electro-acoustic, left-of-centre electronics have to offer this time around. A pounding bass line with a hint of Miliband synths? I have no idea. Available on double LP on Latency.
Nicola Ratti (Ronin) and Guieppe Ielasi (Labfield) make up Bellows and are now releasing their 5th full length together. Both tape loop and micro sampling artists in their own rights through Bellows they take this into an improvisational and analogue world. Minimal and intricate micro worlds of tone and wavering electronic pulses.
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Lichens’ Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe is well-versed in the way of the synth, releasing various meditations and collaborating with the likes of Ariel Kalma, Neotantrik and one Suzanne Ciani. Arriving via Latency, one side of this 12” considers “the relationship of machine and human”, whereas the other sets its sights on a “unified human machine wherein the voice becomes the rhythm – all become one instrument.” Sound a little grand? Take it the Robert AA Lowe way: one second at a time.
Burnt Friedman is one of many variations on Bernd Friedmann. The German producer has been prolific over the years covering downtempo minimal and percussive electronica through to electro-acoustic jazz soundscapes along with running Nonplace records. The Pestle is a small collection of tracks Friedmann produced covering (lightly skimming) 1993 to 2011.
Recorded sessions kept as a document from a day Nuel won’t forget, a day when something happened. Though, he is illusive when it comes to unveiling what “it” was, himself. 4 hugely embracing techno-ish tracks that never break over to being hard hitting, hint at it, but remain enticing and tactful. A fitting ambiguity.