UUUU

UUUU |self-titled Editions Mego (12″/DL) UUUU consist of a quartet of original musicians and sonic collaborators and members of Coil, Wire and Tomaga: Edvard Graham Lewis, Valentina Magaletti, Matthew Simms & Thighpaulsandra. Their self-titled EP includes two tracks and is released today. Side one is the trippy mindmeld of Electric Blanket. It’s an investigation of shifting frequencies, gongs, warbling strings and channel-swapping percussion. The drone drifts and takes its obtuse, shapeless form. The atmosphere is a psychedelic den of dynamic spectral velocity. the soft chords direct your attention while the core is a droopy melody that simply floats. At a … Continue reading UUUU

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Kontrapoetik by Maria W Horn

Maria W Horn |Kontrapoetik Portals Editions / XKatedral (12″/DL) Co-operator in the tape label XKatedral and part of the Sthlm Drone Society, an association whose mission is to encourage and promote slow textural music, Maria W Horn quickly rose to be one of the most prominent names in the Swedish drone music scene. The first track of Kontrapoetik, Atropa, starts with a bell: a clear reference to the church, and the life routine of a rural community devoted to handwork and tradition. But this bell has something twisted, a wicked ring to it. Its long lasting resonances, its wailing trail … Continue reading Kontrapoetik by Maria W Horn

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Illusion by Lawrence

Lawrence | Illusion Dial (2xLP/CD) Out this week is the eighth full-length recording since 2002 from Berlin’s Lawrence (Peter M. Kersten) – here appearing on Dial for the first time since 2013, the label he helped co-found back in Y2K. Illusion is saturated in bubbly, fun sonic electronics. The cover art by Robin Bruch, with its colorful neo-geo forms, plays well here. This sense of playfulness melts right into Crystal which forecasts the upbeat setting for an incredibly beat-laden, feel good techno on Treasure Box. People, we need a good dose of these free-form sway style beats in our day-to-day … Continue reading Illusion by Lawrence

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Split: Ater by Motional x Iterare by Grand Ciel

Motional x Grand Ciel | Ater/Iterare Mt. Gargan Records (LP/DL) This is an interesting project, for its content, context and physical manifestations. This split record contains eleven tracks, Ater by Raphaël Durand aka Motional (five tracks) and Iterare by Jean-Cédric Lazare aka Grand Ciel (6 tracks), both of these electronic producer/artists originate out of Limoges, France. They each employ tapes, homemade acoustic instruments and electronics to achieve their sound. Admittedly I was a bit sleepy at the wheel to announce this before the gorgeous art edition sold out, but the Autumn is our busiest season here. That said, you can ogle at … Continue reading Split: Ater by Motional x Iterare by Grand Ciel

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Aquadelique by Joel Cahen

Joel Cahen | Aquadelique Adaadat (LP/CD/DL) Released this upcoming weekend is Aquadelique, the abstract aquatic fantasy by experimental electronic artist Joel Cahen on London’s Adaadat imprint. This is a production from the Wet Sounds series, underwater concerts. Let’s dive in, shall we?! The release of Aquadelique coincides with performances at pools in both London and Sheffield this month. Aside from Cahen the record also features the sax stylings of Ricardo Tejero as well as vocals by Fredy Thuon and Rebecca Horrox. From the gorgeous above/below the surface impressionistic coverart by Mat Humphrey I think we will be in for a … Continue reading Aquadelique by Joel Cahen

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Care by Klara Lewis & Simon Fisher Turner

Klara Lewis & Simon Fisher Turner | Care Editions Mego (12″/DL) Care is a rare hard/soft edge collaboration, one that is instantly compelling in its ambient nature and soft vocalese, and a shock to the system with its sizzling electronic effects. British composer Simon Fisher Turner and Swedish sound artist Klara Lewis come together is four works that will have your personal memory drive full up. The opener, 8, has incredibly dramatic stops and starts, with these dreamy in-between passages, ambient drone roaming freely. Every so often you hear an effect like a zipper unzippering, or a contorted alien jam … Continue reading Care by Klara Lewis & Simon Fisher Turner

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Sensory Dub Example by Co La

Co La | Sensory Dub Example Orange Milk Records (12″/DL) Two years in the making, and worth every second here is Sensory Dub Example from Co La (Matt Papich) with his first long-form single-sided 20 minute piece – donning a rad Yves Tanguyesque cover by Keith Rankin who has designed many an interesting release. He’s put out a handful of records (tapes, et al) since 2011, but has kept a bit of a low profile – though should get people out of their smartphone stare. The synths, the structure, has an Asian influence, and will appeal to fans of sparse … Continue reading Sensory Dub Example by Co La

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