Vargkvint | Hav Piano and Coffee Records (LP/DL) Vargkvint is Stockholm-based vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Sofia Nystrand (with co-production duties and more from Jakob Lindhagen) and other musicians. I believe this is her sophomore effort after releasing Brus on French imprint Soft Recordings in 2017. Hav is a refreshing re-engineering of the use of vocals within a mostly […]

Sutekh Hexen | S/T Sentient Ruin Laboratories + Cyclic Law (2xCS/2xLP/DL) “Hermetic infrastructure of introvert brutality”                                            A locomotive from hell, smearing by-passers with absolute static filth and wonderful monolithic exaggeration! People, this is Sutekh Hexen hailing from USA, one of the most profound projects in the contemporary extreme scene; deconstructing black metal since 2012 […]

Kolida Babo | s/t MIC (LP/DL) This is the debut, self-titled from the Greek duo Kolida Babo (Socratis Votskos and Harris P). Originally recorded between 2013-16 and previously released in a shorter and slightly altered form in 2017 (on Teranga Beat), this is the first physical manifestation made available of this unique record which opens with the […]

ANMA | Kitahama Ghosts Syncopathic.Recordings (CS/DL) What a great introduction to the work of Andreas Mangweth, aka ANMA (not to be confused w/the hiphop Greek or the Japanese hardcore act) but the double bass playing jazz musician who has gone way leftfield here. Anyone who quotes Mingus on his homepage is alright in my book, […]

It is entirely indicative of the calibre of those involved, that Trondheim EMP manage to do something that is so often done terribly, so remarkably well.  Regardless of a listeners’ particular fondness for the types of sound they produce, there is no denying that the group is comprised of an extremely proficient membership, a fact […]

Grup Ses w/Ethnique Punch | Deli Divan Souk Records (LP/DL) TURKISH DELITES: There are twenty-eight short tracks in this collab between Turkish Grup Ses and Berlin-based Ethnique Punch. This falls somewhere between hi-hop, spoken word ala Laibach and a big meta ‘aha’ play on sampling/tape effects: snap, crackle, pop + a whole lot more. They […]

Bogdan Raczynski | Rave ‘Till You Cry Boban Ristevski | When Nietzsche Wept/My Name Is Red B + B: What’s in a name? Would Nietzsche have been a raver? These two records and performers have no relationship whatsoever except they are both electronic music releases this season, and their names may seem a little similar. […]

Papillon | Cercueil Flottant Sucata Tapes/Discrepant (CS/DL) A wild loop as if primates are screeching into a microphone traipse over a tripping beat. A radio-type narrator speaks in few words through static. Les Radiadeurs de Mika is an unusual opener on the latest from Papillon, Cercueil Flottant. This blend of experimental effects and field recordings […]

Patrick Shiroishi | 烏の涙American Damage (CS/DL) Issued on Chicago’s American Damage tape label, this new release by Patrick Shiroishi blends folky blues with wild improvisation to a stunningly contrasting effect.  Shiroishi’s guitar playing is incendiary and it sounds like he has an extra pair of hands on the fret board as he lets loose.  His […]

Nicolas Bernier | frequencies (a/archives) 901 Editions (CD/DL) frequencies (a/archives) will be the final release in a series by Nicolas Bernier for which he earned the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica, a swan song to the tuning fork (which he subsequently gave away his collection as part of a successful Kickstarter campaign that launched this). […]

Jay-Dea Lopez | Pulse Hemisphäreの空虚 (CS/DL) Oh, yes. The sweet, sweet sound of the cosmos, well beyond our understanding, in the far reaches of the universe, here lies the latest by Jay-Dea Lopez and his enigmatic Pulse. These ten short pieces, numbered I through X are coil pick up recordings captured last year on Canberra, […]

Bruno Duplant | Chants de Mémoire Hemisphäreの空虚 (CS/DL) With one twenty-minute ‘chant’ per side Bruno Duplant combines field recordings, electronics and analog treatments on his latest tape, Chants de Mémoire. This comes from an ongoing series which will also include something upcoming on Archive Officielle Publications. The artist shared with me that some inspiration came […]

LaBrecque/Ghazi Barakat | Terminal DesertKarl Records (LP/DL) Paul LaBrecque and Ghazi Barakat team up together to release an album of mutated sound that blends krautrock, kosmiche and free jazz.  This is a free-form music drawing on Barakat’s notion of “meta-music for meta-people in a meta-world”.  There’s a distinctive fourth world ambient vibe pulsing through the […]

Equal Stones | Below Zero Glacial Movements (CD/DL) Since 2012 Equal Stones (aka Dutch artist Amandus Schaap) has been conjured several releases, either self-released or via Ukranian label Hidden Vibes. Here he has found a new home, and a wider audience (including myself) on the always generously atmospheric Italian imprint Glacial Movements. Below Zero is, […]

Kreis | Askr self-released (CD) This is the debut of Kreis, a trio “on the brink between lyrical jazz, pondering chamber and film music” made up of Benjamin Hermans (saxophones & clarinet), Stan Maris (accordion & compositions) and Kobe Boon (double bass). They flex their musical muscle somewhere between improv and components of composition. The […]

Fennesz | AgoraTouch (CD/LP/DL) I was exactly 18 years and 1 month old when Endless Summer was released, and as such Fennesz, for better or worse, has been with me my entire adult life.  Such was the omnipresence of that album, and at such a formative point in my life, that it is hard to […]

Andrea Borghi | 3discos rhizome.s (CD-R/DL) Andrea Borghi is an electroacoustic sound composer/artist and teacher based near Tuscany and recording since 2001. His somewhat extensive catalogue, based on sound and other physical matter precedes him, and his latest was recorded between 2017-18, and these seven tracks play on his minimal manipulation of material devices (aluminum, […]

Peter Orins | Happened By Accident Circum Disc / Tour de Bras (CD/DL) The bellow of the drums opens like a ritual on Peter Orins‘ Happened By Accident. The recording, based solely on percussive elements, is broken into seven parts, the first six Happened By Accident Part 1-6. Orins utilizes layers of lengthy drone below […]

Ingar Zach | Floating Layer Cake Sofa (CD/DL) This is Ingar Zach‘s Floating Layer Cake. The disc consists of two lengthy tracks beginning with The Lost Ones, a collab with Canadian string quartet Quatuor Bozzini and others. Low frequency tones fall in the hollows and as slow booming percussion takes steps an alert violin leads […]

The Mondrians (Hotham Sound) Bergain 09/Mixed by Vatican Shadow (Ostgut Ton) The Noise of Art/Works for Intonarumori (Sub Rosa) Under Starch Clouds (Wool-E Discs/Dans Les Profondeurs) The Mondrians Hotham Sound (2xCS/DL) COMPLEX COMPOSITION: Out of British Columbia comes a surprising (and sweetly designed) double tape set dedicated to inspirations of the work of Dutch artist (and […]

Sublamp | Sister Maps Dragon’s Eye Recordings (DL) Los Angeles sound designer/engineer Ryan Connor is Sublamp, and Sister Maps is his first release on Dragon’s Eye Recordings in a decade. Each of these half dozen Maps 01-06 runs for exactly twelve minutes (or 72:00), “a collection of parallel songs, parallel in time but separated by […]