Recent Arts | Skin Non Standard Productions (LP/DL) Skin is the latest effort, audiovisual concert of video projections and experimental electronic music, from Recent Arts which is the duo of Chilean visual artist Valentina Berthelon and German musician Tobias Freund — here featuring Barbie Williams on vocals. It’s a steamy setting that slithers slowly on […]

This month, as Spring starts to slowly set, and my garden can use a re-tilling to kickstart the season, these half dozen recordings remind me of an aura of renewal, and they each bring with them of stirring of challenging the senses. These diverse takes on contemporary composition, et al, come from several foreign places […]

Fabio Orsi | Il Vento Disperderà la SchiumaBoring Machines (LP/DL) There’s a delicate, lightness of touch to the drones that shape this new release from Fabio Orsi.  The Italian composer, who moved to Berlin many years ago, has decided to return to his native Puglia, and this new record reflects that relocation.  Perhaps the move […]

Robert Heel | In Between Seldom Seen (12″/DL) The concept of taking two tracks and then sandwiching them together as a final product, and showing the process of the two parts is near and dear to my creative heart. And that’s exactly what Berlin artist Robert Heel does on In Between, which is released on […]

MZ. 412 | Svartmyrkr Cold Spring Records (LP/CD/DL) + Cloister Recordings US (CS) “An exclamation of marching shadows” MZ. 412 is the project of Henrik Nordvargr Björkk (aka Kremator or simply Nordvargr), a very prolific electronic musician, hailing from Sweden. The beginning can be tracked back to 1988 as Maschinenzimmer 412, with Björkk being the […]

William Basinski | On Time Out of Time Temporary Residence (LP/CD/DL) Originally commissioned for installation work by Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand (in collaboration with Jean-Marc Chomaz and LIGO) for the Limits of Knowing exhibition (Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau) these two pieces delve into the cosmic, as in the black holes of space. Opening with the intriguing title piece […]

Tristan Welch | 40 Hours Verses Records (LP/DL) Hailing from the environs of the US capitol, the latest from artist/activist Tristan Welch may touch on a peculiarly, little talked about social divide – the true “working artist.” No, I mean the type (like yours truly) who is both a creative, and finding alternative ways of […]

Matthijs Kouw & Radboud Mens | 2 Moving Furniture Records (LP/DL) In follow-up to 2017’s 1 here are composers Matthijs Kouw & Radboud Mens continuing their journey as a duo with 2 which includes two alphabetic twenty minute long tracks. The tones are low and minimal on C, the first half opener. Well it’s actually […]

Good Fuck | S/TJoyful Noise Recordings (LP/CD/DL) Who said that work and feelings shouldn’t be mixed together? The music world is actually packed with couples who compose and produce together. The White Stripes, Essaie Pas, John Lennon with Yoko Ono, Albano & Romina, ABBA, just to name a few… Still, only a few of those […]

Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø + Daniel Lercher + Julie Rokseth Off The Coast (Sofa, LP/CD/DL) A tiny flutter opens the title track of the new recording by this trio blending noise processing (Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø) and software (Daniel Lercher) with harp (Julie Rokseth) and the results are micro manifestations of buzzy reverb and hushed tones. Off […]

Ivan “Mamão” Conti | Poison Fruit (Far Out Recordings, CD/LP) Orpheón Gagarin | self-titled (Verlag System, LP/DL) Saba Alizadeh | Scattered Memories (Karl, LP/DL) Kuhzunft | Slotmachine (Gruenrekorder, 10″/DL) This month has been embedded with so many strange surprises including these four brand-new selections from various corners of the world expounding upon and stretching traditions […]

Pye Corner Audio | Hollow EarthGhost Box (LP/CD/DL) Analogue synth enthusiast Martin Jenkins returns to Ghost Box for a new album under his popular Pye Corner Audio alias.  Following 2016’s “Stasis” album, our attention is pointed downward, deep into the empty chasms of the Earth.  Where “Stasis” investigated themes of vast interstellar travel, this new […]

Chi Factory | The Mantra Recordings Astral Industries (2xLP/DL) Dedicated to the life and work of Robert Lax (1915-2000), the American “dreamcatcher” poet who lived on Patmos, Greece. The recording is eighty-four minutes in length, consisting of four equal parts that are part chant, part field recording and most definitely all in a hazy dreamstate. […]

Ashtoreth | Rites I & IICyclic Law (LP/CD/DL) “Pendulum-like, ambient excursion” Here’s an interesting story. There was an amazing Belgian progressive, experimental hardcore band from Antwerp and their name was Maya. Until now, I consider their debut album as the epitome of hardcore progression, an utterly unrecognized gem and one of the most important hardcore […]

Munchies On Flowers | self-titled Switch Music Recordings (LP/DL) Riccardo Gorone has established a new solo aka as Munchies On Flowers. The self-titled record (released 2/18) is, as he stipulated, “non-methodical music”. So let’s dive into experience a deeper listen to try to better discover the underlying meaning and nuances here. Some static hiss, and […]

Hugh Marsh | Violinvocations Western Vinyl (LP/DL) I Laid Down In The Snow is the opener to Canadian musician Hugh Marsh‘s latest, Violinvocations. Oozing with air-brushed drone and a fly-like buzz at first, the setting is somewhat barren, the mood distinctively peculiar. There lay Marsh’s strings, in there somewhere, amid the solitude, the static and […]

Cosey Fanni Tutti | Tutti Conspiracy International (LP/CD/DL) “My life is my art, my art is my life” In her solo follow-up to 1982’s Time to Tell is the latest from Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle, COUM Transmissions, Chris & Cosey, etc.), Tutti. Eight tracks, grounded at first on the title track by a signature […]

These four new releases represent some distinctively innovative directions in electronic music at the moment. From delicate sound design to nu-dub to multi-layered and restrained techno oscillation, each with its own distinct take on the medium. Belief Defect | Remixed 01  [ Raster – 12″/DL ] Efdemin | New Atlantis  [ Ostgut Ton – LP/CD/DL […]

Richard Youngs/Frans de Waard/Peter Johan NÿlandOnder/Stroom | Moving Furniture Records (LP/DL) The title of this collaborative album means “sans electricity”, and refers to a series of performances that were staged without any electronic instruments.  When this spate of events ended, the three artists on this record decided to go the opposite direction and use everything […]

New Tendencies | Batch0008SM-LL (12″/DL)   The London based SM-LL label returns with a new 12” by New Tendencies, the electronic music project of Matt Nish-Lapidus.  The in-house sound of the label favours repetition and reductionism, and this EP delivers exactly that, but adds plenty of twists along the way. The six tracks here all […]