Anatoly Grinberg & Mark Spybey | 123 m Ant-Zen (DL) The broken transmission bathes you in an aura of semi-consciousness. Soon there are snarling vocals and percussion, taking over, with a menacing cryptic twist. And this too subsides and this balance between cascading melodic tempos and dark corners battle – left to their devices. Russian […]

Torba | Musica Convenzionale Edizioni Aaltra (CD) Mauro Diciocia is Torba, and Musica Convenzionale is his eighth or ninth solo recording (but his first official CD release), give or take some collaborations along the way. It is also my personal introduction to the Italian sound-collagist’s work. Here he has produced a singular thirty-nine minute track […]

Neunau | Il Ciclo Del Vuoto Boring Machines (LP/DL) “Industrial, drone, avant-garde cooked masterfully” Sound research is a never-ending endeavor, unpredictable in terms of researched material. Structured or maybe chaotic, apocalyptic and almost hallucinogenic in its process. Neunau is the sound art moniker of Sergio Maggioni, hailing from Italy. His sound research is combined with […]

Jim Haynes | Inconclusive Audio. Visuals. Atmosphere. (CS/DL) From Californian artist and curator Jim Haynes (The Helen Scarsdale Agency) comes the latest, Inconclusive. Consisting of five pieces, this is a work of gradations, starting with blotched. The immediacy of its industrial premise is unknown, which easily leads you into this noise collage blindfolded. It’s my […]

Michał Turowski | Wormwood and Flame Mozdok/Positive Regression (CDR/DL) From a Warsaw imprint (Gazawat) and sound artist Michał Turowski comes something new from this relatively new artist who’s been putting out various tapes and small editions over the past four years, many collaborations. Even though this may fall under the sub-genre of ‘dark ambient’ it […]

Lan Cao + Gregor Siedl + Wolfgang Seidel | Optimistic Modernism Moloko Plus (CD/DL) Alright, try and get comfy while I put on this new disc from the trio of Lan Cao (keys) + Gregor Siedl (wind instruments) + Wolfgang Seidel (percussion). Optimistic Modernism (inspired by the architecture this was recorded in, a former Rotaprint […]

Psych Krist Kastrator | Nothing Subtle (About Psychotic Demon Karaoke) EE Tapes (CD) “Darkened and fully electrocuted” Psych Krist Kastrator was an obscure, anti-commercial and underground electro, experimental, industrial project, hailing from Belgium, active from 1992 to 1997. The mastermind behind it was Marc Ceulemans (aka Brainquake), with three different vocalists: Robin, from 1992 to […]

Cal Lyall & Tim Olive | Lowering 845 Audio (CD/DL) Just arriving from Japan is the collab between Tim Olive and Cal Lyall. The disc consists of a singular twenty-seven minute unstructured diversion to grind your morning (or whatever time suits your wake-up call). A stirring, yet somewhat atypical industrial abstraction, that sounds as if […]

Annabelle Playe | Geyser DAC Records (12″/DL)   Geyser is from French multidisciplinary sound artist Annabelle Playe and is her third full-length effort — it’s one to keep an ear out for. It offers something solitary, about infinitesimal fragments slowly expanding toward the far corners of the horizonline. It’s a balance of soft and hard […]

R.H.G.T. |Depersonalisation Opal Tapes (CS/DL) “A layered psychological narration”                            R.H.G.T. (Red Hook Grain Terminal) is the moniker of Jordan Edge, contemporary sound artist, composer and live performer, hailing from the UK. His experiments involve industrial objects, raw materials and the use of architecture in order to manipulate the medium through which sound travels. He […]

JH1.FS3 | Trials and Tribulations Dais Records (LP/DL)   Made up of Frederikke Hoffmeier (Puce Mary) and Jesse Sanes (Leibestod), the LA-based duo known as JH1.FS3 has been recording since 2015, and this is their sophomore full-length, and first on Dais. Opening with Far From Spring, something of a funereal dirge of melancholic strings and […]

Zach Zinn | The Dream Body self-released (DL) This is a quizzical record that opens somewhere between traditional Asian sounds, bagpipes and flowing oceans. I Had It Trapped is a melancholic short intro piece before Zinn builds some murky static to go along with hushed flute melodies on Narcissistic Empath and Haunted Hooligan. The track […]

Andrea Borghi | Superelief Hemisphäreの空虚 (CS/DL) Wielding a prepared turntable, electroacoustic device and a computer Andrea Borghi offers one of the years most micro and exploratory tapes on Superelief via Australian imprint Hemisphäreの空虚. Borghi developed this piece over an art residency in Florence. At first it sounds as if he’s popping corn, there’s this infectious […]

Kotra | Freigeist Kvitnu (LP/CD/DL) The record opens with the writhing waves of The Capital Of Death – Contorted City — this is Kotra‘s new album Freigeist. Dmytro Fedorenko, the Vienna-based Ukranian artist/producer who co-runs the fantastic Kvitnu label has been bending sounds like these since the early 90’s – but here he’s on to […]

Scanner | Mass Observation (Expanded) Room40 (CD/DL) Scanner (Robin Rimbaud), one of the world’s most prolific and unique artists is one of those stalwart electronic composers who has been recording since the early 90’s, always reinventing himself. This is a look back at a work originally released in 1994 on Ash International with a much […]

Chelidon Frame Left Bank (self-released; CS/DL) It’s definitely time to break out ye olde Walkman. This new tape, the third release from Milan’s Chelidon Frame, is one of the more enigmatic records this year. Eigenlicht is loaded with microscopic surface effects and perplexing tones, darkly moody. The ten tracks across Left Bank are bathed is […]

Out of Left Field (& Back Again): Recently released on Faux Amis from Utrecht we are listening to Owlbites (Thanos Fotiadis) new live album, Live.Bites^^//.. [FA#08] (CD, Digital). The title throws me a bit, perhaps it’s simply a digital signature of some sort. Releasing music since 2015 out of the Netherlands, this is my introduction, […]