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 […]

Ulex Xane | Stances/Semblance Cipher Productions (CD) Stances/Semblance (edition of 300) is both a forty-year retrospective of musique concrète and electroacoustic works of Ülex Xane (1975-2015) and my personal introduction to his work. Though I’ve been listening as long as he’s been making my tastes have shifted and evolved over time, as has his sound […]

Carsten Boer/Precocious Mouse | Basalt threadneedle community (DL) DIG THIS!: Basalt is a split record by Precocious Mouse and Carsten Boer, each contributing two live session tracks of differing experimental and glitchtech styles. There is a physical release associated for the first twenty who purchase the digital file via Bandcamp. Though the recording is sequenced intermittently […]

Richard Chartier + France Jobin | Duo mAtter (LP/DL) France Jobin + Richard Chartier, as a duo, perfect! My ears have been open to both these artists since the late 90s/early 00s, and though they have each evolved in direction over these decades, and I’ve heard collaborations they have done with others, separately, this may […]

France Jobin | Intrication No. (CD/DL) A stalwart of the microsound scene, France Jobin releases her 9th album on the No. label. Despite her previous association with the most lowercase of sounds, this album sees the Montreal-based artist expand her sound palette considerably. These tracks are noticeably fuller in scale and scope, allowing Jobin to […]

Luigi Turra | Fukinsei mAtter (LP/DL) Two years after his “Alea” release on the LINE imprint, Luigi Turra returns with a collection of new explorations in microsound on the Tokyo-based mAtter label.  Fukinsei finds the Italian sound artist continuing his investigations into abstract structures of lowercase sound, silence and the delicate balance between the two. This […]

Philip Sulidae | Petrification and Strife Hemisphäre の空虚 (CS/DL) Australian composer Philip Sulidae has released a delicate minimal work titled  Petrification and Strife, encompassing two lengthy pieces for the imprint he manages, Hemisphäre の空虚.  Like other label releases, the simplicity is in pure black and white, like the uncomplicated cover art that spells out its […]

Bjarni Gunnarsson | Lueur Tartaruga (LP/DL) Icelandic composer and sound artist Bjarni Gunnarsson has just released his latest album, Lueur, four electroacoustic tracks, on London imprint Tartaruga Records in an edition of 200 copies (silkscreened by Luke Twyman, 16 ways). First up is the isolationist Prisme, which is quite chilling and sparse at first, but slowly […]

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 […]

Francisco Meirino | The Ruins Misanthropic Agenda (CD/DL) Taken from multi-channel recordings that play like waves traveling from right to left cyclically Francisco Meirino opens his latest, The Ruins, with a twerky set of frequencies on Exposition. What sounds like sorting static becomes a vibrating central nervous system. Instructions: “Continuous playback recommended“. In this deeply […]

Juan José Calarco | espectro Impulsive Habitat (DL) Argentinian field recordist Juan José Calarco has just released his fifth full length solo recording since 2007 under the title espectro via netlabel Impulsive Habit. If you don’t know them, I highly recommend checking this South American collective out here. The title translates to ‘spectrum’ although from […]

  Andrea Neumann + Mads Emil Nielsen | Refound Arbitrary (10″/DL) Here are two accomplished and interesting artists, Andrea Neumann (Germany) + Mads Emil Nielsen (Denmark), collaborating (since 2014) on a new surprising 10″ on Nielsen’s Arbitrary imprint. This recording was already on my review list when along came the new Sichten 1 compilation on […]

Various Artists | Tranquility Variations Matter (CS/DL) Releasing tomorrow from independent Japanese imprint mAtter is an interesting collaborative work mixed by Yukitomo Hamasaki which fuses sixteen pieces into one. This marks the Tokyo-based label’s tenth anniversary, and their interests have always aligned with my own, art, sound + architecture. Aside from Hamasaki this recording includes […]

Thomas Ankersmit | Homage To Dick Raaijmakers Shelter Press (LP/CD/DL) Based between Berlin and Amsterdam Ankersmit is a composer inspired here by the 1960’s work by Dutch electronic/tape-based musician/composer Dick Raaijmakers (1930-2013).  Created for Serge synthesizer he’s channeling the natural elements of weather systems in this thirty-five minute singular work. Instantly its an experimental world […]

Syntax | Microark + Minim | 50 HZ (split release) Yatra Arts (CD) This release comes from two Romanian artists here sharing a split release, Syntax (Laurian Bardos) and Minim (Diana Dulgheru), on Canadian imprint Yatra Arts. This will most definitely appeal to fans of minimal techno glitch, Raster-Noton and other like labels. Included are […]

Kajsa Lindgren | Distorted Worlds | Hyperdelia (DL) w/Felicia Atkinson, David Granström, Stefan Helmreich/Eva Hayward, Teresa Winter Stockholm’s avant composer and field recordist lets out something of an extension of her recent ‘aquasonic’ Womb release which we covered here. This quasi remix EP includes four tracks, each taking off from this vantage point, and deriving their […]

Sonae | Wearing Black Remixes Monika Enterprise (DL) The four-track Wearing Black Remixes EP follows Sonae‘s dreamily experimental electronic full-length I Started Wearing Black released earlier this year, in follow-up to her 2015 debut, Far Away Is Just Around The Corner. On these four pieces the Cologne-based sound-bender has invited four interesting artists, Lucrecia Dalt, Electric […]

Jamie Drouin Paysage (Infrequency Editions; CD/DL) Being a lover of the ‘exquisite corpse’ approach of piecing together any creative form, I was delighted to see this noted in the release materials. The latest from the bounty of lavish Victoria BC is Jamie Drouin‘s forty-one minute work, Paysage, which was recorded between 2005 – 2009 using […]

Claudio Parodi Right Error (Migro Records; DL/USB ‘Circuit Board’ CD) Housed inside a simple clear CD jewel case is an edition of only 100, it’s Claudio Parodi‘s Right Error on a USB that’s hidden inside a CD designed by Vincent Oliver to look like a circuit board. The design is a spectacularly sly innovative deceptive […]

precocious mouse Virginia Creeper (Threadneedle Community) BROKEN BEATS IN REVERSE: Just out digitally this week is the latest from Londoner precocious mouse (Caleb Wood), the second full-length since 2010 entitled Virginia Creeper. Opening with PGC/032673, this is deep and atmospheric, the heady and granular stuff that aural dreams are made of. I’m excited as this […]

Jeph Jerman Imbrication (Unfathomless; CD/DL) The latest from Arizonian Jeph Jerman comes in three formats, you can download this on Bandcamp, or you collect wither the hand-numbered standard edition CD or the special edition CD which comes in a neat cardboard packing – only 50 of these, and each one slightly different. The title infers […]

It’s always a good day when I have the opportunity to listen to and review a fellow interdisciplinary artist. And here we have Portuguese experimenter Vitor Joaquim and his ninth solo effort, the self-released Impermanence (USB & DL) out on June 7. There’s a lot going on here, so listen closely. Being both a multi-instrumentalist […]