REVIEWS - ALBUMS

Review: Legowelt - Crystal Cult 2080

Wolfers has crafted something that's probably going to be appreciated beyond this galaxy as well. It's probably by far Legowelt's most mysterious, supernatural and ritual work to date.

By | Brendon P

Review: STL - At Disconnected Moments

Experimental in his approach but rooted in classic Detroit and Chicago functions, STL?s works are much more subtle than just another race on the trails of radicalism.

By | TT

Review: Moodymann - Moodymann

Regardless, "Moodymann," like Moodymann himself, is a tightly conceived, totally self-aware product. It may be a fantasy, or a fever-dream, but its rare groove and cranky spirit are Detroit in a bottle.

By | Josh

Review: Achterbahn D'Amour - Odd Movements

Paluka and Albert's fixation on bringing the best out of their respective classic Roland boxes (the TB303 and the TR606) forms the basis of the album's distinct sonic result, which is also the sum of their three Acid Test EPs.

By | Brendon P

Review: Ron Morelli - Spit

For the large part drone-y, loopy, lo-fi, raw and decidedly unmusical in the conventional sense, the short 8-tracker that clocks in at slightly under 35 minutes took me multiple listens, and each time produced a different reaction.

By | The Dash

Review: Neneh Cherry - Blank Project

When Neneh Cherry-singer, 80s it-girl, grandmother-announced a new record for 2014, it was met with a collective "huh" of quasi-anticipation. At least, of curiosity. This may be because, in spite of her past fame, most of us still don?t know who she is or what she has to say.

By | Josh

Review: Terrence Dixon - Badge of Honor

With 'Badge of Honor', Detroit techno and its key soldier Terrence Dixon can stand proud...Truly a piece of spellbinding work, please take note.

By | The Dash

Review: Lucy - Churches, Schools and Guns

Far from being a club-centric album, several of the tracks on here would in fact work exceedingly well as film scores, albeit of some very weird, very futuristic or artistic films. And that?s a good thing.

By | Una Sangard

Review: Terrence Parker - Life on the Back 9

If you love House, the chances are that you also love its highly formulaic quality. It's a shibboleth. You are a believer, and anyone who insists on innovation is missing the point.

By | Josh

Review: Shifted - Under a Single Banner

This will be the perfect dance track for serious technophiles. The last two tracks, 'Story of Aurea' and 'Wash Over Me', do precisely that and draw us back to sand at the edge of the sea to draw new faces, only to wash them away as Shifted's waves wash over me. This techno is truly great.

By | Ivan Ligne-Noire

Review: C.Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, Lasse Marhaug - Wake Up Awesome

Elegant bits of string performance mix with studio chop-and-screw, funny mouth noises, cello farts, and dusty samples. It has no coherence as an artistic product, except what it is not?the album is an exercise in negativity, in showing what its creators are trying to avoid.

By | Josh

Review: Raudive - A System of Objects

Probably because of Oliver Ho's tendency to weld mischief into the fray and open my mind even further to the fact that intelligent, experimental electronic musicianship like this still continues to exist and turn the pages of the industry like a book that you just can't put down.

By | BP

Review: Conforce - Kinetic Image

Bunnik is proof of that same resourcefulness and imagination, delivering an album that is abstract yet alchemistic; light and subtle, yet deep and intricately put together all at the same time.

By | Una Sangard

Review: Emptyset - Recur

It takes a discerning ear to appreciate Emptyset's latest production but if you can, you will be gradually, unknowingly, elevated to a cataleptic order. This album skillfully toes the line between being artfully abrasive and discordantly mechanical.

By | TT

Review: Egyptrixx - A/B Til Infinity

The songs don?t appear to be driven by musical ideas, but instead by a smart combination of stylistic elements. This, ironically, is what is so attractive about the proposition of "A/B Til Infinity."

By | Josh

Subaltern Soundbites

A cream of the crop picking. Subaltern Soundbites returns with 3 quality LPs from Tom Trago, Daniel Avery and Axel Boman.

By | The Dash

Review: L.B. Dub Corp - Unknown Origin

When Zephaniah's silky voice says "Let me hear you say 'Multiculture'". (Amen.) Let me hear you say "roti, roti", we are hearing one of the finest observations in electronic music about the issue of cultural assimilation through a crass commodification that pervades Brtitish culture, which fails to address the ethnic diversity that underlies many of Britain's current social problems.

By | Ivan Ligne-Noire

Review: DJ Rashad - Double Cup

It's an extreme approach to a rather directionless musical moment, where most sophistication is invested in looking, lovingly, backwards. And for this reason, Rashad's aggressive solution will likely continue to polarize listeners.

By | Josh

Review: Recondite - Hinterland

A blueprint of instrumental techno perhaps? From the first note of the long-player, one is lured to take a step through the woods. And then a next and a next, trekking through the hinterland of Recondite's mind.

By | The Dash

Review: Special Request - Soul Music

We hardly need to anoint Soul Music with the label of conceptualism in order to make it worthwhile. It's a great work by an artist who knows exactly how to put a high-quality track together, in jungle or in techno.

By | Josh

Review: Sequence Report - Secromance

Secromance, for all of its 'flaws and it has some big'uns' impossibly captures the feeling of tramping home through the Chi-town winter with a strange and beautiful record in your bag, that bright and secret thing, a telegram from some like-minded soul.

By | Josh

Review: Deetron - Music Over Matter

Techno purists aren't going to love this album and neither are the hipsters, but hey, hipsters are the exact same bunch that thought that Stacey Pullen was a woman. Nevertheless, I love this album - for every ounce of diversity and soul that it comes with, and will be probably be playing it A LOT in the months to come.

By | BP

Review: Kwes. - ilp

Kwes proves that you can speak loudly by being quiet. This doesn't mean that he only shines against the vulgarity of the Miley Moment, however. His world of colour feels like an expanded view that is just beginning to come into focus.

By | Josh

Review: Laurel Halo - Chance of Rain

'Chance of Rain' is rich in ambivalent impulses that come together in a thrilling tension to inspire a sense of dialogue and movement.

By | TT

Review: Four Tet - Beautiful Rewind

Whether one views him as a trend jumper, or Johnny-come-lately artist, or simply a musical genius, make no mistake, there's always a point when you'll come to a greater appreciation and understanding of where you need to be at any given point in time.

By | BP

Review: Marcel Dettmann - Dettmann II

'Dettmann II', the Berghain minimal magician's sophomore album released on Berghain label Ostgut Ton, is a subtle step up from his debut effort ('Dettmann'), this time containing more well-rounded offerings and more spacious sound design, along with your usual dancefloor-oriented loop techno.

By | Una Sangard

Review: Darkside - Psychic

It's space-rock, for sure. But inner space. Jaar manages to conjure an expansive emotional landscape within an inward and rather constrained palette of sound. 'Psychic' is a microcosmos, a galaxy of infinitely small gestures. And at this tiny scale, every move feels important.

By | Josh

Subaltern Soundbites

A mixbag pick of 3 new LPs from Kirk Degiorgio to Huerco S. and Senking create this edition of Subaltern Soundbites.

By | The Dash

Review: Moderat - II

In a time when it's anyone's guess as to what form the next revival or sound might take, Moderat offers us a possibility that most would be able to derive much from. Sonically traversing the various eras, the trio have stitched together a record that celebrates the tension between underground credos and popular sensibilities.

By | Nick Chan

Review: Lawrence - Films & Windows

Where modern genre tracks favour straightjacketed formulas and big hooks to capture attention, Lawrence's music shuns the approach, preferring an expressionist style of music with the artist at the centre.

By | The Dash

Review: Balance Presents Guy J

But do not make the mistake in thinking that this is a full-on onslaught on progressive house alone. It's much, much more...Easily, for me, this is mix compilation of the month! Thank you Balance.

By | BP

Review: Vakula - You've Never Been To Konotop

Add this not just to your shopping cart if you can, but to your quest for life, art and spiritual development.

By | BP

Review: Ultrademon - Seapunk

Emotive, self-referential, fun and undeniably talented, this album should not be cast away. Outwardly colorful packaging and distractive sideshows aside, careful listening and deeper digging reveal a sensitive artist wanting to be heard and make a difference.

By | The Dash

Review: Oliver Deutschmann - Out of the Dark

For what it's worth, this album is an excellent showcase of Oliver's deep repertoire and what Vidab as a label has to offer. It has its hits and misses but fans shouldn't be disappointed. Also 'Out of the Dark - Remixes' is out now featuring three of my more favored tracks on the album. Check it out.

By | Russell Lick

Review: Traversable Wormhole - Vol. 6-10

Just by reinventing himself, and bringing forth the kind of music he wanted to hear in his favourite club - a stripped down, sci-fi-industrial sound that crosses genres - Adam X got the scene to sit up and take notice, rising up not from obscurity but with it. And true to his alias, he did it all within a short space of time, in (inter)stellar fashion.

By | Una Sangard

Review: The Lions - This Generation

Unlike the spiritual movement of roots reggae, The Lion takes on a lighter and positive approach, which may come across as slightly dense, but it still does not take the charm and fun out of listening to the album in its entirety.

By | Bobby

Review: Function - Incubation

The Ostgut-Ton-released album is ostensibly less Sumner than Sandwell: a Polaroid of the aesthetic mythologised in the late noughties by Function, Regis et al before the shadowy, closed-door movement shut down in 2011.

By | Justin

Review: Dadub - You Are Eternity

The laws of physics seem to apply when the album is listened to as a whole. Dadub demonstrates an instinctive aptitude for building tension, momentum, density, and propelling an album through with sheer driving force. The end result is powerful but perfectly nuanced.

By | Una Sangard

Review: Space Dimension Controller - Welcome to Mikrosector-50

Mr. 8040 has managed to write a storybook and a soundtrack to it that could very well be Star Trek re-visited, beyond the 24th Century, only a hell of a lot more funked up.

By | Brendon P

Review: Trus'me - Treat Me Right

With such a cinematic, curtain-rising ending to 'Treat Me Right', one feels as if one has been told a love story through Wolstencroft's music playing by the album's end. It might be the producer's most techno-sounding album to date but in any case, his remixers of late would have already indicated the artist's growth in that direction.

By | The Dash

Review: Nosaj Thing - Home LP

While it won't be surprising that this album might have mixed reviews, it's quite certain that longevity is to be found in change for Nosaj Thing...it does leave one wondering whether it would have made a difference if 'Home' was someone else's debut effort instead?

By | Nick Chan

Review: Legowelt - The Paranormal Soul

Channelling otherworldly 'cosmic intuition', Legowelt expertly conjures up some very sweet vintage synth sounds with his collection of analog equipment. Not to be dismissed as a mere exercise in nostalgia - there are nods to early techno, house, acid and rave (or as Legowelt puts it, "90's weird English stuff from all over the place") - the end product is decidedly modern.

By | Una Sangard

Review: Jose James - No Beginning No End

In pursuing this creative experiment of fusing jazz together with soul and hip hop, the album unfolds in exceptional glory, seductive and romantic. It straddles between the contemporary and conventional, where music is injected with a fresh perspective without straying from the catalyst of traditional influences.

By | Bobby

Review: Kris Wadsworth - Life and Death

'Life and Death' is an honest, entertaining piece of work put together by a man who knows exactly what he stands for. And when it comes to Kris Wadsworth, that's nothing short of impressive.

By | SC

Review: Fabric 67 - Zip

And with this mix, it's not only a testimony or shout out to the future, but also a hint to the new and up and comer's to approach the year ahead with daring aplomb. Let this mix serve as a good example for starters.

By | Brendon P

Review: Erdbeerschnitzel - Tender Leaf

Let's just leave pigeonholing to the folks at Beatport shall we. To do that with Keiling's work, would be a big mistake and a sad injustice in every sense. Just call it great music, soul food or mind fluid if you must. But it's something anyone who looks for beauty in life or in music should own.

By | Brendon P

Review: Basic Soul Unit - Motional Response

Being objective and drop dead honest when reviewing an artist album especially when its the output of a good friend, is difficult. But Mr Li, you've just made it easy.

By | Brendon P

Review: Redshape - Square

You heard him perform it live at the 3rd year anniversary, now own a piece of Redshape at home. His sophomore album 'Square' continues in the vein of his elegant yet rugged house/techno, orchestrated in outer-space, future-baroque tones and percussive layers.

By | Justin

Inter-Review: Kiat - The Inner Galaxy

A pioneer of not just Singapore's DnB scene but underground electronica in general, Kiat is a firm stalwart who becomes more relevant with each year. Here we break an exclusive interview and a review of his LP 'The Inner Galaxy' released in June 2012. Catch his performance with album collaborator, Isaac Aesili for Midnight Shift's 3rd Anniversary on 17 Nov 2012.

By | SC

Review: ScionA/V presents Nick Hook - Without You

From Omar S to Moodymann and Analogue Monsta, Scion A/V has been dishing out gems of free releases from artists of said caliber. Here, Nick Hook's Without You is no different, with standout collaborations with the likes of Machinedrum and Computer Jay & The Gaslamp Killer.

By | Vicki

Review: Jacob Korn - You & Me

With every listen, you might find something new to love - depending on the time of day, the mood you're in - it's difficult to pick just one favourite.

By | SC

Review: Steve Bug - Noir

Brendon P reviews what he calls Steve Bug's most mature outing to date: concept album 'Noir' draws influences from the cinematic genre, but will also keep the bug fans happy.

By | Brendon P

Review: Deadbeat - Eight

"Genre debate be damned, 'Eight' is a truly brilliant listening experience". When Justin gives a good review we are inclined to believe it so.

By | Justin

Review: Funk D'Void - Balance 022

Funk D'Void guests the ever-reliable Balance mix series featuring 4 exclusive tracks along a dancefloor-fuelled double-disc ride.

By | Brendon P

Review: Shed - The Killer

Unmistakably Shed, The Killer LP delivers with a tried-and-terrific blueprint that will please techno revivalists.

By | Justin

The JUICE Playlist: September

September is scorching as The JUICE Playlist picks up the likes of Blawan, Koreless for How to Dress Well, Mala, Captain Murphy and Atoms For Peace for their monthly rundown on the latest and the best.

By | JUICE

Review: Four Tet - Pink

Four Tet's 'Pink' is, also in some ways, less of an album and more so a compendium anyway...a culmination of his journey so far, both as a musician and DJ.

By | Brendon P

Review: Robert Hood - Motor: Nighttime World 3

Those expecting the usual fare of Robert Hood?s fiercely spare, loopy Detroit techno will be surprised. Continuing in the vein of previous instalments, 'Motor: Nighttime World 3' largely relays Hood?s mellower side with poignant electronics foregrounded over percussive dancefloor ingredients.

By | Justin

Review: Oscar Mulero - Black Propaganda

Oscar Mulero's Black Propaganda LP - fearsome, no-bullshit, hard-as-nails technoid funk spawned direct from the bowels of darkness and industry.

By | Justin

Review: Delta Funktionen - Traces

"Those randomly strewn hacked up pieces that glazes the cover of 'Traces', are significant and probably, also the solution to the jig-saw puzzle within the album. The sum of all parts add together to reveal an interesting collection of classic meets future classic." Brendon P reviews Delta Funktionen's debut LP 'Traces'.

By | Brendon P

Review: Ame - Ame Live

Take it for what it is, 'Ame Live' is exactly what it says on the tin.

By | The Dash

Review: Naz - Angkara EP

A ruthless melange of dub, breaks and bass from homeboy Naz and his 'Angkara EP' now out on Qilin music.

By | Bobby

Subaltern Soundbites

Photek, Orbital and Lone feature in this sentimental edition of compact reviews known as Subaltern Soundbites - by Justin.

By | Justin

Review: The Expert - Neckbreakers Beat Tape

Featuring a nifty compilation of funk-soul Blaxploitation instrumentals, The Expert's 'Neckbreakers Beat Tape' reigns in its significance of boom bap as well as digital dexterity that manages to retain that glorious resonance of acetate.

By | Bobby

Review: Handbook - Layerism

Introducing Bobby, the moniker of our latest reviewer to the blog featuring adventures from the left field of electronic music. First up is a little known artist called Handbook and his self-released 'Layerism' available on Bandcamp.

By | Bobby

Review: Sand Circles - Motor City

Formerly available only on limited run cassette, all-instrumental 'Motor City' by Sand Circles on the Not Not Fun label gets a 2012 digital release.

By | SSS

Review: TJ Kong & Modular K - Dream Cargoes

TJ Kong and Modular K debut as a duo on 'Dream Cargoes', released by Poker Flat. It is a teaser of an album with hints of a bigger sleeping giant.

By | SSS

Review: Shifted - Crossed Paths

Shifted's 'Crossed Paths' forsakes modern-day Techno's commonplace requirement for 'forward-thinkingness', and gifts us instead with a slab of beauty/archaeology, rehashed and brought to bear by a veritable craftsman of antiquity.

By | Justin

Review: Iron Curtis - Soft Wide Waist Band

"The musical arrangement and production on this is second to none and if this is anything to go by, a blueprint for other house producers to start re-building upon." Brendon P reviews Iron Curtis's debut LP entitled 'Soft Wide Waist Band', to be released on Mirau on 21 May.

By | Brendon P

Review: Claro Intelecto - Reform Club

Claro Intelecto is back with his third full-length album, Reform Club on Delsin Records. This is unflappable dance music; cool and composed as you like, yet heartfelt and tender inside.

By | Justin

Review: Vince Watson - Every Soul Needs A Guide

Thoughtfully deep and diverse, Vince Watson's 7th album, 'Every Soul Needs A Guide' shows the veteran producer's lighter, nu-jazz side.

By | SSS

Review: Ital - Hive Mind

Creative producer alert. Ital showcases his varied influences in shoegaze and noise with his album 'Hive Mind', which is used to dialogue effectively against house foundations in this post-genre world.

By | The Dash

Review: Delano Smith - An Odyssey

"Without Delano there would be no Derrick" - Derrick May. Detroit's Delano Smith has been around the circuit since DJing in 1978 but only releases his first LP now (albeit after many singles). A real treat for fans tuned into his sound, but for new converts? The answer is 'maybe'.

By | The Dash

Review: Leo Zero - Acid Life

Do yourself a favour and pick up Acid Life, by UK DJ and producer Leo Zero. It's a fantastic throwback to acid house woven together by a man who couldn't be more comfortable in his own element.

By | SSS

Review: Monolake - Ghosts

Is the future a triumph of sound over music? Monolake's new album, Ghosts, as reviewed by Justin, seems to point in that direction.

By | Justin

Review: Scuba - Personality

Surprisingly cheery output from the versatile Scuba. His latest album, 'Personality' takes a leap and lands in yet another dimension.

By | SSS

Review: John Talabot - fIN

A deeply emotive debut album from John Talabot, fIN, sounds like it's only just the beginning for this original producer from Barcelona. We can't wait for more.

By | SSS

Subaltern Soundbites

Recent releases by Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka, Throwing Snow and Octo Octa feature in this review collection of 3 Subaltern Soundbites to raise your listening experience with.

By | Justin

Review: D'Marc Cantu - Fallen

Get ready to be sucked into a swirling vortex of jacking rhythms, a tunnel of sound pulsing with gritty synths, solid beats, and deep vocals growling in the background with D'Marc Cantu's Fallen.

By | SSS

Inter-Review: Octave One - Revisited (Here, There and Beyond)

The Burden brothers aka Octave One release an album of favourites remixed by their favourite producers. Brendon P reviews and interviews the beloved duo as we welcome in the year 2012 on the right note.

By | Brendon P

Review: Boof - Shhh, Dandelions At Play

Released mid last year but only discovered now, reviewer The Dash makes a case for why everyone should be a Maurice Fulton fan with his futuristic funk album: Shhh, Dandelions At Play.

By | The Dash

Review: Pinch & Shackleton

Against the atmosphere of the festive season, Pinch and Shackleton deliver an album that locks down a passing cloud of darkness and sieves out 9 beautifully intricate, complex tracks.

By | SSS

Review: Orphx - Radiotherapy

A brilliant hybrid of techno and noise, Radiotherapy is one of those albums where perhaps it's best that you discover the experience for yourself.

By | SSS

Review: Argy - Fundamentals

House club music is well and truly alive in the good hands of Greece-born and Midnight Shift label artist, Argy. Brendon P reviews his latest album on Ibadan Records, 'Fundamentals'.

By | Brendon P

Review: Reel by Real - Surkit Chamber - The Melding

Reel by Real aka Marty Bonds makes a first comeback after 20 years. What are we to expect from this Detroit veteran?

By | The Dash

Review: Elektro Guzzi - Parquet

Parquet is an energetic step up from Elektro Guzzi's self-titled debut album in 2010, and an unconventional and fresh piece of work that deserves a thorough listen, for all techno - and even post-rock - fans.

By | SSS

Review: The Magic 3

There seems to have been a spate of great mixes lately. Here are another 3 to add to the bag, courtesy of veterans: Karizma, The Black Dog and Scuba.

By | The Dash

Review: Martyn - Ghost People

Label owner of 3024, Martyn steps away from dubstep to evoke the 'old Paradise Garage DJ life' with his latest album 'Ghost People' on Brainfeeder. An SSS review debut.

By | SSS

Inter-Review: Xhin - Sword

A postmodern fairytale adventure is exactly how Brendon P describes Xhin's critically received 3rd album, 'Sword'. Scroll down for an exclusive interview with the maker. Xhin will be performing at Midnight Shift's 2nd Anniversary tomorrow after midnight.

By | Brendon P

The JUICE Playlist: OCTOBER

What does JUICE taste like? This month's juicy delivery includes Modeselektor, The Magician and Kuedo as well as remixes of Eight and a Half and Lana Del Rey by TOKiMONSTA and Jamie Woon respectively.

By | JUICE

Review: Deetron - Balance 020

Deetron releases the highly anticipated Balance 020 - an outstanding double mix CD featuring one part all digital; the other all analogue. Veteran DJ and producer Brendon P gives his review.

By | Brendon P

The JUICE Playlist: SEPTEMBER

The team from JUICE does it again with its cherry-pick of this month's electronic flavours: Minnesota, Zenker Brothers, Deejay Mosca, The Drums and Marcel Dettmann.

By | JUICE

Review: Omar-S - It Can Be Done, But Only I Can Do It

Omar-S, native Detroit DJ and producer, releases his second LP called It Can Be Done, But Only I Can Do It.

By | The Dash

Review: Zomby - Dedication

Released for sale today (11 July 2011), Zomby finally delivers his rock-solid 16-track album, 'Dedication'. The wait was certainly worth the while!

By | (^o^)

Review: Global Communication - Back in the Box

NRK's Back in the Box compilation has consistently given underrated tracks a second spin, and Global Communication's premium delivery package is no different.

By | The Dash

Review: Kangding Ray - Or

As a member of the raster-noton family, Kangding Ray and his music are necessarily concerned with the click-clacks of minimal electronic sound design; conceptualised through artistic missives and scientific sequences; and realised through experimental projects, publications and installation works?. etc., etc. and more etc.

By | θ23

Review: Jackmaster - FabricLive.57

Bit of a change in tack around here, this week's review goes not to the next bright-young-DIY beatmaker, but a tastemaking Glaswegian DJ without a single record to his name.

By | θ23

Review: Gold Panda - Lucky Shiner

Who is this Gold Panda? What is this hipster electronic music?

By | θ23

Review: Boxcutter - The Dissolve

Ireland's Barry Lynn aka Boxcutter's 13-track album The Dissolve has a very distinct style of its own with every track presenting its own unique identity!

By | (^o^)

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