Rob Swift / Etienne Lecroart – Oumopo 2

This is the second release in the Oumupo series on the French label 0101/Ici d’ailleurs. Everything follows the same concept as the first release in this series. Except for now the musical artist is turntablist Rob Swift, and graphic artist is Etienne Lecroart. I must first state I am not the biggest fan of turntablism…

Third Eye Foundation / Jochen Gerner – Oumupo 1

This new release by Third Eye Foundation is part of the Oumopo project as started on the French label 0101, a side label of Ici d’ailleurs. The idea is to take samples from the catalogue of the label and rework them following some strict rules. Besides getting a cd, you also get a 16 page comic book by Jochen Gerner…

Alexei Borisow ” Anton Nikkil√§ – Typical human beings

Both Alexei Borisov and Anton Nikkil√§ have been active as solo artists in the experimental electronic scene. This is their first cd together, although they have performed live with each other before. The texts by Borisov seem to be the central part of this release…

Artridge – Finished soundtracks for unshot films

From the ashes of Arsenal comes Artridge. After quite some trouble with Arsenal, Robin Pleil and Christoph Mainz decided to continue their own way and start Artridge. Artridge creates a world where electronic processing goes side by side with orchestral instrumentation, where soundscapes are just as normal as technoid beats…

V/A – The noise and the city

Sometimes you are pointed to some projects and when reading the information you can’t really believe it. This happened to me when getting information about the compilation The noise and the city on the French netlabel Autres Directions…

Baker, Aidan – An intricate course of deception

Multi talent Aidan Baker from Toronto is back with a new CD. This time on Angle Rec. Aidan Baker has released a string of records on several labels the recent years, and has bene one of the more active names in drone music for sure. On this release Baker shows his talent to create wonderful meandering drones once again…

Tekniq – Shazbut

The second cd of Tekniq is released on Hive Records. It is said to be simply good music. The promo letter promises me one of the best records when it comes to IDM. A record that mixes IDM trip-hop melancholica and scattered glitchcore. And then you play the record. The beats and structures in general are nice, but the melodies. I dare not to talk about them. Weak basslines, weak melodies…

Helvetikone – Dgf #1

Helvetikone is the first release on Front, a record label that offers a platform for artists that are affiliated with the radio show Digital Gadget, braodcasting in Berlin. Helvetikone is one side of the live act Taktik. Helvetikone give us heavy beats, with slightly chaotic sounds over them. Borrowing from different dance styles, Helvetikone is able to create pleasant and danceable tracks…

Jon Mueller/Bhob Rainey/Jim Schoenecker – S/T

Sometimes you recieve a promo that says nothing to you, and then you hope the promo letter will give you some clues on the release you have in your cd player. With this CD that was certainly not the case. Except for naming the projects the contributors have played in, and names they have played with, the letter itself is as strange as the release…

Animal Collective – Who could win a rabbit

By now Animal collective has established a reputation for making strange pop like songs. This 7″ on fat cat is ofcourse no exception. Starting out with a track taken from the ‘Sung tongs’ album, Who could win a rabbit is a fast happy twisted pop song. The energy contained in this song is amazing. When hearing the track my first thought was this is simply crap. Everyone can do this…

Tim Hecker – Mirages

The third full-length album by Tim Hecker is here. This time on Alien8 Recordings. What can we expect after two albums and one ep of Tim Hecker? With Radio Amor he already showed that he is an unique artist, capable of creating very accesible but complex ambient music…

V/A – Bip-Hop generation vol. 7

And another compilation from the Bip Hop label, continuing their Bip_Hop generation series. This time the artists involved are Taylor Dupree, Emisor, Fonica, Fm3, Ghislain Poirier and Janek Schaefer. My experiences with the Bip Hop generation series haven’t always been happy ones. Even though often the artists on the compilations do appeal to me…

Vitaminsforyou – I’m sorry for ever and always

Intr_version has been very active the last few months with three new releases, and surprising releases they where. Vitaminsforyou is no exception. After two 3″ cd-r’s on Sfeericle and several tracks in compilations this is the first full length release by this Canadian band. The recipe for Vitaminsforyou seems to be not overly original…

Ghislain Poirier – Conflicts

Wow, how some artists are able to adopt different styles without lossing their identity is quite amazing at times. I surely was surprised when I picked up this new cd by Ghislain Poirier on Intr_version the other day. Starting out with a gorgeous mix of cut up brass and violins supported by dark and freaky hip hop beats Poirier sets the tone for the rest of the album…

Chib – Moco

Sometimes an artist is able to create a sound world that is totally unique, that brings images to your mind, and will take you on a trip through a place where you haven’t been before. Chib is able to do so with this release. After contributing a track to the FatCat compilation of unreleased artists (“No watches no maps”) this is the first solo release by Chib, aka Yukiko Chiba from Tokyo…

Nadja – Skin turn to glass

Nadja is a one man act of Aidan Baker, Canadian multi-instrumentalist. As Nadja this is his second release, after releasing “Touched” on Deserted Factory Records from Japan. Nadja is all about ambient doom, drone metal, or any contamination of those words. Aidan Baker uses heavy doom riffs to create a drone like atmosphere…

Kat Kosm – Knightboat

Folktronic is what this album by Kat Kosm is about. Kat Kosm are Jana Plewa and Sebastian Skalei, two Berlin based sing a song writers. The album consists of three new tracks, one demo, and three remixes of the first track. So there is not that much new material on this disc. Knightboat starts out with one of the most horrible guitars I have hard in quite a while…

Terminal Sound System – Solaris

This release on Hive Records is a re-release of the debut cd by Terminal Sound System. It is being released on Hive Records, in a limited edition of 100 copies. Terminal Sound System creates deep bass heavy breaks mixed with ambient, illbient and noisy bits. Turn up the volume and you will surely feel the basses pass right through you…

V/A – Evolved as One

This first release of the new dutch label Evolved as one is a compilation disc featuring a few of best ambient drone artists. Artists featured on the cd are Troum, Moljebka Pvlse, Srmeixner, Dual, Ultrasound, Cats of Tel Aviv and Ure Thrall…

Ilsa Gold – Regretten? Rien!

To get in the mood for this cd, repeat after me: “Eggs they say” and keep repeating those three words very fast. The result should be a Ilsa Gold song. On this 2 cd set Mego released an overview of the works of Ilsa Gold, Austria’s legendary contribution and reaction to the rave scene, and kings of scheiss house…