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Nozomu Matsumoto: Sustainable Hours (LP, The Death Of Rave, April 2020)

I’m not sure, but I think that Nozomu Matsumoto might use the same speech synthesis programme as Eartheater does on, say, C.L.I.T — or, at any rate, it seems to make the same kinds of errors in its prosody. This is pretty emphatically where the similarities end, though. This record is the soundtrack to an […]

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DJ Python: Mas Amable (LP, Incienso, April 2020)

The start of this record risks confusing an aging IDM-head such as me. The first track, Te Conocí, sounds a little bit like Selected Ambient Works Volume II being played in a hut with rain pattering down on a tin roof. The whole album is presented as a continuous mix so the first beats fade […]

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Golem Mecanique: Nona, Decima et Morte (LP, Ideologic Organ, March 2020)

Stephen O’Malley (of Sunn O))) fame, and boss of the Ideologic Organ label) tells a cool story about his first meeting with Karen Jebane (aka Golem Mecanique) at an exclusive-sounding French festival where “some mad acoustician geniuses have built massive concrete amplified horns into the hillside to project sound against the cliff, activating the landscape’s […]

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Vladislav Delay: Rakka (LP, Cosmo Rhythmatic, February 2020)

This is Sasu Ripatti’s first proper release since apparently quitting the music industry and getting rid of all his kit, so it’s not surprising that he’s come back different. I actually did some revision for this write-up: I went back and re-listened to the four previous Sasu Ripatti records I own, from the aliases Luomo, […]

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Charlotte de Witte: Vision EP (12″, Figure, February 2020)

I don’t buy a lot of 12″s or EPs. Partly, this is because I seem to really like the album as a format — I like the feeling of handing over control of my listening to an artist for an hour or so — but, to be honest, it’s mostly because I have enough trouble […]

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Beatrice Dillon: Workaround (LP, PAN, February 2020)

First proper post of 2020. I know, right, what am I like? I actually don’t think I heard anything that came out in January that I liked enough to buy; I ordered this in February, it didn’t arrive until early March; and then… for a while there, blogging felt kind of weird, what with, you […]

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My albums of 2019

Time for my albums of the year. It’s just about possible that this list will give a hint about what I needed to get from music in 2019: mostly calm, with a little bit of escapism. As always, there are several records I’m gutted to have to exclude. This year, that includes releases by Croatian […]

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Maria W Horn: Epistasis (LP, Hallow Ground, October 2019)

At last! I’ve been, ah, rinsing this since it came out digitally back in October, but I’ve been holding off on writing about it until I got hold of my vinyl copy, which took a while. It was worth it, since it has unusually helpful sleeve notes. Anyway, this is a kind of magical record, […]

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A Winged Victory For The Sullen: The Undivided Five (LP, Ninja Tune, November 2019)

I had an odd feeling of crossing-the-streams with this album. I listened to a bunch of Ninja Tune stuff in the mid-90s, mostly instrumental and alternative hiphop and breaks, but I think of that as a part of my musical past. So for the third album proper from Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran, who could […]

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Shida Shahabi: Shifts (LP, 130701, November 2019)

I’ll admit that my first thought on hearing the opening track here, Futō, was that maybe it was overdoing the whole close-miked piano thing a wee bit, as the creak of the mechanism was so up front in the mix. But that was soon forgotten, displaced by my second and more lasting thought: this is […]