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Brood Ma: Daze (LP, Tri Angle, February 2016)

I have to admit, this record frustrates me at times, as it doesn’t seem to be making the most of the producer’s obvious talents. But there are enough good bits here to make this a keeper. Presented as 13 tracks but effectively a 27 minute continuous mix, it manages to pull in grime, techno, industrial, […]

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Nick Höppner: Folk (2xLP, Ostgut Ton, March 2015)

Nick Höppner was half of My My, whose 2006 album Songs For The Gentle was a pretty fine example of the sort of minimal-ish techy deepish house that I was lapping up back then. But I can’t say I’d thought about them much in recent years. So when a friend recommended this to me, I wasn’t […]

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Aphex Twin: MARCHROMT30a Edit 2b 96 (LP, Warp, April 2015)

The first of Aphex’s recent flurry of releases (proper releases, that is, I can’t begin to digest all the soundcloud stuff) which really made me go ‘meh’ in the style of a proper old-skool odds-and-sods sort-of-meh Aphex 12″. The title track, which was a bonus track on the Japanese version of last year’s Syro, is a […]

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Objekt: Flatland (CD, Pan, October 2014)

The plus column: This is an ace album of proper electro-flavoured techno. It’s sonically and rhythmically rich, it’s got a lovely balance of hard thumpy bits and bloopy melodic bits, and it has that exciting feeling of being like what people thought the future was going to be like back when people thought the future […]

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Aphex Twin: Syro (3xLP Warp, September 2014)

As I mentioned recently, I was a huge Aphex fan back in the day. So I was pretty excited about his first full album in 13 years and his first proper release in 7. Given his long-standing haphazard attitude to quality control, and frankly the downturn in quality of his more recent material, I was also […]

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Plastikman: EX — Performed live at the Guggenheim, NYC (CD, Mute, July 2014)

This summer featured the surprising re-emergence of two ’90s techno deities. I have raved elsewhere about the twenty-year-belated release of Aphex Twin’s Caustic Window. We also got a new release in eleven years from Richie Hawtin as Plastikman, the first since 2003’s staggeringly awesome Closer. This is actually a recording of a live performance at the Guggenheim. […]

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Caustic Window: Caustic Window LP (digital release, Rephlex, June 2014)

Let’s start this with a TL;DR, ‘cos I kinda want to shout this from the rooftops: this is an album which Aphex Twin mysteriously didn’t release in 1994; it got a semi-official digital release funded by a kickstarter this year; and it’s GREAT. As you can probably tell from the excited tone, I was a […]

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Tobias: A Series Of Shocks (CD, Ostgut Ton, March 2014)

A friend walked in while I was playing the first track of this, and asked me whether it was Steve Reich. He has a point: the opening number is a pretty obvious tribute (although a synthy backing comes in towards the end which I don’t think he’d go for). Elsewhere on the record, we have: […]

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Jon Hopkins: Immunity (CD, Domino, May 2013)

The dominant sound here is a dense, driving techno, with a heavy, propulsive beat and a gloopy, psychedelic synth sound which almost remind me of kosmiche. It’s really quite good fun. It could be a bit much, but this heady fare is leavened by occasional floaty ambient tracks. The penultimate track, Sun Harmonics, features the […]

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Prurient: Through The Window (CD, Blackest Ever Black, February 2013)

Hah, now, this is splendid fun: three big fat slices of hard, thumping, dark industrial techno bordering on proto-trance. The title track is dominated by a huge pounding bass drum, an evil-sounding buzz, a huge minor-key acid synth riff, and a guy who whispers in a sinister fashion like the bad guy in a horror […]