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Erika: Anevite Void (digital, Interdimensional Transmissions, February 2023)

It seems like Erika Sherman and the label she co-runs have been quite a big deal in Detroit since the late nineties, without ever really seeking fame outside the midwest. Which is a shame, as this is utterly smashing. Everything from the name Interdimensional Transmissions to the high-concept sci-fi sleeve notes are very second-gen Detroit, […]

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Santaka: Santaka EP (digital, Sähkö, March 2023)

Well, this is a little gem. I guess it hovers in a kind of grey area between the jazzier end of techno and a kind of technoid jazz. Rhythmically, it combines a kind of motorik drive with a liquid fluency, which is pretty cool. (There’s both drum machines and live percussion in the mix.) And […]

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Julia Sabra & Fadi Tabbal: Snakeskin (digital, Ruptured, October 2022)

A lot of the vocals from this Lebanese duo sound like dream pop, but the music tells a different story. There’s glitchy ambient, brittle electro-pop, jarring ambient, full-spectrum organ drone, and more. It can get almost overwhelming in places. In a good way, I mean. The lyrics often perform a similar switcheroo: take In Our […]

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Kali Malone: Does Spring Hide Its Joy? (digital, Ideologic Organ, January 2023)

How much drone is too much drone? Well, if it’s this good, I’m inclined to say that three hours is not enough, ‘cos after immersing myself in this I have felt a kind of loss when it stops. This is a collaboration between Kali Malone on oscillators, Lucy Railton on cello, and Stephen O’Malley out […]