Occupants Alpha 2
Science Cult Records
Out 5th November
The sharp end of the electronica scene gets another keen whet with the release of Science Cult's second edition of the Occupants Alpha series. The mixing of fresh and experienced music creators in one rendition provides a balanced and effective blast into the ethos and philosophy of this rapidly expanding art form. What makes electronica special? The infinite scope of a synthesiser and drum machine allow composers to reach into the chaos and draw out golden threads of splendour. When natural music and theory is added to this conjuring of waves, a special magic happens when nothing ever heard before is made real for the first time. Sometimes it's subtle, food for mathematicians and conductors, and sometimes the sound is simply a new kind of punk, in your face and ballistic.
A tubular tunnelling zap bass rips open the sound as whistle tones fan out in octavian forms. Rhythm pushes the keys, a solid barge of liquid percussion funnels through the canal like churning mechanisms of traditional industry. The snare and hats rattle on sparkling timings as slow and pauseful harmonies rumble and sing at tangents to the flow. Voices chatter quietly in subterranean ghostways that linger in the resonance of melody. Dream Dunes by Broken Joe offers a glistening spectacle through the lens of crunchy bass and ethereal synthesisers.
Cybereign is next with Journey. A retro feel dresses the rhythm as bass and snare bash out a thumping dance beat. Subtle chords play out in the sub-layers that waver and touch on the approaching energy. The lead synthesiser then begins, rubbery tones throw high-balls at disparate fielders waiting for the catch. This leans over to allow space for a robotised voice, melodious chanting brings yet more intrigue to the thrusty and evolutionary track.
Bouncing snare and bass with a dashing of hats spins out the fabric of the next number. Spongy waves of bubbling synthesiser froth and effervesce in phased and buoyant loops. Deep orchestral style synthesisers play odd scales with disappearing decay that leaves emptiness like presents we're grateful for. Strange tempos rise within as funky bass-lines keep the aesthetic creamy and sweet. Brice Kelly with Armed To The Teeth persistently throbs with a catchy bass drum and snare as strange and exploratory synthesiser motifs continue to baffle and derange, much to the listener's pleasure.
Strange and high-pitched droplets reverse their gravity into pinpoints of focus as mechanical bass and snare ramp up the tempo. A slow throbbing bass-line folds in like filling as the space-age throng continues to scale the shivering architecture. Key-changes unravel the fantastical as howling winds thunder through thumping bass drums that breath in non-linear patterns. Gated synthesisers rise through the weathering and launch yet more pulsations of flow through the vortices of vagus listening. Called Geodesic, issu's shattered tempos and spiky bass back-combs with ferocious strokes.
Amplitude rises into a spring-loaded percussion that evolves into a huge resonance drenched bass-drum. A vocal with digital distortion speaks as the rhythm expands with more bass-end tones that create a melodious undercarriage. Chattering juxtapositions of soundwave rattle with bot sounds and mechanically edged rhythm patterns that jitter and shake with cogged input. A simmering down of phantom-like melody carries through a steamy backdrop before the bass-line progresses further with twisting pitches and stereo-level adjustments to direction. L-Pad gives us Skinwalker, with all its creepiness intact.
Industry and hardware strike the tone as pulsing rhythms and phasing synthesisers join within an arena of production. The throbbing bass is let through the double doors and as they swing open to the steps of heavy weight percussion, springs and levers begin to jostle and compute as the impetus instructs. Armatures of sonic force turn and deliver packages of vocal that echo through drapes of dividers and cosy guidance systems. Robotic synthesisers churn through mixers and drums that rattle on looped programs of catalytic kinesis. The Inside Rumour is Leonardo Chevy as the title suggests.
New directions of tribal-esque origin break out with tom-tom drums and tabla sounds that warp in pitch across the percussive strike. A voice calls out, and digital saw bass begins to dig into the wood with strong and purposeful strokes. A higher ranger of percussion launches as cymbals begin to spiral into the distance from the centre of the machine. Across All Points by Hypho lends an afrobeat style to the production as huge waves of wafting bass shudder with long and foaming tones.
Fix Me is the cry from Blast Attack's studio. A bashing drum begins the music as dabbing synthesisers ripple with surging intensity that draw out a deep and drawn-out bass. Speckled beats spray a quick-fire output as slower and meaningful tones harmonise and paint drama within the screen of sonic cinema. Siren like twisting notes rise over the edges of the frame before a retro and spooky synthesiser leans in and takes control with catchy melodies. Robot voices murmur in the shaded areas while candle-wax clocks gradually melt into pools of solid past tenses.
NPC finishes the album with Valhalla. After this rigorous run-through of delicatessen dishes of curated beats and tones, it's a good place to be. Chiming bells and metallic sounds clang and clamour in a revolving scenario of sound as a roaring of bass rises up and through the reality of the texture. New mountain peaks of amplitude form a dance-pattern that throws us into a maelstrom of digital edges and hardcore nodding breaks. Frantic beats march to the vibrancy of thundering bass drones that launch any residual lingerments into the foray.
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Beyond The Reach Of Time EP
TBR: 12th November
In the 25 years since blasting onto the techno scene, Karl O'Connor AKA Regis is there to celebrate EPM's 20th anniversary with another maverick release. The 4th addition to the EPM20 series, Beyond The Reach Of Time EP offers 3 cuts that fully benefit the label and the scene with persistent, consistent quality. Made around 1999, these recordings didn't quite fit anything Regis was involved with at the time. Stepping away from his own label, Downwards Records, Regis is glad to work with EPM as the opportunities have been fed both ways over the years. No stranger to extravagance in performance and production, Regis is keen to push every button when it comes to giving his listeners something to remember and recognise. From playing DJ venues the world over to performing a live electronica concert with a host of stars in the scene, Regis has been a driving force in the scope of this art-form.
No Love From Above rams in with a massive thumping bass and snare on the off-beat that shudders and bumps as the tempo thrashes in its cage. New waves of bass and cymbal strike down a smoother dance-pulse as sonic effects knock in wooden echoes through disparate surroundings. Roaming synthesiser notes swell as they wander during the relentless pulse of driving bass-drums. Juxtapositions of hope and despair ricochet from wall to wall as thumping percussions batter the crowd, swaying to ethereal undertones.
Another rumbling and full-on bass driven rhythm outspans with tuneful low-end percussion lending a hypnotic repetitiveness. Clinking and jarring bells then begin to rattle in revolving patterns that swap places with the focus. Cymbals barge in on gathering momentums only to be swept up by the frantic assemblage of bass. Thumping dance-patterns form ever-present tempos as subtle manoeuvres throw jostling impeti through little hoops. At The Side Of Silence punches in the solar plexus region and doesn't stop until we're exhausted.
The final number, Beyond The Reach Of Time Part 2, launches from the touchpad with chiming harmonic bells and thunderous bass that drives in like a hammer to a nail. Thumping percussion surges as the bell motif sinking down into the spongy texture before rising into a sonic bob. Tuneful percussive sounds bring out dimensions of dance as a cymbal pattern lifts from the waters like splashing spotlights. Rolling hills of bass and tubular percussion swarm and expand like universes into a shadowy layer that glistens under its own creation. The intensity grows until a sunrise moment unveils the darkness and realises the passion with luminous synths and riding melodies.
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TBR: 10th November
Recording from her bedroom, 20-year-old Georgia Ochoa is quietly gathering momentum and fans along for the ride. The multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter now prepares to put out her first release on Bytes. The technophilic sounds and crisp atmospheres that make the left and right wing of the free-bird that is Seagoth bring the artist to ever higher horizons. Discovered by Andy Bell of RIDE, and also known as GLOK, this young, fresh, and most importantly – skilled musician has been fortified with a batch of soon-to-be classic remixes.
The music begins with a symphonic burst of synthesisers that rises with beats and a wallop of bass. The percussion breaks free with hats, snare, and bass that rattle and roll in a smooth drive as the vocals begin. Haunting and poignant words thrust emotive clarity inward and around in moody sways of dream-laden ruminations. Electric guitar soars upward in ethereally melodious motifs as the fascination builds on clouds of temperance and feeling. This Leaf Troup Mix of 2020's Eternity reaches new levels of cool with radio-level lifts and tweaks.
A Seagoth original follows with Find The Time. Illuminatory synthesisers fritter down like candle-light as bass throbs and digs with a heavy beat. Vocals open the song as a pretty and delicate melody leads us down the path. With a sudden flush of energy, the music rises into a new level of reach as punchy beats fly with uplifting synthesiser tones. The vocal continues, throwing the lines into the sky like frisbees of magic. Guitar licks run with breaking drums as the bass continues to persist with a groovy urge to progress.
A run of bass and tom-tom bash out a looping rhythm as a deep and sensual atmosphere is knitted in the fabric of the music. Rising tones build into vocals which greet distinctive bass tones that rustle like autumn leaves in the wind. Gut level harmonies evaporate into vox as Seagoth chants semi-melodious poetry into the equation. This GLOK remix of Eternity takes us down into a deep and cavernous dream that clings to our shadows as we move towards the light.
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Fall Into Noise – The Remixes
TBR: 5th November
Established in the scene with his PRAH debut Fall Into Noise, Raven Bush garnered a long line of excitement about his break-through sound. Eager to play and explore, several large fishes in the nearby pools have made it their mission to become associated with the epic climb of Raven Bush. The album implores us to accept the chaos that surrounds us although it may be frightening and disturbing to contemplate. Control is never fully in our reach so let's just take responsibility for ourselves and give each other the gift of this extraordinary offering of remixes.
Hannah Holland brings her version of Your Space to open the EP. Deep and sensual tones reverberate across throbbing bass as windy synths briskly breeze from stereo directions. Harmonious chimes rise from distinctive shadows as coiling deep tones foam with surging crawls. Cymbals begin to shine, effects swerve their directional flow as repeating splashes spiral around the soft under-bedding. Springy inflections grow from the spires of rhythm and manufacture the driving pulse carried by a persistent bass drum.
Unison beats and harmonising melodies pinch the plastic into well-crafted grooves. Rhythm progresses as a bass tone threads through the consistent drums. New levels of bass-drum kick in as repeating melodies knock on the door of the dance-floor. A new dimension of composition breaks like a wave as dancing keyboards conjure magical atmospheres. The Alex Banks remix of A Choice is full of heavy bass and quick-step rhythms that reach into dreamy soundscapes.
Space-age sonic experiments shine in spikes and aerials that beam with metallic lustre. A sudden flux of bass matches a smooth and invigorating drum as talkative synthesisers create a mousy chime through the depths of soul. Never is remixed by Sam Interface, leading with heavy bass, ethereal and spectral melodies create tranquil adaptations that flutter against solid walls. Flavoursome chords and clever use of sample stretching lend an artistic quality to an already banging number.
Dainty whistles evolve into spectral orchestrations with string and flute adapting a journey-like background of moving emotions. Cinematic motifs call through churning scenery as pressure-pads warp and generate interesting spires that lean with pressing luminance. The Factory Of Light then springs into power mode as tense and weighty bass throbs into a heady kick-drum. Spiralling spaces climb and creep in corridors adjacent to the mechanics within forming chaos. This Anna Lann version takes us deeply into a sinister and exciting underworld.
A roll of catchy drums resonates into a crisp and spiritual atmosphere when Start Of Something New gets remixed by Moire. Drone sounds hang in sweet shelving as breathy interludes offer embers a burst of extra presence. Tranquil voices call through synthesised signatures as a muffled yet touched bass rhythm pounces on the moving surface. Dreamy turns of perspective elevate sudden formations that glisten before disappearing into the misty surrounding once more.
The final number chugs in on summery beats with chiming sonic uplift. Vocals echo in a dub style projection as new waveform enter on galloping thoroughbred sonics. Shuffle-step drumming beams in on winged effigies of complex tonality and flow. Mixing bass and curdling synthesisers vortex and coil in rivers of loosely harmonising free flow. This remix of A Choice by 7st gets cosy with soundwaves that blanket and bubble-wrap in colourful meters.
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Out: October 22nd
Craftily blending synthesiser pop with downtempo electronica, Niels Meukens brings to life his latest project. Multani represents the synthesis of dreamy escapism with the blurring of genres and adaptations of rhythm techniques. Making use of organic instruments including guitar and voice, Multani uses effects and synthesisers to elevate the natural sounds into something fantastical and otherworldly. The drummer from Belgium has fortified himself in a brilliantly fertile field that matches his compositional soul.
Ethereal tones mumble in the shade as warping elevations of amplitude touch the next dimension. A ruffled harmony stretches in notions of understanding as gradients of tone are brought into higher spectra. The sound shifts and a brand new direction is discovered. A chirpy melody begins to strike down with unison drums as effected vocals lend the high end to the chorded delivery. The rhythm progresses, its tempo remains the same but the pacing buries itself in the oncoming throb of digital bass. Lime introduces us to the sentiment of the artist and with uplifting grooves spliced into deep-down provocative shoe-gazing, the compass finds true north.
Melon is next, it staggers in on a cinematic barrage of sleepy notes. Keyboard meets bass as the drum kicks in with a heavy room sound. Chord progressions and sliding rhythms whistle on major keys that sparkle with modal inflection. A churning of jazzy ambition drives the progressive nature of the synth-wave formation and lifts the music from the safety-net of similarity to anything else. Laid back and introspective, this soundful poise allows the edging in of experimental combinations within structured beats.
The next track beams into being on a barrage of bubbling tones that buoyantly bob on whole-tone bass. Melody spans the distance in a spiralling eddy of morning sparkle. Everyday's The Same is a short and introductory number for the next track. Cycle uses the phrase that named the previous number in a vocal wave of dreamy presence as child-like bells and trombones muse on rainy windows and bookshelves. An imaginary avenue spans out as the mind is free to wander along the non-linear and symbolic imperfections jostling for subtle attention.
Finishing up with Melt, a driving drum-beat hammers a smooth and sultry groove into the airspace. Wobbly tones produce chorded glyphs as whistling lead synthesisers snake through the shaking spaces. Luminary undertones elevate pitches of interest as a squelching bass imprints boot-shapes into the soft and malleable footing. With a sudden cut, the music stops and leaves us feeling slightly naked on the top of a plateaux, waiting patiently for the next adventure.
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Science Cult Records
TBR: 29th October
The Astra Spectra run-through continues with its sixth item. A series of electronica releases with cosmological titles are making their way into the heavens. Tilting according to gravitational influences within musical spheres, French music producer Fleck E.S.C. unites the skies for 486.134. Here we receive 5 EDM tracks that bang louder than a building-site and end up pressed on limited blue vinyl. The name of the album in fact refers to the Hydrogen absorption spectrum of our very own Sun, which is the atomic property of gobbling up the photons buzzing at just the right speed. Like a sea of energy, with waves and whirlpools, we're dragged as little individuals into this fabric of sound.
With a whir and a click, house style snare driven beats fold the paper and create a focus. A siren enters, on rubbery lines and mechanical entourages. Springy electronics dabble with spacious surroundings as the mechanism takes a moment to reset itself. Garbled radio voices crackle through the mix as divulgent streams of rhythm froth in pebble lines trails. A frantic thrust of futuristic dreams vector on the scope as ethereal noises bounce from stable and familiar drumming. It's called Hot Bath, and with its bubbly texture it's easy to see why.
Next is Further Away. It growls into the space with a rumble of powerful drums and runs off cymbals that roll between the beats. Synthesiser music bounces in alien formations as rhythmic bass and spring jiggle and dance to the atmospheric soundscapes hurtling through the corridor of production. It simmers down, atmospheric bass sparkles in plucked tranquillity as vibrant harmonics echo into oblivion. Rhythm returns, with throbbing intensity and three—dimensional distributions.
Mysterious sounds swell up from revolving projectors as a squelchy rhythm section manifests alongside modem sounds and printer-like whirs. Jostling engineering forms random programs of rhythmic sound that coalesce into something tangible. Drawn synthesiser slowly explores angular corners of scale in eerie and enchanting motions. Inflammatory mixes fast and shifting with slow and repetitive in a juxtaposition of tenuous tensile tones.
Next is a Fever Dream remix of the previous number, Inflammatory. It's produced by label head and series visionary Syrte. It opens with cosmic beats and grinding energies that radiate within spores of collapsing tide. Revolving mechanical apparatus vibrates and clinks with tempered adjustment. A deep and energy rich bass then lays over the mix like jam being spread in luxurious portions. Distant transmissions kiss the aerials in pulsations of computerised progression as passing engines interact with the interface projecting from the artefact.
A ghostly array of tubular resonances coils from an emptiness poised to roar. Bass tones thump with growling semblance as darkened zaps fly from projected angles within mirrored scenery. Buzzing chatter brings us to a new area where phantom like wisps circle overhead in playful nonchalance. Oddly manicured tones curve and bend around climbing bars of graded position that cradle an air of mixed feelings and driving beats. Lost Privileges ends the album with a spooky and haunted drive through the closing chapters.
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Out 15th October
Recorded on the Dutch Island of Texel, Amy Root's brand new EP follows on from the extremely well-received Elif. Removing themselves from the humdrum of the modern world, absorbing the emptiness of natural beauty manifested a subliminal dimension to existence. This subtle drama and vibrant nature became the emphasis that made Ava a reality. Each track has been uniquely inspired by the works of Joseph Mallord William Turner, a well-respected British painter. The Dutch duo have used the sensations and ideas within the images to compose exciting and ethereal sound adventures.
Rumbling atmospheric storm sensations bulge with imminent progression as harmonious swathes of layered string and vocal curdle and foam from every focal point. Waves of euphoric tonality crest overhead as adjustments in the micro-layer prepare fertile ground. Zeal is hedonistic and enchanting. Formless currents manifest and merge within helpless bubbles that blow upon fantastic oceans knitted from memory and dream.
Delicate pianos describe Sofia. The breezy undertone whisks a secondary sensation before a strangely effected yet poignant and effective vocal emerges from under the stairs. Now under the stars, amidst an eternal expanse of potential and glow, a rhythm shutters the emptiness with hinged rhythms. Repeating vocals cast hypnotic disparities through the dramatic drifts of creativity that clothe a distinguished beat.
Crumbling surroundings fall into place as a squeaking rhythm cycles out into the wilderness. Panel drums rattle with rhythmic vibration as a sea of synths begins to wash over the dry shore. A tidal presence forms a delicate brushstroke across tranquil nature. Vocals add a flavour of mysterious soul that haunts the time with grasping eyes. Ava progresses into a choppy space-disco as meandering tones collide in metered bursts. Dwindling elements fall into wider spaces that describe chapters of meaning.
Intendant rises up on a ladder of beats. Crisp and seductive rhythms jamboree in a dilute of flavours mingling together under one roof. A vocal echoes through the pressure, and new drums with cymbal strikes bounce into the central fold. Bass rolls in motioning manoeuvres in lists of chipper breeze and merging formations of rhythm. Marching pace synthesisers with tubular resonances throb in shaken pulses of dance tempo.
Deep sensual scratching creaks like pressured timber moving against itself as a symphonic warm effervescence coils up from vaporous cauldrons. Drum and bass rhythms then articulately transpose their-selves into an acrobatic routine that meets all the requirements laid before them. Wandering trumpet sounds grow like balloon animals bending under twisting resonances that create more than what they were. Turmoil throws us into a futuristic blend of interesting tones and rampant rhythms that slam ideas down like three of a kind hands.
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Out: 1st October
Back on the scene after his first record on Cosmism Records not long ago, Corvad presents Berserk. This energetic work, inspired by Kentaro Miura, offers up a double-A of artistic contrasts. Exploring fiery synthesisers and soul-crunching rhythms, this staunchly independent music-maker wields his freshly sharpened double-edged sword.
With resonant beats in eerie surroundings, reverberations of movement swirl around the tempo. Ghostly wails climb glass walls as crunching bass smashes down into the drive. Mechanical drums from heavy industry clang and bang as manic sounds howl and chant to the time of a pushy bass drum. The progression of percussion maintains a surfing elevation as gated synthesisers and programmed transitions run through various feelings. Berserk is a massive triple pounder that keeps hitting us with extravagant flavours and punchy beat changes.
Clipped beats run alongside hat-taps that build into a vocal sample. Swervy synths then froth the undercurrent as the sample loops on the word Integrate. The title of the track, the line builds into a throbbing synthesiser melody that hits us with tempo-driven force. Beats rain down in shifting processes that mutate and twist the zapping sounds into spirals of forward thrust. The vocal sample adds a human touch yet the constant warping of the sound feels like we're in a cybernetic projection.
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Bawrut & گليثر٥٥ Glitter
في السماء (Fe Samaa)
Ransom Note Records
Out 28th September
Taken from the prominent In The Middle LP and featuring the exquisite talents of Moroccan DJ and vocalist گليثر٥٥ Glitter, Fe Samaa enchants and inspires through Bawrut's familiar escapist imagination. Founded upon Balearic design and retouched with modern ideas, this Orbital style composition fuses a multitude of influences. The Arabic spoken word element of the piece reflects a story of migration and movement. The words speak of the hopes for a decent life we all have and the disparity between those able to achieve it and those who are not.
The music opens with Gregorian chants and spoken word. Haunting words echo through spacious chapel voids and mysterious atmospheres. An electronic composition is untied, raindrop like melodics scatter in introspective scales as bass thumps in with progressive swerve. The spoken word evolves into singing, repeated words sing the title as a chorus. Fe Samaa grows in prowess, like a filling glass of liquid, glowing in illuminated splendour. More spoken words appear, dramatic and empowered, harmonising under-layers of vocal elevate the poetry as drums thump in time to a heartbeat.
The second track is Crossing For A Golden Blanket. An ethereal sound lifts from the nothing, drifting and humming to its inner fire. Bass lifts the sound, rolling in like a mountain-range. The tectonic forces drone and add pressures beyond the sky. As the intensity rumbles and rises, a second rhythm floats in and attaches to the groove. Deep and resonant bass with surging power holds the tone in rhythmic bouts of hypnotic relevance. Sensitive vocal samples wash through the mixture of elongated zaps and scrolling bass kites fluttering through sensual mists.
Grumbling skies surge with persistent potential as house-style synths break over the distant hills. Vocals from LIBERATO present another side to Bawrut's influences. An upbeat rhythm snakes its way upwards as sensual close-in vocals sing a whispered progression. The rhythm continually climbs through evocative samples and comfortable synthesisers. Repeated vocal lines build an escalation of dancing spirit and soulful expression. JE ‘O TTENG E T’O DDÒNG provides an upbeat disco atmosphere to meld with the blurry deepness we know from the artist.
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Fuego en Casa Records
Out 5th October
Celebrating the end of restrictions in Europe and beyond, Madrid 79 has produced a so-far stand-alone track that's all about the party. Of course, the virus has not gone away so it's not the end of danger, but the responsible of us can go out and enjoy ourselves in relative safety. Crossing busy high-streets and mingling with strangers, we put our faith in others to do their bit with us. Those of you who have been reading about electronic music long before The Electro Review showed up in 2018 will remember Future Music Magazine. This classic publication often gave away free samples on CD as incentive to get into production. This track by Madrid 79 is made from these samples. It just goes to show that with a bit of know-how and an artistic mind, great stuff can come from anything.
Huge synth chords flummox into a groovy sequence, bumped up by whistle synth and droplet bass that thunders in the sub-tones. Uplifting happy melodies chime and chirrup in a silken layer floating on the top of siren sounds and the warming pad synth pinned to snappy drums and sunken bass. Vocal samples repeat in hooky lines of phonic expression. An old-skool wash is drenched over the framework of progression and relax. Every new bar reinvents the mixture to bring out all the flavours.
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