Posts Tagged ‘IDM’

ArnAck – To Mars

October 3, 2010

Arnack - To Mars

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Arze Kareem – Akstrumentals Vol. 1

September 8, 2010

Arze Kareem - Akstrumentals Vol.1

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Impuls – Symbiose

August 13, 2010

Impuls - SymbioseImpulsSymbiose (Dusted Wax Records) is a classic IDM album, agreeable melodies, engaging beats and strong through all ten tracks. The liner notes describe Symbiose as “candy vibes for the ears” and I really can’t disagree with that statement. The sweetness as well as variety of melodies coupled with crisp beats makes this reviewer wonder how Symbiose could be Impuls’  debut release. I am eagerly looking forward to the German artist’s sophomore release.

Artist: Impuls
Title: Symbiose
Netlabel: Dusted Wax Records
Release Date: 23 July 2010
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Tracks: 01. Walking Over The Brenner (mp3), 02. Sushi A La Bangalore (mp3), 03. Unleashed (mp3), 04. Carpe Diem (mp3), 05. Rosaceae (mp3), 06. Symbiose (mp3), 07. Laser Points (Batterylude) (mp3), 08. Utopia (mp3), 09. Monks ‘n Chicks Crossing (mp3), and 10. Poems Lost In Space (mp3).

Drafts on a Theme – Rush

August 9, 2010

Drafts on a theme - RushI’ve been writing these review blurbs for over a month, and I can’t believe that this is the first time I’ve written about a release on Kahvi. Afterall is Kahvi is one of my favorite chillout labels. Drafts on a Theme‘s Rush (Kahvi) is exactly what I would expect from Kahvi, a well executed IDM album — something I could play as dinner music when hosting a bunch of normies (people who listen to commercial radio). Rush, a 9-song work, is as strong as it is pleasing.

Artist: Drafts on a Theme
Title: Rush
Netlabel: Kahvi
Release Date: 26 July 2010
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Tracks: 01. Don’t Be So Picky, 02. Throat, 03. 74, 04. Cloudnine Airship, 05. Pila, 06. This Saturday Coming, 07. One Giant, 08. Earth Path, and 09. Eno Tribute.

Victor Event – Silence

July 19, 2010

Victor Event - SilenceVictor Event‘s Silence (Abracadabra Records), a well-crafted IDM netplay,  is this young Russian’s sophomore release.  The first track, “Silence”, is a classic IDM track with a female vocalist seemingly ripped from Jam Nation’s 1992 release Way Down Below Buffalo Hell. (One of my favorite albums of all time) The last two tracks are as beautiful in their composition as well as their sound. I found Silence to be more focused or tighter in delivery than Victor Event’s first release, Immersion (circlesandlines), which is not a criticism, just an observation. Silence shows that there is much reason to look forward to more releases from Victor Event.

Artist: Victor Event
Title: Silence
Netlable: Abracadabra Records
Release Date: 04 July 2010
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Tracks: 01. Silence, 02. February . Old Mystery, and 03. Forgotten Birthday

Jimmy Penguin – Sean-Scéal

July 10, 2010

Jimmy Penguin - Sean-ScéalI count tatsu of Bump Foot as a musical friend, that is a friend who constantly recommends fantastic music for “me” to listen to.  And tatsu does so again with the release of Jimmy Penguin’s Sean-Scéal (Bump Foot). Jimmy Penguin writes in the liner notes:

I use a lot of piano in my music, so I wanted to make an album that was based around piano compositions. Confined to the restrictions of writing mostly sample based music, this was an opportunity to explore different arrangement techniques and gave me more freedom in terms of scale and chord progression.

A DJ based in Galway, Ireland, Jimmy Penguin is quite prolific as an individual artist and as a member of the turntable quartet, Vince Mack Mahon. Though Sean-Scéal might be a step away from the previous work of Jimmy Penguin, it is only a slight step as the tracks are still tight, smart, brimming with beats, and filled with luscious sounds.

Artist: Jimmy Penguin
Title: Sean-Scéal
Netlabel: Bump Foot
Release Date: 04 July 2010
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Tracks: 01. Realunyun (mp3), 02. Martian Mellow Didley (mp3), 03. Jelapano (mp3), 04. Twice Heard (mp3), 05. Capal Shmore (mp3), 06. Leaves (mp3), and 07. Delete-beet (mp3)

Omyiga – Maiwea Park

July 8, 2010

Omyiga - Maiwea ParkDay after day of listening to hours of music while really not concentrating at work is fantastic. Everyone should have a job like mine. Even better is what happened when I listened to a new album from Pavillon36 Recordings. Last month, the French netlabel introduced the world to Omyiga who has scored the incredible IDM album, Maiwea Park. Omyiga, or as his parent’s would call him Hannes Ledoux, could be the best Belgian electronic artist you’ve never heard of. Okay, that last bit is probably a big fat lie, I’m sure there are plenty of Belgian electronic musicians all of us have never heard of, but that doesn’t make Omyiga any worse and it certainly doesn’t make Maiwea Park any weaker. The five track EP is exceptionally solid and enjoyable. My favorite track is “Filling the Void” which grabbed me with its crescendo-ish composition − sometimes I’m a sucker for the simpler things in life. By the way, feel free to download Omyiga’s self-released Ignorance is Bliss on last.fm.

Artist: Omyiga
Title: Maiwea Park
Netlabel: Pavillon36 Recordings
Release Date: 17 June 2010
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Tracks: 01. Limbik Frequencies (mp3), 02. Waimea Park (mp3), 03. Filling The Void (mp3), 04. Logical Progression (mp3), and 05. The Perfect Year For Another End Of The World (mp3).

Mister Vapor – Warped Essence

July 2, 2010

Mister Vapor - Warped EssenceThis was a review I didn’t want to write. Not because Mister Vapor‘s Warped Essence (Treetrunk) isn’t a fine album, it is. No, it was because I had already reviewed an album by Thomas Park’s other alter ego, Mystified, back on June 15th. Anywho, I knew Warped Essence was out and with no plans on reviewing the album, I dutifully downloaded it because, like you, I just collect good music. Back in the home lair of Disruptive Platypus, I have built a process that adds new downloads on to various playlists that I listen to and monitor for days. After a some time through these playlists, I was drawn to a few tracks — a few tracks that happened to be from Warped Essence. Just like Joel’s best friend pressuring him into having a party at his home while his parents were out of town, Warped Essence was poking me.

Joel, you wanna know something? Every now and then say, “What the fuck.” “What the fuck” gives you freedom. Freedom brings opportunity. Opportunity makes your future.

Well, I don’t know about “my future”, but “What the fuck” brought freedom — the freedom to bring this EP to the attention of the handful of people that may read this post. Well, my goodness,  over 200 words and nary a peep about how smooth and crafty Warped Essence is. Okay then, review time: The beats flow and the drones flourish on Warped Essence leaving the listener quite fulfilled. That’s fifteen words that should leave you no doubt about the quality of Mister Vapor’s Warped Essence.

Artist: Mister Vapor
Title: Warped Essence
Netlabel: Treetrunk
Release Date: 21 June 2010
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Tracks: 01. From the Periphery (mp3), 02. Lurid Motion (mp3), and 03. What I Saw Wavered (mp3).

Analog Workshop – Emporium of Broken Toys

June 26, 2010

Analog Workshop –  Emporium of Broken ToysIt’s early morning and I am sitting on my deck. It’s beautifully cool outside, a cup of Café Bustelo to my right, and earbuds bringing forth the smooth IDM beats of Analog Workshop‘s Emporium of Broken Toys (test tube). Like most of the albums I like, there is something just off with Emporium of Broken Toys. Just behind the effortlessly flowing beats are tinges of noise, glimpses of imperfection. Damn fine album to go along with a damn fine cup of coffee.

Artist: Analog Workshop
Title: Emporium of Broken Toys
Netlabel: test tube
Release Date: 09 May 2010
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Tracks: 01. The Bright Side of Darkness (mp3), 02. Song of Distant Earth (mp3), 03. Tranquility Base (mp3), 04. Emporium of Broken Toys (mp3), 05. Scotch Tape and Paper Hearts (mp3), 06. Mystery Babylon (mp3), 07. Cartoon Generation (mp3), 08. Satellite Angel (mp3), 09. The Devil is Digital (mp3), 10. Children Play on Crooked Sidewalks (mp3), 11. Noisy Little Spirits (mp3), 12. Last Broadcast (mp3), 13. 100 Years of Solitude (mp3), 14. Serotonin (mp3), and 15. Some Kind of Strange Dream (mp3).

Iternal Noise – Penetration

June 24, 2010

Iternal Noise – PenetrationMan, to tell you the truth, I’ve got know idea how people label music. Take for instance Iternal Noise’s Penetration which the netlabel Umpako categorizes as “Experimental, Trip-Hop”. Experimental, yes; trip-hop, not so much. In my peon mind, Penetration leans more on the IDM side of things, but who cares? And least of all, who I am to even have a say about it? Wow, nice way I sidetracked myself without even writing a word about how good this 4-tack EP is. Iternal Noise has got some smooth beats which are just twisted enough to catch my ear.

Artist: Iternal Noise
Title: Penetration
Netlabel: Umpako
Release Date: 10 June 2010
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Tracks: 01. Penetration (mp3), 02. Acid Balance (mp3), 03. Old Trust (mp3), and 04. The Future is Now! (mp3).