The Easton Ellises – [2011] EP One

Take 80’s Pop, add New Wave à la Poni Hoax, stir and serve on a dimly lit dance floor. That’s a rough verbal description of the début release of The Easton Ellises at Enough Records.

Five distinct songs with catchy riffs and great production are packed into this twenty minute long EP. Read on for a preview of two tracks to get you started. Continue reading “The Easton Ellises – [2011] EP One”

Chamberlain – [2010] Moon In June / Superstition

Chamberlain is alternative rock from Italy with a psychedelic or progressive influence. Guitar soli included. They do good old craft, no heavy effects in post-production.

The EP was released Lophora Williams that has published five releases so far, mainly alternative rock. There are reviews in my pipeline for this netlabel. But for now, listen to my two selections from this three track EP at hand. Continue reading “Chamberlain – [2010] Moon In June / Superstition”

Oneiro – [2010] To The Stars

Do you know that kind of music that is repetitive, nearly boring but addictive nevertheless? Oneiro follows this recipe and made me an addict. I would classify this release loosely as indie electronica with shoegaze elements. Another way to describe them: the introvert brothers of MGMT. Anyway, their music is addictive background music for calm evenings. Continue reading “Oneiro – [2010] To The Stars”

Bitbasic – [2010] Pixel Mixel

bitbasic releases “playful glitchy electronic music” freely. Very kind of him. Pixel Mixel is still his latest album, released 2010 at rec72, a netlabel based in Cologne, Germany. His music hovers between house, instrumental pop and IDM. This album has eleven tracks, some more silent, some are full of beats. Like usual, I present my two favourite tracks in the following. Continue reading “Bitbasic – [2010] Pixel Mixel”

Professor Kliq – [2010] Movements EP

Professor Kliq is my favourite free dance music composer. Now that his music has made it to Jamendo, whose catalogue now is mirrored on the Internet Archive (yippie!), I’m able to write a proper review for one of his albums here. Movements EP is his roughest album so far, quite similar to Daft Punk vs. Justice. In other words: very danceable. I present my three favourite tracks. Continue reading “Professor Kliq – [2010] Movements EP”

Various Artists – [2011] 7

The netlabel diym specialises in exceptional music of all genres. That includes singer/songwriter, pop-rock, post-rock, but also electronica. They have released seven albums and nine compilations so far. Every release is worth your time. Today I’ll present their seventh compilation, the one that I discovered first. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2011] 7”

Nine Inch Nails – [2008] Ghosts I – IV

Nine Inch Nails is a industrial rock band with experimental touch. Experimental not only in the musical sense, but also in that they try out new forms of music distribution like giving it away for free. Ghosts I-IV is an improvised 36 track album with anonymous tracks, only grouped in “Ghosts I” to “Ghosts IV”. Slow and silent songs are followed by loud and noisy jams. I picked my three favourite tracks that I feel represent the album pretty well. Continue reading “Nine Inch Nails – [2008] Ghosts I – IV”

Iambic² – [2007] Under These Stars, We’ll Sleep Again

Electronic piano ambient. A smash-hit, considering that it is a forerunner for a niche genre with a niche publishing model in 2007.

Laridae is a netlabel mainly focused on Ambient music. Iambic has released two beautifully quiet albums there so far. If you need punchy drums, please don’t go further. Everyone else, find some decent relaxing music. The album is best served in one course, but like usual I highlight my two favourite tracks before handing you over the download link. Continue reading “Iambic² – [2007] Under These Stars, We’ll Sleep Again”

Per – [2010] Ettertid

This release features timeless, synthy IDM. It was released in 2010 by the Fwonk netlabel. Also checkout Fwonk’s anniversary compilation FWONK*50 (play on ojdb) for an overview of their extensive catalogue. But back to this review: 10 tracks with approximately 50 minutes length hover around a quite neutral mood, similar to Pluxus. Some tracks are slightly upbeat, but most titles won’t make you jump to your feet. Read on for a description of my two favourite tracks and the download link. Continue reading “Per – [2010] Ettertid”