Old-school techno meets IDM. This gem from long-standing (active since 2001 and running) netlabel Kahvi offers an interesting blend of 90’s techno sounds and 00’s more refined approach to Electro. While the beats and bass synth lines sound almost retro to my 2017 ears, melody and harmonies sound fresher. Continue reading “Dream Generator –  Glazed”
Experimental Trip hop compilation. From the Fusion netlabel comes this showcase of a sampler. A range of electronic styles are united on this buffet. Expect to get surprised by the slightly experimental tracks. The production is excellent throughout all featured artists. Two tracks that span the spectrum of this release are in the preview below: Continue reading “Various Artists –  Fusion Compilation 8”
Slightly positive IDM with a dash of Trip Hop. Bad Panda Records released LASERS EP back in 2012. With four original songs and seven remixes, the release is almost 50 minutes long. Its sound is very relaxed and doesn’t try to impress with catchy tunes. Instead, spherical sounds are combined with straight drum patterns. (What am I writing here? Better go on and listen yourself…) Continue reading “LASERS –  LASERS EP”
This week’s release is quiet electro pop from Germany. Electro pop only loosely summarises the exotic mix of trip hop, IDM and instrumental samples that we are served here by Serphonic. This album is great for frequent casual listening; many neatly crafted details wait to be discovered. Two of the 16 tracks are presented below, the others await you in the download link at the bottom. Continue reading “Serphonic –  Sounds of my Life”
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 –  Pixel Mixel”
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 –  Ettertid”
50 minutes of pure harmonies. Walls of synthetic chords, structured by spares percussion. Knoxband on diym netlabel is a wonderful example that soundscapes don’t have to sound blurry. If I wanted to describe the album in three words, “musical space journey” would be my best bet. Find previews to my two favourite tracks below. Continue reading “Knoxband –  Emerging From The Shadows”
Early CC music smash hit. One of the most-played and -remixed EPs.
Wow. It is impressive what calm synthetic carpets of ambient sounds can achieve. An emotionally dense experience awaits you. Just open your ears and listen to this impressive album by a talented young electronic artist. The album’s tagline “Toward a new electronic romanticism” nails it. While being very calm and ambient, the music is far from boring. Continue reading “Khonnor –  Lost Pets”
Cologne Commons is an annual conference and festival for digital culture that takes place in — surprise — Cologne in Germany. Unfortunately, I have never attended so far. YouTube enabled me to watch some conference talks online. Fortunately for me as music collector, a colourful music compilation is released for each conference.
This album is the first compilation, released in March 2008. As usually, I’ll present my favourite three tracks directly in the article. The download link to the whole release follows all way down. Continue reading “Various Artists –  Cologne Commons Compilation 01”
It’s time for some dry, abstract IDM music. This album by the artist Old Bear reminds me of the style of Pluxus whose song Transient you might know already from a Ford TV commercial. The Cologne based netlabel rec72 serves a delicious meal of self-entitled Abstract Hip Hop. Have a quick listen to my favourite tracks and find out if it is your taste, too. Continue reading “Old Bear –  If you can find me”