Kai Alce – Day/Light

Kai Alce performing on a rooftop in downtown Atlanta as a part of Wiggle Factor’s Day/Light event on May 2, 2015

Another fun rooftop event from Atlanta’s Wiggle Factor, this time bringing the local sounds of Kai Alce, a handful of photos and a short video I captured using the new hand-held camera. Hopefully more posts like this in the future now that I have it available.

Ekoplekz – Unfidelity Review Exegesis

A completely childish review of Ekoplekz’ Unfidelity album, released on Planet Mu – review courtesy of Tiny Mix Tapes

Two in one day? Why not. The fodder is there, and this time I’m going to step away from the “big 3” to show I’m an equal opportunity critic. My next exegesis / review of a review is Tiny Mix Tapes’ absolutely childish summary of Ekoplekz‘s latest full length on Planet Mu.

Immediately comical in its shape and in its design, the record is full of damp-sounding instrumentation and dry knock-kneed drum patterns.

What does this even mean? Is this record not a 12″ flattened disc? If so, what kind of turntable am I going to be conned into buying now? Nice contrast between wet and dry by the way, that’s the recipe for mud.

Grotesque to the point of the melodic lines seeming to sloppily slip off of the rhythmic bone

#50shadesofresidentadvisor strikes again…

Within “Scientist,” Dopplereffekt pairs the image of a scientist with classic sci-fi laboratory bleeps and bloops: incredulous machinery performing unknowable acts.

science-lab

Terrible.

Also, why am I now reading a review of a 15 year old Dopplereffekt release? Oh well, at least it wasn’t a Tangerine Dream or Burial allusion.

Deforrest Brown Jr. showing readers here that he is enthusiastic to contribute to the sphere of blog influence but this review is not ready for primetime. 2/5 stars, I should give you 1 but I admire the effort.

Read Deforrest Brown Jr’s review of Ekoplekx – Unfidelity on Tiny Mix Tapes

Tobias – A Series of Shocks Review Exegesis

A review of Resident Advisor’s review of Tobias – A Series of Shocks on Ostgut Ton

Starting a new series here on icnt.mx, an exegesis of online music reviews.

We kick things off with a Resident Advisor review of the new Tobias Freund full length on Ostgut Ton. Definitely not the worst review from RA as of late, Appropriately titled A Series Of Shocks, it seems like the artist was already prepared for the slew of adjectives ready to be lobbed over the fence by myriad bloggers.

A Series of Shocks is rich and spatially ambitious. The low-end (a dark, bubbling mass…

Ok. First off… music reviewers, we can go the rest of our lives without ever reading the word bubbling in reference to music. (Sorry not sorry XLR8R)

Here’s what happens when you search “bubbling” on RA. Tobias, Skrillex, Dauwd, and that’s just the top page. Toil and trouble indeed.

bubbling

Tony continues the above sentence with:

…compresses your chest with physical force.

CPRstep?

cpr

The conclusion of the review:

The foregrounding of twinkly, arpeggiated synth lines is…

…this is where I leave this journey, not just because writers describing arpeggios is like having teeth pulled, but the run-on sentence that continues is more difficult to grasp than why I am subjected to yet another Tangerine Dream comparison

Overall, a solid effort from Resident Advisor – Tony Naylor picked up the slack nicely on this one. Bubbling, compression, and Tangerine Dream references are a bit overdone lately, but definitely a review work checking out, a solid 3/5 – 2 points docked for reminding us he worked with Milli Vanilli, 3 points for going the entire review without a Freund / Freud joke.

Read the complete review of Tobias – A Series of Shocks by Tony Naylor on Resident Advisor

Downliners Sekt – Silent Ascent

Review of Downliners Sekt 2014 album ‘Silent Ascent’

If I compare LHF to Downliners Sekt it’s that both represent a collaborative of musicians tastefully able to downplay their personal roles without resorting to masks or unpronounceable and otherwise unidentifiable monikers. More importantly, both maintain cohesion and an obvious attention to detail in their infrequent but typically exceptional releases.

We are obsessive people to say the least, and obsession is not easily shared – nor is it often appreciated. Creating music has always been vital for us. We craft, arrange and sculpt it endlessly until we’re satisfied. Expectations are always high, and the most challenging part is to keep it alive and genuine all the way.

The latest from Downliners Sekt, titled Silent Ascent is their third full-length release and easily stands up to all the high expectations many have come set for the Barcelona-based duo.

Trusting nobody came to read hastily thrown together adjectives relating my personal listening experience, it’s fair to at least point out across the hour long 12 track release, I did not fast forward any parts and never experienced ‘album burnout‘ typical of recent electronic-centric full lengths.

Silent Ascent is due out April 7 on InFiné, support from the DJs and blogs that give your opinions validation, for fans of obscure releases that only you understand and know how to enjoy.

Trevino – 3 and 1 EP (3024-022)

Rather than bore with you my affinity for adjectives, and fill up this website’s beautiful negative space with my rambling, I prefer to let the music speak for itself and encourage you to listen to the stream below, courtesy of the 3024 Soundcloud

After a brief respite from talking about music as regularly as in the past, a combo-breaker here as we take a look at 3024‘s latest effort. Marcus Intalex adds to the impressive list of releases under his Trevino project with this 3 track selection for Martyn‘s label. A safe assumption that the title of the release points to the 3 regular tracks +1 exclusive for digital purchasers of the release, Trevino showing real growth in the realm of acid influenced house since dabbling with the idea on earlier Revolv:r releases such as Debbit. (still a personal favorite of mine)

Rather than bore with you my affinity for adjectives, and fill up this website’s beautiful negative space with my rambling, I prefer to let the music speak for itself and suggest you to listen to the stream below, courtesy of the 3024 Soundcloud

Like it? Me too, you should download 3 and 1 EP on iTunes / Surus if you’d rather pick up the FLAC downloads or the vinyl copy.

 

Emptyset – Material (SUB007)

Emptyset – Material 12″ released on Subtext, reviewed with previews, download, and purchase information

Awesome stuff on the vein of ambient/drone/post-dub, whatever adjective we are using for really sparse techno records this week coming from Emptyset, the duo of Paul Purgas and James Ginzburg (Ginz).

Expounding on 2012’s Medium, Material is a collection of sparse Loefah-esque growls captured as the duo bombarded cavernous locations with immense soundsystems and recorded the ensuing reflections.

Full preview below

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Moogfest 2012 Recap

Moogfest 2012 recap featuring downloads performances by Andy Stott, Ana Sia, Richie Hawtin, Disclosure, and Morton Subotnick, photos, and editorial

Moog Music Inc. (Media Room)After having to miss last years Moogfest due to some logistical confusion, I was fortunate enough to be able to make the trip this year to catch Day 1 of the annual Asheville, NC music festival, as well as catching a glimpse of the Moog Music Inc. factory before heading back to Atlanta.

More info beneath the fold, also be sure to check out the Moogfest Photo Gallery

Update: NPR Music has made a number of performances from Moogfest 2012 available for download, be sure to check their recordings of Andy Stott, Ana Sia, Disclosure, Richie Hawtin, and Morton Subotnick

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Archive: Distal on Boiler Room

Distal, the proclaimed “Boss of the South” brings his sound to the legendary Boiler Room as a part of the recent Tectonic Recordings takeover

The crew at Boiler Room have updated their live archives to include the 40-minute set from the Boiler Room Tectonic Recordings Takeover.

Both video and audio archives available for steaming here courtesy of the Boiler Room YouTube and Soundcloud pages, check beneath for the embedded content.

Indigo – Wake EP (HYPELTD06)

All killer, no filler on three tracks, none clocking in under the six minute mark

Indigo - Wake EP (HYPELTD06)A well-played shift in focus from bass music stalwart Indigo for his latest release for Hypercolour imprint Hypercolour Limited. Moving away from the deeper dubstep sounds Indigo is probably most noted for, Indigo shows his versatility on three strong techno-minded productions.

All killer, no filler on three tracks, none clocking in under the six minute mark. The EP opens with the releases eponymous Wake, utilizing the same sharp percussion that is a trademark of Indigo‘s garage influenced dubstep productions. Aradia plunges the listener deep, opting for  stripped-down, minimally influenced style yet still maintaining a driving beat preventing any semblance of being mistaken for sleepily evolving dub tool. The EP closes with Kali, replete with the requisite filtered white-noise over a driving techno rhythm.

Always having been a fan of Indigo, and a growing fan of stripped down techno sounds as I grow older, I feel privileged to be able to give this a quality listen – and encourage you to do the same with the previews below. Be sure to pick up Wake EP on its release July 2.

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Scuba – NE1BUTU (SCB Edit / Video)

NE1BUTU, off Scuba’s latest full-length Personality getting attention as HotFlush prepares an SCB edit of the and an official video for the original mix

NE1BUTU, the single off Scuba‘s latest full-length Personality is getting some well-deserved attention as HotFlush prepares to release an SCB edit of the track and additionally releasing a video for the original mix.

Late Nite Tip (June 6, 2012)

Here is the June 6 recording of Late Nite Tip, this one just Mite and Shortstack again as Distal was overseas wrapping up his near month-long Europe tour. Appreciation to everybody who locked in. Shortstack on a brief jungle/dnb session at the end.

Late Nite Tip - June 6, 2012 (Embassy Recordings / SubFM)Sorry for the delay, here is the June 6 recording of Late Nite Tip, this one just Mite and Shortstack again as Distal was overseas wrapping up his near month-long Europe tour. Appreciation to everybody who locked in.

Shortstack on a brief jungle/dnb session at the end.
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SCB Podcast for CLR

Paul Rose revisits his SCB moniker for this week’s Chris Liebing’s curated CLR podcast series.

SCB - CLR Podcast #168Paul Rose revisits his SCB moniker for this week’s Chris Liebing’s curated CLR podcast series.

Originally the SCB project was conceived as an antidote to the characteristic broken beats of the Scuba sound, as was shown on the first SCB release, a remix of Scuba’s own Hard Boiled taken from the album A Mutual Antipathy in 2008.[*]

Full tracklist and download information beneath the fold.

Stream and Download CLR Podcast #168 – SCB

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