Category Archives: Electronic

ACL 2018 ~ Top Ten Electronic

Half of this year’s picks are from female artists, who represent a growing strength in the industry.  In 2018, we also saw a huge increase in the amount of ethnic-based, personal releases, with deep drums and deeper stories.  This year’s

ACL 2018 ~ Top Ten Electronic

Half of this year’s picks are from female artists, who represent a growing strength in the industry.  In 2018, we also saw a huge increase in the amount of ethnic-based, personal releases, with deep drums and deeper stories.  This year’s

Lafidki ~ Derichan / Sabiwa ~ 輪迴

A pair of new tapes from London’s Chinabot collective highlight the ethnicity of its artists while exploring new sonic territories.  Lafidki‘s Derichan (Bestial) embeds field recordings in abrasive textures, while Sabiwa‘s 輪迴 (Reincarnation) blends vocal acrobatics with harsh beats. Lafidki (Saphy Vong) has never

Lafidki ~ Derichan / Sabiwa ~ 輪迴

A pair of new tapes from London’s Chinabot collective highlight the ethnicity of its artists while exploring new sonic territories.  Lafidki‘s Derichan (Bestial) embeds field recordings in abrasive textures, while Sabiwa‘s 輪迴 (Reincarnation) blends vocal acrobatics with harsh beats. Lafidki (Saphy Vong) has never

Ricardo Donoso ~ Calibrate

With Calibrate, Ricardo Donoso continues to offer the best of 21st-century industrial dance music.  Preserving the sci-fi and factory tinges of 80s industrial, he adds THX-volume drama and grime-tinged, off-kilter beats, resulting in a sound unique to this era. “Rendering the Ineffable” is

Ricardo Donoso ~ Calibrate

With Calibrate, Ricardo Donoso continues to offer the best of 21st-century industrial dance music.  Preserving the sci-fi and factory tinges of 80s industrial, he adds THX-volume drama and grime-tinged, off-kilter beats, resulting in a sound unique to this era. “Rendering the Ineffable” is

Styrofoam ~ We Can Never Go Home

The title is sad, but the music is upbeat.  Active from 2000-2010, Belgium’s Styrofoam then went silent for nearly a decade.  We Can Never Go Home is a welcome return to the sound of a warmer time, an indication that in some

Styrofoam ~ We Can Never Go Home

The title is sad, but the music is upbeat.  Active from 2000-2010, Belgium’s Styrofoam then went silent for nearly a decade.  We Can Never Go Home is a welcome return to the sound of a warmer time, an indication that in some

We Will Fail ~ Dancing

Our story begins with a sad admission from Aleksandra Grünholz (We Will Fail):  “I don’t dance anymore.”  The statement conjures associations with George Michael (“And I’m never gonna dance again, guilty feet have got no rhythm”) and Men Without Hats (“If

We Will Fail ~ Dancing

Our story begins with a sad admission from Aleksandra Grünholz (We Will Fail):  “I don’t dance anymore.”  The statement conjures associations with George Michael (“And I’m never gonna dance again, guilty feet have got no rhythm”) and Men Without Hats (“If

Nazar ~ Enclave

A few years ago, after one too many mass shootings, I stopped liking music that incorporated the sound of guns.  Far too many artists were using violence as percussion, seemingly ignoring the mourners while desensitizing the ears.  But now, thanks

Nazar ~ Enclave

A few years ago, after one too many mass shootings, I stopped liking music that incorporated the sound of guns.  Far too many artists were using violence as percussion, seemingly ignoring the mourners while desensitizing the ears.  But now, thanks

When Push Comes to Shove: Do We Tug? Or Do We Poll? (United States Midterm Elections List, 2018)

So, what is the cost of freedom? Granted, we’ve all heard the line before, perhaps by a well-meaning, though humorless, high school civics teacher. Between clouds of pulverized chalk, there was likely more than a little reverence shown towards the

When Push Comes to Shove: Do We Tug? Or Do We Poll? (United States Midterm Elections List, 2018)

So, what is the cost of freedom? Granted, we’ve all heard the line before, perhaps by a well-meaning, though humorless, high school civics teacher. Between clouds of pulverized chalk, there was likely more than a little reverence shown towards the