Review: Gnoomes – Ngan!

Ngan! by Gnoomes Hailing from the small Russian city of Perm, deep in the Ural mountains, Gnoomes have produced an album of beauty. Where psychedelic rock meets kosmische meets shoegaze, there you will find Gnoomes. A lot of the genre conventions are in place – Motorik drumming, fuzz guitars, echoladen Ebow guitars and dreamlike vocals all […]

Review: Romeda Records – R2

From Owlbinos of Northfield’s iPad looped field recordings, to Kanal Drei’s modular techno mayhem, via hip-hop, ambient, drum and bass, acid, and 8-bit, this is a quality record, from a quality label.

Review: 3rd Witness – Low Bass Slow Pace Deep Space

3rd Witness – aka Trium Circulorum, Kanal Drei and 3dtorus – releases this new hour long mix of electronic dub. This set mixes elements of dub, reggae, dubstep and more with Trium Circulorum’s signature stripped down electronica. Songs weave in and out through epic infinite feedback delay, as elements from one track decay and become a soundbed […]

Review: Modern Language – Ok Txt Me

Ok Text Me is a four track EP of fantastic old-school hip-hop and rap. Rapper Lucid Optics, from San Jose, collaborates with UK producer Museum to great effect. The rhymes flow, and the production is utterly pristine, mixing analogue instruments – tasty Rhodes, and funky Fender licks – with crunchy beats to excellent effect. It’s incredibly […]

Review: Preston Field Audio – Rhythm Tree Fell

This début recording from Preston Field Audio, on the Concrète Tapes label merges raw field recordings with arranged compositions, forming an entirely ethereal otherworldly projection of my own home town of Preston, Lancashire. Merging brass band recordings (very northern!), choir practises with snatches of overheard conversations in the grotty market café, this record synthesizes the […]

Review: Professor Elemental – Apequest

Changing gear entirely from my previous reviews… Professor Elemental is a delightfully eccentric, inventive and optomistic rapper who has forged a genre all of his own. He may have started in chap-hop, but he has transcended the genre and delivered, what surely must be a first: an old-school hip-hop and rap album that is also […]

Review: Luke Lund – Katkos (Outage)

The new album from Still Heat Records in Newcastle is Katkos (Outage) by Luke Lund. The 9 tracks here are ambient lo-fi industrial, with layers of white noise slithering between bruised beats. Beats are minimal and originating in the world of dub, but the musical content is utterly minimal. This is not a negative thing: […]

Review: Periskop 40

The Periskop 40 collection is an awe-inspiring 40 albums of electro-dub, ambient and noise from Danny Kreutzfeldt. Created between 1999 and 2012, these 40 albums all perfectly capture the submarine theme, but also manage to be good listening. It’s almost impossible to review the entire collection, as it is so incomprehensibly vast. However, the Dubworks quartet […]