Extreme Love (with Lily Anna Haynes & Jenna Sutela)
Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt
Evening Shades (live Training)
Bridge (with Martine Syms)
Godmother (with Jlin)
Review: When it comes to working with voice and voice alone there's few artists out there that can really dissociate speech and its connection with the brain. Proto is the third full-length album by composer and sound artist Holly Herndon, and it brings out on onslaught of sounds that will keep you rooted in your seat. Opener "Birth" for example sounds something like a poor soul struggling with the deepest of emotions and most spellbinding of speech impediments. The music embraces rave and extreme cut up techniques with bass music and a myriad of experimental beats, ideas and philosophy. Much like SOPHIE's music there are so many reference points to discover; with our best comparisons being Enya, Laurie Anderson's "O Superman" and the cluster of music coming out of experimental label PAN. The album also features a collaboration with Planet Mu's Jlin with the gnawing beatboxes of "Godmother". What a trip to redefine what we might one day call 'prototypical' - but for now, take a deep breath and dive into the multi-dimensional abyss.
Review: Back in 2014, RVNG Intl. released "Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Volume 1", a compilation of pioneering early 1980s electronic music by composer and producer Craig Leon. Five years on, they're finally releasing a follow up - and this time the music is brand spanking new. Leon, with assistance from vocalist Cassell Webb, recorded the showcased music between 2015 and 2018. It explores similar sonic territory to the artist's celebrated early work, offering up an atmospheric, synthesizer-driven fusion of ambient, modern classical, New York minimalism, Radio Workshop style electronic experimentalism and new age soundscapes. The set more than lives up to its grandiose title, offering up atmospheric, extra-terrestrial musical movements that sound like they've been beamed down from a galaxy far, far away.
Review: It may be 30 years since the first Meat Beat Manifesto album hit record stores, but the Jack Dangers-helmed outfit is still going strong. "Opaque Couche", the first "MBM" album for two years, draws on many of Dangers' well-known influences and inspirations (think dub, breakbeat, industrial funk, early jungle, EBM, mangled electronica and '80s electro), fusing them together on heavyweight cuts that bristle with sub-heavy intensity and otherworldly charm. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the early Orb style ambient house trip of "C/2015 V2" and acid-driven techno hypnotism of "Present For Sally", to the rambunctious jungle revivalism of "Critical Soul Vibrations", wayward industrial-electro of "Moving Pulse" and the horror soundtrack creepiness of "Hailing Frequencies Open".
Review: These days Steve Moore is better known for his film and TV soundtrack work than his dancefloor-leaning explorations for the likes of L.I.E.S. and Future Times. It's perhaps unsurprising, then, that the producer's latest album - his first "non-soundtrack" release for five years - sounds like it could have been composed for the big screen. That's no criticism, though, because these five tracks are utterly sublime. "My Time Among The Snake Lords" comes on like an unlikely collaboration between John Carpenter and the Radiophonic Workshop, while the mesmerizing "Your Sentries Will Be Met With Force" has all the intoxicating urgency of Vangelis' "Bladerunner" theme. Best of all, though, is the sublime title track, a dreamy and life-affirming blast of hypnotic, mid-tempo dancefloor bliss.