Review: Jean-Louis Huhta is a long-standing veteran of the Swedish underground, from roots in punk and industrial through to an illustrious if somewhat low key life in techno. His Dungeon Acid alias heralded a return to the fundamentals of machine music, and gets more intriguing with every release. This self-titled album on iDEAL gives a wonderfully widescreen impression of his style, where atmosphere and textural individuality are just as important as the beats. At times the electronics are joyously weird, as on unhinged acid burner "7Y02", and elsewhere a more exotic, head-nodding melange emerges. Just stick on "4R01" and find yourself transported to a most curious, utterly wonderful synthetic tropicalia.
Review: During the 1980s, Mike Mangino was one half of New Jersey proto-techno punks Smersh, an outfit whose work has long influenced the more industrial-minded end of the lo-fi techno community. Here he re-surfaces on Joachim Nordwall's iDEAL imprint with a solo album that's altogether deeper and more dubby in tone that some of his previous work. Apparently created via live jams with a range of electronic instruments (synths, sequencers, drum machines and so on), "Coisas" sees Mangino flit between hypnotic dub techno ("Ramona Corner"), bleeping turn-of-the-90s deep techno (the superb "The Way You Are"), languid early morning soundscapes (the locked-in dub house of "Slowly I Turned"), tracks that doff a cap towards tactile Italian deep house (the rather lovely "Solitaire") and more experimental, glitched-out dub ("Amphetamine Jitters").
Review: Riccardo Mazza, more commonly working as RM these days, last appeared on iDEAL Recordings back in 2016 with the "Unfit" LP. Since then he's been spotted on Yerevan Tapes, but now makes a strong return to the Swedish experimental behemoth with some fiercely individual electronica that pivots from a braindance attitude into more challenging tonal fare on the turn of a dime. It makes for an exciting listen, where beatless excursions weave and slide between dynamically programmed drum machine workouts. Mazza's style is exuberant and expressive even as it skirts on the outer realms of electronic music, making for a record you could happily return to for repeat trips.
Review: Malmo's Henrik Rylander had been missing from the scene since 2014, the year in which he released both an EP and and album, the former through his native iDEAL Recordings. He's back on said imprint with an LP comeback, or rather six segments of high-energy industrial funk slush cut directly from their analog source. The results are endlessly pleasing, of course. What we love about this LP, spearheaded by the first two tunes called "Unholy Connection" and "Feed Treatment", is the music's subtly and restraint, choosing to focus on a few metallic sounds to develop, rather than the usual blockade of sonic filth that characterises the noise subgenre. "Form To Function" is even more minimal in its choice of sounds and melodic shapes, which fall back into a more electric swing of drones on the flip's "Slide Parallel Knives". "Somnolentia" is a foreboding cavern of jagged, monophonic shards, and the closing shrieks of "Mean To An End" help to give this fantastic LP its final burst of doom. A highly recommended affair.