Electronic Jams for Late Summer 2014

Analogous Doom – Departing the Hourglass – Body Control Records

I’m going to call this right now: Body Control Records is a literal power house.  I say this because they have a true knack for finding that perfect sound and quickly getting it into the ears of the eager followers. This is a good thing, especially when the material coming from their artists is pure, solid gold.  This release is another shining example of what darker electro can be.  There is strength behind the synth, the gentle beats and the grooves in the keys.  I’d even say this release has pushed beyond the dark electro genre and is poking around a bit with some retrofuturistic elements, some ambient atmospheres (serving mainly as shadowy backdrops for the tracks to build on), and maybe even dipping its toes in some light elements of acid techno.  Fans of Dorosoto’s current work, Red Falcon Projects or any of the previous offerings from Body Control Records will love this. I know I do (5 out of 5)

Sense – Still Life – Psychonavigation

Sense returns with another chilled gem.  Right away, I’m in a world of mellow and tranquil bliss.  There are subtle harmonies flowing in and out of the background, similar to a melodic loopy-drone but leaning more on the side of ambient.  In fact, subtlety seems to be the key figure on this album.  Things gently ride the waves to your brain and are just on the edge of being noticed, like a dream half remembered.  Samples and sourced sounds meld in with liquid flowing synth to create a lush and unconscious landscape.  They’re also used to bridge tracks together as one ends and another begins.  It sort of gives a theme for the mood of the upcoming piece.  All in all, another solid work from Sense.  Fans of Carbon Based Lifeforms, FSOL’s more atmospheric work, Steve Stoll, Pete Namlook and Sense’s previous album will like this.  (4.8 out of 5)

Params – Grids Grains and Waves – self released

This isn’t your typical electronic album despite the fact that I strongly think it should have a big label release.  Params creates magic with the elements of IDM by turning them into gentle waves of awesomeness.  Here, a masterpiece of electronic, downtempo, minimal and even very light bits of glitch bring itself into the dim early dawn sunshine.  Fans of the mellow side of Aphex Twin, Autechre, early Damiak, and Boards of Canada will find this release to be highly enjoyable.  (5 out of 5)



About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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