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  1. Great news indeed. I love this album. Cause of the compilation, I often forget it's their first, and a bit of an outlier. Its easily split into halves; the first being bafflingly experimental, and the second is austere beatless electro. Their later stuff would merge the two approaches a little more organically. I doubt they will ever release another 15 min modular wankbeast like Niobium Resonators. I sometimes find the 1st half little much when I'm not in the mood but the 2nd half are some of my alltime favourite tracks by GD. Extremely simple, but very evocative.
  2. I think I mustve heard ICBYD late 2001, and was pretty much blown away. I'd already heard CTD/Windowlicker/Drukqs and was working my way backwards through the discog. The first time he'd used proper strings which really add a level of prestige to tracks like Acrid Avid & Wax The Nip.. Surprising (tr)hip hop vibes throughout which he rarely returns to now. Lots of tracks employ the ol' classic Idm trope of juxtaposing harsh midtempo drums and fluffy synths, (which I love.) Cylobian Sunset and Tri Rep also do this in spades and came out the same year. Mookid & Alberto are top 10 tracks, utterly unique. Love that mad 606 being crunched through an MS-20 on Wet Tip Hen Ax. Weaker spots for me, Ventolin slightly comes off as gimmicky and Slags! is a bit of a tonal clang, shouldve been a Caustic Window track.
  3. One of my favorite newish labels, always alien sounds to discover and hi quality sound design. This ones so knackered sounding and shimmery its like Fennesz remixing Andy Stott. I prefer the Naemi material which is more droney and peaceful. Didn't rate the Cryptobitch album much. Hope Huerco S releases something else soon on here as well.
  4. After first listens. Yes it is more Colundi..but yet another notch up, production wise. Sounds even bigger. Aleksi really on top of his mixing here. Lots of little side paths and unexpected directions in tracks. Green: lysergic, swampy sounding Blue: hi tempo lullaby techno Violet: bit more machine-like (detroitish?) riffy Red: hot and hazy very dry hats on this one Orange: bit more whimsical or proggy. Yellow: warm, joyus like the Level 17 CD Grey: this ones all over the place. epic.
  5. ...and now number 3 is up. Maybe the hexagons on the artwork suggest there will be 6.
  6. Probably one of my favorite LPs of the year. The reviews talk up the oddball sample grab- bag angle but thats only really the interludes. Its mostly DJ Sprinkles/Shinichi Atobe style house jams. Extremely chunky.
  7. Excellent release, the first tracks got a similar weird vibe to the Abstract Thought LP, the last 2 tracks sound like they were made around the same time as Grava 4, very subtle stuff. P. gutted about the Kombination Research guys stance but what can you do.
  8. Yeah this album is just Paradox part 2 really. Main room techno, 909alike drums, 303alike synths lurk around the edges and then Colundi glittering over the top.
  9. For those that missed it the uon ep mentioned on the previous page has been repressed and is currently back on sale. Recommended for fans of the Pendant album.
  10. Guero was the first misstep for me, or at least the first album that made me think he was beginning to repeat ideas. Then Colors was the first album I actively disliked and never bought (apart from Dreams which was great). Dont want to sound too snarky cause the dudes a genius but theres something unbecoming about being a pop star in your late 40s... trying to crowbar in trap beats/chillwave style synths cause theyre hot, reminds me of Bowie trying to do d'n'b in the mid 90s. Beck needs to put down the autotune and get weird again.
  11. A nice little bonus release, a little redundant maybe by the fact that 2/4 tracks have already seen official release but overall I'm glad to have the other 2 in HQ finally. Always loved Slo Bird Whistle and its goofy mellow vibes. Used to think it was a squeaky wheel being sampled... And P-String comes from a long line of doom techno (Icct, Supremacy ii etc) and probably one of the last examples of it.
  12. Was expecting this second part to be a bit more hi energy after the relatively subdued 'Paraventral Scale', and it is. Quite a disorienting dizzying listen though I suppose thats the aim. Kind of sounds like a more nightmarish extreme version of those bits in Bladerunner or Back To The Future 2 where the protagonists walk through a shopping district and get assaulted by advertising. So far this album is shaping up to be a more freeform, expansive version of the type of sound he was doing on Mnestic Pressure.
  13. Quaristice costs about the same on vinyl as Untilted. It seems there is a higher demand for the more late period ae on wax.
  14. Always wished this would one day see a physical release. Nice job Weme! Probably one of their most hard edged works, lots of acid lines, much busier percussion tracks, gone are the open spaces from Eksel. Tracks like 'Ilediant' have an almost Drukqs level drum mastery. While overall a bit of a darker more intense vibe than usual. Still got that chill D'Arcangelo braindance sound tho. Now do We Miss You!
  15. To be fair, I think 'Passion' was also promoted as a double EP as well whatever the fuck that means. Whatever happened to mini-albums?
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