Alio Die & Amelia Cuni: Asparas (8.9) |
(Projekt - 2001) - Enchanting lighter-than-air electronics, fluid soundsources and supple dhrupad singing allow for luxurious soaking.
Birds of Tin + Ene: key ray (8.4)
(Mystery Sea - 2001) - Subdued, though twisted, audioconstructions provide murky funhouse thrills and out-of-the-norm soundscenes.
Deep Chill Network: Dreams 4 (8.7)
(Dark Duck - 2001) - Deep-space listening fills the nighttime air with vague-though-undeniable activities.
novisad: Seleya (9.0)
(Tomlab - 2001) - Short, sweet and scruffy pieces of half-forgotten memories are obsessively replayed in almost-abstract snippets.
ostinato: kap arkona (8.5)
(disco bruit - 2001) - Germanic electronic experiments will thump their way (sometimes irregularly) into your heart.
Robert Rich: Beastiary (8.8)
(Release - 2001) - Radiation from the extra processing power creates mutant breeds of abstract music... strange and exhilarating stuff.
Steve Roden: Forms of Paper (8.3)
(Line - 2001) - This extended panorama of quietly enigmatic textures is sourced entirely by the sounds of book pages being handled... really!
Solar Fields: Reflective frequencies (9.2)
(Ultimae - 2001) - This sparkling production achieves an admirable balance between amorphously undulating contours and tasteful beatronic sensibilities.
v/a: 8x (8.5)
(Dark Duck - 2001) - Especially immersive atmospheres will feed the desires of X addicts everywhere.
v/a: Definitive 1 - Chilled (8.2)
(42 Records - 2001) - A sampler platter dedicated to smoothly beat-driven (and often wordy) popular electronics.
v/a: Music For The Spirits Volume 3 (8.2)
(Domo - 2001) - New Age doesn't have to be a dirty word... these artists put forth their most therapeutic sounds.
v/a: Or Some Computer Music (8.3)
(OR - 2001) - "Computer music" in its more abstract sense explores the truly wild potentials therein.
v/a: Sulphur/Compound (8.7)
(Sulphur - 2001) - From weird experimentronics to just-plain-cool music, this wide-ranging comp delivers many different, delicious flavors.
V.O.S.: Veil of Secrecy (8.6)
(Triumverate - 2001) - Dismal pools of midnight murk are ominous, yet morbidly inviting if you're in the mood for darkness.
where echoes end: my sweet grotesque (8.4)
(Where Echoes End - 2001) - An effort to blend some ambient into nicely-produced electro-song structures is appreciated.
December Overviews include:
Koji Asano, "A Second Dam"; Jorge Castro, "The Joys and Rewards of Repetition"; Cooldown, "Vivid"; Elton Dean & Mark Hewins, "Bar Torque"; Funki Porcini, "The Ultimately Empty Million Pounds"; Secret Agent Gel, "P as in Peter, F as in Frank"; Vainio Vãisãnen Vega, "Endless"; When, "The Lobster Boys"
This Month: "Turn the Page"... What mag(s) are 9 artists reading?
top ten.01: Another good year; my top ten picks and a few honorable mentions. Love 'em or hate 'em... these are my picks.
New Links to:
42 Records, disco bruit, Domo, Mystery Sea,
Neurodisc, platenkoning,Ultimae Records