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Clash review
12.04.17

An introspective return from the fascinating British electronic project...

Spotinews recomendation
08.12.16

Hello. For the final update of the release week, we once again go back to early last month. Genre: electronic. Enjoy Illum Sphere! Illum Sphere – GlassFiled under: 2016, Electronic

Clash review
09.11.16

A quirky, offbeat and hugely enjoyable debut...

Under The Radar review
09.11.16

Initially, the absorbing textures of Under the Sun seem to belie Mark Pritchard's standing as a dance music icon. Since the early '90s, the British-born, Australian-dwelling...

Under The Radar review
29.05.15

While what made The xx so special was the trifecta of vocalist, bassist, and producer, it was the latter, Jamie Smith, who was always destined to take his skills elsewhere.  More

Clash review
01.06.15

A solo record to put his group in the shade...

The Quietus review
01.06.15

Jamie xx's debut solo album is influenced by his formative experiences in London's clubs, or at least that's what he wants you to think. Over a succession of interviews, The xx's...

Clash review
16.04.15

Russian producer delivers sonic travelogue...

Clash review
28.08.14

London trio reveal one of 2014’s best dance albums…

Insound review
02.09.14

The long-awaited debut LP from Dark Sky is not entirely what you might expect from the London trio. After a string of club-focused 12"s, they delve deep to deliver a tender and...

Clash review
24.08.14

Producer's second LP is sugary enough, but lacks bite...

Under The Radar review
12.09.14

After a four-year break—in which Russell (aka Rustie) Whyte's star has ascended into the stratosphere—the Glaswegian producer/DJ returns with a sophomore effort which more than...

The Quietus review
10.09.14

"Hyper", "maximalist", "Day-Glo": the same words have perpetually popped up to describe the music of Glasgow's Russell Whyte, aka Rustie, ever since the release of 2011's Glass...

NME review
27.08.14

Bombastic and brilliant in parts, the Warp producer's return is frustrating in its inability to stay focused

NME review
10.02.14

One-time Radiohead collaborator winds together techno, house and hip-hop on impressive return

Insound review
18.02.14

Ryan Hunn, AKA Illum Sphere, is founder of Manchester’s renowned club night Hoya: Hoya, has remixed Radiohead, toured the world’s best club nights and released music on some of...

Clash review
17.02.14

One of the year’s early electronic successes...

XLR8R review
10.02.14

Over the past several years, Manchester producer and Hoya:Hoya co-founder Ryan Hunn (a.k.a. Illum Sphere) assembled a fairly impressive resume for himself, even before he was...

Resident Advisor review
29.07.13

These days Ikonika emphasises that fun is central to her work, but there was an edgy mania to her first album, 2010's Contact, Love, Want, Have. Recorded in a suburban semi on the...

Clash review
02.08.13

A brilliantly fun, '80s-inspired second album...

Spotinews recomendation
31.07.13

Hi. It’s the last day of the month and here is the recently added new album by Ikonika. Genre: electronic. Enjoy! (One review here.) Ikonika – Aerotropolis Filed under: 2013...

NME review
29.07.13

Londoner Sara Abdel-Hamid returns with a new vision of Britain’s electronic future: her own urban dream world

Sonic Router review
14.02.13

Paul Salva already has a rich musical history to his name; check his outdated MySpace page, last login in 2011, and it’s easy to see how much has changed for the producer and RL...

Pitchfork review
14.02.13

Two years ago, Paul Salva's Complex Housing emerged as the work of a producer with seemingly every stylistic option at his disposal. From house to grime to bass, he'd find a way...

Hippopotamusic recommendation
25.10.12

A little gem of chilled-out disco inspired electronica. Released on RAMP Recordings

Hippopotamusic recommendation
12.09.12

Downtempo and experimental bass-heavy glitch-hop, released on Muti Music

TapeFear recommendation
03.09.12

A great electronic release from Robot Koch and collaborators, following on from last year's fantastic The Other Side.

Spotinews recomendation
19.07.12

Howdy folks. The dynamic new release by Ikonika was very recently added to Spotify. Genre: electronic. Enjoy! Ikonika – I Make Lists Filed under: 2012, Electronic

Pitchfork review
18.07.12

There is a sample of Ikonika clearing her throat about a minute and a half into the London producer's I Make Lists EP, her first long-form release since debut album Contact, Love...

XLR8R review
18.07.12

Ikonika (a.k.a. Sara Abdel-Hamid) has been rather quiet lately. Granted, 2010 was an especially busy time for the London-based beatmaker, as she released her debut album on...

XLR8R review
13.06.12

As the bass-music landscape becomes increasingly crowded, it's harder and harder to recognize all the talented artists (not to mention chastize all of the lackluster ones), but...

Sonic Router review
13.06.12

Salva‘s Complex Housing hit the dance music space like a bolt of lightning early in 2011; simultaneously weaving threads from current bass, hip-hop and house styles, it also...

Insound review
29.05.12

Bullion has come a long way since his Pet Sounds: In the Key of Dee mix became a viral sensation on the internet in 2008. He went on to record a string of releases for One-Handed...

XLR8R review
25.05.12

Manchester's Illum Sphere probably doesn't need an EP of remixes just yet. Over the past three years, he's released a handful of EPs via Fat City, but with the exception of a...

BBC review
08.05.12

The British producer avoids any dubstep clichés on this recommended debut LP.

Pitchfork review
25.05.12

Given that the rallying cry for progressive bass music in 2012 amounts to "Not another shitty house album," it's difficult to remember that as recently as 2010 there was a third...

Resident Advisor review
22.05.12

Chiptune sounds in dance music aren't anything close to a novelty anymore, but the UK's Slugabed has always used tinny 8-bit timbres with a fierce and unique thrust. Gregory...

XLR8R review
15.05.12

After two years of prolific output which found his work appearing across a number of labels (Planet-Mu, RAMP, and Donky Pitch among them), Slugabed makes a the leap to the full...

TapeFear recommendation
14.05.12

Slugabed's debut album has been a long time coming. Now it's finally here get this lovely creative electronic album into your ear holes!

Spotinews recomendation
10.05.12

Hi again. From a very recent Spotify update comes the new album by Slugabed. Genre: experimental electronic. Enjoy! Slugabed – Time Team Filed under: 2012, Electronic

Spotinews recomendation
02.05.12

Howdy. From a fairly recent Spotify update comes the sweet new album by XXYYXX. Genre: chillwave. Enjoy! XXYYXX – XXYYXX Filed under: 2012, Electronic

XLR8R review
02.04.12

Over the past two years, London trio Dark Sky has clawed its way into the bass-music conversation on the back of strong releases for labels such as Black Acre, Pictures Music...

XLR8R review
15.03.12

Where to begin with Oodles of Doodles? A veritable behemoth of a release, it's a beat tape consisting of 48 tracks—both old and new, heard and unheard—by Southern California...

Clash review
26.10.11

It has bassline crunch, and a very distinctive space-age exterior; so why does ‘The Vision’ sound like it’s playing catch up? Is dubstep evolving at hyperspeed so as to...

Resident Advisor review
08.11.11

Joker's long-awaited debut album begins with a two minute synth exercise that sounds suspiciously like "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" before descending into one of the most...

Pitchfork review
04.11.11

On his guest-heavy, pop-oriented debut LP, Bristol-based post-dubstep producer Liam McLean leans on formula and shows a crippling indecisiveness. Grime, R&B, stadium pop, and...

BBC review
01.11.11

A debut with mainstream potential from the young Bristol dubstep/grime producer.

Sonic Router review
24.10.11

With each new release, Gregory Feldwick continues to perfect his arpeggiated hip-hop instrumentals. Early Slugabed tracks were marked by gargantuan moments of bass and science...

BBC review
17.10.11

A stunning debut that gives up more secrets with every listen.

TapeFear recommendation
14.01.13

Only recently added to Spotify. The unmistakable Vangelis influence sweeps through Kuedo's fantastic debut sci-fi electronic album.

BBC review
27.09.11

Integrates myriad elements into a coherent and involving listen.

Spotinews recomendation
01.11.11

Hi. I’m back from a family emergency, but tomorrow I have to go away again. Anyhow, from a very recent Spotify update comes the debut album by Rustie. Genre: electronic. Read this...

Resident Advisor review
06.10.11

Glass Swords seems set on out-gauching a league of contemporaries who are beginning to add completely unfashionable genre signifiers to their music. You don't get much more direct...