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Alessandro Cortini

Fantasma Modulazione

Alessandro Cortini

Fantasma Modulazione

NIN's synth and keys player wowed all who encountered his 'Sonno' LP.

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Marcus Schmickler & Julian Rohrhuber

One (Unity)

Marcus Schmickler & Julian Rohrhuber

One (Unity)

Economics and number theory inspire hell-borne computer music

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Akkord

HTH020 (The Haxan Cloak’s Cloud of Witness)

Akkord

HTH020 (The Haxan Cloak’s Cloud of Witness)

The Haxan Cloak demolishes Akkord with pendulous concrète dynamics

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Powell

No U Turn

Powell

No U Turn

Club Music gets turnt inside-out by the Diagonal catalyst

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Demdike Stare

Procrastination

Demdike Stare

Procrastination

Grime is raided for parts and re-baked in Miles' industrial kiln

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Valerio Tricoli

Le Qoheleth ✚

Valerio Tricoli

Le Qoheleth ✚

Deeply beguiling, tortuous concrète narrative by the savant Sicilian artist

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Rhythmic Theory

Tales of Dystopia

Rhythmic Theory

Tales of Dystopia

One of the UK's most underrated at their best; that bassline gets us every time

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Rainer Veil

UK Will Not Survive

Rainer Veil

UK Will Not Survive

Elegiac electronics with bluest, brutalist vibes...

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Lussuria

Breath Of Cinder

Lussuria

Breath Of Cinder

Taken from, in our opinion, one of the best and most overlooked albums of the year.

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Wold

Inner Space Infirmary

Wold

Inner Space Infirmary

Eviscerating, anomalous Black Metal enigma from the plains of central Canada

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RUSSELL HASWELL

In Memorium Of Elph

RUSSELL HASWELL

In Memorium Of Elph

Uniquely masticated, cathartic frequency fxxkery

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D. Edwards

Untitled A3

D. Edwards

Untitled A3

Black Metal meets Badalamenti with a T2 Hip Hop and techno twyst, fo' reel

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Cured Pink

As Enderie Nuatal

Cured Pink

As Enderie Nuatal

Tightly-wound post-punk stepper outta Melbourne via Berlin's Another Dark Age imprint

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Jack Dice

Stash’s Theme (Feat. Stash Marina)

Jack Dice

Stash’s Theme (Feat. Stash Marina)

Killer cloud rap/trap ohrwurm from John Twells and Walker Chambliss with Stash Marina

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“14 tracks: the Best of 2014 Part Four”

We've saved the dark 'n heavy stuff for dessert in this 4th part of our 2014 round-up. It's been a golden year for mongrel mutations in electronic music, especially where the boundaries of black metal, techno, computer noise and dark ambient styles were concerned. Ostensibly uneasy bedfellows, they all seemed to feed off each other in a fascinating dialogue proving that they're not mutually exclusive elements. Marcus Schmickler & Julian Rohrhuber's 'Politiken der Frequenz' yielded a number of incredible pieces inspired by number theory and economics, with the slow rising panic of 'One (Unity)' among them, while The Haxan Cloak's apocalypse-baiting rework of Akkord's 'HTH020' single was one of thee most dramatic you'll hear all year. Demdike Stare did the business with a crushing industrial grime slaughter called 'Procrastination' for their Testpressing series, and Rhythmic Theory's beautifully brooding 'Tales of Dystopia' shared a serotonin-depleted headspace with Rainer Veil where 'ardcore elegies found solace. Club kings, Powell and Delroy Edwards also killed it, twisting out two 2014's most freakish oddities with 'No U Turn' and that demented 'A3' track, respectively, whilst Hospital Productions soundtracked our darkest nights with Lussuria's exquisite, 'Industriale illuminato' and Alessandro Cortini's 'Fantasma Modulazione'. Farther out, Cured Pink's 'As Nuatal' sounded like TG doing footwork, and Wold's 'Postsocial' LP left us utterly flayed. National n0!se treasure Russell Haswell proved he was the baddest mutant with a string of searing releases, at its most succinct, wrenchingly affective with 'In Memorium of ElpH' from '37 Minute Workout', and the tortuous concrète of Valerio Tricoli's 'Miseri Lares' abstracted and emulated the deepest nightmares in sound. Check back early in the new year for our best-of-2014 reissues selection.

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