Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Fractured - Beneath The Ashes [2011]

Okay so bloc doesn't like this but I think it's pretty fucking cool.  Fractured's sound is a neat mix of industrial, metal, EBM and dubstep. Yeah I said dubstep, the womp kind too.  Most of their music is straight up industrial with the occasional riff but then they throw in some pretty great metalcore-esque vocals and the occasional wobble and you have Beneath The Ashes.  Just download it already.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Informatik - Nymphomatik [2002]

Release Date: April 9, 2002

Firstly, I'd like to thank Blindsided and Willie for inspiring this post in ways they will never imagine. Now, I am certainly no stranger to Informatik, and if you are no stranger to futurepop then you should not be either. It's true that the duo started off as more of a harsh ebm act, but as soon as they released Nymphomatik they transformed their sound into futurepop and to be honest, I was confused as to why they never started off as futurepop. Informatik is what I like to call a "futurepop titan" and although they may not be the first act that comes to your head when you think of the genre, this album may change that. Nymphomatik is easily their strongest album (although all of their albums are good) so do not be shy to give it a listen.

Try it

Tipper - Surrounded

This aptly titled LP released in 2003 was one of the first electronic albums recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound. As one of the leaders of the breakbeat movement, it came as a surprise that Tipper opted to fully utilize this new technology to create an engrossing atmospheric downtempo album. But a good choice it was. Check out album highlight "Over the Coals" here.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Shaka Ponk - Bad Porn Movie Trax

It's french electrofunk. It's electric, it's funky and it's from France. What else do you need? Just look at that monkey’s face! He’s having the time of his life! And he owes it all to Shaka Ponk. Ok, maybe to drugs too.

Be that as it may, look at these bohemian Frenchies and look how much fun you could be having as well:

Enjoy some French Touch Puta Madre!

Gold Panda - Lucky Shiner

Picture a golden panda. Cute isn’t it? Now picture that same panda stabbing someone with an oatmeal cookie. Weird, huh? But still cute in a strange sort of way. Good, now you know what Lucky Shiner is like.

Lack imagination? That’s cool; you can get an idea from this:

You are now confused yet you want more. Let me ask you; have you visited India Lately?

Guido - Anidea

Sexy, sexy dubstep. Guido here brings his sexy, hip-hop infused beat and then talks about cats and windows and boom! The panties are coming off.

Do you happen to be well accompanied right now? Try Guido’s power out:

Ok, now. Before you think up names for your oncoming children, make sure You Do It Right.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mrs Jynx - The Standoffish Cat

It's barely dance music at all, really, but Hannah Davidson manages to weave subtle beats and melodies into what becomes a surprisingly catchy album. Despite leaning strongly towards ambient music with its lush, friendly synths, it never bores, in fact, it captivates. The Standoffish Cat is a dazzling, gorgeous album that would make excellent sleeping music from its soothing soundscape.

Amon Tobin - ISAM

New Amon Tobin is always something to celebrate, and ISAM marks another stellar entry into a trail-blazing career marked by some of the most creative and captivating trip hop released this side of Endtroducing...

Check the review here.

Desolate - The Invisible Insurrection

Digging into the crates for this one, a true gem released back in January. Desolate (real name Sven Weisemann) is an artist who, while wearing his heart plainly on his sleeve, is someone destined for bigger things. And by saying that he shows off his influences a little too prominently I mean he sounds exactly like Burial. Which isn't a bad thing per se, it's just at times you get the feeling that he's simply stolen rather than adopted Will Bevan's scratchy and distant trademark qualities. But here's the catch, this isn't actually dubstep. The Invisible Insurrection is the mark of an artist definitely on the up. Check out 'Divinus' here.

Excision & Downlink - Existence

New wobble from these 2 bass juggernauts. Check the vip remix of the title track here.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mesh - We Collide [2006]

Release Date: April 3, 2006

So if you remember in my last post, I name dropped a particular band known as Mesh. Now, if you're unaware of this act, think of them as a more manly Echo Image. Their album We Collide flawlessly blends futurepop with rock guitar work to create something so catchy it should be illegal. But don't think of it as a gimmick, as Mesh fuses incredibly deep lyrics with the music to create the ultimate listening experience. And even after 5 years since its release, We Collide remains as one of my favourite albums of all time so you know it's good ;)

Try it

Darth Phader - The TIE Fighter Of Love

Yes, the album cover is bizarre and creepy, and yes, the music is completely bizarre and creepy. It's dark psytrance like you've never heard before, so what are you waiting for? Check it out!

I:Scintilla - Optics [2007]

Fantastic female sung industrial music. 
Click the picture, I dare ya.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Echo Image - Compuphonic [2001]

Release Date: February 20, 2001

Echo Image has this particular sound that I've always had trouble categorizing. It's certainly not a rare sound or anything, but it somehow takes elements from synthpop, futurepop, and rock to create a very enjoyable concoction. But hold the hell up, Compuphonic isn't some industrial rock album. Think of these guys as more like Mesh or Iris, but with no guitars (yeah yeah, I know I said rock but Compuphonic is a rare exception). So try this out and at the same time, you might as well get your dancing shoes on. Compuphonic still remains as a great album to dance to, sing to, or just to listen to. Hell, I would think the hot ginger on the cover should be more than enough incentive for you to check this out, no?

Try it

Cyanotic - The Mediation Generation (2010)

Cyanotic's newest album, The Medication Generation released in 2010 was by far one of the best industrial albums of that year.  Plusing beats and superb vocals led the way with Cyanotic's very heavy sound.  Their currently on a tour with Front Line Assembly so be sure to check them out if they come through your city.

Kode9 and the Spaceape - Black Sun

Following on from their genre-bending Memories Of The Future, Kode9 and the Spaceape have finally teamed up for the much-anticipated second round. With one possessing one of the most unique voices in the scene, and the other the only man alive to hold a phd in dubstep, Black Sun is a giant leap forward in terms of its wonky leanings. At times more warmer and vibrant than their earlier smoky releases, underneath its bright sheen lies the same grizzled heart beating away in its cavernous depths. Another milestone release for Hyperdub.

Read the full review here.

Ajapai - What Do You Hear?

And I'm back. Gonna kick things off with some crazy bass with a little know wobbler by the name of Ajapai. He's been enjoying some much earned success since signing with the dirty Rottun label but few know his beginnings as a humble electro star. Here on 'What Do You Hear?', Ajapai channels his more upbeat tendencies into a juggernaut of powerhouse bass and distortion. Released under its own ep, this track is also available on Ajapai's debut lp.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tomba - Brace For Impact EP (2011)

For some reason I detest when people describe this type of dubstep as "filthy" or "dirty".  Yes it may not be clean and smooth like Burial or Swarms but those words to me just seem moronic.  This short 5 song ep is great.  It's a more cohesive and lengthy listen than Choke On Coke and definitely deserves to be a forerunner in the dubstep genre.

It's not just fun ladies and gentlemen.

It's fuckin' womp.

Hatemagick - Cybermechanical Antichristian Phenomenon (2011)

Even though this album came out in February I've only discovered it recently.  It seems that 2011 has some decent industrial to offer however either most of it isn't released until the latter half of the year or it hasn't come out of the woodwork such as this.  Hatemagick is an EBM/aggrotech act from Norway that produces some sick music in the woods.  Wait the woods you say? Yes with the wolves.  Anyways some of their stuff (maybe all) they release for free so check it out and enjoyyy.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Atari Teenage Riot - Is This Hyperreal (2011)

Well what do we have here? A new album from premiere digital hardcore act Atari Teenage Riot? It would appear so and fear not it's worthy of their catalog.  Their first album since they disbanded in 2000 is titled Is This Hyperreal? and it's fo rizzle. Oops that was out of my realm.  Anyways put this album at the top of your to-listen-to list if you need an industrial fix.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

SAM "Brainwasher"

The first thing I thought when I listened to the track "Murder Inc." from Brainwasher was how similar the style is to Detroit Diesel. With that said, the album is a perfect club adaptation of harsh EBM/Industrial less the euro influences of Terre Humaine. They are replaced with an impressive combination of effects and catchy rhythms which place more emphasis on danceability than on lyrical creativity or relevance. Those looking for radio worthy industrial should definitely download this album.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

µ-Ziq - Bilious Paths (1995)

The movement within Rephlex Records and later Planet Mu in the early 90s was historic for the electronic scene . µ-Ziq (pronounced mu-sic) is a somewhat underrated in the electronic scene, as most of his work isn't as known to some of his contemporaries. Bilious Paths at the time was still an experimental and some say at points arbitrary. It's what made it so great, IDM was still in an infancy and experimental forms of musicianship were still widespread. µ-Ziq's record tinkers with ambient, ethereal soundscapes as seen in "Siege of Antioch", what seem like odd dance mash-ups and the dark eeriness that ultimately manifests itself within Bilious Paths.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lard - Pure Chewing Satisfaction (1997)

Ministry + lead singer of Dead Kennedys = magic? It's exactly what you expect when you put those two together.  The punishing industrial riffs of Al Jourgensen of Ministry and the aged whiny vocals of Jello Biafra. This combination worked well enough to produce not only 4 albums but they were together for nearly 12 years, during Ministry's main success period.  While it doesn't showcase the hardcore punk side that is the Dead Kennedys its just a refreshing step back and a new set of vocals to go with Ministry's music.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

London Elektricity - Syncopated City

I've seen things, you people wouldn't believe.

I don't mean "you people" in an offensive way. Damm you're insecure! Anyway, today I bring you more zazzy, futuristic d'n'b. The style is known as liquid funk... yeah, I know. Despite not being creative at naming the style, London Elektricity (a.k.a. Tony Colman) is extremely good at what he does. While this is not his most recent album it's also his best and most accessible.

See what I see:

Saturday, May 14, 2011

ohGr - unDeveloped (2011)

2011 has arrived and still we are greeted with no new Skinny Puppy album.  However what we do have is a new solo album from Nivek Ogre and it's fucking good.  unDeveloped is a mess of electro-pop and industrial influenced electro songs that separate SP from ohGr in the best of ways.  This album is one of the best and most accessible albums for beginners looking to get a start in industrial music and is still a great album for seasoned veterans to enjoy over and over again.

Tyrant Of Death - Blood Lust (a.k.a insane 8-string INDUSTRIAL!!)

What the fuck isn't there to say about Tyrant Of Death? They are a two man industrial project that incorporates mega-downtuned 8-string guitar MADNESSSSSS!!!! These boys are from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and are one of the more prominent new-age industrial bands to come out this decade. Great things can be expected of them so keep your ears submissive!

Areojones - Voyager

Areojones is the project of Tanguy Fouquet, who hails from France. His music style seems to borrow from past, notable groups, such as Daft Punk and Boyz Noize, yet finds ways to reinvent old sounds. In his new song, 'Voyager', you'll find intelligent and fun electro house with a touch of disco. It is a reminiscent and refreshing mix that shows that Areojones could possibly be, in the future, a strong contender in the electro house scene. Check it out!

Areojones - Voyager by Areojones

Friday, May 13, 2011

Emalkay - Eclipse (2011)

Fuck yeah 2011. Emalkay is releasing his debut full length album and you can bet from this years EP - Fabrication/Massive that it's going to be nuts.  Listen to it and


:wumpscut: - Schrekk & Grauss (2011)

It's only been about a year since :wumpscut: released their last album.  This new album which apparently roughly translates to scare and horror is a pulsating mess of synths and harsh electro beats. More of a step in the right direction eh Rudy?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011



Like it? You might as well check out Downlink's "Ignition EP".

Alienapia - Goapocalipsis

Goapocalipsis would have made it on many "best uptempo trance albums of 2010" lists, and for good reason. Basically, the album has everything a trance fan wants, and more. It's infectious, it's supremely melodic, and it has more synths than you can shake a stick at. Those who like bright, cheesy, epic trance, will like this. Check out a track!

That's some sexy Goa Trance!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Electro Sun - Double Trouble

Israel's answer to dance music, Electro Sun (Nadav Elkayam) makes intelligent, but still fun, trance music. Similar to Deadmau5, Electro Sun's music is quite professional and structured brilliantly, although still very silly. No matter what mood you're in, the album, Double Trouble, will sound great on all occasions. The soundscape constructed is both relaxing and thunderous, and overall makes an interesting and engrossing listen. Why not check it out?

Yeah, you know it's good.


Alright you minions it's time to get out those wallets and donate some cash. Celldweller is releasing some new music in the form of 4 EP's, some unreleased music and some entirely new and a portion of the proceeds go to the Red Cross Tornado Relief effort down in the southern US.  It's a pay what you want (minimum of $3 however) but still great music for a great cause.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Detroit Diesel "Terre Humaine"

Imagine euro dance and trance mixed with industrial and harsh vocals. That is the beautiful epitome of Detroit Diesel's music. Hailing from the most kvlt province in Canada, 'Quebec', they have managed to fuse the craft of EBM with the craft of club dance electronica. This combination makes for a deadly duo and ultimately makes 'Terre Humaine' one of the most fun and well innovated albums in any diehard industrial fans collection.