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Shobaleader One is a new project fronted by Squarepusher, and includes other anonymous members. Wielding plenty of vocoders and Squarepusher’s signature funky bass guitar, this release also adds elements of electro, and IDM. The music embraces a lazy, retro feel with minimal, downtempo drum patterns and sharp, syncopated synths, yet reminiscent of “Just a Souvenir.” Cool melodies move sweetly with a lot of funk and jazz backing from the guitars in the tracks “Into the Blue” and “Frisco Waves” while harmonized, vocoded vocals add depth and fluidity. Anybody listening to this album may immediately think Daft Punk, but Tom Jenkinson’s jazzy influences and relaxed feel would strike any listener as something unique.

“Megazine” sums up the album quite well with the focus being upbeat, catchy and danceable. The album sets one particular mood and sticks with it. In that respect it can also be considered more minimalist; the sounds and instrumentation are generally kept the same and plod along lazily from one track to the next, it actually makes for a really great album to drive to.

There’s not a whole lot to report about this album, but I highly recommend listening to this one if you happen to like any of Squarepusher’s other releases. You shouldn’t be disappointed.

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Tim Exile’s “Listening Tree” features a broad range of sounds and styles. From synth-pop to IDM this album manages to creatively combine these elements into something completely original. The sound of each track has a major focus on space; the vocals are spread widely across the stereo channels complementing rich samples that are often extremely long, and drawn out. The style of samples and rhythms are very reminiscent of Clark‘s work.

Melodies found in “Listening Tree” are often difficult to identify in terms of phrasing. Time signatures play a role in these abstract melodic lines which can leave tracks feeling off balance, but not incomplete, with tracks that seem to go from a standard 4/4 to a more unusual 3/4 or 5/4.

Towards the end of the album the use of the classic “Amen” break pattern is brought into light on tracks like “Carouselle” and “When Every Day’s A Number.” “When Every Day’s A Number” lacks vocals and relies solely on an ever-growing break pattern that starts as just a miniscule IDM break, but transforms into a full-blown drum & bass/breakcore monster. Finally, “I Saw The Weak Hand Fall” brings the album to a close with an anthemic chorus that builds its way up from a slow-moving ambient introduction.

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When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence was somewhat of (in my opinion) a sleeper hit of early 2008 released on the lovely Warp Records. The man behind Harmonic 313, Mark Pritchard, has a slew of other aliases and is collaboratively involved in many acts including Harmonic 33, William Parrot, Roberto Edwardo Turner, Link, M. Meecham, Troubleman, N.Y. Connection, however perhaps he’s most known for his work in the ambient/chill-out group Global Communication.

This album flirts with many styles, the focus of which is primarily dubstep and hip-hop, and is influenced by old 8/16-bit videogames (especially notable in track 09, “Cyclotron C64 SID” where he samples from the original Pac Man and other arcade titles). Clocking in at just under an hour, When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence is a decisively bassy and futuristic exploration into dubstep styles tightly knit with a fast-paced hip-hop backbone.

The above song, “Quadrant 3” is the last track in the album, and also perhaps the most approachable. Given Mark Pritchard’s undying love for outerspace (Harmonic 33 itself is named after the frequency produced by planets rotating on their axes), I’d really be curious to know if Alpha Quadrant (in Star Trek lore, the Alpha Quadrant, or Quadrant 3, is known for many beautiful nebulae and other bodies of scientific and personal interest) was the inspiration to this track.

Vocals are ever so sparsely applied throughout the album, specifically in tracks 08 (“Battlestar” featuring Phat Kat & Elzhi) and 13 (“Falling Away with Steve Spacek), the former being an even faster paced rap over heavy drum use, with the latter comprised of a stylistically downtempo beat with soft and clean vocals, which not only serves as a great track to finish off the rest of the album, but it is a testament to Mark Pritchard’s ability to elegantly transverse through many genres and styles within electronic-oriented music. This album: contents under pressure. Recommended.

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“Color Strip” is the first full album from innovative IDM artist Jimmy Edgar, and his first with Warp Records. Not only being in the music business, Edgar also owns his own photography firm. His abstract creativity is prevalent not only visually, but aurally as heard in this album. “Color Strip” explores IDM and glitch like I’ve never quite heard before; taking trip forward in time to a futuristic electro night club in Detroit, however the synth samples add a retro-style vibe. Chopped vocals and synths adorn the minimalist rhythms, and Jimmy’s own vocals are featured on various tracks. Edgar’s new take on IDM incorporates groovy rhythms and cold, stabbing synth samples.

His music is not only fresh, but extremely catchy. The melodies are minimal; hardly evolving, if not static and only repeated. However this does not in any way take away from the musical appeal. It retains its appeal through the quality of mixing and samples used, and the overall arrangement of the tracks. As stated before this album is quite innovative and I highly recommend this album to all fans of IDM and glitch.

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Chris Clark is IDM aficionado, a person who creates consistently solid releases signed to the lovely Warp Records, home to Squarepusher, Aphex Twin, Battles, Autechre, and more. He’s got a handful of full length releases as well as contributing remixes for various artists.

Body Riddle is technically his third album released on Warp in 2006 (after Clarence Park and Empty the Bones of You released under “Chris Clark”, also on Warp). I’m still trying to wrap my head around how he creates his music. “Ted” is his most popular song in accordance with his Last.fm charts, however make no mistake: each song is as solid as it is refreshing.

His latest effort comes in the form of Totems Flare released earlier this year on the same label, sporting fast-paced beatwork and heavily treated vocal effects.

The game seen above is Audiosurf, a puzzle/rhythm hybrid. You control a character as you race across lanes in a track in sync with the music (of your choosing), aiming for as many points as possible by the time you finish.

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In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country is one of the various minor releases produced by IDM legends Boards of Canada. It is a four track EP released in November of 2000. Often overlooked, it’s one of my favorites from the group, sporting sounds made characteristically by analogue equipment.

Their most famous full-length record is the critically-acclaimed Music Has the Right to Children. Very hazy and dreamy music that subtly leads you around within the world of nostalgia and blurring childhood memories. Many of the songs Boards of Canada writes are short fragments of speech married with slow, ambient-esque atmospheric pieces, meant to capture specific moments in time (watching Saturday morning cartoons, conversations, walks out, playing in the park, other every-day childhood activities, etc). Here’s a great example (“The Color of the Fire”, third track in this album). A cryptically warm and welcoming record. 10/10.

Here’s track number 12 on the album, titled “Aquarius”.

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