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Cop Funeral – Pain, a spaced-out drone and noise composition
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Cop Funeral – Pain, a spaced-out drone and noise composition

Miron Ghiu - Sep 10, 2019

The second album by Cop Funeral comes after five years of waiting. Due to be released this week, on the 13th of September, by Josh Tabbia on his Already Dead Tapes, a cassette and vinyl oriented label active since 2009, the album has a gloomy atmosphere where Josh is deconstructing every sample he touches.

Fall in Love festival review. The last days of summer
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Fall in Love festival review. The last days of summer

Andrei Bucureci - Sep 09, 2019

The last days of summer have become more and more a trend in the festival world. There are some festivals that brag with entertaining you in this time frame. Electric Picnic in Ireland has become a good example of such a festival. But hey, the Romanian festival market is beginning a counterpart with the first edition of Fall in Love festival. 

Smida Jazz Festival review, an avant-garde approach toward music
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Smida Jazz Festival review, an avant-garde approach toward music

Codin Oraseanu - Aug 26, 2019

Once I have past the festival gates, 20 meters from the camp site, the bucolic grounds unfurl to reveal a playground for both grownups and children. Between people playing with frisbees, children running in all directions and dogs roaming free, the only gripe you could have is that you will not have the time to discover all that Smida has to offer.

Anemone Tube, Jarl & Monocube – The hunters in the snow
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Anemone Tube, Jarl & Monocube – The hunters in the snow

Miron Ghiu - Aug 23, 2019

Inspired by Pieter Bruegel's series of "Seasons" classic paintings, "The hunters in the snow" is a collaboration between Anemone Tube, Jarl & Monocube. The rich and diverse result invites the listener to build rich soundscapes and dream-like states of mind while listening. 

Matmos – Plastic Anniversary
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Matmos – Plastic Anniversary

Miron Ghiu - Aug 12, 2019

Matmos music is always based on a concept that invites the listener to contemplate upon with the help of sounds. Plastic Anniversary marks the duo's 25 years anniversary and is all about plastic. Every sound used for the record was recorded using the something from the plastic that surrounds us - all over, yes.

Biosphere – The Senja Recordings
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Biosphere – The Senja Recordings

Miron Ghiu - Aug 06, 2019

A collection of various outdoor recordings and studio improvisations recorded on the island of Senja, in the Arctic Norway, between 2015 and 2018, ”The Senja Recordings” can easily be labeled as audio ecology. I truly believe this record should be used as a promoter for climate change campaigns. 

Chernobyl OST
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Chernobyl OST

Miron Ghiu - Jul 31, 2019

The music composed by Hildur Guðnadóttir for the HBO's mini series tells a story in every track. Even if the layer beneath Chernobyl’s fictionalised reality is strongly political, as a critique of the former USSR misinformation and power games, the soundtrack does not contain any hidden or subliminal messages on the subject, it just creates an atmosphere. 

Flying Lotus – Flamagra
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Flying Lotus – Flamagra

Miron Ghiu - Jul 23, 2019

After five years of absence, Steven Ellison, better known as Flying Lotus or FlyLo, returns with the 6th album, out on the well-respected Warp Records. Blending downtempo rhythms with hip-hop lyrics, the double LP evolves sonically on no less than 27 tracks.

Ujif_notfound – Process
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Ujif_notfound – Process

Miron Ghiu - Jun 04, 2019

"Process" is an anthology of generative psychedelic music. The artist plays a lot with glitches and audio bits that may seem out of order but that's just until he reaches the perfect tempo, without using kicks or other tempo-driven elements.

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Conjecture – V, the unconventional industrial sound forms

Miron Ghiu - May 27, 2019

Conjecture describes his latest release as an anti-body statement. The individual's disengagement from the human body and from all kinds of physical hypostases is portrayed through unconventional industrial sound forms. He is very strong in his textual presence describing "V", which is a conceptual work and must be listened on good speakers.

Valerinne – Desire
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Valerinne – Desire

Miron Ghiu - May 14, 2019

Formerly known as a post-rock trio, Valerinne really evolved on their 2019 album, due to the heavy use of synths, from both Alexandru Das and Liviu Stoicescu. The only unprocessed things in "Desire", recorded live in February 2019 at Studio 148, by Marius Costache, are the drums.

The Caretaker says goodbye with Everywhere at the end of time
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The Caretaker says goodbye with Everywhere at the end of time

Miron Ghiu - Apr 17, 2019

Exclusively inspired by "The Shining", Stanley Kubrick's cult movie starring Jack Nicholson as the lead character, The Caretaker uses lots of dark atmospheres and drones that haunt you since 1999, when the series of "Everywhere at the end of time" started. This 6th part, released by the History always favours the winners label is the final one.

Syntax – Current
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Syntax – Current

Miron Ghiu - Apr 09, 2019

Current, the latest full-length album by Syntax, a Bucharest-based artist, is an ode dedicated to electricity. Inspired by the late experiments of bands such as Kraftwerk, Alva Noto or Byetone, the eight tracks are exclusively instrumental and can be seen as post-human interfering with trans-humanist music.