This Fall has seen an avalanche of a quality releases across the techno, industrial and experimental genres. This is by no means an exhaustive list but here is a look at a few current favorites of the heavier variety. Remember to support the artists when you can.
Voitax X Compilation (Voitax)
The Berlin-based, vinyl only label returns with perhaps its most ambitious release to date. Staying true to the ethos of the imprint, the comp spans various electronic spheres from bleak industrial environments to acid stained excursions, there is a lot to like here. Check out the nihilistic banger, "Coiled" by Swarm Intelligence and the blistering "Respond to Call" by Rory St. John just for starters. With it's signature minimal packaging, it is a good reminder there's always more than meets the eye. Video teaser below. For more info visit http://www.voitax.com/
Unknown Collective - UCD005
An apt name for this project, as little to none is known about the artist(s) behind the material. With sparse cover art and track names that are simply sequential, the presentation is completely stripped down. The mystery deepens though once you listen to the EP, as industrial experimentation collides with haunting cinematic compositions to create a complex offering that requires repeat listens. Out now via Bandcamp.
Stave - Fought 12" (aiia recordings)
Be prepared for an alarming array of techno punishment on the latest EP from Chicago's Stave. Fought is five tracks of raw material that is expertly crafted and built for destruction. Also includes a killer remix from Grebenstein. A great release on French imprint aiia recordings. Out October 27th on Vinyl + Digital via Chez Emilie.
Domenico Crisci - Electra 12" (Summa Cum Laude)
One of our favorite Italian producers is back with an evil EP that is not for the faint of heart. Crisci is among the best at creating heart pounding, mind splitting techno and rave that infects your central nervous system. From the opening of "Vai" to the final note of "I Know You", Electra offers four warehouse crushers. Out October 20th via Triple Vision.
Walk Onto Sun - Grow Static
An emerging artist from L.A.'s healthy electronic scene, Walk Onto Sun offers a strong EP which showcases the producer's wide ranging musical influences. From underground techno to post-industrial soundscapes and infectious EBM, Grow Static blends all of the above in a refreshing package that is gives us a lot to like. Driven by our inevitable dystopian state and current global crises, the EP is both cerebral and rhythmic. With an LP on the way in 2018, we look forward to hearing more from the artist. Out October 20th via Bandcamp.
This is just a small sampling of some of the great work happing right now in electronic music. Keep an eye out for more Selections in the future.