Beyond The Yellow-Spotted Bamboo (with Silent Servant)
Praying Mantis Black Arts
Chile's Crimson Tide
Beyond The Yellow-Spotted Bamboo (Substance remix)
Review: Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement has long been one of the more intriguing aliases of prolific producer Dominic Fenrow. Unlike his better-known and highly politicized Vatican Shadow project, RSE has no dancefloor ambitions. Instead, it sees him take a deep dive into the world of ambient music, delivering tracks that fuse droning textures and the hazy pulse of dub techno with humid field recordings and picturesque electronics. Ambient Black Magic, the sixth RSE full-length, could well be the strongest yet. While it does include stretched-out moments of late night creepiness - a feature of previous albums - there are some stunningly melodious and meditative moments, too, not least opener "Jungle is a Shapeshifter", a near 35-minute co-production with Silent Servant whose fluid beauty is almost breathtaking.
Review: Riccardo Mazza, more commonly working as RM these days, last appeared on iDEAL Recordings back in 2016 with the "Unfit" LP. Since then he's been spotted on Yerevan Tapes, but now makes a strong return to the Swedish experimental behemoth with some fiercely individual electronica that pivots from a braindance attitude into more challenging tonal fare on the turn of a dime. It makes for an exciting listen, where beatless excursions weave and slide between dynamically programmed drum machine workouts. Mazza's style is exuberant and expressive even as it skirts on the outer realms of electronic music, making for a record you could happily return to for repeat trips.
Review: Since launching in 2011, James Healy's Air Texture label and compilation series has become something of an institution within the ambient scene. As with its predecessors, the seventh volume in the series has been jointly compiled by two artists with an existing musical relationship, in this case Rrose and Silent Servant. Their selections are on point, drowsily drifting between academic ambient compositions (see Rrose and James Fei's "For Bass Clarinet 8.97 (Rrose Version)", uncomfortable electronic explorations (Ron Morelli, Anthony Child), modular movements (Not Waving), jazz-flecked deep space soundscapes (Luke Slater), horror-influenced throb-jobs (Phase Fatale, June & An-i) and 1990s style ambient electronica (Octa Octa, Function).
Review: Malmo's Henrik Rylander had been missing from the scene since 2014, the year in which he released both an EP and and album, the former through his native iDEAL Recordings. He's back on said imprint with an LP comeback, or rather six segments of high-energy industrial funk slush cut directly from their analog source. The results are endlessly pleasing, of course. What we love about this LP, spearheaded by the first two tunes called "Unholy Connection" and "Feed Treatment", is the music's subtly and restraint, choosing to focus on a few metallic sounds to develop, rather than the usual blockade of sonic filth that characterises the noise subgenre. "Form To Function" is even more minimal in its choice of sounds and melodic shapes, which fall back into a more electric swing of drones on the flip's "Slide Parallel Knives". "Somnolentia" is a foreboding cavern of jagged, monophonic shards, and the closing shrieks of "Mean To An End" help to give this fantastic LP its final burst of doom. A highly recommended affair.
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