Was this the most anticipated DJ set of 2018? Did it deliver against all the negativity, befuddled organisation, extortionate ticket price and questionable venue? Tom Durston attempts to answer all of these questions in this review of Aphex Twin at Funkhaus Berlin.
This is straight up space music: aliens, black holes, astronauts, star ships. Contained are absolutely massive beats and bottomless synth pads. ‘Anima Mundi’ is acidic, burning away the rust to reveal the shiny underbelly of a rocket ship headed to a distant solar system. This is true stargazing music, made for asking the biggest questions of our existence.
‘Illusion’ finds Lawrence in typically fine soul nourishing form with a cadence as stylish and aesthetically pleasing as any of his previous work. Ahead of release, we are happy to offer you a taster of the album with a premiere of “Dark Swirl” – simply beautiful electronic music for both home and club listening.
Challenging sonics have always been the appeal of Berlin Atonal. This years edition proved to be an immersive five-day marathon showcasing the very best of avant-garde music, audio-visual arts and a whirlwind of creativity. Madara Fridenvalde shares her personal experience of the festival that featured world premieres, rare bookings and first-time collaborations.
Glasgow based Invisible Inc. celebrate their twentieth release with a proper labour of love. Not content with just compiling a selection of excellent other worldly cosmic variations, Invisible have pulled together an impressive roster of musicians including Laraaji, Malcolm Cecil (as Tonto’s Expanding Head Band), K. Leimer and Richard Bone.