Rolling techno* albums thread for people who are clearly doing it wrong

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Not being someone who ever goes out dancing I don't really want to gum up the bobbins thread with this stuff, but basically this is a thread for discussion and recommendation of new techno* records for home-listening.

*techno and related electronic music

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:49 (six years ago) link

Really enjoying the Richard Tobar and Akkord albums but realised I had no place to share this scintillating tidbit.

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:50 (six years ago) link

ha wait: Richard Ricardo

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:56 (six years ago) link

off to a grand start already

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:57 (six years ago) link

(I am sad to see the death of the phrase "bobbins" because of long conversations with Anna (who coined its usage on ILM) about why she used "bobbins" and what it meant, and what it was trying to avoid. Sigh.)

these birches is awful (Branwell Bell), Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:59 (six years ago) link

"bobbins" has died?

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:01 (six years ago) link

i thought that was why you were using techno* instead of "bobbins"?

(I have no idea. I'm sorry. I'll go away now.)

these birches is awful (Branwell Bell), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:04 (six years ago) link

Oh this is totally meant to be separate thing. I'm definitely an albums person in my listening habits and also more of a generalist too, so this thread is intended as a non-dance-focussed and non-expert thing, probably featuring a lot of ineptitude on my part that I would be too embarrassed and self-conscious about elsewhere.

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:16 (six years ago) link

And techno* cos I have no idea about terminology, but was hoping to bring in ambient stuff as well as post-dubstep records too.

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:18 (six years ago) link

oh here we go again: non-dance-focussed non-dancing-focussed

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:21 (six years ago) link

someone edit this already to make me look less like an imbecile

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:21 (six years ago) link

Right, so would the East India Youth album fit in here for discussion?

the drummer is a monster (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:29 (six years ago) link

It's not really new, but I got the Stellar Om Source album from last year, and I'm really enjoying it... Reminds of me of the more technoish Warp records from the early 90s (LFO, Mike Ink, etc) in that it's both danceable and good for home-listening. It's total nostalgia stuff, sounds like it could've actually been made 20 years ago, but for a guy like me who often feels nostalgic for that era, it's hitting all the sweet spots.

Tuomas, Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:29 (six years ago) link

xp not heard it at all, so you tell me! thread police free zone here though so i say go for it

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:33 (six years ago) link

On the other hand, I can't understand the love for the new Donato Dozzy album, seems like it placed quite high in the 2013 albums poll... To me it sounds like very standard droney ambient, like a B-list Fax album or something, I don't see why people find it so exceptional. Especially considering that Voices from the Lake and K really were exceptional and very good; this one feels much more meh to me.

Tuomas, Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:34 (six years ago) link

i need to spend more time w/ stellar om source. always enjoyed her stuff in the past though but that was more kind of free-floating astral dolphin music xps

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:36 (six years ago) link

doesn't "bobbins" just mean "rolling thread"

Tim F, Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:39 (six years ago) link

I've never come across with anything by her before this; the earlier stuff seems pretty hard to find? Joy One Mile is not dolphin music though, it's quite kicking actually.


Tuomas, Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:41 (six years ago) link

i think the dozzy record gets better the more attention you pay to it or else it tends to evaporate before you've taken it in, whereas VFTL sounded great even just as a background thing. didn't vote for dozzy though, wasn't even the best thing on that label last year (cos that was the quicksails record)

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:42 (six years ago) link

(though i think this is a potentially useful distinction anyway, home-listening and album-focused electronic music rather than club-focused; the EOY polls always demonstrate there's interest in this)

lex pretend, Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:42 (six years ago) link

doesn't "bobbins" just mean "rolling thread"

you're probably better asking a person who knows what they're talking about tbh

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:43 (six years ago) link

that was directed at branwell - I didn't think it actually "meant" anything in the way implied.

Tim F, Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:45 (six years ago) link

bobbins ain't dead anyway house and techno bobbins 2014

lex pretend, Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:48 (six years ago) link

Nope, and it was actually Anna F that coined the term "bobbins" because she was at that time writing for (big name UK based dance music magazine) and there were BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR feuds between staff members about what was "Techno" and what was "House" and the differences between tiny micro-genres. And it was a running joke in her house that to avoid the death-match-feuds, to just call it all "dance... bobbins".

I cannot believe that I know stuff about the deep history of obscure ILM terms, but I guess this was just stuff we talked about while DJing.

I, too, would be happy to have an albums-based electronic bobbins thread, because I am LOL old and haven't danced in years.

these birches is awful (Branwell Bell), Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:06 (six years ago) link

Two recent albums I've been enjoying that might fit into this thread:

Steve Moore: Pangea Ultima
Ukkonen: The Ancient Tonalities of...

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:17 (six years ago) link

yeah this is my kind of rolling thread, good call Nick

I get a lot of opportunity to check out new electronic releases but nowhere near enough to go raving or generally do much more than sort of mooch at the edge of the attendant culture

wilful brony (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:18 (six years ago) link

Not a big fan of dividing "home" listening from "club" listening, as the delineation is fluid and arbitrary, but this is also only a personal take...but then similiarly I'm not a fan of microgenre naming either

but heres something which might fit,

cog, Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:50 (six years ago) link

Also, e/tape though its maybe too sleepy even for this thread

cog, Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:53 (six years ago) link

Hello. I'll be lurking in your thread. I may even post if I feel moved to listen to any music which is not either a year old and already discussed on ILX or 30 years old.

(like BB, also LOL too old to dance now and regretting that I spent my dancing-age years feeling that clubs were not welcoming spaces for me, lol indie kids, lol ugly women, etc)

not a player-hater i just hate a lot (a passing spacecadet), Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:21 (six years ago) link

down with this thread (I am, that is)

doglato dozzy (dog latin), Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:38 (six years ago) link

Just been listening to Mika Vainio's new Konstellaatio album in his more ambient/less abrasive zero guise and it is very beautiful electronic head music, if that is what you are angling at in this thread.

xelab, Thursday, 30 January 2014 14:12 (six years ago) link

Yeah 99% of the dance music I hear now is "home listening" even it's totally banging and dancefloor-centric (and there are whole albums of that sort of stuff as well).

Bobbins will never die.

Matt DC, Thursday, 30 January 2014 14:26 (six years ago) link

Was just listening to Konstalaatio today - very nice.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 31 January 2014 00:57 (six years ago) link

New NHK'Koyxen album is out at last, which I've been looking forward to for a while. It's on Pan again, which is maybe better known for electronic art music, but the last one was great hall-of-mirrors machine music with subtlety mind-disordering rhythmic effects and a lot of people's favourite on that label along with the Lee Gamble one.

keiji cretins (NickB), Friday, 31 January 2014 11:35 (six years ago) link

^ so pretty!

keiji cretins (NickB), Friday, 31 January 2014 11:38 (six years ago) link

Steve Moore: Pangea Ultima

dunno if it's just me but i find this his weakest release thus far. still good, but a bit watertready

föllakzoidberg (electricsound), Friday, 31 January 2014 11:39 (six years ago) link

yeah I didn't find much call to give it a second listen

the first cologne based on a sea-captain based celebrity (seandalai), Friday, 31 January 2014 16:01 (six years ago) link

really loving this new hauschka album - - fans of nils frahm would be into it i think

lex pretend, Friday, 31 January 2014 16:04 (six years ago) link

i'm really into pangaea ultima

the late great, Friday, 31 January 2014 16:06 (six years ago) link

i keep being impressed / doing double takes whenever tracks from peter van hoesen's live performance come up on shuffle. it's still p microproduced but has a looser vibe i seem to be keying in on.

i feel like i sample from a lot of recent techno that just doesn't grab me, maybe i'm only paying half attention, seems like the production is samey in an immaculate way but there isn't any fire and it's all airless and boring. one example is the conforce album, just zzzzz imo

Matt P, Friday, 31 January 2014 16:09 (six years ago) link

oops i think it's life performance

Matt P, Friday, 31 January 2014 16:12 (six years ago) link

also want to rep for anthony parasole's label the corner out of new york, last two releases are awesome (parasole and phil moffa - pressure and tom diccico - no sympathy)

Matt P, Friday, 31 January 2014 16:15 (six years ago) link

though those aren't albums, ayy

Matt P, Friday, 31 January 2014 16:16 (six years ago) link

i don't post to ilm about a big chunk of the new music i listen to, because it falls between the cracks of the rap/techno/etc threads. lots of pretty post-beat scene electronic music that sounds best on headphones but could work in a club in the right context, maybe.

festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 31 January 2014 16:27 (six years ago) link

Have enjoyed Hauschka in the past Lex (think it was Foreign Landscapes that I got into, that was very much modern chamber ensemble classical stuff though). Bit of a wait till mere mortals get to hear the new one - not out until mid-March by the looks of it.

Was giving the Mika Vainio a whirl a bit earlier. Sounds really well done but it was all a bit too austere for me. Have never quite got to grips with Pansonic either tbh so it probably wasn't meant to be.

keiji cretins (NickB), Friday, 31 January 2014 17:57 (six years ago) link

vainio never clicked with me though on paper it sounds like exactly the kind of thing i'd dig.

Matt P, Friday, 31 January 2014 21:28 (six years ago) link

I noticed that a third volume of Thomas P. Heckmann's (aka Age, Drax, Skydiver, etc) The Lost Tales was recently released, you can play the whole album via the link. (It's not on Fax like the previous two, but on some new American label, which was apparently set up as a legacy label to Fax, since it folded with Pete Namlook's death.) Anyway, like the previous two, it collects previously unreleased material by Heckmann, some of which dates back to to the early 90s, so there's loads of trancey analogue sounds and cosmic techno goodness... And more synth solos than on his previous albums! Obviously this is very old school stuff, but since cosmic beats and Fax have always been my thing, I love it! "Berlin to Dawn" and "Ode to a Friend" especially are awesome synth freakouts.

Tuomas, Friday, 31 January 2014 23:36 (six years ago) link

this is the perfect thread to post about:

severence - hidden ceilings
sven weisemann - inner motions
the smoke clears - listen

each of which were on my eoy ballot, and i associate them with each other. haven't really seen anyone discuss them anywhere, probably b/c they're very humble albums, but they linger in that edge of sleep space which i really love. i don't think listening to a single track really does any of them justice because they all take time to pull you in, but all three are pretty much perfect.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Saturday, 1 February 2014 00:09 (six years ago) link

Fuck me, that Weisemann album is a lot better than I remembered it as this year.

xelab, Saturday, 1 February 2014 00:56 (six years ago) link

sick OTT satirical shit

davey, Friday, 19 June 2020 14:34 (five months ago) link

this slaps hell yeah

solo scampito (mh), Friday, 19 June 2020 16:39 (five months ago) link

“Mastered by Russell Haswell” oh you don’t say

solo scampito (mh), Friday, 19 June 2020 16:42 (five months ago) link

dj python is fantastic, all of it

or something, Friday, 19 June 2020 16:43 (five months ago) link

i mentioned this in the reconstructed thread (sorry) and its from late 2019 but new ramzi is so good, better than python imo (not to be hierarchical)

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Friday, 19 June 2020 19:36 (five months ago) link

luv ramzi, was just listening to her older stuff yesterday :)))

davey, Monday, 22 June 2020 08:57 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

new shinichi atobe album!

carin' (map), Friday, 17 July 2020 22:38 (four months ago) link

I've been listening to this Somfay LP a ton and holy shit just realized they're selling the vinyl for a buck

lukas, Friday, 17 July 2020 22:51 (four months ago) link

reposting via Fetchboy

My washing machine is making some Richie Hawtin circa 2003 stuff

— Ronan Fitzgerald (@rmkf) July 24, 2020

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 24 July 2020 22:37 (four months ago) link

Lol at the reply post that turns it into an actual minimal techno tune

Tim F, Friday, 24 July 2020 23:17 (four months ago) link

of course, matmos has already done this _and_ performed it in concert

over 2,000 reviews of the album on rym and yet the pitchfork-industrial complex only gave it a 7.8! shameful

Kate (rushomancy), Sunday, 26 July 2020 00:09 (three months ago) link

with due respect to drew and martin, how fast we forget hurra torpedo

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 26 July 2020 01:03 (three months ago) link

well i for one had never heard of hurra torpedo. (honestly it's a struggle for me to remember matmos, i'm old) hurra torpedo remind me more of amoebic ensemble, even though technically amoebic ensemble only had one member who played pots and pans. you can hear him in the earlier band space heater at the beginning of this video:

Kate (rushomancy), Sunday, 26 July 2020 14:47 (three months ago) link

hurra were an aughties hit for me; their touring schtick was to source appliances at every stop because they utterly demolish whatever they're "playing". It's energetic!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 26 July 2020 17:34 (three months ago) link

when the clap comes in >>>>>>>>>

lukas, Sunday, 26 July 2020 18:40 (three months ago) link

new shinichi atobe album!

― carin' (map), Friday, 17 July 2020 23:38 (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

and it's completely beautiful

or something, Sunday, 26 July 2020 20:40 (three months ago) link

stunning 2020 update of nebulous artificial intelligence / ambient house vibes

the late great, Thursday, 30 July 2020 00:09 (three months ago) link

I will be sure to check this thanks.
Love the Ex-Terrestrial stuff too - just made a CD comp from some of his Bandcamp 12"s.
Jamie Tiller's been playing quite a lot of this early 90s influenced house / techno on his NTS shows. Great stuff.

millmeister, Thursday, 30 July 2020 11:01 (three months ago) link

really like the ex-terrestrial album paraworld . gets sorta saw85-92-ish at times.

brimstead, Thursday, 30 July 2020 18:16 (three months ago) link

ANF is the shit too!! TIP

brimstead, Thursday, 30 July 2020 18:19 (three months ago) link

Thanks for the tip on Jamie Tiller. There's so much good stuff on NTS.

I hadn't realized Robag Wruhme released a new LP last year. Parts of it sit well alongside some of the new ambient house stuff without any obvious 90s signifiers. Other parts (Volta Copy) get a little too sugary for me. Maybe the laziest way I can praise it is to say it's the equal of Thora Vukk.

lukas, Thursday, 30 July 2020 19:57 (three months ago) link

stunning 2020 update of nebulous artificial intelligence / ambient house vibes

Really hitting the spot right now, thanks.

pomenitul, Thursday, 30 July 2020 21:24 (three months ago) link

Can't get enough of this:

toby, Sunday, 2 August 2020 19:05 (three months ago) link

Regis - Hidden In This Is The Light That You Missed

neilasimpson, Monday, 3 August 2020 16:33 (three months ago) link

Arg. You get the idea though...

neilasimpson, Monday, 3 August 2020 16:35 (three months ago) link

[not sure what I've done wrong there tbh. Any thoughts appreciated]

neilasimpson, Monday, 3 August 2020 16:41 (three months ago) link

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 3 August 2020 16:43 (three months ago) link

(not sure what you did differently, may just be youtube being a butt)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 3 August 2020 16:43 (three months ago) link

Thank you!

neilasimpson, Monday, 3 August 2020 16:49 (three months ago) link

Is this the thread to talk about the new Rival Consoles?

pomenitul, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 22:19 (three months ago) link

works for me. I've played it a couple of times but was kinda distracted in both instances. I think I like it?

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 23:29 (three months ago) link

Just digging in. So far it's a bit "safe" for me. He's always walked a line between the kind of more krautrocky experimental electronics techno that I like (think Border Community) and the kind of pretty easy listening hotel lobby electronics I don't like as much.

dan selzer, Thursday, 6 August 2020 14:26 (three months ago) link

Yeah that’s a fair description; I tend to have the same mixed reactions to his work. Actually my favorite recent thing he’s done was a single earlier this year that didn’t wind up on the new album. It’s wobbly, low-key piano piece:

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 7 August 2020 15:54 (three months ago) link

Shawn Rudiman's Conduit album is hitting the spot today

calzino, Saturday, 8 August 2020 15:25 (three months ago) link

it's a bit "safe" for me

I'm very generous in my appraisal of post-elevator music of this kind, but with Rival Consoles, it's hard not to expect more. He should throw a wrench into his own formula more often.

pomenitul, Saturday, 8 August 2020 15:30 (three months ago) link

Nathan Fakes album in the other hand is killer. People talk about it as his return to techno, I don’t really go to techno clubs much these days but other than having beats don’t see these tracks as club bangers. They’re wonderfully messy krautrock IDM or something.

dan selzer, Saturday, 8 August 2020 15:58 (three months ago) link

Love the Nathan Fake album so much

Tim F, Saturday, 8 August 2020 16:28 (three months ago) link

really? damn, never rated him at all

brimstead, Saturday, 8 August 2020 16:44 (three months ago) link

anybody feeling the INTe*ra album? I’m a huge Acting Press fan but can’t really get into it for some reason

brimstead, Saturday, 8 August 2020 17:01 (three months ago) link

I was definitely not paying attention to the sky was pink era Nathan Fake and James Holden but the stuff those guys, and Luke Abbot and Wesley Matsell have been doing the last few years is pretty great though some go a bit too modular experimental music for my taste.

dan selzer, Saturday, 8 August 2020 17:37 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

hell yeah

ciderpress, Friday, 25 September 2020 14:56 (one month ago) link

that's great, lotsa bounce

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 15:02 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

d. tiffany & dj zozi r doing it rong

davey, Monday, 19 October 2020 07:21 (one month ago) link

I am always down for d tiffany.. thought dj rozi was one of her aliases

brimstead, Monday, 19 October 2020 19:28 (one month ago) link

it is IIRC ! :)

davey, Monday, 19 October 2020 21:36 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

has there been any discussion of andras' album joyful in this thread? warm, lived-in deep, verging-on-ambient house for headphones.

favs are "honeybird" and "poppy"

la table sur la table (voodoo chili), Monday, 16 November 2020 23:18 (one week ago) link

"Live Forever" is the one for me off it but it's such a warm, dreamily excellent album

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 08:04 (one week ago) link

WOOOOOOOWWWWWWW at the D. Tiffany / DJ Zozi album

Tim F, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 08:04 (one week ago) link

Off the Meds (s/t) sounding pretty great

davey, Thursday, 19 November 2020 23:31 (five days ago) link

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