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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) link

ha wait: Richard Ricardo

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

off to a grand start already

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

"bobbins" has died?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

bobbins ain't dead anyway house and techno bobbins 2014

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

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

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

down with this thread (I am, that is)

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

Was just listening to Konstalaatio today - very nice.

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

^ so pretty!

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

i'm really into pangaea ultima

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

oops i think it's life performance

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

though those aren't albums, ayy

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

so now i think the new skee mask album is boring, i know everyone needed to hear that. it just doesn't sound very interesting to me at all after i've been mainlining underworld albums for the past few days, maybe that's not its fault idk.

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Friday, 11 June 2021 02:21 (one year ago) link

i've listened to it a bunch now and it's still hitting

ciderpress, Friday, 11 June 2021 02:27 (one year ago) link

I like Compro a lot better. The drum programming on this one bugs me. Bass kicks too busy. I like a little more space between hits for those lush pads to develop.

beard papa, Friday, 11 June 2021 06:43 (one year ago) link

kinda agree that I'm not blown away by this skee mask album, it's got some nice pads but I don't feel the specialness others are feeling here, on the 2020 end of year lists, I was way more impressed by the trees speak album, felt emotional and fresh, in a way I thought I wouldn't feel again about an electronica album, cosign about how good the revisit to underworld stuff has been for me too...hell, I enjoyed the plone album more than this, its effervesant retro gamer vibes and sweet ass melodies drew me in, when I wanted to dismiss it as a goof off record

Swanswans, Friday, 11 June 2021 10:35 (one year ago) link

...and I know peeps might feel that stress speak album is a post rock/ jazz album as much as a techy album, I was referring to the tracks like 'ohms' and the wonderfully decaying noise of 'spirit duplicator'

Swanswans, Friday, 11 June 2021 11:59 (one year ago) link

i'm getting drawn into this luca lozano album more than i thought i would.

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Sunday, 13 June 2021 17:46 (one year ago) link

Gotta listen to that, I loved “a higher place”

Tim F, Sunday, 13 June 2021 18:04 (one year ago) link

i've always felt skee mask is, like, idk, 'artisanal hamburger' type music; it's all really nice and sometimes soooo satisfying but also can be a bit much or too obvious

i've been going through and underworld kick too

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Sunday, 13 June 2021 18:08 (one year ago) link

this is really the only skew mask track I like, haven’t heard the new one though. most of his other stuff seems too cloying or something for me. nice album covers, tho

brimstead, Sunday, 13 June 2021 18:12 (one year ago) link

I just hate the singing on Underworld records, would be 100% fine with instrumentals of everything they've ever done. As is, I become embarrassed while listening to them.

This is more in the electronica/ambient/techno middle grounds, but this hour long set from Abby Echivarri is really lovely

heyy nineteen, that's john belushi (the table is the table), Monday, 14 June 2021 17:20 (one year ago) link

Been diggin' the debut album On danse comme des fous from Gilb'r - despite him releasing records for like three decades already.

No idea if this is the right thread for it.

MikoMcha, Monday, 21 June 2021 18:50 (one year ago) link

sounding good

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Monday, 21 June 2021 19:13 (one year ago) link

I've been digging these two tracks lately:

Gooooose - 搂起来

Hofknicks - Neo Biedermeier (Daniel Brandt's Version)

silverfish, Monday, 21 June 2021 19:25 (one year ago) link

Also liking the Gilb'r album which I'm listening to right now

silverfish, Monday, 21 June 2021 19:25 (one year ago) link

Not exactly sure where to put this, but a set of Zug from last year, many of which are from the album

saer, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 16:57 (one year ago) link

dunno where to put this, these clips from the upcoming Simona Zamboli album are sounding sweet. really wide-ranging sound design, seems to exist on a plane tangent to existing genres but it draws from them. I want to hear this loud in a good space, sitting down with the lights off.

lukas, Monday, 28 June 2021 23:16 (one year ago) link

^listened to this this morning and it sounds fantastic, thanks! "Compossibility" in particular jumped out on first listen but looking forward to spending more time with this.

willem, Tuesday, 29 June 2021 05:51 (one year ago) link


(I said upcoming but you can download it now, it's the vinyl that hasn't been released)

lukas, Tuesday, 29 June 2021 16:50 (one year ago) link

so now i think the new skee mask album is boring, i know everyone needed to hear that. it just doesn't sound very interesting to me at all after i've been mainlining underworld albums for the past few days, maybe that's not its fault idk.

ive always found him overly formalistic, the producer I really rate in the new jungle/jungle-techno scene is Phineus II, his album Meridian response I can't recommend highly enough. In terms of that more classic warp/AI techno sound I am really enjoying this:

RobbiePires, Tuesday, 29 June 2021 21:54 (one year ago) link

This Simona Zamboli album is awesome. "Noise hub" completely won me over.

gman59, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 14:36 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Greatly enjoying this slice of DIY Kiwi techno/house:

pomenitul, Tuesday, 17 August 2021 12:49 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

New Madteo 12” on Honest Jon’s is straight out there amazing.

mmmm, Saturday, 4 September 2021 20:46 (one year ago) link

Like a warped negative of Theo Parrish.

mmmm, Saturday, 4 September 2021 20:56 (one year ago) link

sweet. love mad dip revue

brimstead, Saturday, 4 September 2021 22:37 (one year ago) link

Don't know if it's been mentioned elsewhere, but the Facta album from April really is nice.

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Monday, 13 September 2021 19:15 (one year ago) link

Wisdom Teeth has been on a roll lately

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 13 September 2021 19:27 (one year ago) link


I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Monday, 13 September 2021 19:38 (one year ago) link

I just posted some of my own wrong techno:

dan selzer, Monday, 13 September 2021 19:50 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Really enjoying the GCOM E2-XO album, hi-def futuristic vibes without nostalgia (overt nostalgia, anyway.)

lukas, Friday, 12 November 2021 19:12 (one year ago) link

patrick conway - cellular housekeeping lp nuff sed

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Saturday, 20 November 2021 03:59 (one year ago) link

didn't even realise he had an album coming out, excellent

boxedjoy, Saturday, 20 November 2021 10:28 (one year ago) link

Previews sound good, anybody heard it?

lukas, Friday, 26 November 2021 19:31 (one year ago) link

Martinou - Rift.

That's it, that's the post. But no really, this album is a gem and I just paid an absolutely mental amount to have it shipped from (sold out everywhere else).

anza808, Monday, 6 December 2021 18:38 (eleven months ago) link

yeah that's beautiful

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 7 December 2021 17:17 (eleven months ago) link

only just caught up on the tristan arp album 'sculpturegardening' that wisdom teeth put out i.e. same label as the facta album and the lovely k-lone record from last year and it totally fits in that lineage. lovely record!

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Wednesday, 8 December 2021 18:56 (eleven months ago) link

totally missed this record by a japanese producer called ground aka DJ Gr◯un土, but this is a fun album of playful acid-ish tunes:

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Tuesday, 14 December 2021 16:33 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

new lifted album looking like it's going be be really solid. I loved the first one, lukewarm on the second, but seem like everything's cohering really well with the ecm atmospheric jazz techno thing

Bongo Jongus, Monday, 31 January 2022 18:12 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Enjoying Seraphim Rytm's newest EP right now. Has me wanting to catch up on the last few releases.

beard papa, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 02:35 (nine months ago) link


karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 15 February 2022 02:54 (nine months ago) link

two months pass...

the new Axel Boman double album hits the doing it wrong spot for me

rob, Friday, 22 April 2022 18:36 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

New Reckonwrong ep blends traditional instrumentation with um belongs on Warp stop that

brisk money (lukas), Sunday, 15 May 2022 04:47 (six months ago) link

wow that dude is clearly doing it wrong, very enjoyable though

maybe xpost to one of those rolling glitchy experimental threads

corrs unplugged, Monday, 16 May 2022 07:44 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

the new Axel Boman double album hits the doing it wrong spot for me

Hot damn

Thanks for sharing

brisk money (lukas), Friday, 3 June 2022 20:16 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

oh my god

adam, Sunday, 26 June 2022 12:03 (five months ago) link

still haven't listened to it, but so great to see gigi's name on the tracklist

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Sunday, 26 June 2022 12:16 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

anybody else suspect that Kangding Ray started taking psychedelics

death generator (lukas), Friday, 2 September 2022 20:44 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

two months pass...
the new Axel Boman double album hits the doing it wrong spot for me

― rob, Friday, April 22, 2022 1:36 PM (six months ago) bookmarkflaglink

Late to this and didn't know the connection to Talaboman but these are great

Indexed, Tuesday, 8 November 2022 19:13 (two weeks ago) link

The new Lord Of The Isles LP 'Night of the Endless Beyond' out on ESP Institute certainly belongs here. splendid stuff! deeply underrated producer

anza808, Monday, 21 November 2022 02:18 (five days ago) link

haven't had a chance to get through all of it yet but it does sound great so far

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 21 November 2022 03:20 (five days ago) link

I love this guy but track 1 is unlistenable on headphones

death generator (lukas), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 22:58 (four days ago) link

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