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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

ha wait: Richard Ricardo

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:56 (three years ago) Permalink

off to a grand start already

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:57 (three years ago) Permalink

(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 (three years ago) Permalink

"bobbins" has died?

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:01 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:21 (three years ago) Permalink

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

keiji cretins (NickB), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:21 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

Tim F, Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:39 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

(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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

bobbins ain't dead anyway house and techno bobbins 2014

lex pretend, Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:48 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

cog, Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:53 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

down with this thread (I am, that is)

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

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

Was just listening to Konstalaatio today - very nice.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 31 January 2014 00:57 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

^ so pretty!

keiji cretins (NickB), Friday, 31 January 2014 11:38 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

lex pretend, Friday, 31 January 2014 16:04 (three years ago) Permalink

i'm really into pangaea ultima

the late great, Friday, 31 January 2014 16:06 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

oops i think it's life performance

Matt P, Friday, 31 January 2014 16:12 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

though those aren't albums, ayy

Matt P, Friday, 31 January 2014 16:16 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

xelab, Saturday, 1 February 2014 00:56 (three years ago) Permalink

His recent Beats in Space mix is also a good intro to Kovacs, but likely it won't change your view in that case. Overlaps with the Amsterdam Redlight Records Young Marco/Tako/Jamie Tiller vibe, but more explicitly house/dancefloor.

MikoMcha, Friday, 16 December 2016 19:52 (one year ago) Permalink

The Virginia album seemed to get a lot of attention earlier in the year, but haven't seen it on many EOY lists.

MikoMcha, Friday, 16 December 2016 19:56 (one year ago) Permalink

it's really nice but for an album that deliberately leaned towards pop in terms of vocals, song structures, it didn't lean into pop to the extent of sticking in the head much. i always enjoy it when i put it on but i wish there were songs there that made me crave it

lex pretend, Friday, 16 December 2016 20:01 (one year ago) Permalink

tbh, I had forgotten it until going back over 2016 stuff.

Whenever I listened to it, reminded me of how much I love Steffi - Yours, and how this wasn't that.

MikoMcha, Friday, 16 December 2016 20:15 (one year ago) Permalink

M gun/Manuel Gonzalez album is good

a but (brimstead), Saturday, 17 December 2016 02:27 (one year ago) Permalink

^playlist of MGUN album

a but (brimstead), Sunday, 18 December 2016 03:09 (one year ago) Permalink

i totally did it wrong this year, listened to mostly lofi/vintagey stuff on 100% Silk/1080p as far as new techno* goes

a but (brimstead), Sunday, 18 December 2016 03:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Man, Lobster Theremin put out a whole bunch of stuff this year. Anyone keep on top of their releases and can recommend anything?

MikoMcha, Sunday, 18 December 2016 17:04 (one year ago) Permalink

the demdike stare record is great!

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Sunday, 18 December 2016 17:47 (one year ago) Permalink

And the cd version comes with all 7 of the test pressing series, which are also great!

I hear from this arsehole again, he's going in the river (James Morrison), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 09:46 (one year ago) Permalink

I am a big dummy and have the cd sitting there and haven't grabbed the testpressing stuff off it yet :/

mh 😏, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:09 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Anyone listened to that three hour Prince of Denmark album?

Yes, for most of the last couple of weeks, and also going back to his 2014 mix, which is of a similar vibe. 8 has a lot of pretty incredible moments, particular in its last third. Everything seems very simple, almost simplistic, but the things that are going on behind his beats are often gorgeous. Three hours means you're going to get some ordinary stuff too, but the structure of the entire set makes a great argument for it building to something, and that thing is great.

Dominique, Wednesday, 15 February 2017 23:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink


could never really get into this guy before but this one is doing it for me

ciderpress, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 13:15 (ten months ago) Permalink

I was into not the prior album, but the one before that? Solens Arc, maybe, I'd have to check

mh 😏, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 15:03 (ten months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Hyper Opal Mantis did not really click with me on first listen like previous albums (Solens Arc, Automne Fold) did.

Seems like this thread's the only one where there's been a bit of talk on Helena Hauff's music, so I'll paste the good news here: A Tape to be reissued by Dark Entries!. Also, her shows for BBC radio are fabulous. Of course.

willem, Friday, 17 March 2017 12:44 (ten months ago) Permalink

saer, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 02:37 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

listening to this Second Woman LP and it's... idm!

a landlocked exclave (mh), Thursday, 4 May 2017 17:29 (eight months ago) Permalink


change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 4 May 2017 18:23 (eight months ago) Permalink

totally missed Kara-Lis Coverdale's "Sirens" and, wow

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 21:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

Really loving this: (S.A.M.)

toby, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 05:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

kettenkarussell album is stellar imo

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 6 June 2017 15:51 (seven months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

new Bola album is pretty good!

mh, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 18:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

hell yeah. that 2nd track, it's like he was never gone

ciderpress, Wednesday, 21 June 2017 12:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

this is great, thanks for the heads up

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:16 (seven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

listening to this album from pessimist, little dark for a friday morning

mh, Friday, 25 August 2017 14:45 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

my top right now, newest first

Total 17
Whities 11 & 12
ZULI - Numbers
Blondes - Warmth
Garry Bradbury - PANSPERMIA PLUS (puts the * in techno*)
Delia Gonzalez - Horse Follows Darkness
DJ Sports - Modern Species

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:07 (four months ago) Permalink

dauwd - theory of colors is the thing in this category i've listened to the most this year. no surprises but it's got a nice light touch

ciderpress, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:40 (four months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 21:09 (two months ago) Permalink

enjoying the new saul cooper quite a bit, love the woo-ish vibe the clarinet brings

damian green is people (NickB), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 22:05 (two months ago) Permalink

been listening mostly to other sorts of music this year, but have loved all these (sorry if painfully obvious choices):

Call Super - Arpo
Arca - Arca
Shinichi Atobe - From the Heart, It’s a Start, a Work of Art
Marie Davidson - Adieux Au Dancefloor
Juju & Jordash ‎– Sis-Boom-Bah!
Visible Cloaks ‎– Reassemblage
Actress - AZD
Blondes - Warmth
Dauwd - Theory of Colours
Jlin ‎– Black Origami

probably a bunch of other stuff i'm forgetting

damian green is people (NickB), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 22:18 (two months ago) Permalink

Marie Davidson is awesome

In a slipshod style (Ross), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 22:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh also...

Karen Gwyer ‎– Rembo
DJ Python - Dulce Compania

damian green is people (NickB), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 22:28 (two months ago) Permalink

i want to hear that dj python

shed's new lp is very good, as usual. gets a little hands-in-the-airey

brimstead, Tuesday, 21 November 2017 22:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Co-sign Marie Davidson, Blondes, and DJ Python

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 21 November 2017 23:58 (two months ago) Permalink

some good 2017 techno* EPs for people doin it wrong

Roza Roza ‎– Sadok Sudei
Ancient Methods ‎– The First Siren
Schwefelgelb ‎– Dahinter Das Gesicht
Mark Du Mosch ‎– The Red Hour

brimstead, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 01:52 (two months ago) Permalink

this Ilian Tape comp is great:

brimstead, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 01:58 (two months ago) Permalink

i highly recommend anything by Stenny or/and Andrea

brimstead, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 01:59 (two months ago) Permalink

I screwed up by missing most of an Ancient Methods live set because I had seen a lot of techno that week and opted for big stage spectacle
they were playing before or after Orphx, I forget, good combo

mh, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 03:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Chloe - Endless Revisions

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 09:44 (two months ago) Permalink

i recommended this in bobbins but industrie and zartlichkeit by the german artist moon is a v good album of drexciya-type electro with the odd house touch here and there.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 10:29 (two months ago) Permalink

I didn't hear what everyone else heard in that DJ Python I guess.

Here are 2017 records I was into that could conceivably fit here:

Arca - s/t
Suda - Hives EP
Air Max ‘97 - Vessel EP
Fatigado - Sanzala
Masaacooramaan - Drum Fission
NKC - Tincture
SHALT - ʃælt
The Newcomer, Earth Motivation
Mana - Creature
Thoom - Blood and Sand
Thys - Tetris, Mon Amour
Ziur - U Feel Anything?
M.E.S.H. - Hesaitix

And probably that new Equiknoxx record.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 18:31 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

whoa love the DJ Sports record

ciderpress, Friday, 12 January 2018 01:03 (one week ago) Permalink

The Errorsmith album kinda rules in a low key offbeat way

pre millennial tension (uptown churl), Friday, 12 January 2018 15:13 (one week ago) Permalink

the Errorsmith is great.

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Friday, 12 January 2018 15:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Tresor's Dreamy Harbour comp from last year is really good, i recommend

brimstead, Friday, 12 January 2018 15:55 (one week ago) Permalink

Shao* Sensi (Edit) 7:58
–Terrence Dixon The Switch (Edit) 8:00
–Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald Electric Dub (Edit) 10:52
–Mønic What Lies Behind Us 6:26
–TV Victor La Beff 6:10
–Donato Dozzy The Night Rider 7:16
–Claudia Anderson (2) Phase 9:36
–Jon Hassell Timeless 8:10
–Marcelus Odawah Jam (Edit) 5:44
–Daughter Produkt Direction Asymmetry 3:33

brimstead, Friday, 12 January 2018 15:55 (one week ago) Permalink


the late great, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:55 (one week ago) Permalink


pre millennial tension (uptown churl), Monday, 15 January 2018 03:00 (one week ago) Permalink

new thread covering stuff in this vein in 2018:
Rolling Experimental Electronic & Misfit Club Music 2018

mh, Friday, 19 January 2018 17:03 (five days ago) Permalink

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