Tag Archives: Electronica

Top 30 Albums of 2015: 30-16

2015, overall, has been a year of slight disappointment when it came to music. There’s been a few releases I highly anticipated but ended up being a tad disappointed in, but that hasn’t stopped some rays of sun coming through. So here it is, the first half of my end-of-year-list for releases. A lot of these ended up being EPs for some reason.  Continue reading

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Catch-Up Reviews #5: Squarepusher, Moodie Black, Faith No More…

Rich Reviewz is coming back. Here’s some releases I’ve been enjoying recently for you to wrap your ears around…

Squarepusher – Damogen Furies

Squarepusher is Tom Jenkinson, a man who has pushed the boundaries of electronic music as far as possible since its inception in 1995. The list of his work and its variety is impressive for any musician of any genre and with each release, the direction he takes is completely unpredictable which is exactly what’s happened with “Damogen Furies” once again.  Continue reading

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Top 30 Albums of 2014: 15-1

This is it, these are my top fifteen albums for 2014. There’s some great stuff here that I hope you check out and become as obsessed with as I did. Hope you all have a merry Christmas and a fantastic time with your friends and family. See you in 2015! Continue reading

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Top 30 Albums of 2014: 30-16

Here’s the first half of the top 30 albums of 2014! While this year didn’t impress me anywhere near as much as last year, there were still dozens of great releases, especially in the second-half of the year. I guess as well, since this year has been very quiet for the Rich Reviewz blog (for personal reasons – 2015 will be the return of regular posts), you can see all the albums I’d wish I could have spoken about. Continue reading

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My Record Store Day 2014.

I didn’t have one as I was too skint to buy anything. However, I did discover this. Enjoy.

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Catch-Up Reviews #3: Fuck Buttons, Stone Titan, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Suuns…

Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus

Fuck Buttons have a strong underground following in the electronic scene and their strong drone orientation can split listeners into two very different conclusions; either instant love or overbearing difficulty to understand. For this listener, it was definitely the former when being introduced to Surf Solar from their second album “Tarot Sport” – an album which feels like a spiritual journey throughout; every track dissolves and morphs into each other fluidly. So how does their third release stand?  Continue reading

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Mater Suspiria Vision – “HOLLYWOOD NECRONOMICON” Review

Mater Suspiria Vision - Hollywood NecronomiconMater Suspiria Vision – Hollywood Necronomicon
Genre: Witch house/Electronica/Experimental

Label: Phantasma Disques

Mater Suspiria Vision, in three years of its existence, has released a consistent and dizzying slew of releases – spanning from full-length albums, EPs and many miscellaneous (and unique) packages. While the duo credited as Aura and Cosmotropia De Xam – “vox and religion” and “electronics and echo tapes” respectively – have been heavily affiliated to the witch house genre, they seem to have more disturbing and avant-garde similarities to Throbbing Gristle than the likes of Salem or oOoOO. Continue reading

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Introducing… #4

I know reviews are becoming few and far inbetween (busy as hell these days with my job and writing for other sites), but it’s been a long, long time since I’ve done one of these, so here you go. CHECK THESE OUT!

PURITY RING

Purity Ring

I was late to the party on this one. Last year, I was suggested giving this electronic-pop duo a chance and I really couldn’t get into it, just discarding it as some sort of cutesy play on witch house. I know. I was stupid. About a month and a half ago, I gave their debut album “Shrines” (which only came out last year) a full, uncut listen… and it completely changed my mind.

Purity Ring manage to craft some quirky and sometimes conflicting music. While they do sound “cutesy” in terms of the pretty textures and relaxed trap-ish beats that Corin Roddick produces, then furthered by Megan James’ beautifully soft and tender vocals; there’s often a dark undertone lurking, especially with the lyrics, Fineshrine for example,  “Get a little closer let fold / Cut open my sternum and pull / My little ribs around you” and Lofticries “Let it seep through your sockets and earholes / And into your precious fractured skulls”.

It’s just really nice what they’re doing, and while there’s a lot of bands in the same vein, Purity Ring (personally) pull it off best. Plus, they’re apparently producing/appearing on the next Danny Brown album, which will be interesting.

Listen to: Fineshrine, Lofticries, Amenamy.

FOLLOW THE WHITE RABBIT

Follow The White Rabbit

Follow The White Rabbit are simply one of the most refreshing bands I’ve heard in experimental tech metal for a while, and the Russian quartet sounds like the result of a collaboration between Deftones, Muse and Between The Buried And Me after several hours of huffing glue together while listening to the Fantômas. They’re chaotic, melodic and downright unpredictable.

Late last year, they released their debut album “Endorphinia”, which can only be described as a journey. The vocals are always changing, from cleans to screams to yelps to growls, as well as going through different effects, while the band change direction constantly, one minute soft and quiet and then going into an all-out SikTh-like spazz out. Plus, when you listen to all these changes and phrases, it’s hard to imagine that only for guys are capable of this, as it sounds like it would take a much bigger collection of people to pull off what they do.

“Endorphinia” is a thing of absolute passion and frenzy, a must for anybody who loves their music creatively challenging.

Listen to: A Few Stories Of A Deserted Forest, Fakeface, The Great Worm.

BARN OWL

Barn Owl

As a big fan of drone/ambient music (at least over the past year or so) it’s amazing that I had never even heard of this duo, compromising of Evan Caminiti and Jon Porras. Together, they pretty much alternate between the distortion drones (Sunn O))), Black Boned Angel), folk/country-influenced soothers (later Earth) and electronic ambient (Tim Hecker, Ben Frost). Needless to say, it’s beautiful stuff.

Just recently they released their new album “V”, which features more of the later Earth style than the other two, and frankly it’s the soundtrack to deep daydreams and of goosebumps. Describing the album further than that would be pointless, it’s something you need to feel.

Barn Owl are simply a band that you just soak in, letting the reverb and drone lather your senses.

Listen to: Visions In Dust, The Darkest Night Since 1683, Void And Devotion.

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