Charlie Bertsch / 17 Sep 2020

Music at a Standstill

Ellen Allien’s AurAA

From the precise low throbbing that introduces AurAA to the menacingly crackly bass tones that ends it, Ellen Allien’s new album strikes a balance between four-on-the-floor minimalism with atmospherics that can’t be reduced to their danceability.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 22 Jul 2020

The American Scream

Speaker Music’s Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry

Combining elements of minimal techno in the great African American tradition of Detroit and Chicago with dubstep, avant-garde jazz, and spoken-word, Speaker Music's new “emergency” album Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry delivers bass that is as compelling as it is challenging. (...)

Charlie Bertsch / 04 Dec 2019

Britain in Fragments

Lee Gamble’s Exhaust

Lee Gamble’s new almost-LP, Exhaust, is not easy to like. Every time one of its eight tracks seems to settle into a groove, it suddenly darts off in a different direction. The patterns that do repeat are usually too complicated to remember before the record has been played many times over. (...)