Charlie Bertsch / 09 Dec 2020

Out of Africa

Lamin Fofana’s Diasporic Ambient

If one of the tracks made by Berlin-based DJ and producer Lamin Fofana came up while you were listening to a playlist, you might well take it for arty electronica, deeply compelling on its own terms.(...)

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 / 13 May 2020

The Power of Failing

Lorenzo Senni’s Scacco Matto

Scacco Matto sounds like a mosaic of Europop hits from the early 1980s. The album is made from pieces so tiny, their arrangement so abstract, that it transcends the referentiality of so much postmodern music.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 29 Apr 2020

End of the World Soundtrack

Vladislav Delay’s Rakka

Every track on Vladislav Delay's new album Rakka starts with the letter R. Each feels more relentless than the last, from the opening title track through “Rakkine” (“contraption”), “Rampa” (“cripple”) and “Rasite” (“burden” or “albatross”). (...)

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