Northern Electronics

Noah Gibson “Press On” (Northern Electronics)

2020-05-21T20:50:27+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Noah Gibson marks his first appearance on North Electronics with an EP of plaintive meditations on his innermost causes and conflicts. Acidic enthusiasm spirals out of control in innumerable ways across ‘Press On,’ routing us through the reflective atmosphere that hangs heavy in the background of the thrilling adrenal spikes.

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CA2+ “Overtone Widow” (Northern Electronics)

2020-05-21T20:50:27+00:00May 21st, 2020|

The enduring balance and precision fractures in CA2+’s earlier works for Northern Electronics only hint at the ferocity of his latest release, ‘Overtone Window.’ Assembling itself into troubling rhythmic rises that break of their own accord, finding more efficient models within its own feedback, each track sharpens itself with every movement. Small run… dont sleep!!

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Evigt Morker “Krona” (Northern Electronics)

2020-03-07T06:58:20+00:00October 31st, 2019|

Following up his pair of cryptically luminous EPs for Northern Electronics in the past years, Evigt Morker presents his debut album, Krona. With a shuffling atmosphere that’s hard to pin down, the album chronically fixates on the degradation and construction of rhythmic drills with finely rendered parts and patterns. Spiralling the listener through a set of stormy soundscapes, Krona keeps placing the horizon just ahead, and just out of reach. The unease that Evigt Morker invites us into is electrically charged and threatening to crack. For all its syncopation we are relentlessly swerving through the works, afraid of teasing an arcing static shock from the blistering commotion. The album’s propulsive tracks are settled against a pair of stunning ambient compositions that capture some of the tension from a distance. Technical dexterity and perfectly pitched intensity stakes out Evigt Morker’s debut album as an impressive statement.

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E-Saggila “My World My Way” (Northern Electronics)

2020-03-07T06:58:27+00:00October 31st, 2019|

The wicked intensity of Toronto’s E-Saggila takes on novel limits for her new album for Northern Electronics. Constructed out of her live works, there’s a lack of restraint on ‘My World My Way’ that could only be forged in the moment. Following on from last year’s album for BANK Records NYC, E-Saggila has put together something that addresses the club and the headphones in equal measure. Taking the approach of a documentarian of our virtual landscape, there’s a deep motive that underpins the heavy digital signal processing. With plenty of storming mechanical rhythms that embark from gabber’s chaotic neighborhood, the samples of voices, conversations, and phone calls, all wind the listener around the desperation that’s embedded in the digital world’s seamless mediation of our lives. Owing as much to power violence and industrial as to Rotterdam, E-Saggila’s affinity for the extremes is as conceptually critical as it is stylistically present. Riding the BPMs high, and binding this all together with ambient music’s sensibilities, ‘My World My Way’ moves in sharp strides between a political statement and a dancefloor assault.

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Varg “Sky City: A Weak Heart to Break (Spit)” (Northern Electronic)

2020-03-07T06:12:46+00:00May 17th, 2019|

Part curse, part declaration, part Rorschach test, Varg’s new collection of EPs is a barely balanced inferno. Side by side, raw club burners arrive from the wretched plateaus levelled out by chaotic neurotransmissions, while sweet and soft anthems take the pain away. The first EP, Sky City: Even in the Heart of Heaven, Angels Can Still Feel Fear, affirms Varg’s deft and agile take on techno. Here minimalism spars with blissed out programming, unafraid to pepper sedate hooks with intricate percussive rufige. With each track’s eyes on the raving kru, Varg restates his permit to take it to the floor. It’s foreboding, but it always has been–and Sky City: A Weak Heart to Break (Spit) makes this its method. Launching itself under the opening track’s dazzling melancholic sweep, the EP loses its way in every direction at once by the last track’s glitching gabber meltdown. Fair warning is required for the demonic and cosmically unhinged piece of rhythmic noise that begins the second side.

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Varg” Sky City: Even in the Heart of Heaven, Angels Can Still Feel Fear” (Northern Electronics)

2020-03-07T06:12:52+00:00May 17th, 2019|

Part curse, part declaration, part Rorschach test, Varg’s new collection of EPs is a barely balanced inferno. Side by side, raw club burners arrive from the wretched plateaus levelled out by chaotic neurotransmissions, while sweet and soft anthems take the pain away. The first EP, Sky City: Even in the Heart of Heaven, Angels Can Still Feel Fear, affirms Varg’s deft and agile take on techno. Here minimalism spars with blissed out programming, unafraid to pepper sedate hooks with intricate percussive rufige. With each track’s eyes on the raving kru, Varg restates his permit to take it to the floor. It’s foreboding, but it always has been–and Sky City: A Weak Heart to Break (Spit) makes this its method. Launching itself under the opening track’s dazzling melancholic sweep, the EP loses its way in every direction at once by the last track’s glitching gabber meltdown. Fair warning is required for the demonic and cosmically unhinged piece of rhythmic noise that begins the second side.

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Ulwhednar “Razor Mesh Fencing” (Northern Electronics)

2019-04-11T21:54:15+00:00April 11th, 2019|

The relentless stride of Northern Electronics can be put down to the attitudes of its owners, Anthony Linell and Jonas Runnberg. Their collaborative project, Ulwhednar, has been shapeshifting at the centre of the label since its inception, and has captured their hard line electronics in its many guises. Following on from 2017’s ‘Modern Silver’, their new album reprises the intensity by grappling with its themes from a refreshed perspective. Crossing Norrland, the northernmost part of Sweden, and graffiti incidents and exploits, ‘ Razor Mesh Fencing’ tracks the fervour of operations left undercover with blistering rhythmic pieces. With only brief moments of respite on ‘ Razor Mesh Fencing’ its stamina perpetually keeps us on the edge. Winding around its paths, our escape is in its adrenal crescendo.

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Anthony Linell “Sculpting Energy” (Northern Electronics)

2019-02-01T05:45:39+00:00February 1st, 2019|

It would be fair to call Anthony Linell prolific. As one of the best, well-regarded solo acts since 2011 and founder of Northern Electronics, he’s already released a trio of acclaimed albums, as well as a couple of tidy EPs all the while dishing out deep, subtle and highly textured music from his imprint. Here he ends 2018 on a high via an EP of floor-focused, modular-sounding techno workouts. There’s much to admire across the four tracks, from the melancholic melodic movements, fizzing sci-fi effects and foreboding drumbeats of “Vision of the Imminence”, to the dense industrial motifs and thunderous beats of peak-time slammer “Sculpting Energy”. Arguably best of all, though, is opener “Therme”, a hypnotic and mind-altering blast of foreboding and paranoid, off-kilter techno in which psychedelic TB-303 flourishes, spacey chords and electro-influenced drums combine to memorable effect.

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Korridor “End of Cycle” (Northern Electronics)

2020-03-07T06:16:54+00:00December 23rd, 2018|

Fabian Kempe’s productions under the name of Korridor have consistently presented a foreboding and striking assembly. Previous appearances on Northern Electronics have taken in stuttering percussive works as well as tense minimalist designs. His debut album ‘End of Cycle’ applies a breadth of expression to a wide palette of mesmerizing and intense fit-outs that corrode and fortify in equal measure. ‘End of Cycle’ is born of a deeply personal set of experiences to have marked Kempe’s life. Shortcomings and tribulations that have prompted spirals back to starting places and beginnings have informed the mood and missive that his debut album seeks to portray. Taking in themes that stretch from despondency to paranoid elation, Kempe has developed an architecture that lets austerity scream. Stark and synthetic ambient plains lead us out of conditions for communal experience, yet it’s these passages that enable the sharp and brooding dancefloor works to deliver the barbed disturbances that they transport.

 

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Anthony Linell “Alienation From Self” (Northern Electronics)

2018-06-28T23:25:15+00:00June 28th, 2018|

The foreboding title of Anthony Linell’s latest EP doesn’t come as an unnecessary warning. If you’re inclined, ‘Alienation From Self’ presents a stern collection of tracks that thrill and bite in their severe austerity. For the less inclined, the machine-precise claustrophobia might just signal that it’s time to leave.

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Rune Bagge “Pink Dreams” (Northern Electronics)

2018-06-28T23:25:15+00:00June 28th, 2018|

Marking his first appearance on Northern Electronics, Copenhagen’s Rune Bagge delivers a debut album of capricious rhythms set against the thrilling glare of an icy daybreak. There are some remarkably magnetic moments to be found in the ambient pieces on ‘Pink Dreams,’ though the friction burns from ‘Five Elements’ and the rest of the club numbers will demand urgent attention.

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Anthony Linell “A Sense Of Order” (Northern Electronics)

2018-04-12T22:59:38+00:00April 12th, 2018|

Having tamed last year s havoc and disparity into the damaged rapture of Layers of Reality. Anthony Linell is opening a new calendar with the sheared isolation of his latest album. A Sense of Order. Linell has put his toolkit for summoning euphoria aside here. instead sculpting a glowing. diaphanous fog that swells into pensive melodies and arpeggiated whispers. Graceful for the way in which it makes the bleak hospitable. the charm of coldness invites us toward the empty and the beautiful. and away from the miserable.
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Varg “Misantropen” (Northern Electronics)

2018-01-13T23:03:34+00:00January 13th, 2018|

Gritty Acidic/tribalistic Definitions Of Black Metal Music On This New Side Project Of Abdulla Rashims Arr Records. Isolated In The Coldest Parts Of Northern Sweden. Vargs Music Is The Outcome Of A Loners Mind. Trying To Interpret Ancient Life By Machine Experiments Live Recorded In Single Takes. No Overdubs Or Editing Are Made. Limited Supplies

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Anthony Linell “Layers Of Reality” (Northern Electronics)

2018-01-13T21:47:16+00:00January 13th, 2018|

Ever capitalizing on aerodynamic tactics. Anthony Linell s latest EP. Layers of Reality. presents three tracks that exceed gravitational force with the slickest of manoeuvres. Tersely fluctuating and resoundingly austere. the EP has its moments of breezy volatility that punctuates the mesmeric rhythmic cycles to sweeping effect.

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Isorinne “Speechless Malison” (Northern Electronics)

2018-12-17T01:52:10+00:00January 13th, 2018|

There is an intricate sorrow to Isorinne s new album. Speechless Malison. Though broadly melodic. it feels exhausted rather than restrained. though rippling with a pulse. the rhythmic passages are sparse. their measured source a great distance away. Building on last year s cassette. Echoic Memoir. Speechless Malison takes greater and emotive strides. however brittle the path.

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Bandhagens Musikforening “Protokoll A” (Northern Electronics)

2017-10-01T19:16:10+00:00August 20th, 2017|

Bandhagens Musikforening is the new project from Michel Isorinne and Martin Sander. Their debut record for Northern Electronics tangles mournful, surreal profiles with euphoric, sunset electro. Particular tracks map either end of the spectrum that is to be found, but it’s the viscous mesh of emotive motion that is the most striking and perhaps singular feature of their first record.

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Anthony Linell “Emerald Fluorescents” (Northern Electronics)

2017-08-20T21:29:24+00:00August 20th, 2017|

Following on from this year’s brooding debut, Anthony Linell gathers a storming double 12″ of material to depth charge vacant participants and lilting movers. Leaving aside his well established Abdulla Rashim moniker, Emerald Fluorescents feels like an agile side-step into heavier terrain with a renewed sense of purpose. Scattered fractal stabs revolve around quietly furious low-end fit outs with enough sharp edges to let you know it’s someone else’s space.

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Varg “Nordic Flora Series Pt. 3: Gore-Tex City” (Northern Electronics)

2017-10-01T19:16:18+00:00August 20th, 2017|

‘Gore-Tex City’ is Varg’s new album, and third in his Nordic Flora Series, marking a further and deeper sweep of his elements. Stealth dance floor assaults are layered with lobotomised, spoken word meetings in malls, and free-form electronics pepper acoustic bereavement motifs. It shifts from heavy to chronic as blown-speaker-rap stubs out cigarettes in gated techno enclosures.

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