IDM (Music subgenre)
IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) is a genre of electronic music that emerged in Britain in the 1990s. It is a complex mix of different electronic genres as techno, breakbeat and drum ‘n’ bass and is also known as post-techno.
IDM in Features
Music Column | posted 22.07.2021
Records Revisited
LFO – Frequencie (1991)
With »Frequencies«, the low frequency oscillators LFO from Leeds created one of the first techno albums. Their high bleeps and low clonks made history in techno music. To this day, it is an invitation, er, order to dance.
IDM in Reviews
Music Review | posted 14.07.2021
µ-Ziq
Scurlage
Some things are new on »Scurlage«, the first album by Mike Paradinas aka µ-Ziq in eight years.
Music Review | posted 05.06.2021
Skee Mask
Pool
In the diffuse genre mash between IDM, techno and dub, nobody sounds like Skee Mask. His new album “Pool” underlines his exceptional position.
Music Review | posted 18.03.2016
Clark
The Last Panthers
Chris Clark has set the inner emptiness, bleakness, despair, trauma and hopelessness of the six-part TV show »The Last Panthers« perfectly into sound.
Music Review | posted 19.02.2016
Venetian Snares
Traditional Synthesizer Music
Like many others, on »Traditional Synthesizer Music«, Venetian Snares is klutzily embracing modular systems. It’s quite something – but never meditative.
Music Review | posted 26.01.2015
Aphex Twin
Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt.2 EP
On »Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt.2 EP«, Aphex Twin doesn’t only let the instruments speak for themselves – he also explores a new approach to Hip Hop.
Music Review | posted 13.06.2014
Martyn
The Air Between Words
Less dubstep, more house. Dramlinke drifting and riven sceneries. »The Air Between Words«, Martijn Deykers’s third record, is best described by a certain indecisiveness.
Music Review | posted 27.02.2014
Kangding Ray
Solens Arc
It doesn’t happen often that a techno-record really works as a conceptual album. The first place for 2014 has officially been taken. Sorry for everyone who’s still to follow.
Music Review | posted 25.10.2013
Autechre
L-Event EP
Autechre have released an EP with leftovers from »Exai«. So what? ! Those still capable of forming even one adequate thought after listening to this EP must be hard-bitten bastards.
Music Review | posted 24.06.2013
µ-ziq
Chewed Corners
2013 presents a completely revitalized Mike Paradinas, who doesn’t have to live up to the expectations of the one and only great IDM-hit anymore.
Music Review | posted 17.04.2013
Locust
You'll Be Safe Forever
After his solo-kitsch-outbursts, Mark von Hoen has found his way out of the dull sugar icing and has turned to his alter ego Locust for the first time in 12 years.
Music Review | posted 07.03.2013
Pixel
Mantle
Its complexity and its constantly evolving rhythmic structures make »Mantle« a damn sexy and vibrant impulse of energy.
Music Review | posted 06.03.2013
Space Dimension Controller
Welcome To Mikrosector-50
Space Dimension Controller has created a real film-record, including a complete story line, skits and commercial breaks. It’s cinema at its most.
Music Review | posted 15.02.2013
Bandshell
Caustic View
In contrast to his remarkable debut, Bandshell now moves away from his unconditional lust for sound-aesthetics with his second record.
Music Review | posted 05.02.2013
Kangding Ray
The Pentaki Slopes
The Pentaki Slopes are the one and only place of truth, at least according to religious leaders, CEOs and gurus. Kangding Ray has asked them all
Music Review | posted 01.11.2012
Grischa Lichtenberger
And IV (Inertia)
An album for rhythmical beasts. Grischa Lichtenberger shows on 21 tracks how complex beats are supposed to sound like. An exegesis of contemporary rhythms.
Music Review | posted 25.10.2012
Emptyset
Collapsed (Ununhexium)
Emptyset acheive to tease out the potential of chaos and club structure in the deconstruction of simplicity and recurrence.
Music Review | posted 02.08.2012
Lego Feet
SKA001LP (Re-Release)
For the first time since 1991 »SKA001LP« is released on vinyl again, including 37 minutes of unpublished tracks. The Discogs-Dealers will not be amused.
Music Review | posted 01.08.2012
Konx-om-Pax
Regional Surrealism
Tom Scholefield is the new darling of the Electronica- and IDM-Scene. Now, he has successfully finished the transformation from graphic designer to musician.
Music Review | posted 27.06.2012
Bandshell
HES021
The flip side is just an exercise in style. Which is just fine, as the front side is filled with tracks that could well set the benchmark.
Music Review | posted 11.05.2012
Squarepusher
Ufabulum
Squarepusher hold his promise and does with his 13th album what lovers of electronic music admire him for. Just different and better.
Music Review | posted 16.03.2012
Krazy Baldhead
The Noise In the Sky
He is and will remain the outcast within the Ed Banger-universe, even though his new record stands less in the tradition of the conservatory’s classical sound.
Music Review | posted 09.11.2011
Space Dimension Controller
The Pathway To Tiranquon6
Jack Hamill, aka Space Dimension Controller, re-animates the intelligent electronic music of the 1990s and embellishes them with a contemporary coating.
Music Review | posted 10.09.2011
John Beltran
Ambient Works 1995-2011
Even in the title of his anthology, John Beltran evokes a direct comparison to Aphex Twin. Unfortunately, it’s a comparison he couldn’t possibly live up to.
Music Review | posted 27.05.2011
Amon Tobin
ISAM
On ISAM, Amon Tobin moves even further away from his past and cheekily circumnavigates the present. ISAM is sound in all its heaviness and complexity.
Recent Articles
Music Review | posted 20.09.2021
Jan Jelinek
The Raw And The Cooked
With »The Raw And The Cooked«, Jan Jelinek has cooked up a nice soup for us. His work, originally composed for SWR, is now available on vinyl record. Delicious!
Music Portrait | posted 07.09.2021
Leslie Winer
The Unknown World Star
Björk, Grace Jones, Boy George and Sinéad O’Connor are among her admirers. William S. Burroughs was her mentor. Somehow, she also invented trip-hop. Yet Leslie Winer is known only to insiders today. That could change now.
Music News | posted 17.09.2021
Ross From Friends
Green Vinyl Edition: »Tread«
On November 5, 2021, the new album »Tread« by Ross From Friends will be released on Brainfeeder. Exclusively on HHV Records, there will be a limited green vinyl edition.
Music Review | posted 16.09.2021
Jolly Mare
Epsilon
Mediterranean summer music: You have to imagine the sea of Jolly Mare on »Epsilon« as a cheerful one.
Music Portrait | posted 14.09.2021
Sarah Davachi
Echo of the infinity
Intensity is the word that comes to mind. In her music and in her movements. Sarah Davachi is an artist on the border between ambient, composition and drone. Her sound feels like someone stroking the soul with a fingertip. Now her new album »Antiphonals« is released.