Review: Having already issued a fine debut album for the Editions Mego label this year, Swedish artist Klara Lewis serves further notice of her clear talent for power electronics and expertly sculpted sonic design with this four-track release on Peder Mannerfelt Produktion. Msuic "I", "II", "III" and "IV" follow a similarly gloomy path to her album, where cavernous walls of noise erupt from every angle only to be swallowed back into a long tunnel of atmospherics and grey-scaled ambience. The fourth segment is particularly enticing, where Lewis blends field recordings together with flutters of distant, sinister horns and more tranquil soundscapes.
Review: 2014 is treating Peder Mannerfelt very well so far, with a critically acclaimed third Roll The Dice LP completed with Malcolm Pardon complemented by his own development as a solo producer that's manifested itself in a debut LP for Digitalis and the launch of an eponymous record label. With plans afoot to release on Sendai's Archives Interieures label, Mannerfelt's second release on his Produktions label arrives and adds more shape to this most compelling of producers. Some five tracks deep PM002 delves further into the world of humming signal paths and discombobulated synth patterns with emphasis toward sound-sculpture over traditional rhythmic groove.
Review: In what's being described as a year of rebirth for Peder Mannerfelt, the Swedish synth specialist has put his previous work as half of Roll The Dice and his housier inclinations under the The Subliminal Kid alias to one side to focus on a new avant garde solo career. This trajectory is geared toward complex sound design and sophisticated synthesis and ahead of the Lines Describing Circles album for Digitalis Recordings, Mannerfelt has created his own platform called Peder Mannerfelt Produktion. The debut release, titled simply EP1, sees the Swede experiment with sonics in a manner that will appeal to fans of Mike Parker, Emptyset and Donato Dozzy, and Raster-Noton's blips and glitches.
Review: IDM and experimental electronics dwelling on the outer limits of techno here, from one of the most impressive figures on the Scandinavian scene. Titled 'The 3D Printed Songbook', it features the emotive chill electro of "First Day" that kinda sounds like space invaders in your typewriter. We also enjoyed the slow burning afterhours techno of "It's Coming", equally impressive with its industrial edge: off-kilter/steely and textured rhythms alongside sludgy arpeggios. Despite its name, "Texas Is The Reason" sounds more like Buffalo, New York via Stockholm on this hypnotic sci-fi thriller that merges Mike Parker style dystopianism with Mannerfelt's penchant for lo-fi electronics. By contrast, the sublime ambient interludes In between act as nice palette cleansers for the ears. Released via his eponymous imprint, Mannerfelt kicks off 2018 on the right foot, following up work on Fever Ray's most recent album.
Review: All things considered, it's been a pretty big year for Peder Mannerfelt. First he releases on Glasgow's Numbers imprint, and then Will Bankhead and Joy Orbison's Hinge Finger label - what could he possibly come up with next!? Well, the dude is back on his own, self-titled record imprint with an unsurprisingly loose set of dance tracks, starting with the near-beatless ambient waves of "Joan @ The Rave", and followed by the beat-heavy techno punch "Public Images". "Request Line" kicks the B-side off with a wonky bit of leftfield dance experimentation, spear-headed by an aptly bizarre set of bass tones, allowing "Blog Kept A Growing" to ties this wonderful EP off yet more frivolity, manifested by a stop-start power electronic rhythm. Much needed - go grab it.
Review: Perhaps best known as The Subliminal Kid or for his role in Roll The Dice, Peder Mannerfelt has equally garnered plenty of praise for his The Swedish Congo Record on Archives Interieures this year. Now he returns with more challenging deconstructions of techno formulas on this self-released EP, which leads in with the abrasive scrape of "Acid Drop". "DB At Holger" is a more patient offering that throws in some tongue-in-cheek samples amongst a minimalistic hum of a production, and "The Limits Of Control" too exercises patience although with a very different sound palette. It's hard to know which way each track will turn next on this wonderfully unpredictable release.
Review: Until now, Simon Haydo has been largely residing in the shadows, meticulously churning out his own brand of mind-bending techno, a particular cocktail of sounds which veers towards the "intelligent" side of dance music. His releases for DEM have been bountiful, and he's even appeared on Avian, but this time he's up on the excellent Pender Mannerfelt Produktion with The Illusion Of An Alternative Choice, his second LP to date. The album takes a steady course to reach a hypnotic climax, by bending percussion, bass and droned-out synths into an aqueous framework that is a magnificent representation of the times we live in, and of how dance music is now interpreted from the underground masses. Much like the works of Wasserman or Thomas Brinkmann, Haydo's style dips and dives into minimalism, and yet leaves the listener blown back by the smart amalgamation of rich sonics within. A recommended affair.
Review: The Pender Mannerfelt Produktion label has quickly become an utterly reliable source of industrial and leftfield wares, catching our attention with every new release on their catalogue. Dromfakulteten collective member Sissel Wincent is introduced to us here with her debut EP, and its tribalistic shades of electronica are absolutely spot-on in terms of what we seek at the moment. We love abstract, experimental music with movement and direction, and that is exactly what tunes like "As If", "Investigation" and "Monstera" are built-around, albeit noisy and, at times, totally broken down. "Chrome" is the tune that gets nearest to any form of techno or dance music thanks to some raucous kick drums, while "Stream Of Consciousness" breaks it all back down into a muddy, swamped pool of aqueous sonics. TIP