I’ve realized that I’m not really as up to date as I used to be regarding new music being released.
I do follow what a few specific labels or artists do (Raster Noton or Kvitnu for example) but since my son was born I don’t really have time to go to music stores (the Tower Records in Shibuya actually has a pretty good experimental section that led me to a few really good discoveries) and I don’t read a lot of music-related websites or magazines.
So, would anyone here have recommendations for music - or places to read about it - in the same vein as : Pan Sonic, Mika Vainio (), Emptyset, Alva Noto, Ben Frost, Plaster. etc.
I do listen to a lot of other things but I’m focusing on that type of noisy/minimal electronic music here otherwise that thread wouldn’t make much sense .
As far as reading goes I usually try to follow my favourite writers on The Wire magazine and Quietus. Sometimes I check new releases on Honest Jon’s / Boomkat just to see what their recommendations are. Other than that I try to follow small dedicated labels before individual artists. If I find a decent label that I know has surprised me with good material a couple of times, I try to keep an eye out for their recent releases, collaborations, visual work and so on… which often leads me to another label in a similar vein.
Since I add my collection of vinyl/cassettes, etc and manage a “wantlist” on discogs I find their “New releases” feature pretty useful. It has an algorithm that combines artists/labels/similar artists from both my collection and wantlist, and sometimes the release is added to discogs just before official release dates… which gives me a head start on limited editions
I’ll throw these guys out there as well - MY DISCO. Not electronic per se, but minimal, experimental, and noisy in the best sense.
Australian three piece who really change with each album. They were kind of a modern krautrock band, and although that genre still influences them a lot through minimalism, space, and repetition, their newest album is an incredibly unique turn. They were really influenced by Emptyset on this album, and I feel like it shows. Saw them live a few years ago and I was blown away - deafeningly loud and so serious about their performance.