Ljubinko Zivkovic

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Windy & Carl – Allegiance and Conviction

Whether this is exactly how Windy and Carl wanted this album to sound makes no difference. With it, even after eight years of absence, they still remain at the forefront of whatever genre you want to file their music under.

Oval – Scis

What we get in these ten new compositions on Scis is yet another set of creative human/machine interaction that pushes the boundaries of electronica further on.

Artifiseer – Syncretist

Syncretist as the title actually perfectly describes Artifiseer’s album – it “involves the merging or assimilation of several originally discrete traditions”. In this case musical traditions.

Gabriel Birnbaum – Not Alone

Not Alone it is one of those creeping sleepers that you definitely can play at any point in time with ease.

Rob Shapiro of Populuxe

Smart “pop” was EVERYWHERE. It was an embarrassment of riches — the songwriting genius of Steely Dan, the power and precision of Motown, Kool & The Gang, Earth Wind & Fire, Curtis Mayfield, the hilarity and impossibility of Zappa and Captain Beefheart, the crushing, exhilarating intelligence of Zeppelin…

Populuxe – Beauty In A Broken Place

On Beauty In A Broken Place Populuxe make ‘simple’ pop sound complicated, or if you will, make complicated things sound like ‘simple’ pop, which it isn’t.

Charles Rumback & Ryley Walker – Little Common Twist

Throughout the album, Rumback and Walker show that the old maxim ‘less is more’ proves itself once again, but also that it can be only done by those that truly know and feel the music.

Suss – High Line

It seems that SUSS is well versed in all musical tips and tricks because they pass the test with flying colors. Flying colors that seem to stay on the (American Western) ground, just as the band intended them to do.

Stone Irr – Performance

Stone Irr’s Performance brings harmony music to the level that even hardcore metal fans might turn into converts.

Sequoyah Murray – Before You Begin

With Before You Begin, Sequoyah Murray at the same time breaks the rules and sticks to them, bringing some unique music along the way.

Paper Beat Scissors – Parallel Line

The melodic intricacy and imagination Crabtree shows on Parallel Line should put the album and his Paper Beat Scissors moniker into a more prominent light.

Furrows – Low Waters

By keeping things brief Wagner was able to avoid the possible trap of including half-baked material with all six tracks bristling with excellence, but with ‘Hours’ and the closing title track showing the trio’s ideas in full.

FerrariLover – Exotic Legend

Wyland is no imitator, she simply visits the similar places that guys like Guthrie, Henry Kaiser of Fred Frith did, just in her own way.

Thibault Renou & Ensemble Bibenduum – Maisha Suite

At no point throughout Maisha Suite are you able to define the number of musicians playing, there could be five or fifteen of them, and you simply don’t care, because it sounds exactly the way it should.

Vibracathedral Orchestra – Squeeze The Lids Through Coming Window

Another baffling and at the same time exhilarating release by Vibracathedral Orchestra, with a worthy cause to boot behind it.

Alexander Noice – Noice

Hard to slap a label on something that does its best (and succeeds) to be inventive and defy genres.

Frog – Count Bateman

What we end up with is Count Bateman, an album that collects all these seemingly average parts and turns them into something quite special.

Stavros Gasparatos – Rage Park

Throughout Rage Park, the music, although obviously composed never becomes too cerebral and relies more on the feel of the moment than on virtuosity show-off.

Adir L.C. – Basket Star

Adir L.C. comes up with quite a potent cocktail on Basket Star, no bitter taste afterward.

Orange Birthday – a1x

Orange Birthday’s a1x is like a puzzle piece, that in the end presents a whole picture.

Earthen Sea – Grass And Trees

On Grass And Trees, Earthen Sea makes even every empty space count and creating minimal dub/techno/ambient that doesn’t bore you to death but very late night kaleidoscopic soundscapes.

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