Best Romanian Electronic Music in 2021

With a long overdue, we finally managed to find the time to compile this list, so with no further comments here is the best electronic music created by Romanian artists in 2021, according to our opinion.

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Best Romanian Electronic Music in 2021

VA – Everywhere Pt. 2 LP [PARTOUT0.02]

A year on from the first installment, French electro stable Partout are back with a second volume of Everywhere, introducing the world to more of their deep cover operators working their studios in pursuit of machine funk perfection. AV1 leads with some trippy acid goodness, while Binh Baggs has a techier intention. The Trots bring something ghoulish and nasty to the table with ‘Pelusa’, while Yate plays around with trancey tropes in a gnarly rave context. There’s bags of personality spilling out of these tracks, confirming Partout as a reliable destination for refreshing approaches to the electro-techno tradition.

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VA – Everywhere Pt. 2 LP [PARTOUT0.02]

Galaxian – Libertine 20 [LIB20]

”Pacifying The Population” thrusts us into a world where the dominator culture acts like a ruthless drug cartel, us it’s compliant consumers. The highly-charged ten tracker LP evokes a narcotic frenzy like atmosphere that surges into the consciousness and pulses through the body like a craved hit. Once again Mark Kastner propels us through a unique musical landscape at the very edge of the sonic territories. The dominator culture enforces what is moral, ethical, worthy or valid, selling lifestyles, enforcing rituals, “pushing” values, incentivizing the pathological, imposing our needs and beliefs. Increasingly displaying hallmarks of a cruel drug cartel /drug addict, dependency dynamic. The population hooked and enslaved to it’s destructive needs.

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Galaxian – Libertine 20 [LIB20]

Tunik – 777 EP [FE076]

Furthur Electronix presents some fresh dance floor bombs from one of the most talented and uprising artists in the Barcelona Underground scene. Tunik, an Argentinian artist based in Barcelona, is still a relative newcomer, but his sound is well developed and shows rich inventions as this new mix of electro and techno proves. ’16Bits Underwater’ opens with crisp, snappy beats and coruscated acid lines, ‘Untitled Break 3 (Bleepy mix)’ has an old school feeling ‘Elektro 02’ is a dark and brain frying workout with superb drum programming before the closer wallows in a more introspective mood.

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Tunik – 777 EP [FE076]

Peter Raou – Cables Wynd House EP [RJWM000]

Peter Raou’s work is deeply inspired by the hardware which he utilizes and most recently has drawn inspiration from the social culture of Leith and Scottish Slang in general. With his latest record ‘Cables Wynd House’ his sound spreads out and explores its absolute limits.

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Peter Raou – Cables Wynd House EP [RJWM000]

Ombra Festival 2022 – Barcelona

The 2022 edition of the Ombra festival will take place from November 24 to 27 in Barcelona. Ombra is a project born from the hand of agency Ombra Agency and label Oraculo Records with the aim of creating a meeting place for lovers of analogue and avant-garde sounds that do not fit in the current cultural offer.

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Ombra Festival 2022 – Barcelona

Euroshima – Gala LP [DE292]

Cult Argentinian darkwave act Euroshima’s Gala sees a vinyl reissue courtesy of Dark Entries. Euroshima was formed in 1986 by Fabián Iribarne, José Wyszogrod, Ricardo Parrabere, and vocalist Wanda. Originally released in 1987 on Polygram, Gala was a success throughout South America. But to the band’s dismay, they received minimal support from the record label, which meant the album would linger in obscurity outside of the region. This reissue is co-presented with Twilight Records.

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Euroshima – Gala LP [DE292]

Spammerheads – Tar Blood / Cement Skin [SOIL18]

Spammerheads: This is definitely our most personal work to date. During the previous works we experimented to find our sound and in this work we have found it. It is a raw sound, which seeks to reproduce the sounds of the factories in the suburbs, among which we lived when we were children. The sound of the Great Machine of Industry at full capacity. The album conveys that strange energy of today’s big cities, shrouded in smog, pollution and decay.

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Spammerheads – Tar Blood / Cement Skin [SOIL18]

FLML – Wired Cruel Run [ALV009]

The machines maniacs Bologna based duo FLML returns to Alley Version with “Wired Cruel Run”, a totally DIY 6-tracker EP of technoid experiments, drony patterns, wachy funks, inspired by the obscure side of Chicago jack-beats, early Industrial music, J.G. Ballard’s novels, low-budget VHS era horror movies.
All tracks are recorded analogically live on reel to reel.

FLML – Wired Cruel Run [ALV009]

VA – Triangle’s Peak LP [GTDLP5]

Gated’s second compilation takes inspiration from the path less travelled, the earthen underbelly that binds disparate threads to its wonky centre. So while the music here is from artists all over the world, each track is grounded in a quirky, off-kilter sound, from the opener by UK hardware house don Perseus Traxx to the closer by Space Agent, the alias of a yet-to-be unveiled techno artist. In between we get Gated stalwarts Guavid, Lucita Octans, Acidulant, and Lloyd Stellar with their takes on the wonk, plus glassy-eyed electro from Austin, USA-based Terrestrial Access Network, unusually banging fare from man of the moment MOY, and broken techno from the criminally under-appreciated Stacie-Anne Churchman. There’s also the reissued and remastered sub-bass squelcher Beta Carotene by Modified Starch, which was originally released in 1998 on UK breaks label Slalom.

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VA – Triangle’s Peak LP [GTDLP5]

Drexciya – Neptunes Lair [TRESOR129LPX]

Tresor Records announce forthcoming special editions of its entire catalogue of Drexciya and related projects. 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of James Stinson and the releases of the Transllusion and Shifted Phases albums. In recognition, the rightsholders, their families, and the label have commissioned Detroit-based contemporary artist Matthew Angelo Harrison to re-conceptualize the covers of Tresor’s Drexciya-related catalogue. The series starts with Neptune’s Lair, first released in 1999.

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Drexciya – Neptunes Lair [TRESOR129LPX]

Blackploid – Planetary Science [CPU01101111]

The Blackploid resurgence of recent years continues to gather steam. After laying dormant for some time, Martin Matiske’s project roared back into life in 2021 with a pair of EPs for Central Processing Unit. It doesn’t look like he’ll be taking his foot off the gas any time soon – not only does the new Blackploid collection “Planetary Science” complete Matiske’s hat-trick for the Sheffield label, but it also serves as a prelude to the full-length album which Blackploid will deliver on CPU in 2023.

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Blackploid – Planetary Science [CPU01101111]

DJ Gio MC-505 – Saved From Oblivion [HVL002]

Active for over 25 years as a music journalist, writer and author of books, Giosuè Impellizzeri was, for a period, also a composer. Through several records recorded since 2002 as DJ Gio MC-505, he has developed a sound obtained on the crossroads between chiptune, electro and synthetic disco with a few glimpses of funk, techno, house and EBM. Now completely dedicated to journalism, Impellizzeri has stopped creating music for over a decade. In the drawer, however, he still had unpublished tracks, written and produced in the past, and five of them now end up in this EP entitled “Saved From Oblivion”: from the cinematic “Il Bacio” to the legoweltian “Jupiter Lander”, from the biting “Picnic On Pluton” “to” Sexy Song “that plays with 80s synth pop up to cybernetics” The Eyes Of Memory “in which you can see trails of SID style. Made between 2005 and 2006 and recorded live in a combination of hardware and software instruments, the tracks of the EP are subject to an adequate and effective mastering.

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DJ Gio MC-505 – Saved From Oblivion [HVL002]