Exos – Indigo [FIGURELP05]

Indigo is Icelandic artist’s Exos fourth studio album, arriving almost two full decades after his last LP. In the meantime, the seasoned producer has never stopped to refine his production style, mastering an aesthetic that feels at once minimalist and yet richly detailed. Spanning the organic and the electronic, drawing from early dub techno blueprints and comprising the beauty of his austere homeland. From this Exos expands an absorbing atmosphere, sustaining the primal power of nature within compositions that hold an exalted presence yet never go over-board, instead, they gently push along even in their most intense moments thus vastly transcending the pure club context. The albums thirteen tracks are a sonic bliss to indulge in, each element is crafted so meticulously and balanced with care against its counterparts. Whether the luminous, spaciously glowing opening tracks “Reincarnation” or “í Skjoli Naetur ”the then-ensuing hypnotic techno-trips of “Sælureitur” and “Quad arcanum Leticia” and finally the deeply satisfying, dubbed-out backbone of the album’s main body – a series of Exos’ signature-style dub-techno cuts that he has been perfecting now for over 20 years. Seeing it all mesh together in this concentrated form, it’s the picture of an exceptionally experienced producer pushing himself beyond any limits to achieve his greatest feat yet. When the fog clears and the last tracks slowly roll out, the record leaves as smoothly as it had entered, allowing for reflection and contemplation of one of techno’s most exhaustive LP-efforts yet to date.

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Exos – Indigo [FIGURELP05]

Exos – Alien Eyes [FIGUREX03]

Making a surprise addition to Len Faki’s respected Figure imprint is the enigmatic Icelandic techno legend Exos with the Alien Eyes EP. He’s built up a reputation over the years for his skillful and diverse executions of techno, and is quite the expert at cavernous dub techno (much like his father Octal) on the sinister locomotive groove of “Pulp”, followed by the hypnotic tunnel vision of the title track and the mentalist depth charged weapon “Changing Planets” which is perfect for trancing out under the strobe light.

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Exos – Alien Eyes [FIGUREX03]

VA – Sleep Not Found [TRP008]

Nina Kraviz’ TRIP label knows how to put out conceptual releases featuring some high calibre music canvassing a wide spectrum of artists. “This Sleep Not Found” edition sees the label tap into some minimal sounds thanks to cuts from Roma Zuckerman, a TRIP upstart, Perlon’s Maayan Nidam (“Justice For Some” is damn funky!) and label faithful Exos. His “Dub Jazz” track helps bridge the gap between minimal and techno, with heavier cuts coming from Bbbbbb, A_000 and Deniro’s Skudge-like “G”.

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VA – Sleep Not Found [TRP008]

Exos – My Home Is Sonic [DSRX9]

Delsin is focussing on a re-issue project, the return to the spotlight is My Home is Sonic, a standout techno, dub and minimal album by Exos originally released in 2001 by Icelandic producer Arnvidur Snorrason aka Exos. Few have done minimal dub techno better before or since this masterpiece album, so it’s right that 2015 sees it revisited by fans old and new alike.

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Exos – My Home Is Sonic [DSRX9]

VA – Avatar [AFFIN017LTD]

Rismu’s “MST (The Plant Worker rmx)” focuses on functional beat patterns until the chords breaking into. On with a dub techno interpretation of Advanced Human’s “Open Air” by Joachim Spieth. On the flipside we’re happy to introduce Exos from Iceland (known from Thule, Force Inc. & Mosaic) with “Stargate 7”. Massive subs meeting cloudy dub chords. “The Zenith” from Roberto & Chris Page is closing this 12”, by the way, it’s their first cooperation tune appearing on Affin.

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VA – Avatar [AFFIN017LTD]