Donato Dozzy and the Retina.it duo debut their dark and sleazy electro project, Men With Secrets on Bunker NYC
An unexpected treat, ‘Psycho Romance & Other Spooky Ballads’ straddles a murky line between 1982 and 2002 with 13 tunes spanning scuzzy electro proper, melodramatic cold wave synth-pop and finely crafted interludes.
It’s a properly skooled album in the most classic sense, luring listeners in with the first of their evocative ‘4th Dimension Signal’ sound design shorts, before patently nodding to classic Dopplereffekt in ‘The Misfortunes of Virtues’, and giving it up for Sheffield’s finest in ‘Cabaret (Démodé)’, along with the kerb-crawling synth-pop sleaze of ‘Elle est Nihiliste’, a gnashing swivel of Suicide Commando vibes in ‘Angelus Novus’, and a massive highlight tucked away at the end in ‘Aletheia’.
A must check for all fans of vintage wave gear and its contemporary echoes.
Azu Tiwaline explores "the intersections of Berber music, dub culture and techno hypnosis” on this strong new EP for Livity Sound. Bare-boned and moody, this one slowly pulls you in with gradually coalescing layers that are detailed and atmospheric, highly recommended if yr into Burnt Friedman, Portable, Move D.
"Fresh from the acclaimed Draw Me a Silence LP on IOT Records and collaborating with musician and sound artist Cinna Peyghamy, this new record further explores the hypnotic percussion and mystique of the Tunisian Sahara, a hybrid sound playing on contrasts and nuances, light and dark with echoes of techno minimalism and modern dub."