A Western Circular is Will Archer's debut under his new nom-de-plume, following early EPs and an album under the now-retired Slime moniker.
"Within A Western Circular lies an exciting and varied crew of guest artists including MF DOOM, Samuel T. Herring (Future Islands), Sudan Archives, and Laura Groves, all contributing vocals to his rich, dexterous compositions. These collaborations are the by-product of several years of writing and producing. Recently, he’s appeared extensively on the debut albums by Sudan Archives (writing the lead single, 'Confessions', no less) and Nilüfer Yanya (contributing seven songs), alongside work with Celeste, and another writer and production credit on Jessie Ware’s Devotion.
An album that’s been in the works for the past half-decade, A Western Circular is a bold, reflective piece that directly relates to Archer’s personal experiences of life and death, centered on one particular week where they breathed with equal intensity. The record’s themes of greed, love and loyalty all relate back to that specific time. Inspired by author John Fante, A Western Circular is a spiritual voyage through life’s pushing and pulling: finding beauty in the rough, sadness in the bright. Ostensibly, it’s a poignant reflection on the duality of the human condition."
Your Hero Is Not Dead – the debut album by West London songwriter Will Westerman is full of supremely crafted songs about moral, political, and ethical grey areas.
"Recorded alongside his close friend and producer Nathan Jenkins (aka Bullion) in Portugal, they find Westerman attempting to resolve external issues by looking inward. Like a young Peter Gabriel in a late capitalist world, Westerman’s music falls somewhere between artful soft rock and confessional electronic pop. Already getting attention of high end tastemaker media from both sides of the Atlantic, Westerman’s unique sound and aesthetic is encapsulated in this exquisite debut longplayer."
Darkstar counterbalance observations of their home with those of the community surrounding it. ‘Civic Jams’ is a photonegative of a dance record shaped by a dialogue between shoegaze atmospherics and UK bass music’s ‘hardcore continuum’.
"Darkstar find themselves at once looking homeward and venturing further into their own psychic hinterland with each record. They’ve covered a lot of ground from the introspective expanse of their debut ‘North’ , to utopian visions of society in ‘News From Nowhere’  and the unique dynamics of a pre-Brexit northern England on ‘Foam Island’ . On their latest offering, home is within reach. Inspired by the intervening years, Darkstar (aka Aiden Whalley and James Young) show how the personal can be political and reveal more of themselves than they’ve ever done before. Imagine emotional realism built from spectral rave echoes, anchored in timeless songs of love and loss in the digital now and you’ve got it.
Patterns of isolation are increasingly easy to fall into, especially when public spaces where people play, socialise, dance and protest are closed. ‘Civic Jams’ is about reminiscing over loss, whilst moving forward with those we love. It offers an abstract look at life’s nuances and the search to find something to hold on to and enjoy."
Legowelt turns a Swiss candy shop of rare synths into a definitive masterwork for the first release on a highly promising new series.
Like a kid in the proverbial, the Dutch boffin clearly had a great time at Fribourg, Switzerland’s SMEM (Swiss Museum for Electronic Music Instruments) in early 2019, where he was invited to be the first artist in residence at the ‘Playroom’ project, and left was “flabbergasted” at their array of obscure synths, prophesying it may “turn into the world’s most magical place for synths”. The results are simply stone cold classic Legowelt, pulpy and warbly in all the right places, and totally evoking a classic nEuropean sort of synth romance in the style that’s served him for over 25 years.
Nerds may need to know that he used the following synthesizers: Moog Memorymoog, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Sequential Circuits Prophet VS, Evolution EVS-1, Pulser Dual Voice Synthesizer, Roland Promars Compuphonic, Farfisfa Syntorchestra, Simmons Digital Clap Trap, FBT Synther 2000: and everyone else should know it’s some of his best work bar none; from the gauzy Vangelisian brass flares of the titular opener, to the high grade nostalgia of ‘Swiss Fairytales’, the glittering electro of ‘Prophet Vector Synth Dazzling In The Sun’, and sublime space-chamber enigmas ‘These Phenomena Are Not Well Understood’ and ‘Roxannes Magic Watch’.