Nomine goes all the way in with the sub-bass on this one
Layering LFO-swept bass with sentry-bot mentasms and clanking half step punctussion in Stomp, and looking eastwards again with the Distance styled sino-metal-step alloy of Slip on the back. Production is powerful on this wan.
Supple, rolling and stepping tech-house dubs from Sweden’s Joel Alter - half of the Jonsson/Alter duo for Kontra-Musik - going solo on Denmark’s Echocord label.
Check Tilted Reality for cannily pendulous bass movements and sublime, counter-clockwise pads; Elevation for a deep dwelling dub techno chord rider; and Solitude for an intimate dub house ‘step that turns into a misty-eyed and classic-sounding deep techno mystery.
Matt Benyayer and Tom Edwards aka Dark Sky follow up the release of their second LP with a new single.
"The Passenger" beautifully encapsulates the vibe of Othana, creating a deep and emotive atmosphere while maintaining a pounding techno undercurrent, taking you to higher states of happiness.
It is accompanied by Roman Flügel’s remix of album track "The Walker". Being the skilled legend he is, Flügel pushes the track just a little bit more to the front, gently adding some extra bliss to an absolutely vibrant effect."
Seahawks chart a course for the outer realms of consciousness where sea meets sky and sky meets space. Two tracks new to vinyl from their esteemed ‘Escape Hatch’ album and three inspired remixes, 37 minutes of overlapping dream states and mantric resonance.
"Setting sail with the wondrous ‘Valparaiso’, the siren like voice of Ed Macfarlane (Friendly Fires) calls the dancers to the beach, it’s silken glide so smooth some have asked if it’s Sade!
Nick Mackrory creates an alternative cosmos that is even more blissed, like a lost Lucio Battisti gem sparkling in the sun. (Nick was responsible for the lush ‘Elle Dit’ released on the Music For Dreams label not so long ago).
Picking up the pace disco viking Marius Circus enters the arena to create a woozy acid fever dream that throbs and pulses in a most heavenly way. Perfect for full moon beach jams and horizontal home hangs alike.
On the flip ‘Starways’ is without a doubt one of Seahawks finest creations, over 12 minutes of tropical kosmische odyssey that resolves into a glistening pool of crystal electronics, aquatic horns and celestial strings. A tonic for the mind and the body.
At the close of day Len Leise blesses us with a hazed subtropical jam where vapour tones float on an ancient ocean of bliss as organic beats massage the stress away. An antidote to all that is dark and dismal in these fractured times."
Svreca, Pris, Nastika and Ancestral Voices explore the grey area of Pact Infernal’s The Descent  in monotone contrasts.
Top marks go to Ancestral Voices for the bombed out swagger of his Circle VIII (Fraud) remix, and runner-up prize to the enigmatic Nastika, making their first appearance beyond the Altar label with a sound reminding of FiS’ earliest tribal churners.
Fra Lippo Lippi is a gothic post-punk band founded in Nesodden, Norway in 1978. Band members were Rune Kristoffersen (guitar, bass, keyboards, piano) Per Oystein Sorensen (vocals, synthesizer, keyboards), and Morten Sjoberg (drums, keyboards).
"Their sound was heavily influenced by bands such as Joy Division and The Cure. In 1981 the band recorded and released "In Silence”, a hard to grasp, dark album with ominous bass lines, death-march percussion, pensive keyboards, and sinister, indecipherable vocals. In 1998, Rune started releasing experimental music on his very own label called Rune Grammofon, where he has highlighted many experimental Norwegian acts such as Arne Nordheim, Supersilent, and Motorpsycho."
“In Silence has a more unrefined sound and should have any fan of Joy Division wishing they’d heard of this band sooner. If I were to review Closer or Unknown Pleasures today, they’d obviously receive 5/5. Therefore, since Fra Lippo Lippi is so strangely similar, and "In Silence" is almost like having a new Joy Division/New Order album, I’d be hard pressed to give it a anything less than a near perfect score. Find out for yourself what you’ve missed out on for the past twenty years. Wow!” Tiny Mix Tapes
Preternaturally gifted multi-instrumentalist Timo Van Lujik (Af Ursine, Elodie) meets Canadian improvisor Graham Stewart - ov Violence And The Sacred - in a probing new duo, Lumine, who debut with the uneasy and pensive minimal classical ambience of All The Unnamed for Van Lujik’s private press label, La Scie Dorée.
Part of a strong batch of new slabs featuring Van Lujik, this one is by any measure the most brooding and sparse of the lot. But just like practically anything Van Lujik is involved with, there’s a nuance and sensitivity to light and emotion which places this one beyond your usual dank or dark categories in a more ambiguous place streaked with quietly fleeting emotions.
Working at typically low volume levels from the outset, Lumine stealthily draw our focus to a bed of bass like dry ice, swirling at the feet while they coax out keening silhouettes of drone and midnight jazz figures in the mid-range, middle-ground leaving acres of room in the upper registers to be haunted by quivering electronic timbres and plasmic apparitions. A delicate, frayed narrative unfolds from these seemingly abstract scenes, revealing a glacial interplay of tension and dramaturgy of desolate melodies that linger on the mind with languid form.
In a similar way to the work of Belgium’s Kreng, All The Unnamed could quite easily be the soundtrack to an achingly slow and cerebral film noir, or even some particularly long and engrossing scene from a Lynch flick, but, where say Bohren Und Der Club of Gore play into your sense of anticipation, Van Lujik and Stewart really play around it, placing us on tenterhooks from the coruscating hush of Trakl right thru the chamber-like drift of Bachman, to a sublime denouement of percolated bass, eloquent strings and chimes in Ko Un, where the sublime tension dissipates into the ether and you’ll want to do it all again.
Low-key, hypnagogic synth-pop from a pair of actual, real-life primary school Teachers from London for Willie Burns’ W.T. label.
"Vocoder pop duo of primary school teachers in London making beautiful songs with drum machines, synths, and voices. One of the guys released previously on WT as Tagwell Woods. Works at home or in the club."
Emeralds founding member Mark McGuire reminds us why he is among the most beloved guitarists of our new age.
"McGuire returns to VDSQ with a beautiful album of fractal introspection, a succinct collection of deeply melodic and emotive themes. Ideas of Beginnings a direct statement of modern guitar, running the gamut from brightly focused acoustic compositions to late night electric vapor trails. Ideas of Beginnings is another highlight from this iconic 21st Century guitarist."
Etch drops two splintered, broken beat jags on Donga’s Gully Records, a division of his Brighton-based Well Rounded Records.
A-side, he coils up some rasping, reticulated brokebeats on Synapse Cluster like some mutant antecedent of Toasty or Slaughter Mob.
B-side, he impresses with the R’nG style groove control of Labyrinthian Contours on a dubble-dipping 2.1-step variant.