55 Cancri E may be known as a distant exoplanet to some, while to others it is some truly beautiful and ethereal folk/nu-gaze business courtesy of Malmo via Berlin's Sara Hausenkamp. She appears again on Denmark label Music For Dreams with her new release. The album is about the search for peace in the soul, a longing to find a home and a journey between planets Tellus and 55 Cancri E. Hausenkamp's seductive yet angelic voice soars above some endearing and transcendental arrangements. We particularly enjoyed the mellow country/blues flavour of "Att Lamna Tellus I (Oknen)" or the eerie and contemplative "Alltid Du" which indeed really showcases that amazing voice of hers.
All good things come to an end, and Dave Huismans has decided that his A Made Up Sound label will go out on a high. Collecting all of the tracks from its nine releases in one place affords an opportunity to see how diverse the A Made Up Sound is - despite the fact that it largely operates within the jittery broken beat framework that the Dutch producer has made his own. From the noisy tones of "Havoc" Huismans navigates his way through the garage swing of "Crisis", the bleep techno-fuelled "Bygones" and the queasy bass of "Synrix". It's a fitting farewell to one of electronic music's most singular labels.