It's been a while since Spanish producer Joan Male used his 5alad alias. Five years on from his solitary album under the moniker, Barcelona-based Factor City has tempted him out of retirement. The three original tracks on the EP are all superb. "Kepler 22b" leads the way, delivering his usual fusion of cheap synthesizers, lilting electronic melodies and loose drum machine rhythms. "Silicon Warriors" is brilliantly cheery and almost rush-inducing - think chiming, glassy-eyed melodies and Italo-disco bottom end - while "Arcadia Planitia" is cosmic and far-sighted, with exotic synthesizer sounds tumbling over bubbly electro beats. The EP also includes remixes from Alehandro Paz and Jonathan Kusuma, whose rework of "Kepler 22b" turns the original into an essential chunk of fizzing, bass-heavy, synthesizer-laden deep house.
Dizziness That Shakes Rivers & Mountains - (18:40) 126 BPM
Abstract Painting 114-115_3#03 - (12:24) 120 BPM
Abstract Painting 104-105_7#02 - (7:51) 80 BPM
Schleissen 1 marks the beginning of a major, four-part project from Stuart Leath's Emotional Response label; an in-depth exploration of the "outer reaches" of drone and ambient. It's a grand scheme, highlighted perfectly by the grandiose scale of Serbian maverick Abul Mogard's opener - a hypnotic, 19-minute exploration of modular drone music that's as freaky as it is beautiful. Stefan Schwander dons his now familiar Harmonious Thelonious alias on the flip, laying down two brilliantly melodious synthesizer pieces inspired by the cyclical compositions of acclaimed minimalist composer Steve Reich. Both pieces are borderline stunning, and more than worth the admission price.