Much has changed since Mark Van Hoen debuted his melancholic take on electronic music with the ambient leaning Locust project for R&S offshoot Apollo way back in 1994. The producer has tried his hand at all sorts of experimental styles since - noise, drone, industrial etc. - but his commitment to the mood-shifting abilities of music remains in tact. Nightvision is typically evocative, utilizing modular and analogue synthesizers to create soundscapes that variously touch on neo-classical, ambient, cold-wave, post-dubstep (the brilliant "Bring It Back") and thrillingly hard-to-define downtempo workouts (see "Kojiki"). Throughout, it's Van Hoen's immaculate compositional skills that shine through.
Having previously dazzled with his diversions into non-techno music on The Space Between People And Things and further back into his career, Anthony Child once again leaves Surgeon behind to indulge in a more personal kind of project. Reportedly recorded whilst in a jungle in Maui, as the title would suggest, this album for Editions Mego finds Child at his calmest, fusing the sounds naturally occurring around him with his own melodic pulsations. Of course creative retreats are nothing new, but when someone with such experience takes the controls in such a setting it's little wonder that such magical results ensue.