Belgian minimal deep house imprint Vlek are back with an offering from their new supergroup Baleine 3000 featuring label stalwart Lawrence Le Doux, French DJ Afrojaws and Japanese MC Illreme (Mister Saturday Night). Story has it that Le Doux met Osaka's Illreme in the late noughties while looking for a Japanese MC. They collaborated over the years sporadically but the interest fizzled out and the results laid dormant on a hard drive for several years. Thankfully Le Doux revisited the results and they will now see the light of day as an official release, compiled by the aforementioned DJ Afrojaws. Vlek themselves describe The Nap LP as "a slice of international oddball rap, full of dreamy beats and vinyl fuzz."
Richard Fearless re-incarnation from trip hopper extraordinaire to dark disco don has been one of the most remarkable reincarnations in electronic music. This phoenix-like transformation continues on Consequences of Love. The track has a lo-fi feel and its scuffled pulsing groove sounds like it was inspired in part by Throbbing Gristle's "Hot On The Heels of Love". In a neat twist Drone has commissioned former TG members Chris & Cosey to reshape "Love". The female vocal that bubbled beneath the surface on the original comes to the surface and unravels over a shiny synth and streamlined pop pulses. In the pair's hands "Love" becomes bright and curiously uplifting and euphoric.