Alien Jams would seem to be a logical home for the kind of music Design A Wave creates. The mysterious moniker has been popping up sporadically over the past few years on 7"s, cassettes and more, but going solely on this latest three-pronged effort, the energy feeding into this release is coming from somewhere not of this earth. "I" is a stuttering, minimal jazz noodle fit for Miles Davis in his most electronic Tutu-esque period, before "II" smooths things out a touch with fulsome arpeggios and swooping chords that mask a sneaky time signature, but "III" is on hand to pitch back into more exotic realms with a fractious style that uses dubby chords for an anchor while the rest of the sonic matter comes under heavy effects fire.
Cherry Red (Its A Fine Line remix) - (7:02) 63 BPM
Cherry Red (Dzir mix) - (5:26) 58 BPM
Greece's George Issakidis returns to the inimitable Kill The DJ imprint with a second EP of wavy electronics and silky digital beats. The title track "Cherry Red" is a proper groover, where the glitchy percussion sits tighly next to one hell of a bassline, reminding us of dBridge's more recent 4/4 output. There's a few remixes inside, too, where It's A Fine Line transforms the title track into a bleepy, Kraftwerk-inspired number, while Dzir retains the humongous bass conjured by Issakidis albeit for a noticeably deeper turn in the beats and percussion. Brilliant stuff - don't miss it.