Dublin's Aidan Casserly doesn't release tonnes of material under his own name - the majority of his finished material is spread across three other monikers - but what he does put out is always very much on our menu. Last time he released an EP under his name was in 2011 on Ninthwave Media, so we're glad to see him back with an album for Werkstatt Recordings. Incubus is a wild, diverse LP which spans many different styles and incorporates a great number of influences throughout its ten tracks, a general sound that fits in line with the all-compassing term that is 'coldwave'. Having said that, there is something very nostalgic about these tunes, and they're certainly drenched in an 80's kind of neb-romanticism. This is particularly true of tracks like "City As A Memory", "Funeral For Two" - which adds a little porto-techno vibe to its framework - and the angelic sways of "Slow" featuring Kriistal Ann. All in all, however, this is simply some good indie electronic material with a dark edge.
Braiden's Off Out imprint has gotten off to a flying start and, with its third EP already, we're expecting big things from the label in the next year. Moreover, he's bringing out some new talent onto the scene, such as the mysterious Chunyin on this new EP. Don't be fooled, this ain't no middle of the road deep house; the sounds on both the label and this particular EP are wild and provocative, fresh and compelling. "Fei", for instance, wouldn't sound wrong if it were featured on a Nitzer Ebb release, and the same thing could be argued for the blasting beats and growling bass tones of "Emporium". "Shi" is the most broken of the three cuts, an off-kilter dance experiment with an ample and wide-eyed selection of sonics, plus some truly jiggling set of drums and percussion. Sweet.