Permanent Vacation co-founder Tom Bioly first served notice of his production talents with a contribution to Hivern Disc's highly prized Hiverned series, with the Twin Peaks theme riffing "Invitation to Love" a mainstay in the record boxes of Optimo and ND Baumecker. Fast forward a few years and Bioly is back as TB with his first full release, issued on home turf and every bit as potent as that Hiverned cut. Across the four tracks on City Girl, Bioly reveals a real diversity to his production palette with the dreamy title cut complemented well by the more stripped back minimalist thrust of "Nothing Is" and the fluffy "Domino".
'Prodigious Hang player and percussionist' Manu Delago was born in Austria but now lives in London. He gets zillions of YouTube views of his masterful Hang playing, working with the likes of Bjork, The Cinematic Orchestra and Anoushka Shankar - and he's now inked a new deal with Tru Thoughts. Together with co-producer Matt Robertson they weave an intricate web of ethereal sonics, abstract electronic expression and gentle soft vocals. Silver Kolbalt features ten tracks inspired by magnets, attraction and repulsion and er, goblins. In other words, essential listening!
South East London four-piece Hejira made a big splash with their Matthew Herbert-produced debut album, 2013's Prayer Before Birth, and the same year's Floating Test collaboration with Floating Points. Here, they resurface on the latter and Alex Nut's Eglo imprint. The Name Surname EP is an altogether softer, dreamier set of tracks than their previous releases, but it's no worse for it. There's something wonderfully attractive about the emotion-rich vocals, subtle pianos and sparse electronic rhythms of "Pinter", while "Rhyme Or Reason" sounds like an inspired blend of smoky trip-hop and '60s psychedelic pop. That hint of psychedelia can also be heard on "Too Mean To Lie", while the title track is a yearning, sun-kissed delight.
Already an accomplished composer for film and television, Michael Price purposefully set out on a quest to make a more spontaneous record which has wound up as Entanglement. With a variety of processes including street recordings, modular synthesis, '40s magnetic disc recordings and collaborations with cellists and other instrumentalists, the eight pieces that make up this album for Erasing Tapes combine immediacy and improvisation with the highest end of studio practices to make for an engrossing listen. From plaintive piano pieces to swelling many-layered compositions, the mood constantly changes without compromising on the most exquisite musicality.
Here's something you don't hear everyday, Q Funktion are a Greek instrumental hip-hop duo. Brought together by a shared love of hip hop and vinyl, the pair, Mr Echo and Earcon, have been making slick downbeat jams for a number of years now and the Derrick Daisey-produced Matching Atoms is their second album. It's all about the laidback vibes over these eight tracks, highlights of which include the crackly melancholic jazz-hop opener "Feel So Bad", the synthy broken funk of "If I Go" and the hazy romantic groove of rare vocal track "Quiet Nights".