You could say that 18+ have been one of the best finds from the Houndstooth lot. You could also say that the LA-based duo are the ones truly shaping the leftfield field of the label's catalogue, which is packed with more concrete shades of house or techno elsewhere. Their releases for the label have been magnificent, and this latest album, Collect, might just be some o father best work. Labelled as 'bass', the LP is actually more on the neo R&B side of things, using powerful swings of bass as its main ingredient. the duo's vocals ride high and mighty over the rickety percussion and kicks, but there's also plenty of more tranquil moments in between the storms. All in all, a warmly recommended piece of work, and one that is likely to appeal to fans of Hype Williams.
Alphabets Heaven is the sort of sound you're looking for when all other electronica and leftfield music seems to be weighing heavy, or just not offering that little bit extra juice. This new extended EP - or LP - on WoNot Music is the perfect companion to a lazy stroll along the canal, a buzzing chat around the fire, or even a little wayward dance; each tune offers something deep and mystical, where regurgitated formulas are replaced in favour fresh and zesty electronic rhythms that go from balearic (check "Mogwai") to the more dark and spectral. It's a little creative feast for anyone looking to add some spice and fervour to their meditation.