There's something about this EP of atmospheric, hard-to-pigeonhole electronica from Barcelona-based Sunny Graves that makes it strangely addictive. The thing is, it's rather hard to pinpoint exactly what. Maybe it's the spiraling synthesizers and wall-of-sound production of opener "Spring (Slow Return)", or the wide-eyed shimmer of the near Balearic "Bayou". It could be intense chords and restless cymbals of "Ghosts", or even the topsy-turvy, horror-influenced swoon and Space Dimension Controller style synth work of "Drawing Hands in Soft Light". In some ways, it doesn't matter. Whatever the underlying reason, the Bayou EP is well worth repeat listens. Given its quality, it's a surprise that Sunny Graves hasn't released more.
Psychonavigation presents the third ambient album by Frankfurt-based Oliver Lieb. Lieb has been making music since the late 1980s, having produced a truckload of wonderfully diverse electronic music and has even remixed the likes of Moby, and these eight dense soundscapes are the perfect music to escape to on your headphones,tripping and seductive. It's one for the meditative state of mind, so stick it on and travel wherever you want to go. Recommended.
After Young Echo issued a compilation of material on RAMP last year, one of the many splinter groups that make up the Bristol collective step out with some new material for the same label. Comprised of Zhou member Amos Childs and vocalist Alex Rendall, Jabu have been part of the multifarious Young Echo since its inception, making their official debut with the project on a self-titled cassette of delicate tape-loop miniatures for Astro:Dynamics back in 2012. As well as featuring on a split cassette for No Corner with the soundsystem murdering Killing Sound project, the duo last year released a 7" for the same label which took their material into more explicitly lyrical territory. Entitled Kwaidan, the EP sees the duo offer a further development in their US East Coast hip hop influenced take on the Bristol soundsystem aesthetic across seven compelling tracks.
Iceland's Soley returns to music after a three year hiatus. Her last work was 2011's We Sink LP, a varied and daring pop pastiche with its claws firmly planted in electronica, but she returns with this stunning EP for Morr Music. It's a bold statement from an artist who was producing quasi-dance music, while Soley now prefers to delve into the minds of her listeners with delicate improvisations of the piano keyboard. Silky, fragile and pensive, these tracks are a vivid representation of the artist's deepest emotions. Stunning and provocative.
The Form A Log trio that is Noah Anthony, Ren Schofield (aka Container) and Rick Weaver have released on a wide range of fledgling labels, and here they drop a new LP for Asheville's (USA) bathetic imprint, something of a home for quality experimental music. As expected, the band, cross genres, and glitchy tape manipulations, field recordings and shreds of instrumentation are all coiled up into a delirious, noise-backed frenzy. The opener, "Out Of Order", is a shining example of their versatility and skill at creating truly singular music, but the remaining 10 tracks are all as weird and wonderful as you'd come to expect, especially "Pet Chemicals", "Italian Wedding" and "Blender" - the latter being one of the freakiest beat tracks we've heard in a while. Recommended!
After a series of jaw-dropping EPs for the Elemental Voices imprint, Arthur Tourenism returns with a spectacular LP of dubbed-out electronics and quasi-techno frameworks. The opener "Splatter Of Ethereal Clouds" is a gorgeous entrance to the rest of this work, and it's Tourenism's sense of depth which makes his stand apart from other producers in this line of work. If you're a fan of Andy Blake and the like, this is tailor-made for you. Deep, enthralling, with a dubwise twist.
The announcement that Dave 'Function' Sumner was planning to lift Infrastructure New York out of its previously dormant state represented one of the most welcome surprises for techno fans so far in 2014. Brandishing a name that sounds like a Mad Men extra, Australian-born Irvine Campbell lines the second release on the reborn Infrastructure NY and offers an intriguing insight into how a classically trained violinist approaches techno. The industrialised and percussive "Thread Laid Bare On The Ground" which is very much in line with the music of Vatican Shadow's Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement project. "Control Through Prohibition Or Supply" is a dubby, militaristic march of watery textures, reverb and blurry Tablas while finishing this impressive debut are the searing Amazonian sounds of another great title in "Removal Of The Six Armed Goddess".