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Disclosure is Kassem Mosse's follow up to this 2014 debut long player, Workshop 19. Apart from further cementing the relationship with Honest Jons, it also sees him further pushing his already skewed house sound to the outer limits. "Drift Model" and "Phonenica Wireless" both sound like he took a hammer to the offbeat style on his previous album, while "Stepping on Salt" is just a series of malfunctioning computer blips and bleeps. Mosse finally ventures onto the dance floor with the rickety, haunted minimalism of "Galaxy Series 7", but it's only a temporary divergence and his sense of adventure returns for the broken down rhythm and broken drums of "Collapsing Dual Core".
Warp, Hyperdub, Ninja Tune, and Planet Mu. Juno favourite Kuedo has done it all and seen it all. Being able to say that you've released on all those top labels must feel like a real accomplishment in his mind and, if not, we hope that our rallying cry at least tells our listeners what we think. He's back on Planet Mu with a new and highly anticipated LP, the masterfully named Slow Knife. His sound has matured a lot over the last five years, and the dude has gone from making interact post-dubstep beats to constructing veritable pop songs. Guided by his inimitable electronic twist, of course. To give you an idea, "In Your Sleep" is a deep, cerebral and utterly magnetic song that is a slave to no genres or styles, and one that could appeal across audiences; "Slow Knife" itself is also a beautiful crossover of many different sounds and ideas, all wrapped in Kuedo's singular haze. it's not similar to Burial in terms of sound, but Kuedo's clarity of thought and consistency of expression is certainly up there with the best in the game.
Led by John Mills-Cocknell, and tied together by saxophonist Doug Principle, percussionist Allan Wells and drummer Malcolm Tomlinson, Canada's Syrinx project received a brief but monumental acclaim in the early 1970s. Their two albums from that era, the self-titled Syrinx and Long Lost Relatives, have become cult, synth-pop classics, and it's thanks to the RVNG Int'l label that we now have them recompiled into one gorgeous album. The music speaks for itself here, and we wouldn't be doing this magnetic piece of work any justice by trying to decipher its quirky, oddball beats and sounds to you with a list of adjectives. What we can say, however, is that as synth-pop goes this is a total winner. Also, you get a noticeable level of jazz and krautrock influences at its core, a feature that is usually missing from many synth-pop releases. This is one for the instant DL - warmly recommended.