Following on from the Distant Air EP, bright young things Anushka come back to Brownswood to deliver their debut album, showing off a distinctive twist on R&B that worms subtle flecks of minimal electronics, house music and more into a melancholic, richly melodic soulful whole. "Never Can Decide" is loaded with crossover appeal with its bombastic chorus sweeps while keeping a delicacy in the production that keeps the music on the right path. Really though it's Victoria Port's vocals that shape out the identity of Anushka, charged with just the right kind of energy to worm into many an ear as the Brighton-based duo spread their wings.
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.
Control Through Prohibition Or Supply - (7:04) 129 BPM
Removal Of The Six Armed Goddess - (5:40) 129 BPM
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".