NYC's FaltyDL has been constantly active over the last few years, with the majority of his music landing via his very own Blueberry imprint. He's prone to releasing EPs on the fly, so a new album by our beloved 'bass' producer is truly exciting. This is especially true as of late, because the artist has gradually moved away from the fidgety two-step-garage hybrids that he has been heavily associated to, and more towards a leftfield r&b kind of space. There are beat-driven, percussion-heavy grooves such as "River Phoenix" or "Frigid Air", but the majority of this album is drenched in a placid, soulful vibe that uses different styles of beat and arrangements to get its direction across. "Drugs" featuring Rosie Lowe, for example, will appeal to the soul enthusiasts as much as the dancers, while tunes like "Fleshy Compromise" might even get the coldwave jockeys to turn their heads. The point is, FaltyDL is in a state of constant flux, and this album is proof of the man's many talents.
The latest previously unheard Patrick Cowley material to get the Dark Entries treatment was recorded between 1972 and 1975, and made in collaboration with budding actress - and later feminist pornography icon - Candida Royalle. It was apparently intended for experimental theatre productions, and contains some of Cowley's most enthralling, out-there electronic experiments. Royalle's freestyle vocals take pride of place on the spacey, otherworldly opener "Candida Cosmica", before weaving in and out of Cowley's sparse, alien electronics on 12-minute "Shimmering (Where Am I)?". Perhaps the most inspired track of the lot - and that's saying something - is the proto-ambient weirdness of "Elementals", which makes great use of fuzzy radio records and curious modular noises.