Legendary Glaswegian imprint Soma serve up this long awaited album from Alex Under. Approach La Maquina De Bolas with an open mind and you'll be rewarded; from the droney soundcsape of opener "Bola 1" through the glacially paced minimal house of "Bola 2" through to the shimmering, almost jazz-infused cuts like "Bola 5", this is an album that requires - no, demands - repeat listens. With most tracks clocking in at more than 10 minutes it's quite an epic, too! Recommended.
Fabriclive 67: Ben UFO (continuous DJ mix by Ben UFO) - (1:12:36) 131 BPM
In an era when considered eclecticism is all the rage, Hessle Audio founder Ben UFO still stands out. He's long been considered one of electronic music's more interesting DJs, seemingly able to weave together disparate sounds and styles into a logical, entertaining whole. This contribution to the FabricLive series shows him at his masterful best, utilising the simple pleasures of rhythm to weave together 28 thrilling and thoughtful selections. In the space of 70 minutes, he somehow manages to fuse sparse electro with classic acid house, murky post-dubstep techno with tribal African rhythms (and sharp '80s proto-house synths), Mr Fingers with Shackleton, stripped analogue techno with tactile futurism, and locked grooves with crystalline electronica. Truly, it's a tour de force.