AVN #011 sees Shifted and Ventress' Avian label look to the USA for the first time, as it taps up New York producer Shaun O'Sullivan for a six-track EP under his new 400PPM alias. O'Sullivan already has a deep knowledge of techno developed over a broad range of musical projects as anyone who has heard his excellent releases for The Corner and L.I.E.S. will attest. Bookended by two stark explorations into noise, the EP is joined by four solid techno productions which all marry the hard-hitting industrial sounds of pioneers like Adam X together with the rolling percussion and impressive sound design of the Berghain school of Dettmann and Klock. The off-kilter syncopations and metallic clutter of "Monoculture" is a particular highlight in what is another essential EP from Avian.
With his trademark morose string arrangements brought ever more to the fore, Blue Daisy pops up on Hoya:Hoya with this fine collection of Autumnal musings that celebrate short days and bleak conditions, musically speaking anyway. From the solely orchestral "Last Rites Of Thy Emperor" to the reluctant beatdown of "An Emperor & His Son", the melodic elements in Blue Daisy's repertoire are the leading lights here, loaded with atmosphere and diverse in nature. With barely any room to breathe in the claustrophobic conditions, this is music to smother your brain with, in the most enticing of ways.