Originally discovered by Heinrich Mueller (Dopplereffekt, Drexciya), Federico Leocata is an Athenian electro artist with penchant for the dark side. Following a string of releases on key underground labels he now returns with this long player on Central Processing Unit. Fans of minimal wave and synth pop won't be disappointed as we get nine stark cuts of gimp mask beats and dungeon friendly melodies. Highlights include the sleazy horror-clash of opener "Der Zeitlose Raum", the metaphysical dominatrix vibes of "Metavision" and the Propaganda-on-a-budget pop of "Zunachst" which features the ice-cool vocals of Beta Evers.
Andriy Vezdenko's Noumen project has been a core element of the success and growth of the Central Processing Unit label. The multi-talented producer, who is said to often branch out into design and research, clearly places a lot of care and attention into the construction of sounds, and is one of the few who can truly claim to be involved in acoustic design. After a recent debut EP, Apeiron is his first album to drop, and it's one of those releases which can hardly be described in words. The names of Autechre and Leftfield instantly spring to mind, but Noumen has a singular way of reinterpreting the glitch and IDM genres, mixing it up with a whole array of more contemporary influences. From bass to techno, that is how the disorderly electronica of Apeiron comes to life across eleven tunes and, although one would not immediately associate this sort of sound to the club, these tracks are very much playable in front of a crowd of open-minded dancers. A daring and intriguing piece of work from the newcomer.