Mudwise returns to Chevel's unfailingly excellent Enklav imprint with his debut LP in what is something of a coup for both parties. Those two EPs he'd put out via Enklav were a new an interesting shade of industrial upon their release, and it's great to hear that the producer's sound hasn't ceased to evolve from the sound of these 9 bold slices of mechanical electronica. Tokyo Summer is a work of subtlety, going from the slow and calculated drum patterns of "Pilot" and "Swoon", all the way to the vast and explorative terrains of noise-driven ambient experiments like "Nara Citizens" or "Escape From Cicadas". Whenever there is an opportunity for a tune to transform into a boatload of menacing tehcno, Mudwise refrains from any act of violence by simply continuing to search for those perfect soundscapes. Excellent.
As its name suggests, Quartemont College is a collaboration between four artists - Chevel, Evn, Mudwise and Von Tesla. Teachers is the follow-up to last year's Students, and follows an abstract, experimental approach. "Bladderdash" is led by blips, bleeps and beats cut to shreds and re-assembled. "Neall" follows in a similar vein, although the percussion is glitchy and there is some semblance of a groove thanks to its intermittent pulses. However, the project's more rewarding side focuses on a melodic approach; "Gaxxth" and "Deadlock" are full of dreamy, cotton wool textures, interspersed only sporadically by the kind of spiky abstraction that dominated the first two tracks.