Amsterdam's Field Records is hardly renowned for its productivity; this compilation of music from the label's growing roster of artists - simply titled "Collection" - is only the imprint's 12th release since it launched in 2008. Given the renowned quality of their deep, woozy, Detroit-influenced offerings, that's something of a shame. Still, this is a real bonus for anyone turned on by their winding ambience, stargazing IDM, crackly minimal and floor-friendly Motor City style techno. Highlights include the surging analogue techno pulse of Viski's "A Star In Your Head", the bubbling, immersive ambience of SYS's "Radius", and the retro-futurist fun of Resoe's "Outer Dimension", but it's all pretty tasty.
Iceland's Soley returns to music after a three year hiatus. Her last work was 2011's We Sink LP, a varied and daring pop pastiche with its claws firmly planted in electronica, but she returns with this stunning EP for Morr Music. It's a bold statement from an artist who was producing quasi-dance music, while Soley now prefers to delve into the minds of her listeners with delicate improvisations of the piano keyboard. Silky, fragile and pensive, these tracks are a vivid representation of the artist's deepest emotions. Stunning and provocative.
With an additional run of three club-minded MASSE remix 12"s released this week by Ostgut Ton, the hugely influential label will round up their soundtrack to the Berghain ballet with this compilation. Phillip Sollmann & Marcel Fengler's Din collaboration provide some of the more experimental highlights with the Dettmann-esque "Aetas" and the industrial ambience "Creation" and "Generation", while as you'd expect Henrik Schwarz delivers splashes of flamenco, classical music and rocky pop to the compilation that's unrivalled in production by any other producer making techno.
Bill Youngman brings a cavernous and industrially-tinged dub techno sound to Killekill on his latest EP for the Berlin label, starting with a whirlwind of brooding atmospheres which make up the title-track "Levitate". Dub disappears for something synthier, broken and pleasantly melancholic in "Teardrops Turn To Solid" in a production good enough for a Stroboscopic Artefacts Monad release (if Youngman was to do one), while a stormy "Magnetic" sounds like an Ancient Methods and Perc collaboration. If only!
After Young Echo issued a compilation of material on RAMP last year, one of the many splinter groups that make up the Bristol collective step out with some new material for the same label. Comprised of Zhou member Amos Childs and vocalist Alex Rendall, Jabu have been part of the multifarious Young Echo since its inception, making their official debut with the project on a self-titled cassette of delicate tape-loop miniatures for Astro:Dynamics back in 2012. As well as featuring on a split cassette for No Corner with the soundsystem murdering Killing Sound project, the duo last year released a 7" for the same label which took their material into more explicitly lyrical territory. Entitled Kwaidan, the EP sees the duo offer a further development in their US East Coast hip hop influenced take on the Bristol soundsystem aesthetic across seven compelling tracks.
The Form A Log trio that is Noah Anthony, Ren Schofield (aka Container) and Rick Weaver have released on a wide range of fledgling labels, and here they drop a new LP for Asheville's (USA) bathetic imprint, something of a home for quality experimental music. As expected, the band, cross genres, and glitchy tape manipulations, field recordings and shreds of instrumentation are all coiled up into a delirious, noise-backed frenzy. The opener, "Out Of Order", is a shining example of their versatility and skill at creating truly singular music, but the remaining 10 tracks are all as weird and wonderful as you'd come to expect, especially "Pet Chemicals", "Italian Wedding" and "Blender" - the latter being one of the freakiest beat tracks we've heard in a while. Recommended!