Following on from the Distant Air EP, bright young things Anushka come back to Brownswood to deliver their debut album, showing off a distinctive twist on R&B that worms subtle flecks of minimal electronics, house music and more into a melancholic, richly melodic soulful whole. "Never Can Decide" is loaded with crossover appeal with its bombastic chorus sweeps while keeping a delicacy in the production that keeps the music on the right path. Really though it's Victoria Port's vocals that shape out the identity of Anushka, charged with just the right kind of energy to worm into many an ear as the Brighton-based duo spread their wings.
After a series of jaw-dropping EPs for the Elemental Voices imprint, Arthur Tourenism returns with a spectacular LP of dubbed-out electronics and quasi-techno frameworks. The opener "Splatter Of Ethereal Clouds" is a gorgeous entrance to the rest of this work, and it's Tourenism's sense of depth which makes his stand apart from other producers in this line of work. If you're a fan of Andy Blake and the like, this is tailor-made for you. Deep, enthralling, with a dubwise twist.
In The Depths Of The Ocean Is Our Capitol - (2:54) 93 BPM
Travellers In Faith Dub - (2:25) 66 BPM
Having previously released music from the likes of Bristol's Ekoplekz, British electronic music pioneer F.C. Judd and Brooklyn's ADR, Public Information continue their survey of the outer fringes of avant-garde electronics by shifting their focus to USA's West Coast, presenting the debut record from Austin Cesear. Even in terms of America's rich underground of contemporary producers Cesear seems like an outsider; where his contemporaries are content to rework well worn tropes into bright retro pastiche, Cesear's music is warped and decayed, existing in a dark, parallel version of Chicago and Detroit's musical past. Cruise Forever is an album of two halves, combining dense techno in the vein of Actress or Andy Stott and digital, tape looped ambient that is somewhere between Daniel Lopatin, Fennesz and Steve Reich. Far from being a pretender however, Cesear puts his own bold stamp on these influences, reconstructing them with his own rusty building blocks and delivering an album that is one of best debuts we've heard this year.