At one time it was commonplace to wait a long while for a new Anodyne release to surface, but these days Colin Cloughley is hitting a more productive streak. This new album on leading Irish digital label Acroplane Recordings follows swiftly on from the IV LP for Offshoot Records, and it plunges further into crisp, electro-powered electronica with a distinctly dark edge. There are feistier moments such as the uptempo breakbeat roll of "Darkenergy", while the likes of "Crossed Swords" nestle into snaking configurations of glitchy percussion, but the album as a whole hangs together very cohesively indeed.
There is little known about Haf Haf, the latest operator to sidle up to Danse Noire following turns from IVVVO and label boss Aisha Devi. The shadowy concern was last seen rocking up on Gang Of Ducks in 2014 with the eight-track Notch tape, and this time around there is a more concise three track offering to delve into backed up with a remix from Gatekeeper. Compared to the lo-fi rumblings of so many contemporaries, Haf Haf keeps a high level of digital processing at the heart of the music, even if the end result is still grubby and unsettling. "Blue Dragon" in particular does a fine job of marrying glossy melodic flurries with arrhythmic interference that would send the wrong kind of person crazy. For those who like the disorientation of bizarre sound design with a musical twist, this release comes highly recommended.