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.
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!
Psychonavigation presents the third ambient album by Frankfurt-based Oliver Lieb. Lieb has been making music since the late 1980s, having produced a truckload of wonderfully diverse electronic music and has even remixed the likes of Moby, and these eight dense soundscapes are the perfect music to escape to on your headphones,tripping and seductive. It's one for the meditative state of mind, so stick it on and travel wherever you want to go. Recommended.
Peder Mannerfelt - "It's Never Gonna Be Over For Me" - (5:31) 125 BPM
Szare - "Nautical Mile" - (6:00) 128 BPM
Ben Buitendijk - "Colourblind" - (6:09) 126 BPM
Artefakt - "Narcosis" - (8:50) 123 BPM
J&L - "Lucid Dreams" - (6:42) 126 BPM
Ness - "Ravage As An Earth Panther" - (6:08) 125 BPM
Bleaching Agent - "Ivlap" - (5:25) 85 BPM
Iori - "Inject" - (6:03) 121 BPM
Voiski - "A Star In Your Head" - (7:45) 127 BPM
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.