With his trademark morose string arrangements brought ever more to the fore, Blue Daisy pops up on Hoya:Hoya with this fine collection of Autumnal musings that celebrate short days and bleak conditions, musically speaking anyway. From the solely orchestral "Last Rites Of Thy Emperor" to the reluctant beatdown of "An Emperor & His Son", the melodic elements in Blue Daisy's repertoire are the leading lights here, loaded with atmosphere and diverse in nature. With barely any room to breathe in the claustrophobic conditions, this is music to smother your brain with, in the most enticing of ways.
After releasing a full-length just last year Jesse Somfay is throwing his Borealis moniker headfirst into another sizable exploration of eclectic electronica with a focus on big synth lines, detailed percussion and a no-holds-barred approach to sampling. There's a lot of energy running through the sixteen tracks on Glittervoice, whether it be the swelling emotional intensity of a track like "Angelsmoke" or the fiery drum arrangements of "Streamsnare", but there's also plenty of room for more contemplative vignettes and synth-laden hyperballads a la "Vapour Sword". If you crave bombastic tones in your electronic listening experiences, this album has everything you need.
Greek mythology inspires Dadub's return to the EP format with this new three track release for regular stable Stroboscopic Artefacts. Ploughing a similar thematic path to Daniele Antezza and Giovanni Conti's debut album You Are Eternity, this new release looks to the ancient Greek goddess (of the harvest) Demeter for inspiration. "Kykeon", Dadub's four-way collaboration with Retina.it, is an EP highlight, making full usage of the handmade modular synth systems crafted by the Retina.it pairing of Nicola Buono and Lino Monaco. Complementing this, Dadub's "Mistresses March" is a near 12-minute foray through scraping textures and plummeting grooves made truly memorable by Dadub's well honed skill for sound design, whilst they also collaborate with Dromoscope artist Grun on the incandescent "Ergot Kernel".
My Life Is Vivid, My Eyes Are Open - (3:21) 140 BPM
A.C.R.R. - (5:31)
Dave 'Egyptrixx' Psutka has been an integral part of the Night Slugs family since the label was launched, providing them with their second EP in the shape of The Only Way Up and their debut album with Bible Eyes. Contributions to Night Slugs from Egyptrixx since then have been intermittent at best but Psutka returns here with an eagerly awaited new album in the form of A/B til Infinity. Keen Night Slugs followers will no doubt have already checked Egyptrixx's recent contribution to the label's ongoing mix series which was described as a "self-defined scrapbook of ideas" for this new album and the dark tone of that mix is certainly present here at times. From the first few listens in the Juno office, the suite of tracks from "Bad Boy (reduced)" to the Rrose does Night Slugs sounds of "Water" had us very impressed!