Teebs - "Wavxxes" (feat Lars Horntveth) - (4:54) 74 BPM
As one of the more gentle parts of the Brainfeeder family Teebs can always be counted on to deliver heartfelt pontifications of a distinctly pastoral quality, and he's on fine form with his new album Estara. The likes of "Hi Hat" may feature more distinct beats, but by and large the album drifts along with the percussion pushed to the back of the mix so that grand sweeps of dusty old melody can come breezing in, shot through with that nostalgic quality that has always existed within Teebs' work. With some choice guest spots from the likes of Prefuse 73 and Lars Horntveth thrown in for good measure, it's another triumph for the more sensitive one from the leading bunch of brain-feeding beat smiths.
He Was Human And Belonged With Humans (Regis version) - (5:00) 78 BPM
Along with Raime, Dalhous are one of the few constant acts on the ever shifting Blackest Ever Black. Originally debuting on the label as Young Hunting in 2011, the duo of Marc Dall and Alex Ander moved from a soundtrack-inspired sound to a more fractured, sample-based electronic palette when they re-emerged as Dalhous at the tail end of 2012. After delivering a fine and rather under-appreciated debut album last year, Dalhous now return with Visibility Is A Trap, and it's seemingly the solo concern of Dall now. Featuring four new originals written and produced by Dall that reflect his "continued interest in the language and imagery of self-help, R.D. Laing and the anti-psychiatry movement", this EP shows a further progression in the Dalhous sound. Karl O'Connor returns for one of his irregular BEB appearances with a Regis remix of "He Was Human And Belonged With Humans" from last year's aforementioned LP.
Breaking out of his musical (comfort) zone and touring schedule as one half of Kompakt Records stars Walls, a deeper side to Alessio Natalizia's music oeuvre was shown on the excellent Not Waving debut, Umwelt, before then going on to compile the killer "Mutazione" compilation of Italian New Wave 1980-1988 for Strut Records. Spanning 9 tracks Human Capabilities takes the sound of Umwelt and the subsequent super limited cassette only "reinterpretations" of Redacted and mixes harder percussive tracks alongside explorations of melody through ambient pieces. On titles Mathematical Man, Double Blind and Defensive Function, industrial and kosmische percussion is pushed to the fore, while Power Source Above Beam Line is the closest thing to a club track Alessio has produced outside of Walls. However, it's the more melodic Future Rain, Etosha Pan Aderci and the closing Satie homage, Conscious/Subliminal that a new side to the project can be heard. Having been named after a This Heat song, Not Waving is developing beyond that to go as far as the album title suggests.