Reviewed this week
Darmstadt's Benedikt Frey has been one of the most exciting talents in electronic music in the last few years. With releases on local institution Live At Robert Johnson and Barcelona's Hivern Discs in addition to his experimental project INIT (with Nadia D'Alo) he returns once again to Lovefingers' Los Angeles based imprint. This is the second time after last year's impressive The Lobbyist EP. Be prepared for more cosmic, post-Kraut psychedelia of the greyscale kind from Frey on his first ever full length release. Highlights include the brooding industrial punk-funk of "Controversial", the slow burning hypnotic techno epic "H For Hysteria" or the Can styled progressive rock of "Keygrind" which really shows off the diversity. Add to that the the woozy acid tribalism of "Push" or "Patcher" which are perfect for setting the mood early at Offenbach's favourite clubs.
Sweden is not too often cited alongside the best of the downtempo scene, but it just makes so much sense for the country's sleek looks and cool approach to be associated to slow-burning bursts of outsider electronica. As such, Goteborg's Carbon Based Lifeforms have been among the few Swedes to wave the flag for the genre, and this new album - Derelicts - for Blood Music feels like another masterful stroke of genius from the duo. We've always been big fans of the label, so this LP comes as both a pleasure and a surprise in the fact that we weren't necessarily expecting them to appear on its wondrous catalogue. However, it's clear from the start that this is a fitting relationship; Derelict follows like a strange and compelling story, taking us into a world of distant chants and slow beats which form a distinctive narrative across its 12 tracks, and it comes highly recommended for anyone wishing to go on a little journey. Blissful, indeed.
Leeds based K-Lone is back with a great one on DJ Parris' Soundman Chronicles after releases on Wych, Wisdom Teeth and Badimup. The dark ambient intro to "Old Fashioned" is quite the way to build the suspense and tension, until the slow motion beat drops beneath all the dubbed out industrial textures. Next up, the deep dubstep on "In The Dust Of This Planet" takes a turn for the esoteric (and almost beatless) on this fantastically immersive piece. Finally, the O$VMV$M (did we get that right?) remix up next is reminiscent of early Burial: lo-fi/sci-fi dystopian vibes that are perfect mood lighting for that stoned journey home on the nightbus on a Sunday evening. Great stuff here following up some great releases on the label by Rabit, Etch and Wen.