Review: British producer Alex Banks returns to Max Cooper's Mesh imprint to present his third studio album. Made in his studio in Brighton, Projections is a diverse nine-track offering taking in styles such as electronica, techno, breakbeat, bass and IDM, and fit for clubs and home listening alike. On tracks such as the euphoric "A Way Out" featuring hypnotising elements underpinned by jungle beats, you can really hear him sonically illustrating the album's intense journey. Other highlights include the dreamy and textured soundscape of "Introspective", the driving techno workout of "What We Have" and the jagged experimental cut "Resonate" where Banks creates an immersive world to get lost in.
Review: Sasha brings us collection of tracks that have featured in his Spotify playlist series of the same name, which is oriented towards midtempo, contemplative but still beats-driven cuts spanning breaks, ambient and leftfield electronica. While much is being made of this "new direction", a more cynical observer might say it's the first CD of 'Northern Exposure' plus drums; all the same, there's much to enjoy here if you're in a laidback kinda mood, with standouts including MJ Cole's haunting, fractured 'Maestro' and Cortese's 'Circles' with its air of restrained menace. The album also includes two fresh cuts from The Man Like himself, 'Corner Shop' and recent single 'HDNI'.
Review: UK artist and former Monkeytown associate Alex Banks finds himself in recent times as a marquee artist for Max Cooper's Mesh label. In 2019 the artist released his second full length album and first for Mesh entitled Beneath The Surface which in 2020 was given the remix treatment by the likes of Ital Tek, Robert Koch, Nicolas Bougaieff and Max Cooper himself. Adding to Banks' reinvigorated flow is this Tephra EP, five deep and melodic tracks that emerged from two months of production in the rugged, black volcanic surroundings of the Canary Islands. Full on, heavy and progressive drums bring to mind the productions on Tresque (see "Vegueta") with all tracks striking at a middle ground of hope, melancholia, disdain, lust and beauty (in particular "Siren Call"). With subtle breakbeats submerged between the bleeps and distortion of the title track, "Uber Dem Vulcan Wolken" flirts with ideas of dubstep alongside the peaceful ambience of beatless track "The Space Between".