Review: Andrew Weatherall's Covenanza full-length, released earlier this year, was rightly praised as an atmospheric, largely impressive fusion of the veteran producer's many disparate influences. For Consolamentum, he's handed over the parts to those album tracks to some of his favourite producers, giving them instructions to stamp their own distinctive styles on his cherished material. The results are naturally impressive, with Timothy J Fairplay, Justin Robertson, Emperor Machine, Red Axes, Scott Fraser and Heretic - a rising star whose productions have been getting major rotations at Lord Sabre's A Love From Outer Space parties - each delivering fine interpretations.
Review: Over the last few years, Lord Sabre has been busy playing collaborator, joining forces with various musicians and producers on such acclaimed projects as The Asphodells and The Woodleigh Research Facility. Convenanza marks his return to solo work after a seven-year absence. Billed as a chance to "look back at the clutter of a life thorough lived", it sees the veteran DJ/producer lay down an intoxicating blend of post-punk grooves, shoegaze style vocals, delay-heavy horn lines, drowsy synthensizers, and the kind of druggy, pitched-down electronica so successfully explored on his A Love From Outer Space collaboration with Sean Johnston. It is, somewhat predictably, a fine set.