Review: The latest instalment of Crosstown Rebels' long-running Get Lost series comes from odd German deep house/tech house fusionist Acid Pauli, a man who looks more like a hairy Open University geology lecturer than a top-flight DJ. Reflecting Pauli's own style, the compilation's 41 unmixed tracks touch on shuffling, eyes-closed deepness, tactile techno, dream house and tongue-in-cheek silliness (the brilliant space-pop of "In My Spaceship" by Jan Turkenburg. More impressively, there are a string of previously unseen exclusives, including excellent tracks from Nicolas Jaar, Nu and Acid Pauli himself.
Review: Autechre has always divided opinion. There are those who consider them geniuses; mavericks who make out-there computer music that simultaneously sounds like a riot in a steelworks, and an argument onboard the International Space Station. Others are less kind, but then their particular brand of crunchy IDM and leftfield electronica is undoubtedly an acquired taste. Exai, their 11th album, stretches out over 17 tracks. As ever, it packs in a lot of ideas, a swathe of mentalist rhythms and a boatload of curious noises. At times it's strangely calming, at others like being smashed round the chops with a metal bar. Those who enjoy their work - and we certainly do - will find much to enjoy amongst Exai's sprawling, feature-length presentation.