Review: Some would argue that Aeroplane's productions have not been the same since Vito De Luca and Stephen Fasano went their separate ways. While Fasano is rebuilding his career as The Magician, De Luca has been left to carry on producing and DJing as Aeroplane alone. Here he brushes aside criticism of his debut album with a debut mix set. It's actually rather good, offering a typically accessible and synth-heavy mix of groovy contemporary disco (Cosmonauts, Drop out Orchestra, Poolside), unreleased exclusives (his own, auto-tune heavy "Save Me Now") and forgotten gems (Stars On 33) that touches on curious Balearica, Italo and punk-disco. This digi version is available in its intended mixed form, but you can also buy the tracks featured individually!
Review: London artist Bxentric presents his debut album via his own Nanda Records. NDA aspires to release records and collaborate with like-minded artists in all walks of creativity. Graphic and design elements of the label provided by friends aims to create a platform for them - and it. After spending two years delving into the deeper realms of sound experimentation, Bxentric displays the results on this fine long player. A collection of deep and introspective techno excursions with standout tracks such as: the strobed-out tunnel vision of "Altered Signal", the slow burning hypnotiser that is the title track, through to the cavernous and greyscale "Overcircle" (reminiscent of Andy Stott) or the glacial dub techno journey of "Minus Four". Prior to launching his own label, Bxentric released on imprints such as Eskimo Recordings and Glasgow Underground.
Review: According to their website, London nu-disco/synth-pop combo BXentric "make electronic music so uplifting it makes you want to dance through fields naked". That's a bold claim. Luckily, "Surrender" is cheery, summery and poppy enough - whilst retaining an air of leftfield synth-pop cool - to qualify for the "uplifting" tag. The accompanying remixes - of which there are many - are also largely tasty, with Cosmic Kids' rubbery, synth-heavy, contemporary electrofunk take standing out. With its wide-eyed air of Balearic bagginess and touchy-feely vibe, it should get major rotations from anyone who likes it synth-heavy and tactile. For those in need of straight-up house thrills, there are a trio of reworks from GU label boss Kevin McKay.