Review: To do their bit to support artists during the lockdown, music website Ransom Note has put together this compilation, with sees the participating artists receiving much welcomed support. It starts with left of centre post-punk sounds from Malcolm and Funderground, before moving into the gritty, lo-fi house groove of Local Suicide & Thomas Jackson's "Hit & Miss". On "Like To Lie", R Elizabeth & Burko conjure up a jittery electro track, while Bawrut's "Triangulo De Amor Bizarro" sees the compilation descend into low-slung jacking techno, accompanied by Chico Blanco's sleazy vocals. Otik & Tom VR's "Poly Echo 97", which is supported by broken beats and features eerie textures.
Review: If only all electronic music had such a sense of purpose. Weaponise is a compilation of contemporary tracks, conceived and curated by Kristina McCormick the host of the NTS radio show Diet Clinic. Like that broadcast outlet, this collection puts a focus on women producers, and it's a stellar affair. There's the slow-motion industrial of artists like Hanna Jones and Fantastic Twins; Maral's "Ey Nezanin" is a wild mix of a club techno and Middle Eastern motifs and C.a.r's "Frau" is an arty, vocal-led take on dance floor electro. Weaponise also features ethereal ambience from Penelope Trappes and Slime's reduced broken beats - if that isn't enough of an incentive, all sales proceeds go to London housing charity Focus E15.