Review: Cindy Li aka Ciel debuts on Ghostly offshoot Spectral with this diverse, raw release. Calling to mind the exuberance and energy of 90s techno, Why Me? starts with the title track, where Ciel uses rickety break beats and punchy kicks to underpin swirling psychedelic sound scapes. "Go Fish", featuring Wiretapping, is cut from a similar cloth as the Toronto-based producer combines squelchy tones with a wiry rhythm that chimes seductively. She picks up the pace for "Hipwrecked", with a stripped back, minimal rhythm that recalls the height of Pure Plastic and Minimal Man. The charmingly dreamy "Uri's Song", which also features Wiretapping closes out this fine release.
Review: In aid of climate change and deforestation, Needs for a seventh time keeps its focus on the environment with all profits of this release donated to Cool Earth UK. Indeed this time the label calls upon the slamming grooves of Telephones in the atmospheric "Groundshaker / Lightbreaker " alongside some minimal space pong and 808s from Ciel. Lo-fi garage, amen breaks, cut up vocals and bassline grooves to boot in Elphino's "It's Hard To Say" with Al Wooton going all subterrain and urban dub on your ass with "Raphael". Keep it clean!