Review: It would be fair to called Joined Ends, Oliver Thomas Johnson's second album under his familiar Dorian Concept alias, "long-promised". It was being touted for release back in 2011, soon after he signed with Ninja Tune. Interestingly, it's a very different beast to his 2009 debut album, When Planets Explode, and the club-friendly singles that followed. A veritable technicolour blast of warm chords, shimmering synthesizer melodies, dream-pop vocals and skittering low-end rhythms, Joined Ends ripples with unfussy positivity. It's far from a straightforward set - Johnson is too imaginative a producer for that - but it certainly has a singular vision. It may not be the album we were expecting, but it's an impressive set nonetheless.
Review: Jazzman glitch Dorian Concept returns with The Jitters, a new album that's one take, live, and improvisational in design and borne through 'sifting for outtakes' from his last Brainfeeder transmission The Nature Of Imitation (2018). The result is an LP where previously thought 'undeveloped ideas' were given new renditions, structures and arrangements to now shine forth in a bizzaro yet freshly emboldened glory. Still very much pushing his own twist on P-funk, computer music and electro, Dorian Concept shows where he's really at in "A Mother's Lament (Alt Take)" alongside a fresh batch of sweet, leftfield and undeniably colourful vignettes.
Review: Brainfeeder as a project have been known to bring together the weird and wonderful, more often than not supplying the world with stunning original music. This latest compilation from them celebrates 10 years of the label, putting Flying Lotus's visions into reality. We explore previously undiscovered realms of futuristic hip hop production, with immediate stand outs being the the unpredictable neurotic drum crunches of 'Delusions' from Little Snake, along with the pulsating drum work and 4x4 flavours of 'Squaz' courtesy of Ross From Friends. Another shout out has to go to FlyLo himself as he teams up with Busdriver for a super skat heavy run out on 'Ain't No Coming Back'. This one is a fantastic listen from start to finish.
Review: Long influenced by the relationship between music and film, Ninja Tune's TCO fulfill a long-term goal with "In Motion #1" - namely soundtracking new, avant-garde films with the help of like-minded contemporaries. It works a treat on this first outing, with the Orchestra's "Necrology" riding a sense interplay between live and stuttering jazz snares and a tense piano motif, that slowly shifts chords in the manner of a Steve Reich piece. Elsewhere, Austin Peralta's classically-scored "Lapis" features violins climbing a scale toward a swooping and tear-stained conclusion, while Dorian Concept and Tom Chant create a jaw-dropping 9 minutes of ambient synth gurgles, skronking sax and hypnotic, frozen atmospheres.