Review: On We Are The Mod! hardware trio London Modular Alliance help Billy Nasty celebrate the twentieth anniversary of his revered electro label. "Concerning Irregular Figures" revolves around a brooding bass, niggling percussive ticks and a filtered synth loop that floats off into the cosmos. By contrast, "Exit Strategy" is much more pared back, with a focus on a wobbly bass and jittery drum patterns. This less-is-more arranging is also audible on "Glove Box", where they fuse 303 belches with a warbling bass and garbled vocal. Rounding off this landmark release for the label is the Assembler Code take on "Glove..." where crisp drums and frazzled acid tones prevail.
Review: Initially a party organisation from Belgium, De:tuned has become a record label for reanimating the sounds from electronic music's early days. Run by Ruben Boons and Bert Hermans, it continues with the cherry-picked selections for its 10th anniversary with volume 5 in the celebratory series. Terrace (aka Stefan Robbers) and Nu Era (aka Marc Mac, best known as a founding member of 4 Hero) channel the timeless spirit of Detroit styled hi-tech soul and Jupiter jazz with their stellar contributions. While electro is the order of the day elsewhere, courtesy of legend Carl Finlow on the dystopian electro bass of "Photo Array" and new school heroes London Modular Alliance going further into dystopian and sci-fi aesthetics on the powerful "D6".