Review: K7's DJ Kicks compilation series is given a new makeover with their latest juggernaut from London-based electronic deviant, Actress, who gives one of his rare appearances out of the live format and onto the decks. As expected, the techno shape-shifter puts through a diverse mix of 20-plus tracks spanning old-school Chicago house to more contemporary experimental techno and ambient-filtered dance music. This continuous DJ mix includes vintage Detroit techno from Reel By Real, distorted outsider disco from the Shit & Shine crew, Gherkin Jerk's "Red Planet" and a new cut from the man himself, "Bird Matrix". It's safe to say that this mix is comprehensive of the current state of affairs in the techno world: cuts ranging from the distorted house of Breaker 1 2, golden era electronica from Autechre, TTT's Zennor, Germany's STL and even PPU affiliate Moon B! An essential collection of music from 2015, highly recommended, of course!
Review: New LP on Editions Mego... As per usual, we're faced with a cosmic array of trickling melodies and psychedelic arrangements from the US label. Newcomer Lorenzo Senni steps up to create five stunningly diverse pieces of electronic deluge - first track, "XmonsterX" is a detailed study into shimmering octaves and echoes; while "Windows Of Vulnerability" is a rampant journey into tempo-shifting beats and oscillating notes. Up next, "MakeBelieve" enters more placid waters, where fast-moving, digitised beats are engulfed by dinging melodies; but "Digital 'A Tzunami" is Senni at his most creative, bringing together mesmerising levels of sub bass with a splendid arrangement of fluttering sounds and effects. The young Italian ties things off with "PowerAge Xion4", another one of his relentless experimentations into tone-repeats and shifting oscillations.