Review: With most altruistic projects focused on supporting Covid-related causes, it's heartening to see that the Craigie Knowes label continues to support the War Child charity. This fourth instalment is an exemplary volume, and features expansive, wide-eyed ambient pieces from Night Tide's Eluize and The Burrell Connection sitting alongside the twitchy, acid-infused breaks of Rudolf C's "Crystalliser". Scene veteran Warlock also contributes, with the busy, noisy electro of "Shock Headed" - which is similar in style to "Real Seeker", Stellar Om Source's contribution - while on "Transitions", Innershades steers the compilation back towards a more melodic direction. While these tracks all stand out in their own right, the fact that they are supporting a good cause makes them even more precious.
Review: No Moon aka Fred Shepherd follows last year's Infinite Dreamz EP on Craigie Knowes with this fine electro release. "Breakpoints" resounds to steely, clipped drums and a pulsating bass, with Shepherd layering atmospheric sound-scapes over the top. On "Aoe Advancing", he opts for a somewhat more esoteric approach; spindly break beats unravel and provide the basis for melodies that strike a fine balance between dreamy and tropical, as Shepherd deploys the well-known Sueno Latino bird sample. "Where Do We Go From Here?" is a similarly inclined piece, with a combination of spacey sounds and acidic spirals unfolding over tight break beats.
Review: Glaswegian label Craigie Knowes has yet to receive the hype that its quietly impressive back catalogue so clearly deserves. Perhaps this EP from sometime Mork White regular No Moon (AKA Manchester-based producer Fred Shepherd) will refresh the parts the imprint's other releases have yet to reach. All three tracks are impeccably spacey and futurist in tone, with Shepherd wrapping dreamy chords and glistening electronic melodies around snappy drum machine rhythms. Those searching for tracks to illicit saucer-eyed dancefloor moments should head straight for the rushing bliss of "Infinite Dreamz", while "Mallet Fury" offers a more bustling, bottom-heavy take on the same core idea. As for "Explanet Vibe Cult", it sounds like the kind of club-ready deep space electro jam that you'd find on cult Sheffield label Central Processing Unit.