Review: Garnering a name for himself with a stream of releases on labels like Cultivated Electronics and Central Processing Unit, Silicon Scally and his sound this time around is keeping a ghetto spirit alive within electro that's not too short of a wry, subtle humour. With its catchphrase titling, it's fun to imagine the sounds of this Skoda Banger EP come from nights out in a coupe whip, flexing the backstreets of Liverpool on a midnight blitz through city's badlands, clubs and underground. In Sci-Fi style, it's as if the bleepy synth lines in the title track represent a four-wheeled drift down main street, or something of a highway cruise control in "Mind Splitter". Banging EP.
Review: Sync 24's label delivers a killer electro release. For the first time in a long time, Carl Finlow dons his Silicon Scally hat. "Deodexed" is everything we've come to love from Finlow's electro project - spiky rhythms, heavy sub-bass and steely drums unfolding to the sound of tense bleeps. Spain's Boris Divider also delivers a lesson in stripped back electronix, with "Primary Function" focusing on firing, minimal riffs, eerie synths and dry 808s. Morphology's "Dark Star" is deeper with melodic synths lighting the bleepy acid path, while the 303 is also a hot theme on label owner Sync 24 & Deixis's collaboration, with rolling kettle drums underpinning acid licks and a breathy vocal.
Review: Dominance Electricity, the Germany based record label deliver a galactic mix of classic electro, bass and techno/breaks since 1996. The Global Surveyor various artist Electro space saga now goes into its fourth round with a collection of fresh, melodic, new school electrofunk and electronica tracks - collected from all around the globe. From the legendary Anthony Rother with the seething dystopia of "Matrix", the equally revered Carl Finlow aka Silicon Scally presenting some finely tuned offworld futurism as always on "Machine Bias" and underground heroes from way back Hardfloor - on the darkly breakneck futurism of "Diet Starts Monday". As promised there are newer talents, such as the Last Known Trajectory affilated Visonia: with the brooding darkwave seduction of "Nausicaa". This is a wonderfully curated compilation and highly recommended.
Review: Following on the two previous instalments, the third volume in the From the Dark series sees Cultivated Electronics map out an uncompromising vision for modern electro. There's the acidic bounce of Morphology's "Sentinal", while the Cuban funk pioneer Alpha 606 lays down a stripped back sound on "Zombie King". While the compilation features respected artists like Carl Finlow - dropping brooding, bass-heavy heat on "Hive Mind" as Silicon Scally - and label owner Sync 24 teaming up with Joonam for the mysterious "Prada Thunder Cuns", this volume also features newcomers like Calderin, whose ferocious, filtered "Sudor" shows that electro's future is in safe hands.