Review: The fourth compilation on Sulk Magic starts in style with "Shrimp Daddy", a dark, chugging piece of electronic disco from label owner Bird of Paradise. It sets the tone for the rest of the collection; Dead Love Embargo drops the low-slung "Transmutation", while Emile Strunz and Kolomensky both venture down an electro-influenced route on the acid-soaked "Casual Violence" and brooding "Raving Raven" respectively. There are some lighter moments, most notably on Dharma's shimmering Italo contribution, "A Quick Passing" and the textured ambience of Stove's "Ocean Loom", but overall the mood is designed for sweaty basements - a feeling that is expertly captured by Ian Blevins' "Fleshworld", a throbbing, rumbling piece of electronic disco.
Review: York-based Tecwaa, a relative newcomer to the scene having made his production debut late last year, comes with five tracks that defy easy categorisation. 'Always & The End' is one-part noir soundtrack to one-part gypsy jazz and one-part stoned psychedelia, 'Night Moves' is essentially an ambient piece but underpinned by 80s-sounding drum (machine) beats, 'Remember The Clear Light' veers towards melodic techno and 'In Shallows' is dark, dusty and almost trip-hop in feel, while a slightly more uptempo remix of 'Always & The End' from Matt Walsh completes a package that's definitely something of a musical oddity, but well worth exploring.