Review: Tkuz is Mexican producer Juan Harrison, who has previously brought us his dark and nefarious EBM creations on labels like Clouded Vision, La Dame Noir, Shara Music and more recently Japan's Blindetonation. On his new Electrico EP, things get off to an impressive start with the gritty industrial attitude of "Into Santana" (which is reminiscent of Jealous God head honcho Silent Servant's work), while "El Burgues" throws done one seriously infectious groove with its bouncy arpeggio and dark vocals on this fine electro-noir thriller. Finally "I Was Famous" channels the spirit of mid-nineties goth clubs on this classic electro-industrial slow burner reminiscent of old Zoth Ommog or Cleopatra Records style anthems.
Review: Blindetonation is a Tokyo based record label run by the formerly London based Kezokichi. The label goes for some stylish electro-indie-house flavour that fans of Correspondant or Comeme will surely be fond of. Canadians My Favorite Robot throwdown a typically sleek and slinky remix of Tkuz's "Calor De La Noche" which features some sleazy rhyming over the top (which we loved) before the bouncy late night groove of Duncan Gray's "Kickintrusion" gets a wicked makeover by Monoblok & PSLKTR: razor sharp bassline on this one, seriously! Finally man of the moment; the Frenchman Markus Gibb returns with "Vipre Lubrique" (Hardway Bros DJ Dag Is Playing At My House remix) where A Love From Outer Space affiliate Sean Johnston takes you on a smooth disco-noir journey.
Review: Japanese DJ/producer Kezokichi made quite an impression during his time in London. Now he's returned to Tokyo and launched his own record label, Blindetonation, dedicated to "the disco of randomness - Balearic, drug chug, slow motion and weird vibe". Here, he kicks it off with an expansive compilation featuring a range of well regarded and little-known artists. Naturally, there's much to enjoy, from the sweet, analogue bounce of Jamie Paton's "Keys For Your Keeper (Dub)" and the near psychedelic chug of Tronik Youth's "The Past", to the bubbling electronics and eyeliner-clad melodies of Kieran Holden's "Stubbies", and the twisted, slow motion acid of Duncan Gray's "Kickintrusion".
Review: Clouded Vision boss Matt Walsh's first mix CD, The Clouded Vision Experiment, gained plenty of praise on its 2012 release. Three years on, he's finally got round to putting together a follow-up. As with its predecessor, The Clouded Vision Experiment Level 2 aims to join the dots between bouncy, electro-influenced techno, warehouse-friendly tech-house, glistening nu-disco (see the Eskimo Twins' "Elegy") and hard-to-define, dancefloor-friendly electronica (Richard Norris's "Dim The Lights" being a great example). The unmixed portion of the collection is full of gems, including tracks and remixes from The Hacker, Pulp Disco & The Outcasts (whose P-funk goes-acid banger "3.142" stands out) and the brilliantly named Forty Fingers Dynamo.
Review: Sulk Magic has returned with it's third collection of left-field recordings. Taking a darker route, this multi-layered six-track EP showcases consistent levels of talent, while still retaining the labels hallmark eccentricity. Adventures in Daydreams open the V/A with a firm contribution full of polished intricacies before Tkuz bestows his presence with a nefarious industrial chugger in the form of 'Dagon' Next up, Mick Clarke's alias Iron Blu provides 'Hammerfall', an effortlessly captivating groover. Oli Warriner's 'Venti' comes to the fore with its rasping drums and intelligent techno melodies whilst Sigward's 'Random Life Render' takes you through a lo-fidelity dreamscape, opening the emotional airways of the release. With a rare foray from his prototype, Tronik Youth provides an infectious dark-to-dawn Italo track to close proceedings.