Ulrich Schnauss - "In All The Wrong Places" - (7:17) 128 BPM
Tycho - "PBS" (live edit) - (4:50) 117 BPM
Slowdive - "Sugar For The Pill" (radio edit) - (3:54) 98 BPM
Octo Octa - "Beam Me Up" (Please Take Me Away mix) - (6:22) 127 BPM
Various - "Back To Mine: Tycho" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:13:54) 128 BPM
Review: Given that his trademark brand of electronic music is rooted heavily in ambient, IDM and downtempo music, you'd expect that Scott Hansen AKA Tycho's contribution to the Back To Mine series would be full of heady, horizontal and pleasingly immersive musical treats. It is, of course, with a clutch of exclusive tracks and mixes of his own - see the breakbeat-driven IDM gorgeousness of 'PBS (live edit)' and a fresh, chunky, dub-fuelled dancefloor rework of Little Dragon's 'Little Man' - being joined by a wealth of highlights including the ultra-laidback lo-fi dream-pop of Craft Spells, the immersive bliss of Luis Lancaster, the skewed and wonky electronica of Schneider TM, the outsider house charm of Weval and the hallucinatory, sunrise-friendly breaks of Octa Octa.
Review: There's always something instantly identifiable about a Ghostly International record, and Tycho sounds as though he would never dream of bucking the trend as he returns to offer forth the languid tones of Dive. It's the very pleasant, bewitching end of electronica, where the beats stay on the straight and narrow, while the melodies chime harmoniously, earnest in their bid to support each other. There's a definite fondness for New Order in the arrangements, from the tidily presented drum hits to the ambiguous disposition. A lovely listen from start to finish.
Review: Listening to Scott Hansen's new release, you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's the latest Border Community record, as the title track features the same kind of detuned melodic rush as Nathan Fake or James Holden. The only difference is Hansen's drums, which have a live, organic feeling, and propel the arrangement to a more dynamic outcome. Drums also dominate "Cascade (Live Version)", but this time they're rougher, less tempered. They do however underpin a similarly atmospheric arrangement, as well as breathy, sensuous female vocals. If you're looking for a more organic accompaniment to Border Community's pixie techno, then check out Hours.