Review: Evan Majunder-Swift's rise as 96 Back shows no signs of stopping. Having recently collaborated with Paul Woolford AKA Special Request, he has now signed to Local Action and will deliver a trio of releases over the course of 2021. The first of those, 9696 Dream, is predictably impressive, with the Sheffield-born artist delivering a non-stop, mixed mini-album rich in atmospheric analogue sounds, spacey electronics, intergalactic ambient soundscapes and grooves that variously doff a cap to classic IDM, late '80s Larry Heard style deep house, skittish electro and the more saucer-eyed end of ambient techno. It's a hugely attractive and enjoyable set all told, with exceptional sound thanks to a bang-up mastering job from Bleep techno pioneer (and Warp Records co-founder) Rob Gordon. In a word: essential.
Review: Having impressed with the first part of their 'oddities and rarities' collection, Love Forgotten, A Man Called Adam return with a second and final round-up of new, rare and unreleased tracks, remixes and collaborations. It's naturally a mighty fine set all told, with highlights coming thick and fast throughout. There's not enough space to list all of the high points, but our current favourites include the gentle samba-broken beat fusion of 'Estelle (Mystic Beats Instrumental)', bass-heavy breakbeat jam 'This is London' (a collaboration with Chris Coco), the deep analogue house hypnotism of 'Someone Else', the 'One Latin Rascal' dub of 'AMFP' -a bustling, percussive dancefloor treat - and the sensationally warm, live and languid 'Jisco Dazz Mix' of 'Que Tal America', where fusion band Bah Samba plays a leading role.