Review: Next up on Lost Palms is 1-800 Girls aka Jake Stewart. Dancing is an atmospheric affair that is sure to appeal to fans of more esoteric techno. "3am Central Line" opens the release with a gentle, stepping groove and squelchy acid lines, while in a similar style is "Latin Tongue": the 303s have been replaced with breathy, billowing synths, but the punchy drums remain. On "Don't Wanna Stop", Stewart ups the tempo to deliver rolling break beats, but they deliver jazzy keys, while the EP concludes with "Minds Nature", an evocative piece of music that has echoes of 90s ambient.
Review: With releases on labels like CPU, Frustrated Funk and Lunar Disko in his catalogue, it was only a matter of time before 214 aka Chris Roman put out a full EP for Cultivated Electronics. This four-tracker is a no-nonsense, dance-floor primed electro release. On "Linoleum and Cardboard", Roman lays down steely 808s and a stark rhythm, while "It Never Really Ends" sees him add some warbling acid to this approach. "Earthwroms" ups the pace and intensity levels, with shrieking riffs unravelling over a peak-time groove that calls to mind Rotters Golf Club. Rounding off 214's first full release on the reverend UK label is the sci-fi funk of "Nocturnal Hikes".
Review: Chris Roman aka 214 continues his long association with Frustrated Funk thanks to this fine serving of outer space electro. "Growing Old Together" resounds to a resonating, acid-heavy bass and ghostly synths, with 214 moving towards the space occupied by ERP. "Last Dance" is denser, with Roman delivering a murky rhythm that resounds to dark tones and moody textures. Changing tact once again, "Dislocated" puts a focus on bleak, high-paced rhythms and moody bass tones, while on "Voice Check", he reverts to the atmospheric sound of "Growing Old Together", this time with a more reflective approach.