Review: Dublin producer Anodyne made his name during the late 90s with a series of releases that made reference to Warp's flirtations with glitchy electronics. On this occasion however, he surprises with an approach that has more in common with the dance floor electro of labels like Frustrated Funk. "Into the Unknown" is based on icy synths and jagged break beats, while "BS-6" sees Anodyne up the pace but maintain a semblance of musicality thanks to his ghostly synths. "We Decode the Future" lives up to its title's claim, with a purring bass and eerie synths cascading over tight, relentlessly efficient 808s and "Mr Nightmare" delivers a gut-wrenching bassy take on Anodyne's electro approach.
Review: At one time it was commonplace to wait a long while for a new Anodyne release to surface, but these days Colin Cloughley is hitting a more productive streak. This new album on leading Irish digital label Acroplane Recordings follows swiftly on from the IV LP for Offshoot Records, and it plunges further into crisp, electro-powered electronica with a distinctly dark edge. There are feistier moments such as the uptempo breakbeat roll of "Darkenergy", while the likes of "Crossed Swords" nestle into snaking configurations of glitchy percussion, but the album as a whole hangs together very cohesively indeed.
Review: Giving naysayers a swift slap around the chops, Posthuman's latest EP is a flagrant example of why there's still a huge amount of vitality to electronica. Shot through with the underground grit that typifies the UK scene in particular, the four remixes commissioned all hit hard in their own ways. Nightwave turns out an insanely detailed and crafty stepper that morphs into a techno stomper by its climax. Kirk Degiorgio goes for a typically fulsome electro-techno cut, while Datasette plies an aquatic and displaced trade in rich sound design. That leaves it to The Host to clean up with a moody mulch of delay feedback and mean-tempered beats.
Review: The Astroakoustic EP provides the first sounds projected by Rory St John since his Epoch EP on Singularity Recordings in 2011. St John delivers three versions of "Astroakoustic" which respectively canvas industrial and drone, techno, electronica and drum and bass styles. The entire EP hints at inspirations from the likes of Mike Parker, Ancient Methods, Autechre and dBridge, with Christopher De Babalon's remix of "Astroakoustic Three" sharing the same haunted, frenetic terror of Aphex Twin's "Come To Daddy". Diasiva's remix of the same track also draws on similar influences, while Duran Duran Duran's brooding remould of "Astroakoustic Two" is creepy, but also decidedly groovy.
Review: UK drumwork producer Wagawaga has been a bit quiet since his last album Hyper Typewriter back in 2011. Now he's back with Acid Highway and it's an even more intensely vibrant listen than its predecessor. Featuring nine blistering tracks of scattershot beats, informed by jungle and dislocated dub, it nevertheless sounds like it's been blasted into orbit by a serious acid injection. Next level sounds.