Review: American ambient composer Deru returns on Los Angeles imprint Friend Of Friends to present one of his most personal works yet. His new project, Torn In Two, zooms out and deals with human existence as a whole. It finds feelings of frustration, dissociation and anger, but from a high vantage that affords perspective and allows the project to include acceptance, beauty and tranquility. Described as a multimedia project, Torn In Two includes a series of accompanying greyscale films: for the haunting title track and the evocative "Refuge" that magnify the project's themes, with effigies that absorb and reflect the human condition.
Review: Indian Wells is Calabrian producer Pietro Iannuzzi, who presents his third album via Los Angeles based Friends Of Friends. Across a range of artfully composed and emotive tracks, the album, entitled Where The World Ends, channels feelings of geographical, social and political isolation formed from borders both ageless and imposed. Choirs of wordless vocals provide a universal element of communication throughout; breaking down barriers of language, creating connections and crossing borders. Lead single "Cascades" is spiritual and evocative deep house on the techier tip, which will appeal to like minded sounds on esteemed imprints like Crosstown Rebels or All Day I Dream. The second single is the title track, and shows a moodier side to Iannuzzi which could get airtime in Berlin's top clubs: calling to mind the trendy sounds of local labels like Stil Vor Talent or Kindisch. Mixed at Sudestudio near Lecce, (Puglia) by local songstress Matilde Davoli.
Review: In the realms of UK Funky, grime and tech, Lorenzo BITW has been championing originality, constantly pushing his sound forward. This EP sees him journey down a tech route on the title track 'Chasing' which features a stunning vocal performance from Chikaya. However 'Lips and Bones' sees him vault down a more carnival inspired compositional path. On remix duty, Strict Face reworks Chiyaka's vocal into a stunning Eskimo infused piece of work, crammed with delicious melodies.
Review: Slowly building a devoted following with his unique take on electronic music, Boston's M.O.O.N.'s debut full length traverses a wide range of emotive synthesizer music by forgoing the usual dance music formulas for freer arrangements and lush instrumentation. While the rhythms are rooted in variants of house, boogie, and synth-pop, the album never tips it's hand stylistically in any particular direction. This results in a playful balance of retro sounds and futuristic ideas highlighting a deft melodic sensibility. Highlights include the deep sax driven drifter "Time", the ethereal punk funk of "Jon F" or the Kompakt style techno-pop of "Alicia".