Review: The first release on Musique Risquee this year sees Marc 'Akufen' Leclair embark on a cosmic journey. The title track is one of his typically detailed arrangements, with insane screeching violins, drunken piano lines and off-kilter xylophone riffs appearing at various stages. By contrast, "Bos Indicus" is more straightforward with hissing percussion and driving drums providing a more dancefloor-based approach - but here too Leclair can't resist the urge to add in some woozy jazz chords and chiming bells. "T'es Con, T'es Content" sees him adopt a more seductive approach, with a husky singer wittering on en Francais over a shuffling groove. Meanwhile "You like Red Beans! (We go Together)" and "Chocolate, Strawberry, Peach, Vanilla, Banana, Pistachio, Peppermint, Lemon, Orange, Butterscotch, Ice Cream Cone" are fun tracks, with the latter lifting the vocal sample from Sesame Street.
Review: Guillaume Coutu Dumont returns! The Quebecois minimal maestro serves up his first release in three years since his Revolution In The Cycles EP for London's Freerange Records. Entitled Shouts Moans & Significance, it comes courtesy of revered local imprint Musique Risque - which is equally as retrained on the release front, with this one following up a killer 2016 release by German producer Jichael Mackson. Opening with the deeply hypnotic affair "Histoires Vraies" with its mesmerizing bell melodies reminiscent of recent work by Thomas Melchior or DeWalta - coincidentally Coutu Dumont has previously released on the latter's Meander imprint. His rich background in electro-acoustic and avant garde music is evident up next on the oddball groove of "Far Is The Field" while "Whatever's Inside" is trippy and low-slung minimal house for the afterhours - something you'd imagine label boss Vincent Lemieux playing up at Panorama Bar on a Saturday morning.