Review: Tronik Youth's Nein label bring us the debut EP (we think!) from the mysterious Slum 159, a producer with seemingly no online presence at all. In this case he really can afford to "let the music do the talking", though, because if you're a fan of darker disco styles influenced by EBM and electro you'll find much to enjoy here. 'Decade' itself is a fairly unremarkable throbber with a woodwind-like synth sound taking the lead - From Beyond's beefier remix works better, to these ears. But 'Plastic', with its air of 80s sleaze and menace, is really quite distinctive sounding, and Los Fugazzi's moody, prog-tinged refix is a killer.
Review: Australian duo Funboys make their debut on the Nein label with this sleeping hit "Sorcery" delivering a sound somewhere between the darker techno of Richie Hawtin, experimental electronics of Severed Heads and zaniness of groups like Yello. Perpetuating this evolution in future-retro electronics, Funboys here also hint at similar oddball samples and themes once heard and pioneered by Eno's My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts album. Rave versions come in Kimshies 'Boccaccio' remix, with stripped back textures making and heavy percussion in ID_UA's mix. Danny Fade sends in a remix of twinkling lights down a darker techno abyss. Quality release from Nein.