Review: Psyops For Dummies & Purge by DJ Stingray is not new material. These six tunes have already been released on Lorenzo Senni's Presto!? label, except that their previous format was restricted to a credit-card-shaped USB stick. We loved that, but to have these six killers pressed up onto vinyl is what we crave the most, naturally. This is Stingray at his very best, each element throughout these electro bullets is immaculately placed and gloriously blended to form a thick, oozing cocktail of industrial sonics. We're heavily into all this material, but our top picks from this EP have to be: "Disinformation" for its eerie, cerebral bass tones, the subtle yet instantly hummable micro-sonics of "The Sadist III", "The Strategy Of Tension" because it's some straight-up Stingray jacking, and the mighty bangs emanating from "Fullbodyscan". This is unmissable.
Review: To paraphrase the great Monty Python show, now for something completely different. Over the past decade, Evol - comprising Roc Jimenez de Cisneros and a shifting line-up of collaborators - has been releasing music that gnaws at the senses. As Do These so ably demonstrates, there is no sign of this merry group of pranksters stopping soon. Released on the Lorenzo Senni-curated label Presto!?, it consists of eleven pieces of music that by turns entertain, inspire and irritate. It starts with "One" and "Two", which consist of squelchy, frequency-shifting loops, followed by the insane builds and drops of "Three". In effect, "Four" and "Five" sound like vintage Rob Hood without the cold, doubled up beats. By the time de Cisneros and his pals reach "Nine", which sounds like the mass torture of hamsters, the joke has worn thin, but the journey to get there was enjoyable and excruciating in equal measures.
Review: Lorenzo Senni's Presto!? Label - home to some of the most forward-thinking electronic music of the last five years - resurrects Theo Burt's 2009/2010 recordings, and compiles them into an album, Gloss. The tunes were, apparently, not meant to be released but when Senni heard them, there was no way he couldn't put them out and we couldn't agree more. We know you probably hear this a lot, but this LP is a true stand-out among the endless flurry of electronica releases out there today, and Burt's style is both singular and fun. Taking their main shape from 80's Casio keyboards, these eight tunes are vibrant and diverse, where Theo Burt mixes up everything from synth-pop, to ambient, and more. Our favourite moment resides in "Track 6", a jittery neo-romantic tune that gets wilder and more seductive with each new listen. Top draw!