Review: With a name like Roswell Return, you know the music is going to be pretty intergalactic. Happily, that's certainly the case with "This Time Around", an 11-minute exercise in decidedly cosmic ambience inspired by the hypnotic minimalism of American classical composer Steve Reich and early '90s exponents of the ambient artform such as Steve Hillage (System 7) and the late Pete Namlook. Entirely beatless, it's exceedingly picturesque, with waves of crystalline synths gently lapping from the speakers. For those wishing to dance, label bosses Syncom Data turn it into a hypnotic chunk of stargazing techno (think early Detroit techno meets Sun Electric, and you're close).
Review: It's a pity that Syncom Data aka Jan Katsma and Raoul De Vries, don't release more often on their own label. In their rush to put out music by the likes of Mobach and Mark Du Mosch it seems like the duo's own work has taken a back seat. This is a pity because as the jazzy title track demonstrates, few producers do late night, abstract beats as well as them. Supercell also features a dubby, dance floor take - "Supercell Dub". It also sees them show their mellow side on the serene ambience of "Lullaby" and "Cruise to Sunflower", a slow-burning atmospheric affair with more tranced out soul than a six-hour Donato Dozzy set.
Review: Differing from his Flowers EP, Mystica Tribe chooses beats and bass over texture and melody for his Stars Are Mine EP. The title track uses long reverb from short bursts of keys as its main melody, as busy beats similar to the drums of Stroboscopic Artefacts producer Xhin create a syncopated groove. Sounds in "His Temple" have that raw street edge heard of early dubstep releases, which then leads into "Prayer", similar to the sombre moments of Scuba's Triangulation LP. The minimal gem that is "Zen Stone", although rough in design, flows smoothly as swung drums are caressed by breathy synths.
Review: The Flowers EP is the third straight release by Japanese producer Takafumi Noda, aka Mystica Tribe, on Dutch label SD. He opens the EP with pumping movements of acid, met with jazzy hi-hats and other live, acoustic percussion. "Ripple Marks Dub" is similar to Fluxion's work on fellow Dutch label Echocord, only jazzier, while the gentle Buddha Bar loops of "Fractale" chime with a pleasant and liquid warmth. The EP's final track "Moon & Stone" then slows down for a dub riddim production undoubtedly inspired by King Tubby.