Review: As soon as we see a new release on Touch, our mind is instantly greeted by a feeling of reassurance and stability. Jon Wozencraft's mythical label has given us some of the best electronic abstractions of the last fifteen years, not to mention all its timeless material from ambient pioneer Fennesz. We have a newcomer here, the mysterious and talented Bethan Kellough, who delivers five gorgeous segments of kinetic drone music. From "Descent" through to "Vision" and "Low", we are faced with a striking landscape of sounds that slowly build into something special and altogether euphoric. This is purely cinematic music, the sort of material that has the power to move and delight with minimal effort and maximum effectiveness. Stunning.
Review: There seems to be a huge amount of Material coming out by Mike Cooper of late and whether they are reissues or new material, this guy has been consistently impressive throughout his career, and always able to reinvent himself and keep himself in the cutting-edge. This new mini LP is all about exploration and the moulding of abstract sounds, with the likes of "Te Lapa Phosphorus" spread across exotica, drone, and noise. "Bendigo To Kyoto" flutters its bird sounds and odd bleeps at all angles, but Cooper manages to unleash tidy grooves of sound - totally beret of beats - but still packing a tight melodic bundle. We love this guy - highly recommended.
Review: Ambient-drone legend Fennesz has been a pioneer in the science of sound for many years, and London's Touch has been responsible for releasing arguably his best and most important work to date. For its latest release, Touch has reissued the inimitable Venice as a 10th anniversary edition, and the album still sounds as fresh today as it did 10 years ago. It's ambient, for sure, but of a certain variety and quality. Filled with organic sounds and field recordings, tracks like "Rivers Of Sand" have become the blueprint for much of the work made in the same genre today, tailor-made for fans of Oneohtrix Point Never and a lot of the output on Bill Kouligas' PAN label. Unmissable.