Review: Nathan Jonson, brother of Wagon Repair czar Mathew, releases Where Did You Just Go? under his HRDVSION moniker. Typically, Jonson crams in a plethora of ideas into the album, and the result is a brilliant mess of leftfield electronica that touches on techno, electro and glitch. "Captivated Heart" could almost be Moustache (Half A Scissor) era Mr Oizo, while "Bush Of Crows" is a epic freakout reminiscent of DJ Koze's "Mrs Bojangles". Such comparisons, though, are largely pointless, as this is a truly singular album from a truly singular artist. Check it.
Review: Agents of Time marks Mathew Jonson's debut solo album nearly a decade after his debut EP, New Identity, on the Itswhatitis imprint, and sees the Canadian present a consummate mixture of abstract downtempoisms and all consuming excursions into melodic techno. Album opener "Love In The Future" is a stuttering swoop through crystalline and lushly orchestrated electronica which descends into an ever decreasing synth wash before emerging on the other side via the punchy melodic techno of "Girls Can Dance". A sombre mood permeates throughout, a reflective synth melody central to the slow pace of "Night Vision" and "Pirates In The 9th" characterised by a sinister bass line floating underneath gentle IDM clicks and cuts. A rare digression from the sedateness is provided by the Hi NRG thump of "Sunday Morning Disco" and shares billing of album highlight with an alternate take on Jonson's 2005 masterpiece "Marionette".
Review: This new long-player from Cobblestone Jazz member Danuel Tate makes it clear where the jazz part of the trio's name comes from. Throughout Mexican Hotbox, Tate draws heavily on his love of this musical form, but manages to do so in a way that is both diverse and avoids clichés. "Populatio" is based on swinging rhythms, while on "OK Then", Tate lets loose and opts for a more freeform groove, and "Californian Can Can" is based on a walking funk bass. There are other influences, audible on the Spanish guitar playing of "Mexican Hotbox" and the dubby techno of "Big Spender", but Tate is at his strongest - and we'd suspect, his happiest - when he's dropping the syncopated beats and warm vibes of "Careful Mind". Highly recommended.