Rite Of The Maypole - An Unruly Procession - (6:48) 60 BPM
Invocation Of A Midsummer Reverie - (9:03) 61 BPM
The Liminal Space - (5:11) 59 BPM
Review: Children of Alice aren't exactly new to the scene. The outfit had appeared on the enigmatic Folklore Tapes back in 2013, but have since fallen silent. It's impressive that their follow-up happens to be a full-blown album on the mighty Warp dynasty, and particularly for being as intriguing and mesmerizing as it is. The name behind the trio moniker is a homage to Trish Keenan, who was influential in the movie adaptation of Jonathan Miller's Alice In Wonderland, back in the 60s. This album is as varied and granular as the film itself, taking inspiration from neo-classical, noise, drone, ambient, but always managing to retain a clear rhythmic thread throughout its many oddities and wayward paths. It'll appeal across the spectrum, and should surely mark the beginning of a fruitful era for the band. 5 stars.
Review: With 30 tracks to choose, there's no faulting the value for money on offer with this latest Salsoul collection, but a note of caution should perhaps be sounded: if you've only just discovered Salsoul and are doing some exploring, then this isn't the best collection to start with, because most of the label's best-loved tunes already featured on Volume 1, back in 2017. That potential commercial weakness is also, however, the album's greatest strength, because it's the more obscure cuts that will be of most interest to long-term fans... and there are plenty of both! With a mixture of ACTUAL original mixes plus a few contemporary rerubs from the likes of Dave Lee and Danny Krivit, this is a worthwhile and rewarding addition to the ever-growing roster of Salsoul comps.
Review: Danny Wolfers' restless productivity knows no bounds. Not content with dropping stone cold 12" singles at a furious rate, he's delivered yet another Legowelt album to Creme Organization. Pleasingly, Crystal Cult 2080 (so called because he used a homemade crystal compressor and dusty second hand Roland JV2080- synthesizer throughout the recording process) is up to his usual high standards. There are few surprises - we should all know what we're getting by now - but plenty of reasons to be cheerful, from the fuzzy new age electronica of "The Future of Myself" and muddy Detroit futurism of "Fundamental Superstition", to the tropical pagan mysticism of "Ancient Rites Demoni Mundi" and warped acid of the feverish title track.