Review: You can count on Honest Jon's to provide the more provocative electronic release around, but we weren't expecting this new EP at all. A collaboration between Shackleton and Ernesto Tomasini was simply too much to envisage: the former is one of the few true pioneers of UK dance music and the latter is an ex-Cabaret dancer who delves in post-industrialism. There are four segments and, thanks to Tomasini's voice, Shackleton's music is transformed and teleported onto new territories, sounding something like a space dance from a long, long time ago. HJ themselves describe this as Shackleton's 'most hallucinatory music to date' and that may well be, but what is certain is that it's very much different from all the other gear he's put out. Recommended.
Review: Hot on the heels of his latest collaboration with Roman Rauch, Moony Me pops up on Klamauk. The Vienna-based deep house producer's jazz influences come to the fore on "Puzzle Shuffle", where woozy chords and bouncy cymbal lines ride a "Get A Move On" style groove, and the undeniably tipsy "Glass Jungle Chant", a sweet and melodious cut built around skittish breaks, wobbly bass and glacial motifs. There's a little more disco flavour to the locked-in pump of "What Are You Tryin' To Tell Me With These Moves", while "City of Storms" is an acid-flecked stomper blessed with enveloping chords and lilting synth solos. Iron Curtis remixes the latter track, delivering a peak-time revision rich in rolling synth stabs, restless drums and woozy chords.
Review: !K7 is proud to announce the launch of a new division, 7K!, Italian composer Luca D'Alberto. The new platform is dedicated to cutting edge neo-classical musicians and composers. Keeping in mind they've worked extensively with the likes of Brandt Brauer Frick previously, their sister label will be an innovative force in the 'contemporary classical movement', seeking to provide a platform for 'genre-busting' artists who are changing the way we conceive classical music. Luca D'Alberto's debut album Endless, is produced by Martyn Heyne and Innervisions staple Henrik Schwarz. There's so many highlights on here from the evocative and bittersweet "Wait For Me" which tugs on the heartstrings as much The Kronos Quartet, the soothing/dust covered hypnotism of "Blessed Messenger" and "Yellow Moon" are our picks. The latter displaying some absolutely impressive mastery in its mesmerising string section.