Review: Munich's Public Possession keep on with their new wave Balearic aesthetic ever so nicely. This time by getting some Aussie larrikins on board. First up is Carpentaria aka Sydney's Tamas Jones and Paul Harmon. "Gadget Messiah" with its infectious bassline, creepy but catchy operatic vocals equally startling synth horns that somehow grow on you, a lot! Next is "Der Inder" with its epic analogue synth arpeggio and lush strings sounding rather reminiscent of an eighties film score. On the flip there's Hysteric, getting all Italo on us with its dark vibes and that gritty EBM style bassline on "Arabian 1" with as the title suggests: some exotic instrumentation floating on top of it all. The seductive vocals of "Arabian 2" and its intense strings workout is pretty killer too..
Review: H-Track re-release the third in their edit trilogy with this stunning collection of perfectly executed reversions. Calender's epoch-defining string hook and super-tight bass groove "Hypertension" gets a raw, foot-stomping extension, "California One" is a very subtle update of the Con Funk Shun classic while Faith Massive's "Shelter" gets a sparkling Balearic polish that adds emphasis to the lush lazy rare groove essence. Each one is a true treat: grab this limited re-release while you can!
The Records We Never Made - "On A Whispered Way" (5:26)
Review: On this multi-artist bonanza, Aficionado owners Jason Boardman and Moonboots have decided to showcase contemporary talents from Manchester, in association with clothing brand Good Measure. Half Sink steps up first, gently unfurling the reverb-heavy guitar solos, booming bass and shuffling samba rhythms of "Tsukimi". King Clyde's loose, groovy and fuzzy "Request Line" is a bouncy disco-funk treat, while Dream Lovers' "For Belgian Friends" is an evocative chunk of meandering bliss. Arguably best of all, though, is "On A Whispered Way" by The Records We Never Made, a glistening, delay-heavy foray into cinematic, post-rock pastures. Clearly, Manchester's got (Balearic) talent.
Review: 'Red Angel' is a repetitive chordish sound loop with a hypnotic effect which may cause addiction. With their second appearance Hallucinator are able to induce high expectations about their future work. The B-side feature some spherical, ambientish and subtle percussive sound textures.
Review: A decade-long lunch is quite the time out! After lying dormant for some ten years, Out To Lunch returns with a new record from mystery production unit The Hangout Project. Overseen by Jens Kuhn, aka Lowtec, Out To Lunch was active between 1996 and 2005 and was seemingly put to bed soon after the Workshop label took flight. Kuhn's elected to relaunch Out To Lunch with the minimum of fuss and Sword Of Light is a worthy way to reintroduce the label indeed. Who The Hangout Project are hasn't been made clear but they have a clear and accomplished mastery of production, with the three tracks veering from luxuriant footwork on the title track to more low slung beatdown exercises on the flip. "Transfer" is quite lovely.
Review: Fresh from an appearance on Balearic Blah Blah, Andi Hanley sidles over to fellow Mancunian Ruf Dug's Ruf Kutz label with some beautiful, sunkissed tones in mind to keep you gliding on the good vibes no matter how grim it may be outside. "Raffles" is a gently pattering piece that seems to hark from the Terry Riley school of repetition, albeit played through blocky synth tones and delicate refrains. "Ba Nou" is a more flamboyant 80s-flavoured cut with some excellent tom fills, slick guitar licks and powerful brass stabs. "Syn-Syn" is a melancholic, borderline noirish synth ballad, and "Kinshasa" heads for the dancefloor with its pronounced beat and canned funk sound.
Review: Advice' is the third single from the forthcoming Hardkandy album 'Last To Leave'. Featuring Terry Callier on vocals, this final single is a serious slice of laid back balladry with Hardkandy's now trademark beautiful production and a teary eyed vibe.