Review: Rat & Co's third album Third Law has been deep in incubation since 2014's Binary. A slight line-up tweak, time in the wilderness and - by the sounds of things - a few new machines have influenced and their picturesque, otherworldly signature, making the hazy bits a little chewier, the darker bits a little denser and making the trippy bits just that little bit freakier. From the swooning harmonic dirge of "I'm Not Dead" to the sunset breaks and glistening guitars of "Nerd Lock" via the penetrative comosis of "Soldiers", this is the sound of an act really digging deep into their sound and nestling right in. Their most accomplished and cohesive album so far.
Review: Berlin producer Rising Sun serves up a full length release on local imprint Fauxpas Musik but this is on more of a broken soul tip. Starting out smoothly with the blissed out breaks of "The Light And The Dark" he soon launches into the breakbeat driven deep house of "Entrance (Live)" and the trancey house-dub crossover of "Pressure". Elsewhere there's a variety of moods and grooves on here that are equally as splendid such as the heavenly chill-out electronica of "Parade", the pitched down liquid drum and bass of "Brighter Day", the lovely and majestic ambience of "D.E.T.R.O.I.T" and the emotive and bittersweet trip-hop of "Hold The Line". A solid effort over its entirety of 14 tracks that deserves your attention.
Review: French electronic music maverick Erwan Castex aka Rone drops an LP for his native InFine imprint! This, as one would expect from Castex by now, is an excursion into the deepest depth of the synthesizer. There are both moments of total abstraction, such as on "(OO)" and "Ouija", and of sheer delicacy on the wonderful "Acid Reflux" or "Memory". The most impressive aspect of the album is Rone's technical ability, a freedom to express even the wildest of ideas into a concrete groove and sonic structure. Recommended.
Review: Surprisingly, it's been some four years since Croat producer Ilija Rudman dropped his much-played debut album, The Reveal, on Bear Funk. Happily, True Colours - his first outing on Is It Balearic - sees him in fine form, joining the dots between kaleidoscopic synth-funk, rubbery dub-disco, spaced-out boogie and glassy-eyed downtempo jams. Rudman is an expert at capturing the sounds of bygone eras, usually through the use of vintage equipment, while delivering tracks that sound thoroughly fresh and original. It's this that makes True Colours such a fantastic set. Highlights are plentiful, from the close dance smoothness of "Bad Passion" and boogie dub vibes of "All The Time" (check the delay-laden hits and sweeping violins) to the jaunty electro-goes-Balearic brilliance of "Wild Guess".