Review: When ambient soundscapes and electro design combine as well as they do on the opening track here, 'Il Tempo E Lo Spazio', you cannot fail to be impressed. It's a scene setting opener from Roberto Bosco and Il Cornonauta that immediately wins you over before 'Accelerazione' takes you to a higher level of electro funk on 'Velocita' Costante' which might just be the EP highlight. The high speed and high tech electro soul of 'Wolf 359' sure does give it a run for its money, though.
Identified Patient - "Stretch Out For Nothing" (6:43)
Scarlit Port - "Marg" (4:39)
Scarlit Port - "Touch U Without Touchin Ur Skin" (4:44)
Review: Following up some great releases by the likes of Greek analogue punk Morah, Gavin Pykerman aka Koova and French veteran Automat - London's Brokntoys are back with a wicked double header. On the A side of this Split EP we have Identified Patient (Pinkman/Common Thread) who serves up the guttural slo-mo techno of "Weerlos" and the electro-noir body music of "Stretch Out For Nothing". On the flip, the EBM/industrial vibe continues with Nurse boss Ali Najafi aka Scarlit Port - who delivers the slow burning sleaze of "Marg" (reminiscent of Front 242 circa Geography) and the factory floor groove of "Touch U Without Touchin Ur Skin" powered by appropriate metallic clangs, acidic arpeggios and brooding strings.
Review: If you're in the market for an otherworldly trip into deep space, this quietly impressive debut from I.M.J.U.S could just be the ticket. Taking the sparse and spacey feel of Drexciyan electro as its' base, the EP saunters between discordant, out-there ambient ("Insomnia"), hypnotic deep techno ("Welcome to Scientology"), wild alien funk masquerading as body-jacking techno ("After Orgie"), slow and slugy, industrial-influenced sleaze ("Untitled 6") and viciously pitched-up madness with added old school bleeps. It's a mixture that makes perfect sonic sense but also remains thrillingly surprising even after multiple listens. Certainly, we'd recommend it to those who like their electronic music tough, out-there and eccentric.
Review: London/Berlin-based Itinerant Dubs resurface with their first release in five years since their Itinerant Club EP - and not long after their terrific Juno Plus podcast, actually. Featuring three new dance experiments that cross the boundaries and join the dots with brutal simplicity on "Human Emulation", there's some seriously booming electro bass from the dark side on A side cut "Dub This", while on the flip you've got the restrained sci-fi drama of the title track followed by the tunnelling vibe of "Three Four". Fierce!
Review: London/Berlin-based label (and previous Juno Plus podcast alumni) Itinerant Dubs resurfaced earlier this year, with some of new music in five years and continue that winning streak here on their latest effort entitled "It's Magic" - a serving of rough, urban-flavoured electro in the vein of Detroit legends like Aux 88 and DJ Dijital. You'll find that it's quite a diverse affair on the flip, with two very different offerings: first up is the almost drum n' bass sounding, ghetto house roller "Oh She Dance" followed by the dusty and evocative deep house groove of "Salsa On Mars".
Nocturnal Emissions - "Even The Good Times Are Bad (1983)" (4:33)
Innyster - "Todis" (6:08)
Review: Contort Yourself reaches its sixth installment with yet another era spanning gathering of post-punk and industrial oddities for the most deviant of dancefloors to digest. In the contemporary corner we have Penelope's Fiance, a promising industrial artist from Greece. Meanwhile on the B-side, Nigel Ayers as Nocturnal Emissions takes us back to 1983 with the utterly chilling "Demon Circuits Bloodbath" and "Even The Good Times Are Bad". L.I.E.S boss Ron Morelli steps up as U202 to remix "Even The Good Times Are Bad" as a death march of malevolent percussion.
Review: Analog Concept launched last year with a release from Clocked Devices and Strange FM, and now they're back with a various artists 12" that widens out the scope of the label and establishes some sturdy connections. Reedale Rise is a wise link to make - the UK electro producer is on searing form at the moment with his melodious, expressive style. Nullptr, also to be spotted on scene-leaders CPU, is equally firing on all cylinders with the dystopian shakedown "AT Field". Datawave takes a crafty approach to machine funk with snaking arpeggios and needlepoint drum programming on "Mercury Dawn", and Ivna Ji brings a more vintage, emotive electronica flavour to "Alpha Dial".
Review: Ryan Hunn AKA Illum Sphere has impressively grown and matured as a producer since making his debut on Fat City back in 2009. His 2014 debut album, Ghosts of Then & Now, was something of a watershed moment, tempering his experimental, bass-heavy dancefloor compositions with a newfound love of cinematic sounds. Glass arguably moves further in the latter direction. While there are some nods towards his club-ready past - see the 4/4 shuffle of "Fall Into Water", or the moody electro bounce of "Fuel The Fire" - it's not the beats that dominate, but rather his evocative chord progressions and IDM style melodies. In fact, it's the more sanguine, ambient inspired cuts, of which there are numerous, that really stand out.
Richard Bone - "Alternate Music For The Hindenberg Lounge"
Review: Over the last few years, Interstellar Funk (real name Olf van Elden) has become one of the Netherlands most enthusiastic collectors of what he calls "wave music" - that hard-to-define, synthesiser-heavy style that first emerged at the turn-of-the-80s and has been evolving ever since. Artificial Dancers, his first compilation, continues this trend by gathering together personal favourites and rarities spanning 40 years of wave music. It's a brilliant collection, with highlights including the moody dancefloor brilliance of Clan Of Xymox's 'Stranger (Demo)', the Human League's exceedingly rare 1979 tribute to JG Ballard ('4JG'), a killer live recording of 'Dias Cortas' by EBM kings Liaisons Dangereuse and the Norwegian eccentricity of Det Gylne Triangel's wayward post-punk synth-pop classic 'Maskindans'.