Review: The latest volume in Brokntoys consistently excellent DDQ series comes courtesy of Elements of Joy, one of the lesser-known aliases of UVB producer Sebastien Michel. All four tracks originally slipped out on a limited cassette on Michel's own Body Theory label back in 2016, and here appear on vinyl for the very first time. Built around the producer's love of industrial, experimental new wave and dark ambient, all four cuts are fuzzy, dystopian and thoroughly alluring. Highlights include the foreboding, distorted shuffle of "Les Consequences De Mes Actes", the throbbing industrial-funk heaviness of opener "In Every Man" and the droning, guitar-laden growl of closing cut "The Great Struggle".
Review: Mysterious hardware fetishist XY0815 recently pricked our consciousness via a fine contribution to Pulse Drift's Transmission Europa compilation. On this fine debut single, the man or woman of mystery makes good on that early promise. Perhaps what's most impressive is the variety on show. One minute, you're daydreaming of an unlikely collaboration between Kraftwerk and Pete Namlook ("Cygonic System"), the next casting glances towards the Motor City via the deep Drexciyan dive of "End of Your Orbit". The EP also includes a trip into psychedelic intelligent techno/electro fusion ("Octagon X"), a blissfully spacey ambient workout ("Lost Wires") and a punchy electro box jam ("Tool Matter"). A star is born.