Review: Eric Copeland's first album for DFA, 2013's Joke In The Hole, was something of a breakthrough for the eccentric artist. Since then, he's released two albums for L.I.E.S, both of which were notably obtuse in comparison. Black Bubblegum, his second full-length DFA outing, is an altogether cheerier proposition, with Copeland combining his usual abstract, experimental beat-making approach with skewed guitars, quirky instrumentation, wild pop sensibilities and more than a touch of wayward '60s psychedelia. As you'd expect, this kind of zany, lo-fi fusion makes for enjoyable and hugely entertaining listening, with the New York producer seemingly throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the project.
Review: Under the NHK yx Koyken alias, Japanese producer Kouhei Matsunaga has made some of the most arresting experimental techno of recent times. Here he lands on DFA following acclaimed releases on L.I.E.S, Computer Club and DFA. Interestingly, he's used this second full-length excursion to largely step away from the dancefloor - a couple of tough-as-teak outsider techno workouts aside - instead diving headfirst into the world of fuzzy electronic experimentation. As a result, the eight showcased cuts are even wonkier, weirder and more imaginative than his previous work, touching on drone, Autechre style IDM, PAN-style modular oddities and noise-laden industrial soundscapes. Expect to be challenged and entertained in equal measure.
Review: When they're not reissuing classic LCD Soundsystem material or coaxing an album out of Factory Floor, DFA Records are busy introducing new names to their roster such as Surahn. Formerly a member of Australian live disco outfit The Swiss, Surahn has spent the subsequent period flirting with nu disco stardom as Sidwho, touring with risible operatic compatriots Empire of The Sun and writing for Usher (no lie) His debut for DFA last autumn marked the fulfilment of a long held ambition to appear on the label, and here the masterful Prins Thomas turns a highlight from that self titled release into a typically fruity and expansive Diskomiks.