Review: Yu Asaeda's been putting out a whole range of quality, bass-centric sounds under the name ENA since the late 2000s, but these have come out on a rather sporadic basis. Appearances for the infamous 7even Recordings was followed by material on Samurai Horo, the excellent Hidden Hawaii and, more recently, the Samurai label's offshoot, Horo. Divided: Body is so much more than a mere 'bass' EP, and it actually manages to veer off into some pretty strange and imperceptible sounds that remind us of the material emanating from the PAN consortium. For instance, the opening "11th Divided" manages to create a raw, loose groove out of fractured synth sounds, which is followed up nicely by the swarming drones operating in the higher ends of "12th Divided". Over on the flip, "13th Divided" launches a subtle yet hefty groove made up of what sound like bass pops made from a monophonic synth, which leaves "14th Divided" to linger in its dreary pool of fuzzy drones and washed-up sonics. A massive, merited TIP!
Review: Samurai's highly collectable Red Seal series continues with a mission to Manchester. Home to key players such as Skittles, Dub Phizix and DRS, the 'Mani' scene just keeps on giving. This three track 12" is a perfect example, as we find fellow native Indigo joining the dots between three genres with ease and engaging production skill. "Reaching The Source" is a blissed out Autonomic workout that's ideal for both headphones or early doors, "Trthys" is a much slower, sludgy bass 4/4 workout that sits somewhere between Dirtybird and Wookie while "Talia" ends us on a soft, soulful note. A lullaby on marbled vinyl: does life get much better than this?
Review: Mike Jefford's skillful expressions in modern industrial first came into darkness in Berlin, circa 2012 on Sigha's Our Circula Sound. He has since honed his craft on labels such as Leyla, Opal Tapes and Stroboscopic Artefacts, toured his acclaimed live set and launched his own imprint In Silent Series - which has presented work by SNTS, Chimess and Inner8. Now based in Lisbon, Jefford presents his fourth full length via Geoff Presha's innovative Horo imprint. From seething slow-burners like "Exhibit Structures", textural and abrasive haunters like "Cold Seeps" to his idiosyncratic style of restrained sludgy techno as best exemplified on "Sedentary Echo" or "Manganese Scales" - this could be his finest work yet.