Review: Having rounded off their fifth anniversary celebrations at the tail end of last year, Midnight Shift Records has decided to look to the future. In a bid to wet our appetite for releases yet to come, the Singapore-based stable has put together a killer compilation of "soon-come" sounds from label artists old and new. Highlights include the industrial strength stomp of Hodge and Gramrcy's Kowton-esque "Barnohl", the rolling, peak-time positivity of Mark Forshaw's "Power Grab", and the clanking, off-kilter lo-fi techno bounce of Innsyster. Those looking for more contemplative moments should check the gentle marimba melodies of Thelonious Harmonious's "Iron Beat", while electro freaks will definitely enjoy the cyber-sonic squelch of Amato's "Joie Automatique".
Review: Despite an impressive discography and a well-deserved reputation for crafting high quality techno and electro, Lee Xhin's releases have been few and far between in recent years. In fact, this wonderful four-tracker is the sometime Token, Stroboscopic Artefacts and Semantica artist's first release for two years. It sees him exploring the potential of dancefloor futurism by flitting between melodious, piano-sporting electro/techno fusion (the surprisingly melancholic "Everythingremains"), punchy but spacey peak-time electro ("Vision Electrified"), angular and mind-altering modular experimentation (twisted, beat-free closing cut "Dust") and moody, off-kilter breakbeat techno (electro influenced roller "IKNx2", where strummed shoegaze guitar motifs rise above claustrophobic chords and pummeling drums).