Review: Back in 2016, Jah Wobble offered up a two-disc trawl through the more dub-fired corners of his vast back catalogue, In Dub. While that set included dub tracks and self-made reworks that spanned the whole of his then 40-year career, this belated sequel concentrates on material made since 1990. As you'd expect given Wobble's track record, there's little straight-up dub reggae present, but rather a ton of hazy, delay-laden musical fusions that mix and match elements of ambient, electronica, post-punk, no-wave, traditional Indian music, trip-hop, psychedelia, jazz and even dense, tribal style drum tracks - all laden with the sometime Public Image Ltd member's trademark weighty bass. Throw in some never-before-heard mixes and previously vinyl-only versions, and you have another fine collection of heady, dub-wise fusions.
Review: Having kept his silence for much of the past four years, Nicolas Jaar has finally broken cover to release not one but two new albums under his given name. Telas, which follows the highly personal and critically acclaimed Cenizas, was recorded largely in isolation and consists of four lengthy aural tracts strewn across four sides of wax. Almost entirely beat-free and ambient, it sees Jaar make use of all manner of custom-made instruments, squally jazz horns, unusual instrumentation (a bass clarinet features heavily on one cut) and his usual evocative electronics to create slowly-shifting epics that variously doff a cap to Reich/Riley/Glass style minimalism, Stockhausen-esque sound collage, the ambient works of Brian Eno and, most impressively, the 'Fourth World' sounds of Jon Hassell.
Review: Stare at the cover of Swedish neo-classical composer and studious experimentalist Anna Von Hausswolff's latest album - her sixth in total, and first for two years - and you'd be forgiven for thinking that the musical contents were dark and nightmarish. Yet while there are moments of creeping intensity and unsettling foreboding - see 'Sacro Bosco', the wall-of-sound ambient haziness of 'Entering' - for the most part All Thoughts Fly is more melancholic than menacing. For the most part, the tracks are built around an arresting combination of church organ motifs (often run through some kind of audio effects), subtle ambient electronics and atmospheric, if occasionally subtle, orchestration. As a result, it's a collection of impactful and ear-catching compositions that linger long in the memory.
Human League The Return Of The League Of Humans (PDK remastered)
Human League Human
Giorgio Moroder & Phil Oakley - "Together In Electric Dreams"
Human League Don't You Want Me
Ultimate Human League Mix
Human League Rock 'n' Roll/Night Clubbing
Review: Given that DMC has been delivering exclusive remixes to DJs since the 1980s, it makes sense for them to dip into their archives now and then and offer-up the best of them to a new generation of selectors. Here they do just that, gathering together their best interpretations of classic cuts from Sheffield synth-pop heroes the Human League. There's much to admire throughout, from RKL's stomping, house-style take on 'The Sound of the Crowd' and a sleazy, stripped-back, early progressive house style remix of 'Love Action' (very Brothers in Rhythm), to tweaked and heavily edited club revisions of 'Don't You Want Me' and Phil Oakey's collaboration with Giorgio Moroder, 'Together in Electric Dreams'.