Review: Our favourite Soft Cell fact is that they formed on the dance floor of Leeds club The Warehouse while leader Marc Almond was working as a glass collector. Is it true? Who knows, but we hope so. Anyway, they reunited in 2002 for this album which now gets a reissue on white vinyl. It features new updated 2020 mixes of Monoculture, Together Alone, Darker Times, Last Chance and more , and is often said to be an overlooked masterpiece by many fans. The drums are unrelenting in their march forward, the vocals are honest and darkly humours, and the edgy, distinctive sound remains.
Review: It's been a long time coming, but finally Beatrice Dillon has delivered her debut album - and it's a peach. It sees her "Workaround" a set rhythmic idea - 150 BPM percussive polyrhythms influenced by various global drumming styles - to create a suite of tracks rooted in bass-heavy UK style "broken techno" but vastly different in tone and style. Thanks to a range of impressive guest musicians (techno experimentalists Batu and Laurel Halo both contributed alongside veteran jazz players, one of Britain's best bhangra drummers and a cellist), there's a fantastic hybrid electronic/acoustic vibe throughout, with Dillon's experimental instincts combining with her grasp of mood and melody to create a suite of impossible-to-pigeonhole tracks that genuinely sound like nothing else around. In a word: superb
Review: This new record from Automatic Tasty finds him move away from his usual pastoral acid sound and into a more DIY, bedroom pop realm with him on the microphone. It's a melancholic work that draws obvious parallels to Hot Chip, but with an extra air of curiosity and naivety. There is a dreamy vibe to the opener then a gentle party feel to 'A Happy Town,' lovely laziness to the bendy synths of 'Wake Up Dead' and more urgent feel to 'These Days'. This is utterly charming music that could have been released 30 years ago, today, or 20 years hence and still sound fresh.
Fashion - "Blown" (feat Eggman & DJ Spence) (4:47)
Review: It's an utterly heads down, eyes forward affair that kicks off the new Doo EP. Doctors Pepper is the man on the buttons, and he crafts a perfectly distilled minimal techno groove so deep it almost disappears out of sight. Fashion then steps up with 'U Mind', which is just as barely-there, but with a more eerie lead and icy pads. It's heady tackle to get you in a trance. Last of all, Fashion enlists Eggman & DJ Spence to feature on 'Blown', which is a creeping, stuttering bass tune with cavernous beats and late night mischief in the impish synth spirits.
Chateaux Dans Le Ciel Farfisfa Syntorchestra 2 (3:43)
Swiss Fairytales (2:28)
Little Music With A Big Synth (2:27)
Evolution EVS-1 Promars & Prophet 5 (3:56)
Prophet Vector Synth Dazzling In The Sun (4:09)
These Phenomena Are Not Well Understood (4:14)
SMEM23 Digital Clap Trap Promars Prophet (4:04)
Roxannes Magic Watch (2:43)
FBT Synther 2000 (1:45)
Review: Due to his notably prolific nature and the sheer volume of music he releases, you'd be forgiven for letting some of Legowelt's full length excursions pass you by. We'd recommend paying attention to his latest, Unconditional Contours, though, as it's arguably one of his more interesting, out-there and atmospheric collections of tracks for some time. For starters, it's not rooted in his usual dancefloor-focused style, but rather electronic ambient, 1970s kosmiche and the far-sighted modular experimentalism of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. What you get is a series of ear-catching soundscapes interspersed with occasional beat-driven excursions such as crunchy, melodic electro number 'Chateau Dans Le Ciel Farfista Synthorchestra 2' and the gorgeous 'Prophet Vector Synth Dazzling in the Sun' - all seemingly created using vintage modular, analogue and early digital synths.