Review: Bait E Borghi's reputation for solid darkroom dancing material isn't going anywhere given this latest stab at crafting big atmosphere from relatively stripped back ingredients. They roll, chug, build and drive a way down futurist progressive house-techno-post punk avenues, hypnotic and heavy, like the sound of a few hundred heads masked in the blue hues of stage lights. Or at least that's a running thought amid the deep moodiness of 'Entri', and when embracing the warm bounce cushioning 'North''s monstrous thud. As 'Lapena' shows, though, there's far more than that going on here. A druggy rock epic, it makes the closing space dub of 'Fa Freddo La Sera' and the King of Woolworths-esque, espionage theme-worthy downtempo spatiality of 'Cacciatore Di Prestigio' make perfect sense. In short, a treat for electronic punks everywhere.
Review: Adding vocalist and second drummer to the already commanding Radar Men team sheet, the Dutch avant-garde noise makers return with yet another bold step for music - raw, loud, and unfettered by outdated ideas like genre, 'The Bestial Light' is a record that wants you to notice it, and does everything in its power to make sure you do.
Whereas past excursions have touched on spacey rock, drone and even industrial techno, here they navigate the blood, sweat and spilt beer of punk, an attitude that's carried through in the song titles themselves - see 'Piss Christ', if you need an example. It's not just cacophonous face-melters , though, with tracks like 'Sacred...' using slow, syrupy riffs to create far more proggy atmosphere. Impossible to ignore, damn difficult to escape from, and guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
Review: Attraktors originally surfaced back in 2015 with the Future Systems EP. Made up of members of Six.By.Seven, Bivouac, The Selecter and more besides. Now this eclectic group of coldwave connoisseurs fold that initial EP into a raft of new songs to make up a sterling debut album for Vivod. It's brittle, homespun stuff that opens up a wormhole to the bedroom studio explosion of the 1980s, when lo-fi new wave was king. But there are other dimensions to this record, like the dreamy synth pop of "Mensonge Et La Chute" and the cosmic rock stylings of "Theme From Unknown". For all lovers of the early to mid '80s era, this is an album you won't want to miss.