Review: Under the Danced Til Midnight alias, DJ Andy Anderson has always produced music that eschews easy categorization. His two previous 12" singles successfully blended elements of funk, soul, disco, hip-hop, house and Afrobeat. This madcap, all-that-counts-is-the-dancefloor feel is continued on "She Can't Love You", which laces Ijeoma's soulful, R&B style vocal over a backing track that variously doffs a cap to fuzzy funk, boogie, breakbeat and disco-house. Similar could be said about the more breakbeat-minded "Maxx E", which feels like a reworked instrumental dub of the title track. Speaking of reworks, the EPs's highlight is arguably Egyptian Lover's punchy electro remake of "She Can't Love You".
Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass (XL remix) (9:14)
Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass (instrumental remix) (6:39)
Pong's Run (with Intergalactic Gary) (4:06)
Review: It's been 22 years since the release of I-F's razor-sharp Dutch electro anthem, "Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass". Given the upsurge in interest in electro of late, it's little surprise to see the man himself offering up this reissue, which is focused around two previously digital-only revisions that first landed back in 2010. Stretched out across the A-side is the brilliant - and undeniably mind-altering - "XL Remix", a nine-minute revision that gives greater prominence to the producer's twisted electronic riffs, industrial strength melodies and dusty drum machine percussion. This time round, it comes accompanied by both a vocoder-free Instrumental take and "Pong's Run", a lesser-known collaboration with Intergalactic Gary that's slow, spacey, out-there and thoroughly intoxicating.
Identified Patient - "Stretch Out For Nothing" (6:43)
Scarlit Port - "Marg" (4:39)
Scarlit Port - "Touch U Without Touchin Ur Skin" (4:44)
Review: Following up some great releases by the likes of Greek analogue punk Morah, Gavin Pykerman aka Koova and French veteran Automat - London's Brokntoys are back with a wicked double header. On the A side of this Split EP we have Identified Patient (Pinkman/Common Thread) who serves up the guttural slo-mo techno of "Weerlos" and the electro-noir body music of "Stretch Out For Nothing". On the flip, the EBM/industrial vibe continues with Nurse boss Ali Najafi aka Scarlit Port - who delivers the slow burning sleaze of "Marg" (reminiscent of Front 242 circa Geography) and the factory floor groove of "Touch U Without Touchin Ur Skin" powered by appropriate metallic clangs, acidic arpeggios and brooding strings.
Review: The latest instalment in Pinkman's white label Broken Dreams series is a collaborative affair with imprint affiliate Identified Patient joining forces with vocalist Sophie Du Palais, who has previously contributed to one of the producer's other EPs. Du Palais is in full on mascara-clad minimal wave mode on trippy opener "Peaceful Panic", a throbbing fusion of raw synthesizer riffs, mind-altering arpeggio lines and crunchy drum machine hits. Her stylish spoken word vocals come to the fore on dark and psychedelic electro number "Sleep Without Rest", before Lasznikoff joins in the fun on closer "Everything is Done", a fuzzy and up-tempo workout rich in macabre, low-register riffs, incessant percussion hits and trippy, late night aural textures.
Us & Ours & You & Yours (feat DJ Overdose & A Tyrell)
Review: In a week where Murder Capital drop news of a debut album from MF Gesloten Cirkel, poppa label Viewlexx come through with a timely repress of the I-F classic Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass. First issued back in 1997, if you are not familiar with the title track from this record you might as well stop fronting you know about Dutch electro because you bought the last Legowelt LIES release and give it up. Raw, brutal, alien electro at it's finest, "Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass" is a classic that will lift any set, and is of course complemented by three further jammers of the highest order. "Playstation #2" still sounds mental almost twenty years on. Essential.
Review: Three years after the "Illahertz EP" on Shipwrec Records, Jason McCracken makes this great come back on his own Advanced Robotiks imprint with heavy rotation from DJStingray, Helena Hauf, and the underground global Electro scene.
Review: If you're in the market for an otherworldly trip into deep space, this quietly impressive debut from I.M.J.U.S could just be the ticket. Taking the sparse and spacey feel of Drexciyan electro as its' base, the EP saunters between discordant, out-there ambient ("Insomnia"), hypnotic deep techno ("Welcome to Scientology"), wild alien funk masquerading as body-jacking techno ("After Orgie"), slow and slugy, industrial-influenced sleaze ("Untitled 6") and viciously pitched-up madness with added old school bleeps. It's a mixture that makes perfect sonic sense but also remains thrillingly surprising even after multiple listens. Certainly, we'd recommend it to those who like their electronic music tough, out-there and eccentric.
Review: Spanish electronic music sculptor IMP comes through with his second release to date, and it's on the Titan's Halo label, an imprint reserved strictly for the moodiest of electronica experimentations. "Rain Over Orion" would be the perfect companion to an 80's Manga flick, where distant melodic sequences flutter among watery atmospherics and meditative pads; the remix jobs come from Boris Divider, who chucks in a half-time beat and a flurry of machine-like noises, and Brain Machine who delivers the techno makeover in fine style.
Review: Under the International Anything alias, collaborators Markus Nikolai and Ole Schulte made their bow on Perlon in 2017, contributing a fine track to the label's "Superlongevity 6" compilation. Almost two years on they return to the storied imprint with their debut 12". Interestingly, it's not your average Perlon 12", featuring as it does two quirky, off kilter synth-pop jams. Both boast typically delay-laden machine drums, darting synths in the fashion of '80s electrofunk and skewed noises that bring it closer to the minimalism we'd normally expect from the imprint. Of the two, it's the female-fronted funkiness of A-side "Like This Girl" that most impresses, though the slightly deeper "Echo of the Years" is also ace.
Nocturnal Emissions - "Even The Good Times Are Bad (1983)" (4:33)
Innyster - "Todis" (6:08)
Review: Contort Yourself reaches its sixth installment with yet another era spanning gathering of post-punk and industrial oddities for the most deviant of dancefloors to digest. In the contemporary corner we have Penelope's Fiance, a promising industrial artist from Greece. Meanwhile on the B-side, Nigel Ayers as Nocturnal Emissions takes us back to 1983 with the utterly chilling "Demon Circuits Bloodbath" and "Even The Good Times Are Bad". L.I.E.S boss Ron Morelli steps up as U202 to remix "Even The Good Times Are Bad" as a death march of malevolent percussion.
Review: Ryan Hunn AKA Illum Sphere has impressively grown and matured as a producer since making his debut on Fat City back in 2009. His 2014 debut album, Ghosts of Then & Now, was something of a watershed moment, tempering his experimental, bass-heavy dancefloor compositions with a newfound love of cinematic sounds. Glass arguably moves further in the latter direction. While there are some nods towards his club-ready past - see the 4/4 shuffle of "Fall Into Water", or the moody electro bounce of "Fuel The Fire" - it's not the beats that dominate, but rather his evocative chord progressions and IDM style melodies. In fact, it's the more sanguine, ambient inspired cuts, of which there are numerous, that really stand out.