Review: Nigel Godrich and Joey Waronker, known to some as members of Atoms For Peace, and Laura Bettinson once again emerge from the studio with something pretty damn special. Collectively making up Ultraista, their latest kicks off with the propellant and wholly groove-driven "Tin King", its lunging bass providing a somewhat unusual background to a hypnotic, send and return vocal section that's pure twisted choral elegance. Sweet yet dirty, for want of better couple of words. From there things take on a more cosmic tone. "Harmony'"'s subtle glittering synths and layered, stepped percussion. "Save It 'Til Later"'s gradual emergence into ethereality. "The Moon & Mercury"'s gentile but emotional harmonisations. A very welcome way for a very welcome return to the release schedule to pan out, "Sister" is infinitely re-playable.
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (instrumental)
Crucifixion/A Prophet (instrumental)
Powder Man (instrumental)
Sun (The) (instrumental)
Find An Outsider (instrumental)
Days & Nights (instrumental)
Touch Me (instrumental)
Review: Although technically James Lavelle and company's sixth studio album under the UNKLE alias, "The Road: Part II (Lost Highway)" is more of an odds-and-ends compilation than a straight-up studio set. According to the former Mo Wax chief, it was designed to sound like a free-flowing mixtape and makes use of tracks recorded during "The Road" sessions that never made it onto the main album. He also described it as a "road trip soundtrack", and it does feel a little like that, as Lavelle and collaborators flit between beats, soundscapes and different styles over the course of three action packed discs featuring bonus instrumentals.