Review: Fresh from marking his return to wax with a limited edition dose of experimental jazz on 2 Headed Deer, Antonio Marini AKA Healing Force Project delivers a mini-album that joins the dots between that freewheeling style and his usual leftfield electronica, feverish ambient and mutilated techno. Compositionally, "Sideral Escape" is rather interesting, with Marini combining chopped and looped recordings of jazz instrumentation (double bass, drums, screeching guitars), with outer-space electronics, sparse drum machine beats, broken computer sounds and an impending sense of doom. It's hard to accurately describe, let alone pigeonhole, but that's no criticism; in fact, it's what makes it such an intriguing and enjoyable listen.
Review: Basel-based group Varuna returns to Garcon and Agonius' Amenthia recordings, with an impressive debut long player, featuring four tracks of deep and ethereal sound exploration. Go deep into the rainforest on the esoteric opener "Departure From Kalidor", surrender to the void on the darkly psychedelic "Entela's Daymare" or lose yourself in the heady and hypnotic bliss of "Labyrinth Of Nuanto". Abstract tribal-trance expressions in the vein of Voices From The Lake, Nuel or natural/electronic.system - highly recommended!