Review: Irish imprint Appian Sounds is keeping schtumm about the identities of the two Spanish producers behind the Lost Epcot project. It's because they want us to listen with "fresh ears" and "without bias", which seems fair enough to us. Whoever produced it, "Aslant Sound" is a highly impressive debut. Musically, it's atmospheric and intergalactic in tone, with the mystery duo serving up tracks that touch on B12 style ambient techno, Pete Namlook-esque deep space soundscapes, early Autechre or Black Dog style IDM, bustling, Rephlex style "brain-dance" and ambidextrous, off-kilter electronica. The album's great strength, though, is its timeless feel. While many of the inspirations might be vintage, Lost Epcot's assured debut sounds like the future.
Review: Even by the Appian Sounds' exceptionally high standards, this outing from Estrato Aurora - a producer whose averaged a sole release a year since making his debut in 2016 - is really rather good. It's impressively varied, too, with the atmospheric deep techno shuffler "Cueva Ciega" being followed on the A-side by the brilliant dub techno/broken techno/deep electro fusion of EP highlight "Cranofacial Architecture". The studied eclecticism continues on the flip, too. "Calcolithic" sees the producer fix breathlessly beautiful synthesizer melodies and glassy-eyed chords to a rolling post-electro rhythm with rush-inducing results, while "Valencia Scarcity" is an acid-flecked chunk of IDM/electro fusion rich in crunchy machine drums, slowly shifting acid lines and dreamy chord sequences.