Review: Attraktta is the new project of Brighton based Steve Hyland, who recorded under his birth name and Normal for Clone sub label Ai many years ago. Echo Principle is his second album that follows up last year's Massive Irretrievable Data Loss (on Touched - Music For Macmillan Cancer Support) where Hyland explores the outer limits of electro, IDM and techno across the album's half a dozen or so tracks. From the industrial edged offworld futurism of "Pulse Echo", the evocative "Distance In Ultrablue" that is reminiscent of early Autechre, through to bass driven futurist beats as heard on "McMurdo Sound" or the title track. All in all, Berlin's FILM imprint have offered up some timeless tracks by Hyland here.
Review: After the ultra-limited white vinyl edition of Brainwaltzera's superb "Epi Log EP" sold out in record time last year, Film has bowed to demand and served up this speedy black vinyl reissue. If you missed out first time around (and many of us did), it's worth picking up. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the mind-altering throb of "Doctor Who"-goes-dub techno pulse of "Triangulate Dither (Fairytall version)" and deep space bliss of "[Take 2]", to the Autechre style IDM breakbeats and chiming melodies of "Count_Dem_Pops". Brainwaltzera even chucks in a track that sounds like Boards of Canada jamming with Dam Funk (the dreamy "Bad Endgar"), which sounds every bit as wonderful as it looks on paper.
Triangulate Dither (Night More Sleepy version) (3:27)
Yamaha Hill (edit) (5:22)
Late Hither (Ma8ema8mati7s Afsxissor Nap version) (6:32)
Review: Fresh from the release of a fine EP of braindance-influenced workouts on Analogical Force, mysterious producer Brainwaltzera delivers his second full-length excursion. This time round, the influences are a lot more horizontal in tone, as the sometime Film artist explores the blurred lines between early '90s ambient, IDM, intelligent techno, drowsy trip-hop and deep space electro. It's a heady and intoxicating brew, as inspired by contemporary takes on classic British electronica as Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin. Highlights bubble to the surface with impressive frequency, from the hazy and horizontal beauty of "Poly_Ana Summers" and Pete Namlook style "Take 1" (complete with tape hiss and cyclical, Steve Reich style melodic movements), to the crunchy, skewed beats of "Frikadel (The End Bit)".