Review: After a series of self-released tracks and remixes on labels such as Fool's Gold and Guns In The Sun, Jerome LOL jumps over to Friends Of Friends with this stunning four track EP. Expressing his most expansive soundset, each one of these tracks shows a whole new side to him. "Always" sounds like Disclosure performed by a full live band with Sara Z's lyrics hitting spots very few house records ever can. "True", meanwhile, is a cosmic, navel gazing slice of black soul that wouldn't go amiss on a Trentemoller record. Elsewhere we're slapped into slo-mo shuffle submission by "Deleted" and pummelled by industrial strength rhythms on "Fool". An exceptional EP, don't buy this for the LULZ, buy it for the LOL.
Review: Over the last few years, Henry Laufer's releases as Shlohmo have tended to be archival affairs such as anniversary editions of early albums and sets of unheard early works. It's for this reason that "The End", the American producer's first studio set for four years, is such a welcome sight. It's an intriguing excursion, too, with Laufer offering up crunchy, dusty, often lo-fi tracks that wrap arty, indie-rock guitars and bass around lopsided drum machine rhythms, weird electronic flourishes, mind-altering effects and ghostly synthesizer motifs more often found in straight-up IDM releases. It's an unusual formula, but one that results in a string of memorable tracks and one must-check album.