Review: Original Swedish techno freaks Frak are back with their characteristically raw and weird sound on Ternary Fission, which lands on the excellent Gothenburg label Hoga Nord. "Corridor" sees the crew in thumping, progressive mode, while "Stetoskop" shows off their more wobbly, psychedelic side. "Micro Fission" is actually quite a detailed and dynamic groove in the Frak canon, coolly flirting between spannered electro, slick disco and wobbly acid and making it work beautifully. "Arcitect" swerves once more for the gutter with ample edgy synths sludging towards a murky end point - something Frak can steer so very well indeed.
Review: Ilari Larjosto has worked with Austrian Finnish trio Skymax and collaborated with the likes of DJ Fettburger as 358 Men, but now becomes Stiletti Ana for a debut solo record that explores the similarities and differences between synth, kraut, techno, kosmiche and new age ambient. The multidisciplinarian artist has a widescreen cinematic style that will expand your mind to an infinite horizon. This is music with real architecture that invites you deep within to be more attuned to what is unfolding around you.
Review: Following a couple of decent but arguably overlooked 12" singles, Tecwaa has decided the time is right to drop his debut album. The Swedish artist proceeds to languidly shuffle through evocative, occasionally icy tracks that variously draw influence from deep house, 1980s wave music, spiritual jazz, leftfield synth-pop, trippy electronica and chugging psychedelic disco. It's an interesting and entertaining set, with each success delay-laden track delivering a new twist on his hard-to-pigeonhole late night/early morning sound. By the time the bubbly, acid flecked "Those Cosmic Plains" rounds the album off, you'll be ready to listen to it all over again.