Review: Laurene Exposito is back on Amsterdam's Knekelhuis with a follow up to her well received debut album. This new record is said to be very personal - life changes and her love life are said to be central themes. All tracks have been recorded at Exposito's home in the Rennes, France using all analogue equipment. Starting out with the seductive coldwave tribute "Yellow Density" which features some inventive synth action that reaches near acid moments over her deadpan vocals. On the flip, title track "Cocktail Mexico" goes for some Dopplereffekt style electro shenanigans and "Go Forward" conjuring up comparisons to early Tropic Of Cancer on this hazy lo-fi goth journey.
Review: Chinese audio-visual duo Zaliva D have been making waves on the underground for over ten years, though this Knekelhuis label debut marks their first ever appearance on vinyl. So was it worth the wait? Most certainly! Out there, intergalactic and alien, the seven tracks see the pair wrap unusual, Far East-inspired synthesizer motifs and tumbling lead lines over a range of unusual drum machine rhythms, often foreboding chords and some seriously wonky, manipulated vocals. Highlights include the buzzing late night paranoia of "Wicked", the skewed cold wave-pop of "Gone With The Pest", the ultra-deep creepiness of "Path" and the glacial, lost-in-space solitude of "Foresaken".