Review: Having built his reputation via a trio of must-check EPs on Bokeh Versions, Mars89 transfers to Alex Hall's "mutant electronics" imprint Natural Sciences. The producer is a neat fit on the imprint, with "2020" containing a quartet of creepy, hard-wired, industrial-tinged cuts that seem eerily fitting for these troubled times. He begins with the bone-rattling beats, machine-gun percussion hits, ricocheting metallic clonks and gut-punching bass of "GoodThing", before successfully fusing mutilated industrial sounds and paranoid rhythms on "JoyCamp". Over on side B, "DayOrder" is a strangely swung slab of mind-altering electronica that defies easy description, while "MiniLuv" is a thumping stomp through lo-fi techno territory in the company of a steroid-fired monster.
What U Thinkin (feat Freddie Dredd & Julien Andreas) (4:42)
Knick Knack (feat YVNCC) (6:40)
Like A Blunt (feat Freddie Dredd) (3:39)
Review: Mutant Joe has been lurking around low key tape releases over the past year or so, but now returns to Natural Sciences with a first outing on 12". This is nasty electro to get the place going freaky, not least on "Hokus Pokus" with some seriously saucy MCing from Freddie Dredd. "What U Thinkin" is a more twisted, acid-laced throwdown featuring Julien Andreas as well as a return stint from Dredd. "Knick Knack" takes things up to a footwork-jungle hybrid with guest duties filled in by YVNCC, before Dredd steps up one last time for the catchy machine funk pumper "Like A Blunt".