Review: Sometime FTP contributor Sansibar is the latest experimentalist to make his bow on Natural Sciences, a label that we reckon is amongst the most vital and interesting around right now. The Finland-based producer starts in confident fashion on "White Swan", a pleasingly spacey chunk of electro/new wave fusion full of punchy beats, glacial electronics and industrial/EBM style male spoken vocals. The producer's EBM influences come further to the fore on the bubbly and mind-altering "Mandate My Ass", while "Nolla" sounds like an apocalyptic collaboration between Kraftwerk and Nitzer Ebb (with added Yorkshire bleeps). Arguably best of all, though, is the acid-flecked drug chug that is closing cut "Wallah (SANS DJ mix)".
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".
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.
Review: Hyped Barcelona DJ/producer and '90s U.S sitcom fan DJ Seinfeld is in the midst of a rich vein of form, with recent EPs on Lobster Fury and Endotherm only enhancing his rising reputation. This collection of analogue-rich, alien techno workouts on Natural Sciences is, predictably, also rather good. There's a pleasing looseness to the clattering drum machine hits, thrusting analogue bass, psychedelic electronics and cut-up vocal samples of "Vaping Lyf", while "Ruff Hysteria" sounds like late '80s Chicago deep house crossed with the fluttering, head-in-the-clouds innocence of early '90s ambient techno. On the flip you'll find the drowsy chords, hustling machine drums and wonky vocal samples of "Wombat Bounce" and the roughneck, hardcore style cut-up drum breaks and saucer-eyed chords of "What Kind of Sandwich Is This?"
Review: Manchester lo-fi house imprint Natural Sciences return with another release by Japanese producer Aquarium aka Deepspace. Following up last years brilliant Midnight At The Tokyo Central. These tributes to the early days of techno and acid house emanate through the static hum of vintage machines and the dense hiss of tape saturation on this romantically futuristic concept album which you could imagine playing while Blade Runner shows in the background. Or as the label best describe themselves as 'a hazy bygone recollection of biological matter as we sink into concrete, junk and mechanical S&M.'