Review: 'Nurse Surgeon Nurse' is the follow up to September's 'Your Body Is My Body' - the debut for both the Suspended In Gaffa band and the label. First up is Adam Rivet with his modern EBM reinterpretation, all rusty drum computers and grinding arpeggios like you'd hear from his great Kess Kill imprint in recent times. The early '80s aesthetic continues with Bronze Teeth's two awesome remixes: their first of "Your Body Is My Body" channels the decayed industrial aesthetics of early Cabaret Voltaire or Severed Heads, while their remix of "Fingered" goes for the same lo-fi techno vibe that they went for on their fab releases for Diagonal a few years ago.. or as they label would describe "a trancey club banger". On the flip is Opal Tapes head honcho Stephen Bishop under his Basic House guise, for a savage and terrifying noise experiment which is his rendition or 'corrosion' (as he'd call it) of "Fingered".
Review: For their first trick, recently launched label Ex Machina presents a selection of tunes extracted from M. Finnkreig's 1988 debut cassette, Exit/Accidental. There's much to admire throughout, from the foreboding, fuzz-laden new beat pulse of "Blank Order" and "Clean State", to the bubby but moody, alternative synth-pop bustle of "Discover The Truth" and high-pitched, manipulated acappella vocal cut "Medium". Elsewhere, "Exit-Accidental" is a cheery and out-there chunk of pitched-down electro rich in moody, post-apocalyptic chords and stuttering sample stabs, and "Liberia" is a woozy collage of layered spoken word snippets, lilting synthesizer melodies and wobbly drum machine programming.
Review: Jolly Discs is a London-based label operated by Guy Gormley (Enchante) and Rory Gleeson. Here, Gormley teams up with David C. Gray as Special Occasion for some oddball downtempo weirdness on the Ibiza Redux EP - which was without a doubt one of the more interesting records we had to review this week. Featuring balmy tropical reductions as heard on "Rampling", through to the chilled-out bedroom balearica of "Let Me In" to a moment of hazy and dubbed-out deepness as heard on "@ Rupies". Tip!