Review: While Moloko's debut album, 1995's "Do You Like My Tight Sweater", was undoubtedly superb, it was actually 1998 follow-up "I Am Not A Doctor" that turned Mark Brydon and Roisin Murphy into international stars. The set, which is here reissued on vinyl for the first time since, was a far more forthright, confident and funky affair, building on their left-of-centre trip-hop blueprint by incorporating elements of drum and bass, jazz-funk, IDM and new wave synth-pop, but 21 years on still sounds otherworldly and unique. Highlights are plentiful, from the doom-laden, off-kilter original version of "Sing It Back" (decidedly different to the Boris Dlugosch remix), the rubbery jungle-pop of "The Flipside" and the beat-free bliss of "Caught In A Whisper".
Review: Barcelona's Domestica label continue their experimental excursions into the underbelly of contemporary coldwave and industrial synth-pop with a reissue of the self-titled LP from mid '80s darkwave outfit Moloko +. Taking their name from Clockwork Orange, Moloko+ self-released this set in 1986 and it's bristling with the sort of percussion-driven electronic melancholia we expect from Domestica. From "Fields Of War" to "In Meiner Taschen", Moloko + grinds and chugs its way across vast soundscapes of proggy guitar riffs and vocals very typical of the period. Punk, coldwave, pop and funky synthesizer sounds are mashed up and broken down into an unforgettable journey, the sort of music you want to pump through your car speakers on a journey across the universe. Classy and edgy.