Review: Planet Mu usher in the return of Ital Tek and a new sonic approach for the long-term label associate, as Hollowed finds Alan Myson switching up his approach. The chance to immerse himself in a new studio set up was the impetus for Myson to engage in laying down countless hours' worth of loops, drones and textures. It is apparently a method he used as a teenager, but armed with years of recording experience he was now able to make the record he had then envisaged. Fans of the crisp style of dubstep Ital Tek made his name on might be a bit taken aback by this new direction, but there is plenty of fine music to explore here for those that like their sounds abstract and impressionistic.
Review: There's plenty to get excited about on Silk Road Assassins' long-awaited debut full-length, which arrives some three years after their acclaimed debut EP, "Reflection Spaces". For starters, the trio has delivered something that neatly sidesteps convention, melding bustling, loose-limbed grime and trap rhythms with all manner of layered electronic elements. Some of these are dark and moody and others fluorescent, kaleidoscopic and tropical in tone. "State of Ruin" twists, turns and twists again on umpteen occasions, delivering a musical snapshot of our chaotic times that veers from paranoid intensity to rush-inducing bliss in what seems like the blink of an eye. OK, so we may have got a little carried away, but it's certainly a superb set that's more than worthy of your hard-earned cash.
Era (feat Kastle, Born In Flames & Gronos1) (5:21)
Aethereal (feat Chino Amobi) (3:24)
Pyro (feat Imaabs And Lao) (4:20)
Lava (feat Endgame) (2:39)
Infinity (feat Ebbo Kraan) (4:50)
Melt (feat Barla, Graves & Pope) (3:15)
Fly (feat DJ Heroin) (2:28)
Review: Forever a label looking to explore the boundaries of forward thinking electronic music, Planet Mu's investigative streak falls upon the post-internet productions of Eastern European collective WWWINGS. A prime example of modern-day music production, WWWINGS is formed of three musicians - Lit Internet, Lit Eyne and Lit Daw - based in Kamchatka Peninsula, Siberia and Ukraine who met using the Russian networking site VK and began dabbling in production together. Through the power of music blogs and online communities the trio started making tracks and getting some recognition, which has ultimately led to the album PHONEIXXX, picked up by Planet Mu. Some twelve tracks deep, this is very much a product of contemporary music-making with razor sharp sound design crafting some brutal club structures which sound like the Night Slugs crew in a particularly rotten mood.