Review: Since his last solo album dropped six years ago, James "Logos" Parker has spent much of his studio time collaborating with fellow Tectonic alumnus Mumdance. Fittingly, the latter makes a brief appearance on "Imperial Flood" - on the high-octane, mind-altering madness of "Zoned In" - but otherwise the album is the solo Logos set we've been craving for some time. It sees Parker saunter between moody, unsettling ambience, psychedelic electronica, spaced-out experimental soundscapes (see the clandestine "Lighthouse Dub"), and the kind of hard-to-define workouts whose hard-edged rhythmical pulse plays second fiddle to atmospheric electronics and intergalactic modular noise. In other words, it's Parker veering away from the dancefloor with impressively out-there results.
Review: Flying Lotus' expanding Brainfeeder imprint takes a big step and expands its crew beyond the Los Angeles area that is proving such a fertile ground for leftfield beats. Illinois-based producer Lorn's debut album Nothing Else is littered with hip-hop inspired beats and heavily atmospheric, exploring the murky side of electronica whilst never straying too far into heavily experimental tones. Broody at times, Nothing Else explores a wide range of moods and showcases this 23-year-old's production prowess - top picks include the rolling crunch of "Bretagne" and the ominous growl of "Tomorrow".