Review: The Electronic Leatherette label shows its hand straight away with a pointed nod to The Normal and the foundations of Mute Records. Sure enough there's an industrial, new wave and electro fog hanging over the nocturnal transmissions that make up this first release, although it's far from one dimensional throwback music. Vessel In Distress has a chilly sci-fi leaning to its brand of gloomy electro, but that's contrasted by the sprightly robo-funk of Franck Kartell's "Sigma Octantis". MSRG brings the party with the feisty stomp and gnarly synth lines of "Elliptical Wave", and Heinrich Dressel rolls out an evocative night crawler of a track in "Down Upsight", as is his customary style.
Review: After the label debuted recently with a 12" from Enrico Mantini, Purism returns with another fresh talent in the shape of Pepe Villalba, who makes a mighty fine impression with this first outing. "Acidbreak" may be something of a misleading name, although the 303 and a broken beat do feature heavily. It's actually woozy lead lines that shape out the vibe of this track, making for a dreamy electro diversion, and the mysterious yet warmly melodic tone continues on "U.F.O. (Sad Story About Conquering A Planet)". "Pianelice" is a different kind of jam with its stark keys way out front, but it's no less classy and ear-catching. "Charlie On The Moon" then finishes the record off with some slow, leftfield sparkle pitched at the lounging crew.
Review: Although better known for being one of the few European producers to fully embrace the early ethos of Detroit techno, Orlando Voorn's first love was actually electro. He's been returning to those roots a little in recent years, and here delivers another fine EP of bustling, beatbox-driven cuts as the Stalker (an alias he last used 21 years ago). There's much to enjoy throughout, from the chiming synthesizer melodies, wiggly acid bass and body-popping beats of "Electrocute" and warped electrofunk shuffle of "Tech The Soul", to the razor-sharp, high register acid lines, deep space chords and booming bass of "Solar System". We're not sure whether these tracks are brand new or rediscovered archive gems; either way, the EP is a thrilling blast from the past.