Review: Masked electronic maverick J-Zbel has a thing for ridiculous release titles - see his early EPs for proof - but even by his standards "Dog's Fart Is So Bad The Cat Throws Up" is an absolute peach. The music contained on the release, which marks his debut album, is a little more serious, though the fast-rising producer does sound like he's having bags of fun throughout. His style is fluid and hard-to-define, with the album's 12 tracks flitting between wobble-bass propelled, mind-altering dancefloor stompers ("Hardcore Jusqu'Au PeF"), weird and wayward dancehall riddims ("Le Riddim Du Bardouin"), psychedelic acid techno ("Tunnel Vision"), spaced-put experimental beat-scapes ("Rustie Le Clown"), pitch-black eccentricity ("Bertrand Au Mont D'or"), bleep-heavy post jungle ("Excremangue") and opaque ambient ("Check In").
Review: First released in limited quantities back in 2003, "Re.sort" is the sole Sora album by Japanese electronic experimentalist Takeshi Kurosawa. It's considered by some to be a lost classic of Japanese electronica, so it's great to see it getting a second life. It's a cut-and-paste affair, with abstract electronics, becalmed field recordings, track fragments, ambient chord sequences, glitch-hop beats and momentary melodic refrains combining to create an awesome audio patchwork. While it makes most sense when considered as a whole, there are still individual moments of brilliance to be found throughout. These include the woozy bliss of "La Cathedrale Engloutie", the slipped jazz-electronica of "Traces" and the sun-bright cheeriness of closing cut "Satelite Towers".