Review: It may be 30 years since the first Meat Beat Manifesto album hit record stores, but the Jack Dangers-helmed outfit is still going strong. "Opaque Couche", the first "MBM" album for two years, draws on many of Dangers' well-known influences and inspirations (think dub, breakbeat, industrial funk, early jungle, EBM, mangled electronica and '80s electro), fusing them together on heavyweight cuts that bristle with sub-heavy intensity and otherworldly charm. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the early Orb style ambient house trip of "C/2015 V2" and acid-driven techno hypnotism of "Present For Sally", to the rambunctious jungle revivalism of "Critical Soul Vibrations", wayward industrial-electro of "Moving Pulse" and the horror soundtrack creepiness of "Hailing Frequencies Open".
Review: As Warp gears up to celebrate its 30th birthday, it seems fitting that the label should be putting out a fresh album from one of its longest serving artists. As Plaid, Andy Turner and Ed Handley played a significant role in defining the label's approach to electronic music during the "Artificial Intelligence" era in the mid 1990s. All these years on, they're still capable of crafting fizzing, melodious, off-kilter electronic listening music that defies lazy categorization. "Polymer" is a hugely enjoyable and entertaining set, with highlights including the jumpy beats, post-electro melodies and mind-altering acid lines of "Los", the metallic bounce of "Maru" - a kind of twisted take on Afro-tech that's amongst their most club-ready cuts of recent times - and the disturbed, Autechre-style clang of "Recall".