Review: While he's offered up the occasional remix, William "Burial" Bevan has been rather quiet of late. In fact, this two-tracker marks his first original material for almost two years. Lead cut "Claustro" is an unexpectedly up-tempo dancefloor affair - a sweet and sticky chunk of future-garage that sees Bevan wrap sugary female vocal snippets, spacey chords and bubbly analogue electronics around snappy two-step beats - drenched in vinyl crackle and tape hiss - and a rock solid bassline. It will raise a few eyebrows given his previous work but nevertheless sounds like a summer anthem in waiting. Bevan returns to familiar territory on flipside cut "State Forest", a ghostly, field recording-laden ambient excursion where pedal steel style motifs slowly rise above opaque electronics.
Review: As their bleak, black-and-white artwork and penchant for naming EPs after long-lost factories suggests, Craven Faults are post-industrial daydreamers with a neat line in hypnotic, kosmiche-inspired electronic workouts. "Nunroyd Works" is the third in an ongoing series of EPs crafted in part using the artist's vast armoury of modular synthesizers. Interestingly, it's a little more upbeat and melodious than its predecessors, with lead cut "Engine Fields" offering waves of over-lapping electronic motifs, Detroit-influenced futurist synthesizer lines and emotive piano flourishes. It's absolutely stunning and every bit as alluring as its' darker predecessors. While the other two tracks don't quite reach these dizzying heights, they are also superb.
Review: Musical (and real life) couple Local Suicide has been in fine form of late, delivering a series of solid collaborations with the likes of Curses, Franz Matthews and Theus Mago. Here they go solo once more via a first outing on Lumiere Noire. Title track "Leopard Gum" is dark, woozy and feverish, with the pair wrapping curiously off-kilter vocals, intoxicating electronics and ghostly chords around a slow, sparse, bass-heavy groove. It's given a throbbing, darkwave inspired makeover by regular studio buddies Smagghe & Cross, before Local Suicide serves up the clandestine and atmospheric new wave chug of "Already There". In typical fashion, synthesizer fetishist Phillip Lauer offers up an Italo-disco influenced interpretation that turns the track into a cheery chunk of Balearic disco goodness.