Review: Over the course of a long release history Swiss duo In Flagranti have been seemingly quite happy to follow their creative urges, endlessly recycling their stylistic approach regardless of whether the results garner commercial and critical acclaim. This is very much evident on Skematic Tracks Vol. 2, with lead track "Hannya" discarding with their more recent heavily edited and smutty punk funk strut in favour of an understated and quite moody, reverb laden dub techno approach whose off the grid rhythmic base bears similarities to the recent Body Music EP from Powell. The equally unusually named "Magojiro" will probably find more favour with In Flagranti fans, a house jam that crams in plenty of disco infused funk, though like many tracks from the duo it plays out like one long tease. A rather large and unusually SFW poster is included.
Review: NYC-based Japanese groove guru Takuya returns with two alluring, highly cosmic funkers and a whole stash of dope remixes. "Spacetak" lives up to its name in every possible way. Big juicy synths that flap and fold over a nicely slouched groove; this will aid and abet many people looking to lose their minds this summer. "Sun" is also fittingly titled thanks to its premium vibrancy and latent feels (not to mention a wry bit of slap bass) Remix-wise Tronik Youth get all dubbed out on "Spacetak" while Jonny Sender whips us back to early 2000s City Rockers vibes with some superb use of the trumpet elements. Talk time is over.
Review: In Flangranti's latest project is an interesting one. It features them, and others, creating new tracks from elements of previously unheard recordings by obscure 1980s Swiss outfit Schaltkreis Wasserman, most of which were apparently made under the influence of LSD. The resulting tracks do a good job in putting the cosmic synthesizer refrains and vintage electronics in a new light. For example, Toby Tobias's druggy "Trigger Output" skillfully combines a vintage breakbeat hardcore rhythm and with decidedly psychedelic electronics, while Vahagn's "Voltage Controle" is a sparkling chunk of stylish Italo-disco. Also worth checking is the chugging, arpeggio-driven synthesizer exotica of Additional Hardware's "Resistors & Capacitors", and the intense percussive madness of In Flagranti's "Side Strain".