Review: Having previously released on Dirt Crew and Klein, Irish producer Timothy Blake could be considered a rising star. Here, he pops up on Lectric Sands' It's A Lectric World offshoot with a pleasingly vibrant four-tracker. There's a kind of recorded-to-tape, '80s synth wig-out feel about opener "R&B Restitition", while "Showtime" seemingly cuts up a load of old P-Funk and 8-bit games soundtracks, resulting in a no holds barred chunk of cheery synth-house. He continues the house theme on the near techno throb of "Soaring & Crashing" (which, incidentally, still contains dayglo synths), before closing proceedings with the wonky, piano-laden dancefloor madness of "Bee My Victim".
Review: Predominantly known for his excellent selecting skills and edit work with the Ruf Kutz label, spiky Mancunian Ruf Dug has latterly started to impress with his original work behind the buttons. Last year's Head Cleaner set for Sud Electronic was a breakthrough release for Ruffy, and a subsequent drop for Porn Wax was just as good, featuring two lustful glances at heady '80s new age. Lectric Sands offshoot It's A Lectric World is Ruffy's latest port of call and features a trio of 3 rough hewn hardware jams recorded straight to tape. Future Times and Mood Hut fans will be all over the tinny cosmic title track and accompanying dub from Zoovox, whilst the closing "Late Cruise" winds the tempo right down for some psychedelic bruk boogie Manchester-style.
Review: Anything Eddie Ruscha touches is generally worth checking, and this latest outing for Lectric Sands offshoot It's A Lectric World is no exception. Ruscha kicks things off with the Electric Dub, an untypically funky fusion of his usual vivid psychedelics, exotic vocal samples, crunchy guitars and an undulating disco-rock groove. The Original Rub - all bubbling electronics, muted guitar licks and deep house warmth - adds a little Balearic disco flavour, before Ruscha returns to more familiar territory with the delay-laden and pleasingly out-there Lectric Dub. Finally, he reaches for the marimbas on the Pleasing dub, an afro-influenced blast of wide-eyed Balearic sunshine complete with lilting pedal steel.