Review: Maryjane Dunphe and Laurent Dagincourt's debut as CC Dust, the Night School released "Shinkasen No. 1" 7", was impressive enough to mark them out as an act to watch. This eponymous EP delivers on that early promise, offering synth-pop cuts that gleefully reference some of their favourite bands. "Tonopah", for example, features synths and guitar motifs that recall early New Order, while "Never Going To Die" has the sort of low-slung bass and evocative vocals that will be familiar to fans of The Futureheads and Franz Ferdinand. Intriguingly, flipside cut "Mutiny" sits somewhere between those two tracks, while "Abra" is a synth-driven blast of emotion-rich pop melancholy.
Review: On her last album, 2019's "Zoom", Maria Rossi AKA Cucina Povera abandoned the comforts of her home studio in favour of "in-situ" recordings with a stripped-back selection of equipment. For this follow-up, she's returned to the studio and delivered what Night School describes as, "a slowly unfurling meditation on the clash between nature and mechanical living". Musically, that means an ear-catching, often ethereal blend of foreboding, angular electronics, sampled digital interference, occasional off-kilter beats, atmospheric ambient chords and her own layered, improvised vocals - plus occasional processed field recordings and flashes of acoustic instrumentation. It's a brilliant blend and one that helps make "Tyyni" one of the most intoxicating and otherworldly albums we've heard for some time.
Review: Since debuting as Prostitutes in 2011 on his own StabUDown label, experimental noise and techno artist James Donadio has established his confrontational style with a slew of releases. This year alone has seen Donadio add two EPs on Avian's Mira sub-label and an album for John Elliott's Spectrum Spools label to a discography that already includes Diagonal, Digitalis and Opal Tapes. This Nouveauree 12" finds Donadio adding the prospering Night School to his collar, and you may think he makes a strange bed fellow with The Space Lady or Molly Nillson on the UK experimental label but Donadio's singular sonic fingerprint still feels strangely at home. Night School suggest Nouveauree to be "a purge, a palette cleanser," but it also feels like some of Donadio's most gratifyingly floor focused material. You can almost visualise someone like Powell giving it the screw face as he drops "Punk In The Street" in one of his sets.
Review: Cleveland scene stalwart James Donadio returns under the Prostitutes moniker, after a slew of post-punk reinterpretations for the likes of Diagonal, Spectrum Spools and Opal Tapes. This will be his second outing on Night School, the Glasgow-based label run by Michael Kasparis. On Aluminium Garage, the Stabudown head honcho presents "Born Wanderer" which has a twisted 'Madchester' kind of vibe about it, while "Jah Elegant" goes for a frenetic style of drill & bass that would make fans of early Warp and Rephlex releases dizzy with excitement. The flipside offers even more variety, in the form of "Errant Seagull" a lo-fi, old school house jam drowned in saturation (sounds like a fat cat trapped in a box), while some industrial strength gabber antics await you on the austere "Shroud Of Cellophane".