Review: Macintosh Plus is perhaps not the best-known pseudonym of Ramona Andra Xaxier - she's much wider known for her work as Vektroid - but it's certainly one of her most historic. Xavier released an album under the alias way back in 2011 but has done little with the name since. "Sick & Panic", a fresh single-sided salvo pressed to an attractive and eye-catching picture disc, is therefore a more than welcome return. Musically it's a vibrant but fiendishly experimental affair, with Xavier delivering a madcap, 12-minute sound collage rich in glitchy, cut-up samples, Vaporwave synth sounds, fizzing electronics, wild electric guitar solos, tipsy bursts of mind-altering digital noise and occasional leftfield rhythms. It's alluringly odd all told, and thanks to some clever construction the whole thing makes perfect sonic sense.
Review: Material by London duo Astrud Steehouder and Nina Bosnic, aka Finders Keepers duo Paper Dollhouse, gets pulled into new rhythmic shapes by Joe Cocherell and Montalk on this compelling record for Resilience. Given his background as drummer in DVA Damas and propulsive techno output on Frozen Border, Cocherell is well placed to reinterpret "Space III" as eleven minutes of kraut addled techno that you could easily visualise James Holden closing out a Sonar performance with. Complementing this, Resilience's in-house mystery production unit Montalk take a more abstract approach to "Drone 1", submerging the vocals of Paper Dollhouse in all manner of spectral delay on a remix that forgoes rhythm in favour of all encompassing atmosphere.
Review: Vester Koza has remained quiet as of late but he's back with his singular brand of deep house on his own Maslo imprint. While his previous 12"s were coated in a relatively upbeat and funked-out flavour, the PRISN EP feels darker, more expansive and ethereal, where Koza prefers the use of drones and abstract electronics as a base for his grooves. "Deciveid", for example, takes a broken, hypnotic beat and places it over subtle twists of noise, whereas "Bind_Dream_Service" is slow, jagged and lacking of a 4/4 beat...it's Vester Koza's industrial side coming out to play.
Review: James Francis Marion Jones was a Black American religious leader whose movement turned into the Church of Universal Triumph, Dominion of God. During the fifties, he hosted his own weekly television shows in Detroit on a Sunday afternoon, making him the first black preacher to do so. His late night sermons were full of passion and power, and half a century on they are as fascinating as ever. On each side of this reissued 12", extended live recordings of two speeches are presented, meaning those who want to hear them won't have pay upwards of L800 on second hand sites, as they would have up until now.
Review: The wonderful Er + Er imprint has a knack for getting some of the biggest names in electronic music together and jamming the hell out! Some of the works by Ricardo Villalobos for the label have been simply sublime. This time, we got legend Carl Craig going head-to-head with the supremely talented Francesco Tristano in a sort of classical techno vibe. "Luder Pre" combines a mid-tempo percussive beat with some seriously twisted piano work, twisting and contorting into a right old spin. It's a one-sided gem, it's 300 copies limited, so you better get yourself one quick!