Review: Calypso are back with another clutch of exciting mavericks orbiting the weirder end of the contemporary club spectrum. There are minimal wave influences to be tacitly detected on Nicola Cruz's "Tu Recuerdo" as well as kind of stripped back acid freakiness, while in FE's "Tarde O Temprano" there's even more gritty, industrial tinged bite in the billowing surges of machine rhythms. Quixosis takes some wonderfully lilting traditional percussion and gives it a freaky treatment which makes for the kind of slow jam Weatherall would have wielded with aplomb. NTFL finishes this ear-snagging compilation off with the plaintive, Dembow-tinted "Vacio".
Review: Platform 23 continue to do a great service to all seekers of furtive sounds from the DIY underground, this time shining a light on the wonderful Mode I/Q. Anyone who digs the sound of New York-tinged new wave and danceable post punk will love this record - the limber disco funk of the rhythm section meets with squalling guitar textures and dubby FX, all shot through with a hooky pop sensibility that makes this record so easy to fall in love with. "Confidence" is especially strong, as is the ramshackle party starter "Two Different Things". It seems there's no end to the overlooked gems from this golden era of independent music - it's time to catch up with Mode I/Q and file them next to your favourite disco-not-disco movers and shakers.
Review: Consisting of Dennis White, Charlie May, and Dave Gardner, Quiet Places is a new project by the UK producers focusing on vivid and wide-screen journeys. Between the three, their production roots go deep into some of electronic music's most important outputs of the last few decades. Be it performing live as part of Sasha's recent Refracted shows, their own individual projects such as Spooky, Sentre and Cosmonauts or remixing the likes of M83, The XX, Thom Yorke, Little Dragon or Elizabeth Fraser, they are no strangers to electronica.
No Illusion (Quieter Than Spiders 'Quietli' mix) (2:35)
Hibakusha (Kevin Komoda remix) (5:59)
The Land Of Lost Content (Micro Cheval remix) (4:35)
Shanghai Metro (Vile Electrodes remix) (7:04)
Night Drive (Delayscape mix 2) (4:53)
No Illusion (The Silicon Scientist remix) (6:44)
Hibakusha (Jonteknik remix) (4:56)
Night Drive (Delayscape mix 3) (3:27)
The Land Of Lost Content (Quieter Than Spiders 'Memorial' mix) (4:08)
Hibakusha (Delayscape remix) (4:47)
Review: It would be fair to say that the "Chinese-Anglo" band Quieter Than Spiders has pushed the boat out with debut album "Signs of Life". Not only does the album come with all manner of bonus treats - stickers, a poster and postcards - but it's also a double vinyl set, with the original LP (record one) being backed by one containing no less than 10 remixes of the very same track. The original LP offers a perfect showcase for their self-proclaimed "Shanghai synth-pop sound" - a colourful and glistening combination of digital and analogue synths with chip-tune style 8-bit computer game sounds thrown in - while the remixes record contains a few more dancefloor-centric versions from an impressive collection of rising synth-wave stars.
Review: Conceptually derived from the work of Japanese minimalist composer Satoshi Ashikawa, Dublin-based composer Gareth Quinn Redmond has created an album of environmental music which he hopes will engage, enrich and reflect the listener's surroundings. This is a companion album to Ashikawa's 1982 LP Still Way, which was originally released as part of the wave notation series which also included Hiroshi Yoshimura's seminal Music For Nine Postcards. The album takes Ashikawa's meditative sound designs to more dramatic and lyrical landscapes, gracefully instilling his personal touch into the master's melodic patterns to present six pieces which blend and reflect the modern listener's ever changing environment.