Review: You might have heard about this LP..... After a pre-release campaign that took on Hollywood-esque proportions, French pair Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter return as Daft Punk with their fourth studio album Random Access Memories sporting a A-list cast of guests and contributors. Given the input of disco icons Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rogers it's entirely understandable that the overbearing sound on Random Access Memories is one of classic disco with lead single "Get Lucky" a good indicator for what to expect. There's also a smattering of yacht rock within the thirteen track set, whilst the ubiquitous Panda Bear turns up on the midnight stutter funk album highlight "Doin' It Right". Those expecting a return to Daft Punk's Homework heyday will be disappointed but Bangalter and de Homem-Christo are touching forty so the polished, expertly constructed disco direction makes perfect sense.
Review: Originally released in 1989, Retinae was the third album by experimental pop outfit Dip In The Pool. The duo was formed in 1983 by Tatsuji Kimura and Miyako Koda, who soon earned a reputation in their native Japan and in 1985 debuted in the U.K. on Rough Trade. More recently, their work gained a newfound interest after Amsterdam's Music From Memory reissued lead single "On Retinae" (West version) in 2016 as well as a collaboration on Visible Cloaks' acclaimed Reassemblage LP on RVNG Intl. last year. This is a collection of 10 gorgeously neon-lit pop ditties well worth a reissue.