Review: Given the sheer pace at which Boris Bunnik puts out material across his cavalcade of aliases, there is no small irony in the relaxed manner in which Transcendent, the label he runs with Julius de Wal, operates. Launched back in late 2012 with some material from Bunnik, naturally, under his Hexagon alias, there have been only two subsequent releases on Transcendent. A new year brings the count to five, with the Travelogue EP brandishing four fresh Conforce off cuts from Bunnik's Rotterdam studio. From the off, Transcendent has focussed on deeper, more abstract sonic terrain and it's no different here with cuts such as "Phase 7" little more than analogue pulses transmitted into the ether and met with all manner of delay and phasing. Nobody does it better than Bunnik!
Review: Hospital Productions is a non-stop operation and following this year's long-players from Alessandro Cortini, Ninos Du Brasil and Ron Morelli, Vatican Shadow's latest swoop is this ambient album produced with Function. The seven-track LP was recorded between Berlin and New York, and it's described as best suited for after-hours home listening, but whether you really want to listen to this after a big night is up to you. Indeed "A Year Has Passed" and "A Year Has Gone By" are downbeat and melancholic, whereas other tracks lean more towards industrial ambient, similar to fellow Hospital artist Lussuria's work. "The Nemesis Flower" is a darker highlight while "Red Opium" and "Bejewelled Body" is where the house and techno beats lie.
Review: Raphael Fragil's Fragil Musique has never ceased to stop exploring and innovating through electronic sounds. Since 2011, the imprint has showcased an impressive array of previously unheard talents and, in the process, has given us access to names such as Jafar, Cedric Borghi and Kenny Lane. More recently, the likes of Nummer and Simo Cell have played their part in the label's development, and this latest collaborative EP has come at exactly the right moment to lock these past six years down to a varied and polished release. Nummer, who had first come to light through Going Good, lays down some slick, slow lounge house on his "Nummer's Tribute", followed by the equally wavy and Balearic-leaning "Simo Cell's Tribute". "Jafar's Tribute" is a different kind of affair; the house beats are out in full motion, charged by a glorious minimal-dub energy, which leaves "Bazarov's Tribute" to deliver the funk via some masterfully executed boogie vibes. A splendid EP - TIP!