To be honest the drop on ‘Sequential Circles’ comes as a bit of a surprise from Bristolian duo, Outboxx — it’s tougher, leaner and more immediate than a lot of what’s come before from them. ‘Moon Loop’ also corroborates that statement neatly.
'Memorial', is a sweetly macabre four-track outing from Ipswich’s S.Maharba on the low-key Cleaning Tapes label. Built from homespun recordings, waves of static crackle and sombre chord progressions, its shadowy, slow broiling tracks end up feeling quite energising and uplifting.
It’s the sort of sleepless, half-awake thing that resonates best when you're sat semi folded forward with your forehead pressed side on to the wet and fogged interior of a night bus window.
Sturdy psy-tech here from Huddersfield-based producer Mark Holbrook. Lead track 'Lucy in the Sky' (thankfully not in any way a Beatles cover) samples some wigged-out American nutters going on about connections to the divine while Holbrook smashes out massive synth chords with one hand and waves his lighter furiously in the air with the other. Support tracks 'Hallucinations', 'Sonic Overload' and 'Beside Me' all follow a similar psy-trance-influenced path, with Holbrook showing off an impressive knack for euphoric keyboard work and weirdy-beardy samples, should you like that sort of thing.
Label boss Sync 24 kick-starts a new collaborative project by teaming up with The Exaltics. ‘Ten Years in Ten Days’ is all moody bass and subsonic bleeps, while ‘Vacuum’ is even more powerful thanks to its pummelling low-end. The Exaltics then takes over and lends ‘Ten Years’ a deeper, more melodic feeling, while the German producer’s ‘Bad Trip’ remix of ‘Vacuum’ sees dark acidic lines sprayed over murky, robotic vocals