Lock up your daughters and anyone else, the second instalment of ‘Psychosis’ is dropping. Like the first release, ‘March Into Nothingness’ is a bleak affair, with steely beats stomping over relentless waves of acid. ‘Drown Into the Eternal Twilight’ is faster and even more extreme. The kick-drums are distorted and disturbing, while malevolent shapes, splintered percussion and menacing noises will offer little respite for an audience that has already been hammered into submission.
Expanding at a roughly exponential release rate over his four-year production lifetime, the timing of John Dopping’s debut ‘Words In Colour’ album is prime. This is the fourth and last sampler from it. ‘Dissociate’ and the title track are both John’s thrill-filled Goa-meets-psy-meets tech-progressive model, endlessly listenable and danceable, while ‘Malady’ is a sumptuously toned and arranged chillout piece. If these appeal, the album is almost certainly for you.
Bicep’s Euro-inspired smash of last year gets flipped on this inspired remix 12”. Barcelona-based John Talabot weighs in a mid-tempo version that dispenses with the playful breakbeat of the duo’s original in favour of a linear, heads-down Italo-style throb that works brilliantly; however it’s the subtle, noir mood of Brassica’s remix that stops the show. A visionary take that details a night-drive through one's haunting, yet heady, club experience — it's the perfect coda to your evening, and the Bicep boys have been closing their shows with it all summer.
It was the Man Bites Dog imprint that got me intrigued, as gotta admit, never heard anything from Playdough before but mygod gonna keep an eye cocked for this loon from here on in. 'Been Dope' is just nuts, straight up Funkadelic/Death-style black-rock psych-racket over which Oh No drops his usual soopstoopid gospel, Sean P marshalling the carnage with a post-punk abusiveness and a straight-up dub sense of madness. Those moments where vocal lines get echoed to the max recall Edan massively (particularly his work with Lif) and you won't find a hotter stew of murky lysergic madness before 2014's out. Essential.