It’s not a backhanded compliment to say that Glenn Astro’s latest 12” for WotNot is a decidedly palatable thing. It’s a case of melody over impact. His use of light and shade, the roundness of his chords and the way he downplays most of his percussion are a delight, and as the EP develops it seems to want to dive further into a well of complexity as Astro’s melodic arrangements ramp themselves up a gear.
The Kelly Twins continue to blow my tiny little mind with their selections, turning up a lo-fi, boogie gem, an aerated romper and a sort of codeine dream sequence soundtrack from Creta Kano for their Happy Skull label’s sixth release.
"ONE OF YOU TURDS IS ABOUT TO GET SMACKED IN THE MOUTH" — hell, I'm a sucker for a great intro and I'm loving this daffy, goofy, B-movie-rap little gem. The last thing I'd expect from Toronto but there it is, backwoods-bound space-age boombap, Timbuktu, Chokeules and Savilion swapping rhymes with a beautifully nonchalant ease and charm that you can't buy or pre-program, but that oozes from every groove. Gonna go check out their latest 'Outer Limits' opus on Bandcamp right now and strongly recommend you do exactly the same. Oh Canada.
French nu-disco duo make their way back into the spotlight with another EP release on Nang. Their second release for the label continues with a theme of mid-tempo, electronic disco, drawing upon various Balearic music influences. All this considered, Pete Herbert is the apt remix choice to work in a propulsive club mix from the heady original — appearing in vocal and dub versions, both being the highlights of the release.