Making a debut on Astro Lab previously, La Mverte embarks upon a solo journey on Her Majesty's Ship with four tracks inspired by Italo-disco, minimal- synth and coldwave. Immediate highlight is the mid-tempo, industrial-tinged title track that nods to Dopplereffekt's classic 'Infophysix', but there are other great moments to subvert your dancefloor with — the flickering acid-disco of 'Crash Course', both in original and Acid Washed remix versions.
Following suit, every good debut album deserves a remix album, and Loadstar's 'Future Perfect (Remix)' delivers some tasty cuts. Label mate Rene LaVice lights the long wick of 'Eat My Tears' and sets the track on fire. This screeching monster of a tune burns the imagery of a shower of rockets loudly illuminating the backdrop of a black night sky. Behind the overwhelming screams roars a beastly pulsating throb of continuous sound, leaving only a subtle tinge of the track it once was.
Into the New Year and the exponential resurgence of Psy/Goa in 2013 shows no signs of abating. 'Salvia' from UAE-based producer Milad Maleki is but one of dozens of this month's crop that draws inspiration from the East.
The title track on the Top Drawer Digital label bossman Lucas's new EP is dark dynamic neorofunk, kinda like a Photek album track battling it out in a cave with cartoon demons. 'Sweeney Todd' features a sinister spoken word vocal sample, which could actually be a demon barber whispering in your ear as you sit in an electric chair that vibrates to a vintage Depth Charge piece. Finally, 'Scared' is gnarly breakbeat that could function equally at a late-night free party or in some of the more grimey clubs.