Jettisoning his Falty DL pseudonym, Mr Lustman plunges deep into a new 11-track album with renewed vigour and freedom. Explorations through d&b, hardcore, electro, hip-hop, jazzier realms and dub techno abound, and much like contemporaries such as Andy Stott, Djrum, Luke Vibert, manages to create a unique space full of sonic stories, vibes and magic that keeps you going back. Superb.
Never a label to churn out the same old stuff, Terrorhythm releases material that often exists on the fringes. Denver resident, Gunkst, personifies this perfectly, delivering a kinetic blend of classic American EDM with plenty of trap and footwork notes, but with blurs of dubstep and some nicely leftfield vibrations.
You gotta love uncle Distance. He always pops round on your birthday with a naughty pressie and a slap on the bum for your mum. This April, he’s dropped a beast of an EP, three tracks all as varied as a box of Quality Street. ‘Long Live the Groove’ is the beastly dancer, ‘Straight Up’ the moody roller, but hold the phones for ‘Can You Dub’, for its weird and wonderful tangy nuttiness.
Unstoppable disco machine Bear Funk keeps turning out these quality releases, and over the years we’ve heard some gems from the likes of Todd Terje, Idjut Boys, Brennan Green and Lexx. Now, Steve Kotey’s label makes some more room for one of its longest-serving members, the giallo-disco operator, Bottin, who is back with two tracks of tense, atmospheric, electronic disco; including a collaborative effort with familiar, Rodion. Ace.