Minor Science – Whities 12 [Whities]
Stalwart of the high flying Whities imprint, Angus Finlayson a.ka. Minor Science returns to the fray for his third release on the label. In spite of the high anticipation that surrounds the producer’s output, the consistensy with which he delivers, both in terms of quality and creativity, is Finlayson’s most impressive feat. A-side ‘Volumes’, teased in sets by the likes of Call Super and Joy Orbison for some time now, featuring a snarling, frantic, enthralling breakdown, is finally here to enjoy in all it’s twisted, enigmatic glory. Flip ‘Another Moon’ is the perfect compliment – a pulsating, vibrant number – it’s subtle groove and tight percussion primed for off-kilter moments on the dancefloor.
Yasuaki Shimzu – Music For Commercials [Crammed Discs]
Thirty years on from it’s initial release in 1987 Yasuaki Shimzu’s Music For Commercials is given a gratefully received reissue by Crammed Discs. Originally released on their Made To Measure library series, the record’s twenty four tracks imagine commercial soundtracks for the likes of Sharp, Ricoh and Bridgestone. Displaying Shimzu’s varied talents of composition, instrumentation and production, a startling array of sounds and emotions are presnted to the listener: drum machines and synthesisers sitting comfortably alongside more traditional instruments. Whilst most cuts hover just over the one-minute mark, the beautiful, cartoon animation inspired ‘Ka-Cho-Fu-Getsu’ reaches almost ten minutes in length, and adds a wonderful mediative dimension to this superb record.
H.Takahashi – Raum [Where To Now]
One of the most exciting label’s in the UK right now, Where To Now?, come back with another excellent record from Tokyo-based architect and sound designer H.Takahashi. His second release on the imprint, Raum follows on from the foundations laid by the producer’s legendary fellow countryman Hiroshi Yoshimura. The record’s four tracks are steeped in delicate, glistening ambience – long, drawn out melodies slowly furling and unfurling across vast time limits. If you’re in need of a mediative, calming experience, light a candle, bang this on, and let your troubles ebb away.
Unknown – Untitled [Eye]
‘The obscure sister of Wandering Eye. Strictly limited musical oddities with no artist or title’.
The first (and maybe last? who knows?) release on the imprint EYE is a gorgeously mysterious two-track 12″. First, let’s start with the B-side (no, it doesn’t have a title). Amongst an array of other ingenious samples, this ambient soundscape builds delightfully from the sound of a Playstation 2 starting up, washing back and forth across the airwaves with glistening soundbytes bubbling and squeeking away in the distance. It is a wonderful palette cleanser from the gentle, lo-fi groove of the record’s opener: a bittersweet, new-age dream-pop number plucked from the 1980s, complete with a wonderful, sultry vocal performance. As to our estranged sibling the Wandering Eye, we’ll leave that one to you.
Various Artists – Paerels [Nous’klaer]
Four years after their first official release, Rotterdam’s Nous’klaer Audio come through with their first ever compilation album. Featuring contributions from the likes of label mainstays Oceanic, Paul Twin and Mattheis, Paerels is a collection of twelve dreamy, electro-tinged dancefloor numbers full of groove and spark, suitable either to get the party started or turn it up to the next level.