Review: As The Cyclist, Derry-based musician Andrew Morrison first surfaced back in 2011 with a cassette on Crash Symbols but came to wider attention with last year's excellent Bones In Motion LP for Leaving Records. The fifteen tracks spilled with tape saturated magnificence from every angle, and since then Morrison has diverted some of his creative energies into the more dance floor-focused Buz Ludzha. That project debuted on All City earlier this year with a 12? of "distorted '80s house" called Love Repetitive Rhythmics, and it's the Dublin label that now issues his latest LP as The Cyclist. If anything Flourish is a more focused set than his debut, building on his established style but veering down exciting new sonic avenues and in "Tape Grunge Rave" possesses one of this year's best track titles.
Pumphouse Gang - "Welcome Back Into My Life" (3:47)
Natural Wild - "Hot & Sexable" (Mega mix) (6:42)
Sunshine - "Give It To Me" (3:25)
Those Nervous Animals - "Hyperspace!" (3:51)
Stano - "White Fields (In Isis)" (3:33)
Barry Warner - "Losing Control" (4:09)
Some Kind Of Wonderful - "Just Like Me" (5:01)
Micro-Disney - "Leper" (2:03)
Review: All City spent years putting together this superb compilation, which shines a light on Ireland's previously unheralded underground and alternative music scenes of the '70s and '80s. It's packed with obscure and lesser-known gems covering a myriad of related styles, from the jazz-funk inspired soul smoothness of Pumphouse Gang's "Welcome Back Into My Life" and dub-fuelled, post-punk synth-pop brilliance of Natural Wild's 1985 cut "Hot & Sexable (Mega Mix)", to the slow and intoxicating, delay-laden throb of Stano's "White Fields (In Isis)" and the Stiff Records-ish cacophony of Micro-Disney's "Leper". In other words, it's a great example of a compilation that not only tells a previously untold story, but also includes some genuinely must-have tracks.