Review: Stones Throw welcome new artist The Cyclist, and with him, a new and edgier type of electronics. "Feel Beauty" opens things up in shuffle mode, bridging together a house tempo with warm and luscious strings, off-kilter beats and airy atmospherics. The rest of the LP unfolds into an even deeper, more mesmeric medley of tones and influences, ranging from the bleepy, Omar-S style beats of "Bones In Motion", going to the more industrial extravagance of "The March", or the sloppy beat layout of "Black Train" - true heads-down mentalism! Its fifteen tracks are just spilling with magnificence from every angle; a great signing form an ever-impressive label that can do no wrong - highly recommended.
Review: Prolific producer Carlos Nino fires out albums at roughly the same pace as a bored teenager sends out text messages. We've lost count of the number of full-length excursions he's released to date, though we can confirm that this is the fifth album in his collaborative ...& Friends series. As the title, Going Home, euphemistically hints, all six compositions were inspired by death and the idea of the afterlife. Musically, it's a stunningly evocative and emotion-rich affair, with Ninos and his chosen musicians (including new age legend Iasos) effortlessly combining elements of early '80s electronica, Berlin school ambient, free-jazz, Penguin Cafe Orcehstra style Baroque eccentricity and Namlook-esque deep space bliss. In other words, it's another inspired and must-have record from Carlos Ninos.