Review: Given that Misanthrop has been active in the experimental D&B scene since the dawn of the millennium, it's rather surprising to find that Misanthrop is his debut solo album. Built around distorted electronics, industrial tropes, throbbing basslines and redlined rhythms, it's exactly the kind of set you'd expect from the Stuttgart native. Highlights come thick and fast, from the creepy, new wave and Kraftwerk influenced shuffle of "Notbot" and off-kilter, IDM madness of "The Funk" - like Autechre jamming with dBridge - to the unbridled aggression of "Rosebud" and atmospheric, string-drenched builds and throbbing electro-jungle rhythms of closer "Heavy Load".
Review: Lo and behold, it's Phace's third solo album and it's sounding like his best LP to date. Powerfully punchy and high impact as it's compacted into a 30 minute hurricane, each cut is a glitchy zip from trip to trip; the wily vocal drop outs on "Downgrade", the sweary speaker kicking "FMS", the wonderfully whimsical "Lazy Day" and the near cosmic synths, gurgling bass and fizzy slapbass on "Obscure" are just some of the highlights that ping and ricochet you around Phace's multi layered, multi faceted, multi dimensional album. Breath takingly accomplished.
Review: Building on a healthy body of collaborative work, neuro A-listers Phace and Mefjus combine their schnitzel collections for their debut collabo EP. A full flavour four pack that still leaves time for a pint, we're treated to some of their raffish and unruly tracks to date; the techno glitches and weird switches of "Wastemen", the jumpy riff flavour of "Malmaison", the electrified funk frazzles of "Decisions" and the pure purring bass and sci-fi drama of "Swerve" all comprise some of their best collaborations to date. Time to get wasted.