Review: Glaswegian "avant-disco" four-piece Amor impressed with their debut 12" - April's "Paradise" - so hopes are naturally high for this follow-up. They begin with another epic (so far, none of their tracks have been less than 11-minutes long), channeling the spirit of Arthur Russell on the yearning, heart-aching mid-tempo goodness of "Higher Moment", where vintage synth solos, tumbling pianos and an impassioned male vocal stretch out across 12 mesmerizing minutes. They push the tempo up further on the more percussive, near 14-minute flipside, tiptoeing the fine line between peak-time sweatiness and emotion-rich disco melancholia. It's arguably the pick of the two tracks, thanks in no small part to the layered drum hits and dreamy vocals.
Review: Maryjane Dunphe and Laurent Dagincourt's debut as CC Dust, the Night School released "Shinkasen No. 1" 7", was impressive enough to mark them out as an act to watch. This eponymous EP delivers on that early promise, offering synth-pop cuts that gleefully reference some of their favourite bands. "Tonopah", for example, features synths and guitar motifs that recall early New Order, while "Never Going To Die" has the sort of low-slung bass and evocative vocals that will be familiar to fans of The Futureheads and Franz Ferdinand. Intriguingly, flipside cut "Mutiny" sits somewhere between those two tracks, while "Abra" is a synth-driven blast of emotion-rich pop melancholy.
Review: Cleveland scene stalwart James Donadio returns under the Prostitutes moniker, after a slew of post-punk reinterpretations for the likes of Diagonal, Spectrum Spools and Opal Tapes. This will be his second outing on Night School, the Glasgow-based label run by Michael Kasparis. On Aluminium Garage, the Stabudown head honcho presents "Born Wanderer" which has a twisted 'Madchester' kind of vibe about it, while "Jah Elegant" goes for a frenetic style of drill & bass that would make fans of early Warp and Rephlex releases dizzy with excitement. The flipside offers even more variety, in the form of "Errant Seagull" a lo-fi, old school house jam drowned in saturation (sounds like a fat cat trapped in a box), while some industrial strength gabber antics await you on the austere "Shroud Of Cellophane".