Review: Having emerged from the undergrowth via a swathe of tape releases on Field Hymns, Wayne Longer's (aka Adderall Canyonly) Oxykitten alias has gone on to become a celebrated darling of the contemporary minimal wave scene, and it's not hard to hear why. This release on Polytechnic Youth is Oxykitten's first outing on vinyl, but it originally came out digitally back in 2018. It's highly deserving of a physical edition - not least for the vibrant sleeve which accurately captures the vibe of the music inside. This is technicolour electronics - all day-glo synth lines skipping in unison around the same twee toy town of Longer's imagination. It's subtly quirky to keep things interesting, but primarily harmonious and utterly infectious in its upbeat demeanour - stick this on for a serious dose of synthetic sunshine.
Review: Cult artist Colin Potter has been serving up superb albums for decades, with each year bringing a new clutch of solo or collaborative excursions. "Here", the veteran experimentalist's first outing for Poytechnic Youth, is another must-check affair. This time he's in a dark and intoxicating mood, offering up atmospheric soundscapes rich in woozy modular electronics, fuzzy guitar solos, metronomic post-punk bass, unsettling ambient chords, horror soundtrack aesthetics and off-kilter, delay-laden drums. It reminded us a little of early Joy Division, Chris Watson-era Cabaret Voltaire and other DIY-era experimentalists, though there's little doubt that it's a Colin Potter record.