Review: Self-styled "sound architect" and "music creator" Cio D'Or has been strangely quiet since releasing a 'special edition' of her "All In All" album back in 2016. Comeback EP "Fluidum III" is really rather good: a fine collection of alien electronic workouts that sound like they were created via modular synthesis. What we get is six tracks built around watery sounds, swelling electronic motifs, spaced-out noises and occasional quirky rhythms. While some of the tracks - particularly "Climate" and "Celestial II" - boast deep but weighty kick-drum tracks in the techno tradition, for the most part the tracks are sparse, alien and devoid of dancefloor intent. The results are consistently alluring, albeit in a strange and spaced-out way.
Review: Second time around for the third and final part of electro hero Gerard 'ERP' Hanson's "Evoked Potentials" series, which first hit stores way back in 2011. A-side "Repose" is (quite literally) classic ERP, with Hanson peppering Egyptian Lover style drums and funky synth-bass with chiming lead lines, starburst chords and deep space chords. It's tuneful and picturesque, but will also have you on your feet and throwing shapes in no time at all. Over on the flip, Plant43 (London electro veteran Emile Facey) turns in a very Drexciyan take on "Sensory Process", in the process wrapping Hanson's bittersweet strings and 33rd century electronic motifs around a suitably deep sea electro rhythm.
Review: With a title like "Be Careful And Nobody Dies", you'd expect Stanislav Tolkachev's latest EP - the prolific, label-hopping Ukrainian's first release of 2020 and debut for Spanish imprint Semantica - to be suitably dark and intense. In fact, it's arguably more creepy and otherworldly than moody and pitch-black, though both "Manhunt" and "Everything Ends" offer a suitably raw mixture of discordant, minor key melodies and fuzzy, redlined techno beats. The EP is bookended by a pair of suitably wonky, alien-sounding ambient cuts, while title track "Be Careful & Nobody Dies" is a bubbly electro number in which the pin-sharp melodies seem to wash across the sound space in waves of colour.