Review: We've been waiting for this beauty to arrive since we first heard the news of its vinyl reissue through The Death Of Rave. Theo Burt's Summer Mix is possibly one of the most original and daring electronic LP's of the last five years. Using something called a Fourier transform, Burt mutated commercial dance hits into minimal, tripping and subby 4/4 sketches. We've been told this works by stripping 50% of the content and remoulding it by placing similar tones next to each other. Music by the likes of Deadmau5, Paul Van Dyk, Eric Prydz and even Swedish House Mafia is all in there but torn apart and sculpted into something more similar to the Chain Reaction output thanks to the long flurries of delay. This is a special album for the special kind of ear. Moreover, it's what the underground represents: musical freedom and total experimentation.
Review: Jack Adams, James Parker and Nino Pedone, or rather, Logos & Mumdance and Shapednoise, return as The Sprawl, an intergalactic unit of surrealist sound designers with a penchant for the unknown and the bizarre. Inspired by William Gibson, the creator of Cyberpunk, The Death Of Rave have landed a rather interesting project from this lot. Starting with "Burning Chrome", noise-riddled shards of percussion are twisted into abstract shapes before entering cinematic planes of harmonies; "Black Ice" further locks the patterns into something utterly imperceptible. "X System" delivers a Gabber-style punch of drums before mutating, once again, into something totally undefinable, and "Online Seance" wraps us in the cold touch of a computer programme, a deathly blanket recalling the cosier side of those pods in The Matrix.
Review: It's hard to source info on the mysterious Teresa Winter but photos of her performing live seem to suggest she does actually exist. With previous releases on cassette imprints such as Reckno and Cacao, she's now presenting to you Untitled Death, for the always curious Death Of Rave imprint out of Manchester. A series of psychedelic/lo-fi soundscape experiments that span the ethereal to the semi-abrasive: this is certainly one of the more interesting ambient albums we have heard in awhile. On tracks such as "Pain Outside" or "Anatomie De Lenfer" her faintly whispering voice adds another haunting yet seductive layer to these hypnotic and immersive journeys.