Review: Daniel Lapotin's recent rise has been remarkable. Further confirmation of his ascent to international IDM star status arrived via a round of recent interviews to promote Age Of, his 13th album, in which he expressed a desire to record soundtracks for Pixar movies and work with A-list R&B stars. Both of these disparate strands are explored on Age Of, alongside his love of fractured pop, intense and otherworldly electronica, and the kind of grainy, metal-influenced noise more often heard on the releases of one of the album's numerous guest musicians, Dominic Fenrow AKA Purient. One review described the set as bein like a "portfolio" and that's a fair comment; Age Of's greatest strength is the way that it shows off all sides of Lapotin's brilliant musical mind.
Review: This superb compilation from Peripheral Minimal aims to distill 35 years of French synthwave history into one essential package. Predictably, the label has done a superb job, largely by gathering together tracks unknown to all but the most obsessive collectors. Beginning with the pulsating rhythms and ghostly melodies of Philippe Laurent's 1982 jam "Rapsode 2", the album charts the development of the French synth sound in chronological order. There are naturally a handful of killer '80s cuts, alongside a lone cut from the '90s (the alien electronics and clicking drum machine hits of And' Crystall's brilliant "Bubbles of Memories") as well as a string of revivalist cuts from the twenty-teens that bring the story bang up to date.