Review: Thirteen studio albums in, and 'Colors' sees Beck maybe at his most playful and upbeat since the late '90s. Title track 'Colors' opens the albums with an immediacy that bursts out like a heavily polished 'Devil's Haircut'. The album veers off in all kinds of pop directions, from the anthemic 'Seventh Heaven', to the almost trap-like 'Wow', Beck shows he's willing to experiment and wrangle as much as possible into an album. It might not be his most contemplative record, but it's definitely his glossiest and most entertaining in a while, and promises a rollercoaster ride from start to finish.
Review: Malmo's Henrik Rylander had been missing from the scene since 2014, the year in which he released both an EP and and album, the former through his native iDEAL Recordings. He's back on said imprint with an LP comeback, or rather six segments of high-energy industrial funk slush cut directly from their analog source. The results are endlessly pleasing, of course. What we love about this LP, spearheaded by the first two tunes called "Unholy Connection" and "Feed Treatment", is the music's subtly and restraint, choosing to focus on a few metallic sounds to develop, rather than the usual blockade of sonic filth that characterises the noise subgenre. "Form To Function" is even more minimal in its choice of sounds and melodic shapes, which fall back into a more electric swing of drones on the flip's "Slide Parallel Knives". "Somnolentia" is a foreboding cavern of jagged, monophonic shards, and the closing shrieks of "Mean To An End" help to give this fantastic LP its final burst of doom. A highly recommended affair.