Review: Light of Other Days is a Zurich based record label. After great releases previously by Miajica, label boss HOVE and ETHIMM, they now present this lush EP by label co-founder Le Frere. Slow Glass is not only the debut release by him, it is also a very personal diary of the last two years of his life. All four tracks are based on recordings, samples and ideas he collected while travelling the world. With this concept in mind, he tried to catch moments of his life without stripping them of their dynamic and evanescence. Retro tinted ambient journey's for fans of labels like Antinote, rich in celestial FM synthesis and saturated VHS quality offered up here for the most part, with the exception of the lively slow burning groove of "Nttt8" which closes out the EP in style.
Review: Hailing from the dark and mysterious world of Bunker Records, Shemale makes a welcome return after many years of silence with this fantastic release on Tabernacle. "Star Chamber Summoning" sets a powerful tone - this is ambient music that demands attention through its sheer force of presence. "Way To Hyperborea" actually taps up some kind of beat structure, but it still behaves like a wayward backroom track with its undulating bassline and gravelly, brutally submerged beat. "Shores Of The Western Sea" is all analogue soundtrack bombast of the finest B-movie kind, and "Wisdom Of The Stars" strikes a more nightmarish note in its use of discordant synth drones.
Review: Debut LP from The Transcendence Orchestra: the pairing of West Midlands techno legend Anthony Child aka Surgeon and Dan Bean of Bleep43. Recorded in a remote English rural setting over a period of 24 hours, 'Modern Methods For Ancient Rituals' is an experiment in acoustic and synthetic symbiosis. Like the name of the project might suggest, it is deeply influenced by the atmosphere and acoustics of the rural location in which they recorded 'which can aid to the transformation of consciousness.' Deploying a range of ancient and modern instruments and effects, Child and Bean conjure an audio experience which encapsulates elements of drone, trance, pulse, rhythm and melody. Bean and Child have been familiar with one another for many years, since Child was a staple performer at Bean's Bleep43 parties in London. The duo debuted the project live at Freerotation festival, Wales in 2016.