Review: "Parallel Universe" is The Dude Of Stratosphear's debut single, featuring the Thai rapper MC Sinnamon. Real name Jerome Doudet, he is a Swiss/French artist and bass player based in Bangkok, Thailand. A DJ, vinyl collector, musician, graphic designer and East Asian music connoisseur, The Dude Of Stratosphear was groomed in the vibrant alternative scene of Geneva, Switzerland. He presents here an cosmic trip between the heat of Chennai's bazaars and Bangkok's chaotic streets. Said to be based on a rare Indian library sample, "Wat That Tong" features samples of Thailand molam queen Yenjit Porntavi, plus a modern dub beat and Indian percussion.
Review: Fledgling UK label The Full Hundred continue their efforts to straddle the fine line between the zeitgeist and the outer reaches of pop music with this 12" from Boston producer JLZUZ MILLION. The alter ego of 20 year old Joseph Zucco, JLSUS MILLION has by and large become known for his behind the buttons work, adding some production weight to last year's Illusions Of record by Charlie XCX's as well as collaborating with Chicago rapper Sasha Go Hard. Error is quite a watershed moment for Zucco then, and the three original cuts suggest JLSUS MILLION is comparable to a turbo charged Clams Casino. Comes with remixes from Magical Mistakes and Taquwami.
Review: Fresh from a fine outing on Bahnsteig23 under the alternative Cassiard DJ alias, Thomas Cassiard dons the C.R.K alias for an expansive outing on Comic Sans. There's a surprisingly symphonic feel to opener "Sad React Only Plz", which flits from a deep space ambient number to a shuffling IDM wriggler midway through, but there's more forthright fare to be found elsewhere across the EP. Check, for example, the off-kilter drums and sparkling melodies of "100g De Balls" and the intergalactic jungle-techno revivalism of "Plus Loin Que La Police". Arguably the EP's greatest moment, though, is closer "Les Etoiles Sont Plus Hautes Que La Ciel", where elongated chords, bubbly beats and tumbling melodies combine to create a poignant and melancholic mood.