Review: Following appearances on the interconnected Distant Hawaii and Lobster Theremin labels, DJ Sonikku (AKA British producer Tony Dowson) drops a mysterious, hand-stamped 12". It boasts contrasting versions of the previously unheard "Dilemma", a chiming and bouncy concoction that joins the dots between thrusting proto-house, Yellow Magic Orchestra and cheery '80s synth-pop. The latter influence is clearer on the 'Original Vocal' version, which makes great use of a relatively well-known acapella. On the flip, Dowson gives the track a radical overhaul, laying the ultra-positive original melodies over a sparse but weighty, two-step influenced groove. It's not garage in the traditional sense, and some may find it a little on the sickly-sweet side. There's no denying, though, that it sounds like a scene anthem in the making.
Review: Master of minimal wave sonics Alessandro Parisi has spread his full-bodied synth wares around such esteemed labels as Slow Motion, Charlois, Giallo Disco, Lux Rec and more besides, and now he slides up to Vivod with an EP of noirish fantasies you'll be hard pushed to resist. "Crossfire" is the more uptempo cut, but "Ravens" paints a more vivid picture of retro-fetishistic club music in dangerous places. "Praying Sages" goes all out on the soundtrack vibe, but not before it's been remixed by Mick Wills, who casually threads a driving techno undercarriage into the track to create a strangely transcendental slab of cathedral-ready body music.
Review: Superior Viaduct receive another hats-off from us here at Juno HQ, and it's safe to say that these guys are the best archivalists of the last 5 years, having licensed everyone from Craig Leon to Alice Coltrane, and now one of the most sought after bands of the no wave...wave. Richard McGuire and the gang appear here as both Liquid Idiot and Idiot Orchestra, two monikers they used during their formative years, a small pocket of time during the late '70s where the band would play at cult NYC venues such as CBGB's and Mudd Club. The LP is split in two parts, according to the alias, and this rare bundle of songs spans furious flurries of free jazz improvisations, raucous guitar experiments, and shards of noise coated in a jazzy layer of instrumentation. The Idiot crew are bound to resolve any of your outsider needs because this is the absolute tip top. Hotly recommended.