Review: Best known as Paradox, this is Dev's first Alaska solo EP in several years and it's as cold-yet-alluring as you'd hope. Contrary to the sample on "Solace", Dev Pandya hasn't picked up any bad habits during his near-30 year tenure. As the poignant strings sweep over broad brushed breaks it's clear that he keeps getting better. Flip for the ultimate slo-mo excursion "Earthloop" takes us back to an original beatless trip from his last Alaska LP (The Mesozoic Era) adding quarter speed to give the yearning cosmic synths a sense of momentum. Chilly.
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.
Review: It's nothing but stark steppery from the off on Transmute as Law & Wheeler sharpen their drums and space things out on a Source Direct level. Driven by the steps but powered by the warped low end, it's a timeless piece that swallows you whole. The consistently on-point Tim Reaper delivers some mind-altering drum edits on the junglised "Floating Through" while Mac 2 affiliate Trex nods his head to the likes of Krust with "Stay High", a cosmic sojourn that develops with increasing layers of trippiness. Powerful.