Review: Icelandic intrigue Fufanu deliver a second album in as many years, as always on London label One Little Indian, and following their Sports LP of 2017, The Dialogue Series presents eight tracks that touch on neon-lit synth pop ("Hourglass") to deeper, EBM and techno geared numbers like the darker, '90s trance-inspired "Chop Chop". At the other end of the spectrum, "Typical Critical" delivers something more seated in contemporary pop while overall the sound of the album eloquently touches on industrial and Italo elements to softer wave and indie. A band to be taken as seriously as much as they are to have fun with, there's a reason why Damon Albarn is such a fan too.
Review: Helena Hauff's Return To Disorder label plunges once more into the grimy underworld of electro and wave music, this time guided by dungeon dweller Morah who debuted on the label in 2015 and has since gone on to great things via Lux Rec, Berceuse Heroique, brokntoys and more. "I Saw, Strained Her Eyes Peering Into The Gloom" is a bittersweet dance with distortion as disheveled as it is catchy, while "Dance When Lights Off" pushes even further into the red with scintillating results. "Against Your Beloved" sounds positively shimmering by comparison, even if on its own it's still a truly dirty slice of jacked up electro. "One Shade The Less, One Ray The More" is a strong closing bout that draws from a similar sound bank and applies it to a more techno-minded structure.