Review: Alden Tyrell dusts off his Italo guise for another synthetic sojourn into all things dramatic and cinematic. "Dance Of The Happy Shadows" sets the scene; a Vangelis-themed disco set 50 years in the future. "I Rarely Talk To Strangers" is a more introspective journey with a Moroderish arpeggio peppered with staccato cosmic chords. Both parts of "J Is For Jupiter" drive us towards the tunnel-end light. Overwhelmingly positive chords hit hard on the first part before a spiralling Terjeian hook drives the very final stretch.
Review: On his second Bordello a Parigi outing, Minimal Rome boss Heinrich Dressel has opened up the doors to his "analogue forest" (that's not a euphemism, by the way) and has invited us to get "Lost in the Woodland". It's an invitation worth taking, because there's much to enjoy throughout. Rich in throbbing analogue synthesizers, pulsating cosmic grooves, John Carpenter style melodic themes, Nacho Patrol-esque Afro-chug and sparkling, deep space instrumental synth-pop, it's an album that gleefully sidesteps convention in pursuit of ear-catching electronic gold. It achieves that, of course, and then some. Hacking through electronic undergrowth has never been so much fun.
Review: Slovenian space cadet Ichisan returns to the scene of the cosmic crime as he revisits select cuts from last year's superlative debut album Aperitiv. All equally velvet, "Hotel Jama" feels even more welcoming with its glistening strings, "Modri Tunel" is all about the deep dubby dynamics while "Kozmetika" while have you hot shoe shuffling quicker than you can say vibraphone. Finally "Terminal E" will fly you first class to wherever your head needs to be. Stunning, as always.
Review: Now here's an Italo treasure trove if we ever heard one. Italian disco legend Fred Ventura recorded these during his transition from State Of Art and Actor's Studio in the early 80s to his status as one of the leading figures in the Italo scene. Previously unreleased and digitally remastered, all laced with his signature introspective vocal, it's the sound of Ventura finding himself and honing his craft before he went on to drop his breakthrough release "Zeit / Hollywood Party" (both of which can be found in demo form on this collection) and set his own Italian pop benchmark. High vaultage.