Review: Man Band mandem Toma Kami returns to Livity with more sharp tools and insanity, this time in the form of "Negative Extasy". Each cut primed with big roomy broken beats, each cut more beguiling and trippier than the last, each cut rising in intensity; "E-Ache" warms us up with soothing harmonic stabs over a cavernous beat, "Aces" spins us round the stars with housey chords and pretty percussive vapour trails while "Suomi" is nothing short of a 24th century funeral march. For most the title track will be the highlight; more upbeat and bumping, with fat layers of percussion, it's Toma in pure peaktime mode... And everyone's invited.
Review: There are plenty of surprises dotted throughout Tesselations, Peverelist's third full-length (and first for Livity Sound, the label he jointly runs with frequent collaborator Kowton). For starters, it's a largely positive and melodious affair, with the Bristol producer's usual weighty bass and punchy machine drums - this time veering from clandestine Teutonic techno to sprightly IDM style electro, via a fair few nods to broken beats - being accompanied by ear-pleasing electronics, cascading melody lines, and even a few Head High style boisterous rave riffs. The pacing is superb, too; for every warts-and-all club jam there's another cut that's either contemplative, beat-less or softly spun. The result is a set that shines from start to finish.