Review: Malka Tuti's latest must-check chunk of accessible experimentalism comes courtesy of Toresch member and Tolouse Low Trax collaborator Viktoria Wehrmeister. Under the Decha alias, she presents a solo debut that gleefully sidesteps conventional electronic music tropes. Musically, it's varied and intriguingly tropical in tone, with the presence of Wehrmeister's spoken word or freestyle vocals throughout unifying a nine-track set that variously doffs a cap towards minimalist electronic pop, indigenous South American instrumentation, droning ambient soundscapes, lo-fi electronica and pleasingly out-there soundscapes. As debuts go, "Hielo Boca" is arresting and impressive in equal measure. Recommended.
Review: Following two fine teaser singles on Malka Tuti, Tapan (AKA Belgrade-based producers Nebosja Bogdanovic and Goran Simonosk) are finally ready to unleash their debut album, Europa. A genuinely unique proposition, the set sees them flit between mind-altering Middle Eastern dub-jazz (the trippy title track), delay-laden late night soundscapes (the brilliant "In My Heart"), woozy post-punk dystopia ("Bogovi"), percussion-rich, horn-heavy weirdness ("Trouble") and the kind of dubwise, other-worldly fare that we'd once have expected to hear from early '80s Bristolian bands such as Maximum Joy. It's naturally hugely atmospheric, but more impressive than that is the duo's imaginative approach. While the influences are easy to spot, describing the results is pleasingly tricky.
Review: Serbian twosome Tapan has previously released a handful of singles and a fine album - January 2018's "Europa" - on Malka Tuti, so this belated return to action should warm the cockles of all those who enjoy their esoteric brand of dancefloor exoticism. "Ghana" is a particularly potent example; a chugging chunk of mid-tempo heaviness that uses undulating acid lines, hypnotic electronic motifs and densely layered percussion hits to create a particularly mind-mangling mood. The track's inherent darkness is explored further on Front De Cadeaux's loose, percussive and thrillingly wayward remix. Over on side B, Tapan original "The Beast" - another trippy, bleep-laden experimental acid cut - is accompanied by a hypnotic, dub disco influenced revision by Odopt.