Review: Off The Record sees German label Bureau B offer up a wonderful presentation of music from ex Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos. Apparently originally conceived whilst Bartos was part of the iconic group, these twelve tracks have been fully developed from the musical diary he kept all those years ago. What was initially a secret collection of rhythms, riffs, hooks, chords and melodies have been reconceived and re-contextualised by Bartos in a modern setting and Off The Record should make for compelling listening for the legions of Kraftwerk completists out there. "The Binary Code" stands out, a swooping array of 8bit arpeggios unfurling and taking your senses with you whilst "Musica Ex Machina" is the sort of chugging, busy vocoder led machine funk you'd feasibly hear in a Weatherall back to back set with Smagghe
Review: Back in 2014, German electronic legend Dieter Moebius joined forces with chamber music composer Tim Story and Jon "Wobbly" Leidecker on Snowghost Places, an album that explored the space between krautrock, ambient, minimal techno and experimental electronica. Three years on, the trio presents the follow-up, Familiar. It's a fitting title, because the album explores similar sonic territory, albeit in a myriad of different names. Across the course of the album's six tracks, expect to hear blasts of warped and manipulation Can style drums, glitchy and Autechre-esque electronic rhythms, acoustic instrumental samples wrapped around pulsing minimalist techno rhythms, discordant electronic sounds and otherworldly ambient workouts.