Review: Besides his love for giving his releases sequential numerical titles and his ability to whip up some serious moods with minimal ingredients, still little is known about this Buttery Fred but when the music sucks you in as much as this, it's really not a problem. Taking elements of jungle, electro, hip-hop and techno and deconstructing them around super spacious beats, he's created a unique sound in a busy scene. Highlights on this third annual LP collection include the strangely Photekian "Sub Dynastee", the jazzy soul of "Zepta" and the graveyard tip-toeing creepy climax "Phantom". Greasy.
Review: Macintosh Plus is perhaps not the best-known pseudonym of Ramona Andra Xaxier - she's much wider known for her work as Vektroid - but it's certainly one of her most historic. Xavier released an album under the alias way back in 2011 but has done little with the name since. "Sick & Panic", a fresh single-sided salvo pressed to an attractive and eye-catching picture disc, is therefore a more than welcome return. Musically it's a vibrant but fiendishly experimental affair, with Xavier delivering a madcap, 12-minute sound collage rich in glitchy, cut-up samples, Vaporwave synth sounds, fizzing electronics, wild electric guitar solos, tipsy bursts of mind-altering digital noise and occasional leftfield rhythms. It's alluringly odd all told, and thanks to some clever construction the whole thing makes perfect sonic sense.