Review: Born in Tehran and raised in Berlin, Nima Chatrsimab aka NYMA utilises his heritage and melting pot of influences on this record. The album is made in collaboration with vocalist Noisy Vibration, sitting somewhere between house, techno and electro - with honest pop sensibilities. He began his career around 2013 with early affiliations with the likes of Items & Things and Desolat, but has since released mainly his own imprint IT'S ALL IN YOU. It's definitely more of the bleepy and bumpy minimal house you've come to expect from him, with highlights such as the classic acid house vibe of "Instinctual Lover", the sweaty jackathon of "Body Worx" and the brooding darkwave vibe of "XX". Also, the gnarly EBM stomper "I Know You" is worth mentioning, making for a diverse yet cohesive collection of tracks. Chatrsimab has also been involved with product design - along with Magda he was responsible for a custom MIDI DJ controller with German manufacturer Faderfox a few years back.
Review: Finally in on triple vinyl! Given the fashion for library music, disco noir and the synth-heavy soundtrack work of Goblin and John Carpenter, it was probably inevitable that Italians Do It Better would dip their toe into cinematic waters at some point. Themes From An Imaginary Film is their contribution to the oeuvre - an all-star collection of melodic synth doodles, atmospheric compositions and faux cinematic themes produced by Chromatics/Glass Candy men Jonny Jewell and Nat Walker. Its 37 tracks are, predictably, impressively evocative, variously recalling sounds and styles previously employed by notable synth composers Vangelis, Jan Hammer, Claudio Simonetti and, of course, John Carpenter.