Phantom Band/Linear Johnson & The Protons - "Rush Rush"
Drums Off Chaos - "Drums Off Chaos"
Review: The sadly departed Jaki Liebezeit was the kind of drummer whose influence will be continually recognised over the decades to come. Best known for his work in Can, there are also many more sides to this singular sticksman, and Emotional Rescue has chosen to shine a light on his post-Can period living in Stollwerck. On the A side of this 7" curio is the sound of Phantom Band with Linear Johnson & The Protons. "Rush Rush" has a spiky new wave bent to it, but still Liebezeit's drumming stands out. The B side "Drums Off Chaos" need little explanation - it's the sound of one of the all-time drumming greats letting rip in a ferocious blast of percussive abandon.
Review: Ruud Lekx, the Dutch musician behind a string of releases as Rude 66 on Creme Organisation, has opted to ditch aliases for this haunting full-length. It's a well-tempered sonic barrage that pivots between experimental post-rock, cleaner coldwave moments, and industrial noise. The range of sounds, polyrhythmic 808 programming and discordant harmonies Lekx uses is impressive alone, but becomes chillingly arresting when coupled with his wife Shaunna's computerized and pseudo-schizophrenic vocals. This is not one for the faint of heart.
Review: Stylish and sultry in a way that's guaranteed to have time-honoured national stereotypes flying around within moments, Liminanas are a French two piece whose unique sound blends garage-driven psych with the French pop and ye-ye they grew up on - as damaged stylistically by Serge Gainsbourg, thus, as by The Brian Jonestown Massacre. 'Malamore', their third album to date, takes these influences and constructs a rich and seductive sound that's both cinematic and kaleidoscopic in appeal. Not even a guest appearance by Peter Hook on 'Garden Of Love' can stop these exquisitely arranged and sweetly debauched ditties from being possibly the most chic sound you're likely so stumble across after the midnight hour this year.