Review: Shine Grooves is a multifaceted artist, and this second record for Kimochi Sound explores two sides of that personality. The delicate, introspective, expressive precision of After All, DPS v55, and Secret move from sublime resignation to summery exuberance to a kind of earnest meditation. On the other side, collaborations with X343 yield a more extroverted approach: spontaneous mutations turn rolling grooves into unpredictable improvisational explorations.
Review: To mark the passing of a quarter of a century since the birth of Eric Morand and Laurent Garnier's influential F Communications label, the long-defunct imprint has returned to deliver 25 re-mastered reissues of important and sought-after releases. "Club Traxx", Garnier's all-action, dancefloor-focussed 1995 EP made in tribute to legendary Parisian venue the Rex Club, is undoubtedly worth its place in the series. There's much to enjoy, from the moody, Motor City style synth-strings and bustling techno grooves of "Side Effects" and the wild, mind-altering stomp of "Ranchando O Bico", to the deep techno dreaminess of "Aquarius", the stab-happy, warehouse-ready thrust of "Pigalle", and the intergalactic, acid-fired call-to-arms that is "Dance 2 The Music". Proper European techno that pays due reverence to the sound's roots; don't sleep!
Review: <3 is a rather pop leaning new album from Atom TM written in collaboration with an "entity" called x1n. The producer himself refers to the sound as "hard code pop" and the entity generated human voice and natural language content. It came with an obtuse message from the entity which is worth finding if you want some extra back story, or else just dive headfirst into the music. It's a flurry of whirring machines and deconstructed electronic sounds, with dehumanised vocals lost in the middle of it all. Despite the cold futurism of it all, there is still plenty of soul to be found in these fascinating tracks.