REVIEWS

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DJ Qu – Conjure

Nothing ever happened quickly for DJ Qu. Ramon Quezada started out as a house dancer in the late 80’s, started DJing in ’89 and didn’t produce music until 2002.... >>
8

Powder – Afrorgan

The debut year of the producer known as Powder was about as fine a beginning as you could hope for. A pair of records on ESP Institute and Born Free marked a ta... >>
7

Will Lister – Phantom

London’s primo dance record shop Phonica has been curating a small but tasteful catalogue on their in-house label since 2009. The latest addition to the stable ... >>
9

Ibrahim Alfa – Hidden by the Leaves

The last few years have seen a new trend of ‘lost’ tracks rediscovered and getting released. The whole idea gives me mixed feelings. As a music obsessive, it’s ... >>
7

Slow Life – Chromophore

Slow Life isn’t just a label, it’s a philosophy. The Berlin-based collective, helmed by percussionist and producer Sergio Moreira, have spent the last three yea... >>
8

Lumigraph – Bulletproof Holiday

Dublin’s Gareth Smyth is not one of the scene’s most prolific producers. As Lumigraph he’s put out three solo releases over four years along with a scattering o... >>
8

Art Crime – Still Life

Russia's Art Crime is one of the most underappreciated producers to emerge on the house scene in the past few years. Through a trilogy of superb EPs on W.T, Pho... >>
8.5

Sleep D – The Jackal Pt. 2

Melbourne continues to shine as the latest house music hotspot, thanks in no small part to the consistent brilliance of local labels Superconscious, Butter Reco... >>
7.5

Torn Hawk – Union and Return

The last decade of electronic music has seen many artists tackling the cultural and social overload that our digital age has ushered in. The responses take all ... >>
7.5

Olin – From Iceland

It’s not often that the Giegling label opens its doors to a new producer, particularly one from outside Germany. When fresh blood appears on a label, it’s often... >>
7

Bryce Helm – Persona

How can we define experimental music? We live in a time where mainstream alternative music already reaches quite strange places, where Raster Noton delves into ... >>
7

ItaloJohnson – ItaloJohnson 10

Italojohnson never sought to reinvent the wheel. Instead the shadowy trio producers let loose regular missives of raw, pumping house which fuse style and functi... >>
9

Psychic Mirrors – Nature of Evil

It’s not unusual for artists to conceptualise their albums as soundtracks to imaginary films or landscapes. But few go as far as directing a gloriously schlocky... >>
7.5

Jessy Lanza – Oh No

To say that Jessy Lanza’s 2013 debut album was a surprise would be an understatement. The mere fact of a Canadian electro-pop project seeing release on Hyperdub... >>
7.5

DJ Zozi – Mellow Vibe

Breakbeats have long held a cherished place in dance music, starting with the surgical rhythms of DnB and the lunatic euphoria of happy hardcore. Later other us... >>
7.5

O’Flynn – Spyglass

Blip Discs made quite a splash last year with their opening salvo of releases. A rush of Latin drums gave 4/4-weary dancefloors a boost with O’Flynn’s magnifice... >>
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Kim Brown – Wisdom Is A Dancer

The first album from Kim Brown, the duo of Julian Braun and Ji-Hun Kim, was a subtle kind of success story. A house LP in a staunchly conventional mould, ‘Somew... >>