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Pataphysical: Periphera

The ever-essential 12th Isle serve some truly peripheral music as the latest addition to their catalogue from live-focussed London trio Pataphysical.

GALA Festival 2019

As London’s nightlife and party scene is increasingly monopolised by the big clubs and big events, it’s important to recognise and support the grass-roots manoeuvres. GALA is a great place to start, and definitely one to keep an eye open for this time next year.

Actress x Stockhausen sin {x} II at The Royal Festival Hall

On the evening of the 14th of May, Actress performed a standardly unique piece of new avant-guard music, a rehash of late classical pioneer Stockhausen’s Welt-Parliament, in no less a venue than The Royal Festival Hall at the National Theatre in London.

Acronym: Mistress of the Copper Mountain

Acronym has long been more than worthy of attention, and now with Stilla Ton further cementing the reputation there’s all the more reason to watch: he has another outlet to release music through.

Gaunt: She’s No Patsy

Not So Much only rears its head occasionally, but each time it pops up with something weirder than the usual fare gripped in its teeth. The latest offering goes to show not only that Gaunt is stepping into stride, but also that Not So Much remains worth keeping an eye out for, however long we have to keep ’em peeled.

Alessandro Adriani: Morphic Dreams

Following from the ‘Embryo’ EP, Adriani unleashes his full album, delving deeper into the conceptual constructs introduced on the precursor with analogue formations blessed by Adriani’s highly developed taste for pace and friction.

Mani Festo + LMajor: Club Glow Vol​.​2

Borai & Denham Audio crack open the neon “Club Glow” tin for the sophomore release – this time Mani Festo and label family LMajor turn in a full albums-worth of material each, burning up each side of the tape with the same energy as that which set the debut on fire.

No Moon: Where Do We Go From Here?

Manchester’s No Moon is tapped for 3 innovative cuts of electro-infused floor shakers on a hyper-relevant disc for 2019’s sound; a tasteful amalgam weaving restlessly between deep house, acid, breakbeat and electro.

Varg: Sky City Part 1 & 2

Varg clearly remains one of the standout producers around today, regardless of his chosen field of action. ‘Sky City’ is just another (thoroughly well-executed) underlining of this – a flourish or a stark challenge to those treading the beaten-down path.

Alessandro Adriani: Embryo EP

To be so consistently productive in a small enclave of stylistically dark music and still return music worthwhile listening to is a mark of quality in Adriani’s work.

Logos: Imperial Flood

Over the course of 9 bleak tracks ‘Imperial Flood’ carves something of a tense horror mystery…each track is poised at the precipice of being club-ready, yet slyly avoiding it. One little nudge would be enough: this LP is a weapon in the hands of a shrewd DJ, but an enigma to a less-capable one.

Jan Jelinek & Asuna: Signals Bulletin

Occupying the parallax between Berlin and Kanazawa, Jan Jelinek and Asuna set their sights on far-off stars, creating over the course of a three year period bright, celestial works whilst remaining thoroughly grounded in deeply human production.

Sonmi451: Nachtmuziek

Continuing their reign of solid releases, the label stride onto their 13th with a rare new recruit in the form of Belgian producer Sonmi451.

Fennesz: Agora

Electronic extraordinaire Fennesz supplies four operatic cuts for the Touch label with “Agora”, a rare solo foray by the artist, constructed from what hardware was to hand in his bedroom.