If there is one label that puts the same effort in folding its carefully-curated grooves in between equally painstakingly crafted, one-off visual creations it’s certainly Lindsay Todd’s Firecracker
There’s a strong smell of heated metal, beastly musk and burnt electronic components going through Texan-born, Berlin-based producer Textasy‘s rabid debut ‘Off The Leash‘, out on 24th April via
Imagine Giorgio Moroder boarding KITT, the face stroken through by thick black sunglasses, moustache gleaming and synth blazing as the red-hot sun sinks beyond the horizon. Aussie producer X.I lands on Mind Records with an EP that just as convincingly explicits his ability at melding a serious art of the groove and a superior sense for well-built atmospherics.
With their catalogue sitting now richer of five releases and having featured contributions from the likes of DJ Overdose, N1L, Tom Dicicco, Mathis Ruffing and label captain himself Benoit B, Berlin-based
After making quite a splash with the widely praised inaugural transmission of the T.O.K.Y.O series, released via his own eponymous imprint two years ago, mysterious producer S.O.N.S is back with the just as massive ‘Shinjuku One Night Stand’ – a six-track double pack larded with acidic salvos, augmented jungle moves and irruptive laser-battle gunnery.
‘Hilbert Space’ feels like one of those archival discoveries, released low key in the nineties and never dislodged from the collections of those intrepid jocks lucky enough to stumble upon it in some overlooked indie shop. From the second it hits your eardrums it sounds well-worn with warm familiarity, yet not over saturated through pastiche.
Back on Jennifer Cardini’s label with ‘Hammocks Go West’, a three-track cosmic epic giving full vent to an infectious solution of quirky disco grooves, raucous technoid modulations and straight up funky staccato riffs, Redondo demonstrates the extent of his production skills with an ever-bold take on club functionality. Stream the italo-inflected ‘Narcotic Luv’ within.
Here we find Karamika continuing their chaotic exploration of raw, obsessive kraut and industrial motifs. Like walking the last corridor to the big boss’ dungeon in a vintage platform game, it’ll leave you both excited to outdo your own egotistic self and afraid at getting back to the real world. Get strange.