Soulwax – FROM DEEWEE / Clash Magazine

‘Maybe the less processed sound is a direct result of how it’s produced (all recorded in one live take). However opener ‘Present Tense’ – with its sparkling and crystal-clear arpeggios – feels like a statement of a purposeful tilt towards luxury. If older Soulwax work represents a spoiler-topped Subaru Impreza, then the 2017 model is…

Simian Mobile Disco – Welcome To Sideways / Clash Magazine

“While there are more than enough spells of enjoyment to be found in this release (its late-on ambience is delectably expansive, for instance) there’s not enough to forward-catapult Simian Mobile Disco’s 13-year evolution. ‘Welcome To Sideways’ sits comfortably amongst older material, but is more regressive than revolutionary.” Simian Mobile Disco – Welcome To Sideways / Review…

Simple Things Festival / Clash Magazine

‘Between Bobby’s Fish ‘n’ Chip Shop and a weary employment centre, lives Christmas Steps – the beating heart of the festival calendar’s black sheep, Simple Things. It’s home to a quaint Crack-Magazine-run pub and a number of independent shops tailing down steep steps; the street was like a Somerset take on Diagon Alley – but…

Factory Floor – 25 25 / Clash Magazine

‘What’s particularly clear about ’25 25’ by the time you reach its title-track, a jittering and pitch-bent slap hazard sort of interlude (that ultimately leads nowhere), is a focus on an urgent, throbbing pulse.’ Factory Floor – 25 25 / Clash Magazine

Metronomy – A Complete Guide / Clash Magazine

‘The woozily frenetic polk-tronica of ‘Black Eye/Burnt Thumb’ forms the album climax, whilst the nostalgic saxophones of ‘Love Song For Dog’ smother lashings of ice cream-van melody and schizophrenic drums; proving there is beauty to be found amongst this fidgety Nintendo electro.’Metronomy Guide / Clash Magazine

Jessy Lanza – Oh No / Clash Magazine

“‘i talk BB’ is another that bleeds personality, and one with such a forward-thinking attitude. After initially chugging along like some measured Jean-Michel Jarre expedition, it evolves rapidly into something more organic as Lanza’s naked falsetto dances across bare piano chords – convincing that her songwriting ability is no longer reliant on the husky reverb…

Justin Martin – Hello Clouds / Clash Magazine

“Unlike the aforementioned LP, this release isn’t solely dedicated to feed Martin’s DJ sets. The record’s nature and sounds are recognisable – there’s the same bulging squelch synths of old that gurgle away throughout the record – only now they’re tamed by a sheath of luxurious production.” – Justin Martin / Hello Clouds – Clash…

NZCA Lines – Infinite Summer / Clash Magazine

“A more immersive, majestic and ultimately engaging release than album one. Don’t expect ‘Infinite Summer’ to gravitate the commercial stardom of genre-spearheads Phoenix and Hot Chip, but while Lovett continues to shoot for the moon NZCA will orbit ever closer.” NZCA Lines – Infinite Summer / Clash Magazine

Prins Thomas – Paradise Goulash / Clash Magazine

“Not only is this arsenal of obscurities as insightful as it is successful in championing the Norwegian’s fascination with retro-futurism, the sinuous and astutely developed tracklist is prevented from disintegrating to an indistinguishable slurry of sound and matter. Paradise Goulash boils down to a relatable and nostalgic offering to electronic aficionados and novices alike. In…