Londoner Kerry Leatham, aka Roseau, begins this month's proceedings with Grab, the highlight from Salt, her debut album of leftfield pop. This is followed by anonymous newbie Zap Francis with Age Of, one of six very catchy instrumentals that make up his eponymously-titled debut EP, released on Bleep. Fans of Miss Kittin should appreciate the deadpan Euro-vocals and general eighties bent on Reptiloid, by French duo Dat Politics, taken from their tenth(!) album No Void. Then we have Black Purple, the lead track from the fourth EP of the same name, by the Mexican duo Zombies In Miami; ghostly vocals appropriately haunt proceedings. Out on Correspondant.
After a few listens I'm slowly warming to Howl, the third album from Ryan West, aka Rival Consoles. I've included the title track here as it represents the album perfectly: emotive, functional and anecdotal. In a similar vein, there's a satisfying functionality to the eleven tracks on Words Unspoken, Acts Undone, the debut album from Techno supergroup CW/A (Clockwork & Avatism), where the immense drum programming takes centre stage. There's many highlights on this collection but my current fav is Conjunct/Empathy which never fails to get me moving (even it is just my head).
Glaswegian Techno/Electro legend Marco Bernardi must be in the same league as Danny Wolfers when it comes to productivity levels these days (~13 EPs in the last two years) and likewise, the consistently high quality levels rarely drop. So, with Spoken Word of Lie we have a four track celebration of mutated electro reminiscent of Drexciya... superb stuff! And what better way to follow that up than with a Dopplereffekt remix? Here, the German producer Robert Witschakowski aka The Exalitics, does something to a track I've admittedly never actually heard before, but it sounds good of course.
I've already celebrated the amazing Floripa EP by German house producer Rajko Müller, aka Isolée but it's true you can never have enough of a good thing; Favouride is simply beautiful, easily up there with tracks of the year. And following this is another competitor, Waiting For A (Woman) by another Glaswegian (of sorts) Brian d'Souza aka Auntie Flo. The Afro-tinged vocals from Austrian-Ghanaian Anbuley elevates things beyond the usual run-of-the-mill electronic workout with appended vocals. And I'm rather excited to see that the forthcoming album Theory of Flow has no less than six of her vocal contributions.
It may sound a little dated to some (mostly due to the collaboration with C.A.R. whose vocals wouldn't have sounded out of place on any half-decent Electroclash song) but the new track Mirror Me, from Maceo Plex, is a stonker. Closing things out I've picked Last One In the In The, a track from Depatterning the debut Ipman album, which transforms the mood perfectly to end with Error, an eerie soundscape from Robert Henke aka Monolake. Taken from recent D.E.C. EP out on his own Imbalance Computer Music label.