SOUL FEEDING: a list-with-review of the best releases of the month, selected by our editors.
Label: ILIAN TAPE
The balance between rarefied atmospheres and the intricacy of drum patterns, between emptiness and fullness, makes Ritorno an album to come back to over and over again, just like the waves on a beach.
EXETER is the umpteenth example of the solid concept that lies in first place under Bladee’s musical vision and in second place under the direction from the label, whose products are each time more aware of the listener’s ultimate needs.
Album: Donde Hubo Fuego
Label: Infinite Machine
Despite its characteristic unpredictability, most of Donde Hubo Fuego is very danceable and clearly club-ready. It is packed with injections of energy, and moments of emotional focus. The cautious playfulness on which the album subsists, therefore, gives it a dual purpose – as an excitable and refreshing home listen, and as a collection of eccentric dance tracks.
Album: Momentary Glow
Label: Planet Mu
The geographical and personal references, perhaps more familiar to those who live in a seaside town during the winter, allow memories to resurface in a droning sea like melancholy melodies. An invitation to just close your eyes, and let yourself be lulled by the enveloping flow of sound.
Artist: LIGH TN ING
Album: Fantasy Violence
Label: Ashida Park
Fantasy Violence is a ten-track body of work which finds its place halfway between the dancefloor and an imaginary dimension of evolving aesthetic relations.
Artist: Lorenzo Senni
Album: Scatto Matto
Scacco Matto is an excellent and enjoyable album, but it’s even more exciting to think of it as a stepping stone towards new sonic territory for the Warp-signed artist.
Artist: Luke Slater
Album: Berghain Fünfzehn
Label: Ostgut Ton
Berghain Fünfzehn highlights Slater’s ability to put together different bits and pieces, making each track a dynamic environment in which tiny fragments seamlessly merge to create a new entity, constantly morphing.
Artist: Minor Science
Album: Second Language
With Second Language, Minor Science stretches the lines of his brilliant productions. With a shrewd attention to detail and sound design, he makes dance music that sounds different from any other, and experiments with uncommon solutions that define his own personal style.
Label: Hakuna Kulala
With Impazamo, Menzi has taken gqom to new, darker territories thanks to intricate sound design and a much darker and forward-thinking orientation. This is yet another proof that the sound of Durban is now more relevant than ever.
Album: NAAFI X
Although the compilation might be less boundary-pushing than some of their bootleg compilations or individual releases, it really emphasizes their strong identity and the high musical standard that they hold themselves to.
Album: Sirens Scrapyard A & B
A collection that flows pleasurably, entering both mellow and harsh territories, always leaving the listener with food for thought. Given these premises, Sirens’ future cannot be anything but bright.
Album: 月之破滅 ✿ disappear with moonlight
月之破滅 ✿ disappear with moonlight sits miles away from the risk of losing spontaneity due to overproduction, but very close to the way we experience our memories.
Artist: Yves Tumor
Album: Heaven to a Tortured Mind
As a demiurge on Heaven to a Tortured Mind, Yves Tumor intersects visions and soundscapes in a psychedelic vortex. Turning the tables once again, they remain true to themselves but goes beyond all conventions and expectations, succeeding as only the most talented artists do.