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Young Alaska

Album of the Week

Artist
Christian Loeffler
Release
Young Alaska
Label
KI Records

Christian Loeffler releases his album Young Alaska on the label Ki Records, of which he is co-founder, following a string of deep and emotive releases on C.Sides and Orphanear. Young Alaska is arguably his finest work to date, distilling a stirring, mood-rich take on techno, ghostly vocals and crackling, delicate beats pulled onto dance floor templates. 'Notes' revolves around mournfully fluttering vocals and crisp but light percussion, building a soulful odyssey that, while it pulsates with the steady thump of club music, is far more geared towards the heart and head. The gritty strings and pinging synths that carry the opening title track are hypnotising, while the spiralling electronics of 'Mt. Grace', underpinned by sighing voices, is strangely moving. 'Beirut' is probably the album's most club-focused moment, glimmering pads creating a tightly wound atmosphere. The lulling piano chords of 'All Comes' provide further ambivalent, electronic emotion. All in all, it's an unusual but moving album, techno tropes used to create dark but soulful music.

Melba's Call (Deleted Mix)

EP of the Week

Artist
Bok Bok
Release
Melba's Call (Deleted Mix)
Label
Night Slugs

Night Slugs boss Bok Bok returns with the funk-tinged single ‘Melba’s Call’, featuring vocals from DC soul singer Kelela. The track is impressive in its unabashed extravagance, with strident synth stabs and shanking funk guitars piercing through skittering half-step percussion. The producer’s marriage of hefty bass surges and Kelela’s commanding vocal delivery is admirable, resulting in a mixture as likely to impress a dancefloor as festival stages and mainstream radio. For Bok Bok to bring his refined productions to a larger audience without artistic compromise is an achievement which shouldn’t be sniffed at.

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