Ziúr - ATØ
Ziúr delivers ATØ, the hotly-anticipated follow-up to her 2017 LP U Feel Anything?. On this record the Berlin-based producer continues to forge brave new worlds in electronic music while also coming through with some of her most streamlined work yet. A fair few of the tracks here continue down the line of IDM/deconstructed club fare, though they are visceral and deadly enough to recall the early ruptures of Arca’s catalogue. ATØ also delivers some of Ziúr’s purest club destroyers to date - the rambunctious, almost Fever Ray-esque ‘It’s Complicated’, for instance.
WaqWaq Kingdom - Essaka Hoisa
A collaboration between Shigeru Ishihara (DJ Scotch Egg, Seefeel) and Kiki Hitomi (King Midas Sound) was always going to produce something pretty unique. Their team-up as WaqWaq Kingdom has already given us some brilliantly odd records, and new LP Essaka Hoisa is no difference. House, footwork, dub techno, drone and dancehall are all pulped and formed into new shapes across these ten tracks. It’s strange stuff, sometimes a little daunting but also weirdly welcoming and very fun. Those who’ve enjoyed recent releases from Shackleton and Nyege Nyege Tapes should turn their attention towards Essaka Hoisa.
Rian Treanor - ATAXIA
With ATAXIA we are welcomed into a sound-world where club sonics are smashed together with delirious abandon. Speed garage, leftfield techno, grime, Braindance and more are all present, with Treanor dissecting the sonic artefacts from bygone eras of clubbing - a garage vocal, a synth pad or an upstart rhythmic archetype from his hometown of Sheffield, creating complex rhythmic constructions. While the focus is on experimental electronic composition, the tracks here never sacrifice dancefloor impact even as they splice their beats apart. The overall effect is at once witty and serious, abstract yet visceral, and as such he is frequently compared with artists like Errorsmith and EVOL, or indeed his father Mark Fell.