Pictorial Candi, fOREVER TILL YOU DIE (Mansions & Millions)
While dream-pop is usually built around bland, lush melodies layered like thick strikes of oil paint, Pictorial Candi manages to swiftly circumvent these hackneyed cliches for a richer sound. Argentinian-born Candelaria Saenz Valiente draws a refreshing range of soundscapes on this vividly cinematic release, which makes it a perfect fit for Mansions & Millions, a Berlin-based label that already championed the likes of Magical Island, Better Person and Antoine93.
ვარგ [Varg], ჟინვალი (Northern Electronics)
If one was to create a meme to sum up cutting-edge techno in 2016, it would surely include a Varg tape or some Northern Electronics merch. The reduced, hardware-heavy tunes evoke a sense of early synth experiments, but still fit in contemporary contexts. Not much is known about this particular tape except that it was recorded in Georgia in 2016. It’s a great appendix to Varg’s epic and transgressive six-part Star Alliance box set for Posh Isolation, which came out late last year.
RSS Boys – b0dy fl0w (Speaker Footage)
RSS B0YS seem to operate on a entirely different wave of techno than their contemporaries. They’ve found an odd space between late vaporwave and some more far-out club sounds, and on this release chromatic textures and a warped understanding of noise and basslines trickle through their fingers like some yet-to-be-invented sci-fi prop. If you can get only a single tape inspired draws from the future, make it this one.
Matt Rogers, SK√-1 (Slip)
We’re as chuffed to gush about Slip as we are loathe to share one of our best-kept secrets. The label, operated by London/Berlin composer and EB contributor Laurie Tompkins, has curated a stellar output that often deals in carefully-arranged classical subversions. This time, Brit Matt Rogers goes places that we didn’t even knew existed on his debut, SK√-1. And it only took a Casio SK1 to get there.
AYN SØF, AYN SØF (Tombed Visions)
Cover photo via The Rooster.