μ-Ziq – Chewed Corners
Bold, bright and inventive. I’d go as far as to say this is Mike Paradinas‘s most accessible album in his μ-Ziq guise. There’s none of the abrasive snarl of some of his work, replaced instead with technicolour synths and a couple of almost euphoric trancey-house tracks.
Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
This is immense – a hypnotic tour de force of an album. Fuck Buttons have moved away from the tinny-high-end single-chord-euphoria of 2009’s (Andy Weatherall produced) Tarot Sport to a darker, heftier sound, though no less grand in scope. And they have nailed it fantastically. It is at turns gripping, visceral, alien and magnificent. Suffice to say it has been getting a lot of play.