John Heckle / Malcolm Moore – The Emerald Cities Project [AMR028E]

Altered Moods Recordings’ 27th release features a barnstormer of a track by John Heckle. Its big,fat, analog bassline combined with take-charge leads and rising melodies is a floor-filler. “Emerald 66” is six minutes of dancing bliss with its in-your-face snares, claps, and tambourines. Malcolm Moore works the flip side with “Way Of The City”, an affair that starts out muted but quickly expands into a drum-filled frenzy. A break in the action gives dancers a moment to catch their breath before the acid onslaught continues in earnest in the second half.

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John Heckle / Malcolm Moore – The Emerald Cities Project [AMR028E]

Ondo Fudd – Coup D’Etat [TTT017]

Cover art - Ondo Fudd: Coup D’Etat

Following on from his releases on Fabric’s Houndstooth label, Call Super takes his contemporary take on low-slung, lo-fi referencing techno to The Trilogy Tapes, dropping this three track EP under the Ondo Fudd moniker. Hinting at the deeper influences of the Workshop stable together with swirling lysergic synths that provide some welcome melodic relief from the thick, crunchy rhythms. Title track ‘Coup D’Etat’ has the sprightly synths of early Detroit techno allied to clattering metallic percussion and ghostly voices. ‘Harbour’ reflects retro electro back at us through a dust-covered mirror. ‘There Will Be A Time’ reimagines a rainforest populated by robot birds and mechanical creatures.

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Ondo Fudd – Coup D’Etat [TTT017]