O. Xander – From Antartica With Love [US010]

When he made his debut on Nous Disques last year, there was much discussion about whether O.Xander – AKA DJ Rei Ayanami – was actually from Antarctica, as his sparse Soundcloud profile claimed. Either way, he’s decided to roll with the theme on this fine follow-up, From Antarctica With Love. The EP’s five tracks variously touch on icy electro (“Snowspeeder Blues”), windswept acid (“Thru Our Veins”), glacial electronica (“A Perfect Balance”), and clanking, mechanical techno (the deep but metallic “Full Spectrum”). The latter track is also featured in Juniper Dub form, with the Smallville and meandyou duo excelling at combining cut-up melody snippets with rolling, drum machine rhythms.

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O. Xander – From Antartica With Love [US010]

VA – Smallville Ways: 10 Years [SMALLVILLECD010]

This year, Smallville Records is celebrating a decade in the game with the Smallville Ways compilation.

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VA – Smallville Ways: 10 Years [SMALLVILLECD010]

Juniper / Arnaldo – We Met In Manchester [SMALLVILLE030]

Smallville reach out to Manchester, welcoming Meandyou residents Juniper and Arnaldo into the fold with the excellent four tracker We Met In Manchester. “Quiet Moon” sets the tone, a blissful arrangement that gently coaxes itself into action and swerves delightfully when in full rhythmic flight. In contrast “Selenic” is a dreamier proposition with swirling melodic textures lying deep in the mix as Mumberson and Holt shift the rhythms in and out of focus. Arnaldo is in similarly reflective fashion with “A Song Name Of One Word” which momentarily pauses on some wonderfully chiming chords before a voice appears from the depths to drive the track on.

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Juniper / Arnaldo – We Met In Manchester [SMALLVILLE030]