VA – Triangle’s Peak LP [GTDLP5]

Gated’s second compilation takes inspiration from the path less travelled, the earthen underbelly that binds disparate threads to its wonky centre. So while the music here is from artists all over the world, each track is grounded in a quirky, off-kilter sound, from the opener by UK hardware house don Perseus Traxx to the closer by Space Agent, the alias of a yet-to-be unveiled techno artist. In between we get Gated stalwarts Guavid, Lucita Octans, Acidulant, and Lloyd Stellar with their takes on the wonk, plus glassy-eyed electro from Austin, USA-based Terrestrial Access Network, unusually banging fare from man of the moment MOY, and broken techno from the criminally under-appreciated Stacie-Anne Churchman. There’s also the reissued and remastered sub-bass squelcher Beta Carotene by Modified Starch, which was originally released in 1998 on UK breaks label Slalom.

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VA – Triangle’s Peak LP [GTDLP5]

Lucita Octans – Roseoryx LP [GTDLP4]

Lucita Octans is a pseudonym for Melissa Speirs, half of the electro duo Biochip (CPU, WeMe). “Roseoryx” is the debut album from Lucita Octans and is influenced by the full spectrum of electronica, with a unique palette of genre-busting sounds bursting forth from a singular mind. It’s raw but melodic, intense but deep, and tough yet fun. As Melissa describes it “Lucita Octans is floating adrift somewhere. She is looking for the perfect world. Melodies kind of come to her by a somekind of phenomenon. She begs you not to take her too seriously. She was never here and neither are we.”

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Lucita Octans – Roseoryx LP [GTDLP4]