10/2011: Red Stars Over Tokyo, Alva Noto, Stingray
Long formats with experimental angle dominated my Juno charts in October. Was pleased to learn that Red Stars Over Tokyo did a great mini-LP “Hits Of Sunshine”, containing both ambient warmth and pulsating bass. Grinding sounds in excess are found on Alva Noto‘s (Carsten Nicolai) “Univrs”, released by German experimental imprint Raster-Noton. Sherard Ingram is becoming a resident in top three, this time under the moniker Stingray Enters The Unknown. The release has two versions of “The Sadist” plus reworks by electro luminaries like Heinrich Müller and Cestrian. The fourth spot goes to Zeal, a new artist with strong mix of techno, electro and breakbeats. Kuedo‘s synth odyssey on Planet Mu was among top albums last month and Sweden’s enigmatic Abdulla Rashim is a front runner of the droning techno scene.