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Mars89 - End of the Death (Bokeh Versions)

The usual high quality is in evidence from Bokeh Versions on this, the latest appearance on the label from Japanese producer Mars89. The tagline suggests it sounds like "‘Street Fighter’ meets ‘Pulse X’ meets gqom" which might be about right, as it's certainly right up my street. From the opening track "End of Death" - which manages to make Cutty Ranks time honoured "Six million ways to die" sound fresh as a daisy - to the claustrophobic "Run To The Mall" or the Knight-Rider-channelling "Random Coherence" this is darkside percussive brilliance from start to finish.

Tom Richards - Pink Nothing (nonclassical)

Described by the man himself as "Polyrhythmic abstract electronica", this EP features four trancey, meditative pieces of truly engaging and beautiful machine music, for the most part recorded in single takes from instruments of the artists' own design. In fact, some of the material is taken direct from recordings of Tom's live performance. Personal favourite at Robot Riddims towers is "Pink Something" which wriggles it way slowly into life in a serpentine fashion before detonating in a mind bendingly twisted crescendo. If this sort of thing floats your boat it's also worth checking out Tom's blog here and his revival of electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram's lost "Oramics" machine here.

Hidden Operator - Ghost in the Wires (Kings Chamber)

This debut album from Gothenberg based dubster Hidden Operator builds on his frankly superb EP releases of the last few years with neat ten track selection of sub-acquatic bass, snappy dancehall drums and the occasional electro or world music influences. Think On-U Sound for the noughties and you'd not be too far away. High praise indeed, but it's well deserved - check out the weightless skank of "King Creole" for starters, or the Pablo-esque "The Great Escape". Kings Chamber was already one of my favourite record labels of recent years, and "Ghost in the Wires" just cements that feeling - don't sleep!