“It’s finally Summertime, but press play, close your eyes and you’d never be able to tell. Lamont Kohner‘s third single for RP lands with a roomy bass pulse and a dusty loop that slowly splits open to reveal white noise-crusted dub chords and a thumping traincar rhythm. BECKONS does what it says on the tin, with minimal side effects, drawing us into the seedy nightlife of Kohner’s noir cityscapes and neon vapors. Following the irresistible groove of BECKONS is CLOSE IT, a slightly more traditional dub techno affair, recalling the Detroit strains of Deepchord and Echospace while also conjuring a thick-as-a-brick rhythmic foundation that goes even further back to the first couple Maurizio 12″s in Germany. The whole thing congeals into that trademark Kohner shuffle, and we’re once again sitting back in a darkened taxi, window half open, smoke wafting out into the greasy streets. Falling beneath the music’s spell, you feel compelled to close the window – we’re doing something intimate in here.”
“Dérive Dub is a new moniker for Dimitar Dodovski, elsewhere known for his varied works at labels such as Databloem and Shimmering Moods, or for his Moss Garden collaboration with Lee Norris of Metamatics and Norken. Despite all of these prior iterations, Dérive Dub feels entirely fresh and vibrant, an atmosphere of its own”
“Musically, Shoreline Drive brings more excellent electronics on the deeper side of the spectrum to play with the rest of the Bedroom Compost catalog. Tim’s work is never less than superb and intimately engaging, and these five tracks are equal parts rugged techno rhythms, sultry dub chords and textured atmospheres that displace the listener. Shoreline Drive recalls not only Detroit classics like Echospace and Deepchord, but also many other deep moments in the Recycled Plastics library, from Ohrwert, Mon0, Axs, Zzzzra, Coppice Halifax and Textural Being, among others…In short, we are beyond happy to have Tim once again here with us, and Shoreline Drive feels both new and home-worn familiar, in all the best ways.”
“Heralding the beginning of the leafy and smoky season with the Autumn Equinox, Brother Blue returns with a new dub techno single, Automatic Writing. Featuring two different takes of the track, it foreshadows a new EP that will soon follow. Enjoy the bounty of the year’s crops, the annual decay of their remains and the cool incense evenings to come.”
“It is with great pleasure and eagerness that Recycled Plastics is able to introduce the listening world to Demi Odessa, a talented young man who has managed to create one of the best Summer albums we’ve ever heard. BODY MEMORY is notable not only because it is the first RP release to feature vocals, but because it embodies a beautiful confluence of youthful melancholy, seasonal playfulness, lo-fi charm and incredibly measured restraint. Elements of Demi Odessa can be traced all over the place, from warm tape-decked house music to minimal techno, from 1990’s trip hop records to classical synthpop – it’s all present, natural and unforced. Body Memory sounds easy, accessible and plays to both down and up moods at all the right points, still never letting the curtain pull back so much that we ever get a clear picture of the person behind it.
Keen listeners note: The limited edition CD-R comes with a disc-exclusive bonus track – a Milieu remix of “Don’t” that displaces Odessa’s lonesome vocals into a SAW 85-92 pool of bittersweetness for night-time cough syrup relaxation…”
“The shadowy figure known as Lamont Kohner returns to Recycled Plastics, after disappearing into a smoky alleyway one night in 2016. He carries with him the new single BROKEN, a classic Kohner cut full of high-pressure bass, monstrous kick drums and dub stabs soaked in greasy city rain. A swirling neon romp that brings to mind equal parts dark dancefloor and film noir detective stories. Backing BROKEN is the equally heavy TENSOR, a hypnotic subway train of metallic rhythms and bass pulse, which passes through the underbelly of the city BROKEN lays claim to, echoing creaks and disembodied voices through pipe systems and black tunnels.”
“Syrup is the third official Occur release, and the band’s full-length debut. Clocking in at just over seventy minutes, Syrup siphons out a colorful array of sound-play from a surprisingly minimal hardware setup. Improvised live, with no overdubs, on two analog monosynths, one analog polysynth and two analog drum machines, the recording sessions were subsequently finalized with one last coat of paint via software post-processing. Despite Dropper being released as OCR2, Syrup was in fact recorded directly after Drum, chronologically.
Sonically, Syrup shows Occur in a lethargic, almost drunken and drugged mode, with notable references to screwed-and-chopped hip hop, smoked out dub techno and psychedelic synthesizer jaunts that hang like discreet curtains in one moment, and fall down a flight of Berlin-school stairs in the next. Syrup is often a thick, foggy experience, wading through gelatinous oceans marked only by irradiated meteors crashing into the melting waves. Evident are the band’s influences things like Autechre’s Amber and Oversteps albums, Cylob’s Cylobian Sunset, early Deepchord 12″s and platEAU.”