Physical Therapy is Daniel Fisher, the New Jersey born-and-raised producer + DJ, and head of the Allergy Season label. Physical Therapy is known for a constantly shifting and abstracted take on club music, from bongo-infused techno to breakbeat science. Physical Therapy has released on labels including Liberation Technologies, Unknown to the Unknown and Dial. Splitting time between Queens, NY and Berlin, Physical Therapy regularly plays at renowned venues like Bossa Nova Civic Club and Berghain.
All My Circles Run is the fourth full length release by Montreal-based electro-acoustic composer Sarah Davachi and her second outing for Students of Decay. In a move which may surprise followers of her previous output, the five compositions on this record eschew synthesizer entirely, each focusing on a different instrument, including strings, voice, organ and piano. What remains consistent however is the striking attention to detail and commitment to investigating tonal possibility that characterizes all of her work. The sinewy “For Strings” opens the album, with keening overtones stretching out in all directions to form a mass of slow moving, radiant sound. “For Voice” charts an even more celestial course, as wordless vocals ebb and flow to awe-inspiring effect. The stunning, melancholic “For Piano” closes the record and is something of a high watermark in Davachi’s oeuvre to date, with plaintive piano figures nestled atop a shimmering string drone to create a richly emotive, reverent atmosphere. Ultimately, All My Circles Run is a confident step forward from an exciting artist whose compositional and aesthetic tendencies steer her steadfastly towards both the subjunctive and the sublime.
Jonas Rönnberg makes his prolific work rate look effortless. Not many producers would hide an hour and a half of stunning techno on a small, cassette-only run, but then not many producers can write tracks with the quality and consistency Rönnberg has over recent years. While his records vary from dark ambient to techno to industrial and noise, the one thing they have in common is a sense of melody that feels as bleak as it is rousing. Perhaps more than any other artist on Northern Electronics, he embodies the Swedish label's recipe of techno fused with experimentalism and Nordic black-metal aesthetics.
We get the full spectrum of Rönnberg's discography in this 45-minute live set. It's comprised of loops from his ongoing Nordic Flora series, which has been among the best work of his career, including the RA-Recommended first EP. It begins eerily, builds to a face-melting peak, and then settles into broken beats, all with the beautiful yet unsettling melodies that Rönnberg has built his name on. It's an album's worth of original material that shows Rönnberg's singular take on techno."