NOW PLAYING: A Roundup of Record Reviews, Featuring Gate, Pan Sonic and the ‘Lagos Disco Inferno’ Compilation

Some of the sleeves from 'Lagos Disco Inferno'

Here’s what was on self-titled‘s office stereo today:

The Artist/Album: Pan Sonic, Gravitoni (Blast First Petite, 2010)

The Songs In a Couple Sentences: The creepy, crumbly death knells of two post-industrial madmen, with a couple dark ambient breathers toward the end. If Trent Reznor was reincarnated as the second coming of Throbbing Gristle, he’d make music like this.

The Artist/Album: Gate, A Republic of Sadness (Ba Da Bing!, 2010)

The Songs In a Couple Sentences: Traumatized techno-pop tunes that refuse to sit still or offer any hope; like Superpitcher if he really had a heroin habit. And from Michael Morley of The Dead C, no less.

The Artist/Album: Various Artists, Lagos Disco Inferno (Academy LPs, 2010)

The Songs In a Couple Sentences: Truth in advertising–a mirror ball-doused conga line that doesn’t quit, as selected by Frank Gossner of fame. Boogie man beats and funky fresh breaks at their very best. Check out some clips here.