It's always a pleasure to present new music from longtime friend and label cohort Michael Chau. After a split with Afterlife and two previous full-length releases on the label, Chau delivers another total stunner with Shade & System. The release is built around two long form pieces that were played during live sets throughout 2013. Both compositions find Chau carefully juggling a variety of synths, samplers, and subtly-used drum machines to build toward climaxes that are overwhelmingly satisfying. Chau has proven his ear for beautiful melody on past releases, but this time he takes it over the top. With each new element added to the mix, the emotional impact grows exponentially. The long form compositions are surrounded by five shorter works that chart new territory for the project, using modular synths to chop pop samples and field recordings into hypnotic abstractions and undulating rhythms. It all adds up to Bedroom's strongest release to date and another perfect excuse to turn the volume up and shift your gaze toward the clouds.