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- White Savage Dance by Karl O'Connor
9/10 Ant Staff review, 24 November 2011
A nice little retrospective for this artist, best known as Regis but has created and collaborated with loads of folks under a plethora of pseudonyms like Your Health, Sandra Electronics, Public Information Film, Sandwell District, Portion Reform, O/V/R, Diversion Group, British Murder Boys etc. This compiles 5 tracks from long out of print 7” records released around the year 2000. However the material dates back to an earlier period in Karl's career. Things get going with the brilliant metallic, industrial, mechanical clanker 'Here And Now (German Version)' then onto 'Clean Air' which displays Karl's fascination and brilliant grasp on drum machine rhythms. Then the English Version of Here And Now is wonderfully tough and gritty with a synth that sounds like high voltage electricity being shot straight into your cerebral receptor unit. You even get to hear him do some vocals on electro-post-punker 'I Understand'. You get the feeling Karl was working with a pretty limited set up but he's managed to get a lot out of the machines. The set closes with 'A Man Has Responsibilities' has “real drums” I think???? and a searing analogue synthline buzzing over some distant feedback. A great collection for those that missed out on the 7”s back in the day. Comes with postcard and lovingly written essay/ short biography by Tony Burnham who you may know as Antonym.
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