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- Testpressing #002 by Demdike Stare
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This Test Pressings series from Demdike Stare is proving to be pretty darn tasty. Like the first instalment in the series this 12" comprises two side long cuts. On top is 'Grows Without Bound' which begins with a dirty industrial analogue loop with fuzzy edges. It churns away for a couple of minutes and is joined by a thunderous sub-low rumble as it occasionally shifts down a key or two. Then from the distance some clattering broken percussion emerges, gradually making its presence known with snappy snares that sound like a kung-fu flick punch sound effect. It's all pretty gloomy yet somehow exhilarating, really building some tension making me wonder where it's gonna go, if anywhere. Eventually the harsher elements retreat leaving the skeletal percussion intact and revealing that ultra low frequency that even Mika Vainio would be proud of.
Underneath lies 'Primitive Equations 1' beginning with jumbled up speech samples and fat digi-dub bassline. As it progresses you get the inclination that the voices could be transmitting subliminal messages. Then bang! the drums kick in, in proper old skool Photek style and we're plunged into prime dark side hardcore territory. The drums have a live sampled/ organic quality to them and really keep the momentum going with a heavy dose of funk. Then time for a sinister breakdown and then back in. Hat's off to these guys as they've really given a classic template their own stamp with their arcane sounding dusty industrial sound pallate. It's one of those tracks you can happily nod your head to at home but will equally make bodies move on the dancefloor. I like a fair bit of the Demdike Stare stuff but odd bits I can happily live without. This 12" however and the previous are gonna get some serious caning. Lovely artwork concept too - Class gear and probably won't be kicking about for too long.
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