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8/10 Ant Staff review, 29 August 2013
Long awaited collaborative release between two UK electronic music heavyweights that follows up a live performance at a Blackest Ever Black party over in the big smoke. Things kick off with ‘Industrial Disease’ which begins with some Haswell machine noise before plunging into a dark slow motion dancehall rhythm with gritty and sinister analogue bass. The overall claustrophobic atmosphere recalling later material by Karl O’Connor’s fellow brummie Mick Harris as Scorn. Around mid-way the rhythms vanish and the bass becomes all scrunched up, seemingly struggling along and sounds like it’s dying while one awaits with keen anticipation for the drums to kick back in and the bass to come back to life. But no such obvious tricks are present. Rather the Haswell noise textures that introduced the track reappear leaving me wanting a little more.
‘Caulk’ begins with a heavy doom laden drone and a light dusting of tension building percussion, slowly the intensity creeps up having me half expecting a kick drum to manifest at some point, but again the duo avoid any obvious techno traits in favour of a more experimental and teasing approach which explores sweeping electronic wind textures and gritty, crunchy, dirty electronics.
‘The Unabridged Truth’ brings the 4/4 kick action complete with reverb soaked rim-shots and the filthy bass sound of the opening track. Some shuffling percussion enters the mix to assist with any potential dancing activity then as soon as you get your groove on it descends into some lovely Haswell noise abuse.
White vinyl 12” in usual classy PAN screen-printed PVC sleeve.
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