9/10 Mike Staff review, 28 February 2014
Weirdly enough, I was just wondering a couple of days ago what Deathprod was up to after spinning his 'Morals And Dogma' masterpiece for a couple of friends, and as if the cosmos heard my question, today I have taken delivery of this Minibus Pimps LP to review, remarkable because it not only features Helge "Deathprod" Sten but also Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, collaborating in London and in Norway.
The two of them are here using the Kyma computer system to transmute instrument sounds into monolithic rumbling drones, glassy swells and burbling squiggles for a deep space freakout that's much more in line with Deathprod's dark ambient output than anything I've heard from Jones, although the press release does insist "this method continues John Paul Jones’s experiments with computer music which began as far back as the late 70s", so it's probable I just haven't been paying enough attention to his non-rock output!
Certainly the drones on here are assured enough that it's clear both men have a good idea of what they're doing and are working together as a single-minded unit to conjure up unsettling otherworldly atmospheres which range from the smooth blackened gaping voids of 'Black Aurora' which consume side A to the panicky claustrophobic burning-spaceship terror of closer 'Superbolt'. What teasing half-melodies there are poke out of the crumbling blackness in intangible looming monoliths shrouded by fog, most of the time it's all about the drones and the textures and the dread. The longer the note, the more dread. I have enjoyed this a lot but if you are getting it because John Paul Jones is involved then take note - Them Crooked Vultures it ain't!
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