37 Minute Workout is released mid-February on both vinyl LP and digital download formats. The vinyl comes in a high gloss, spot-UV varnished sleeve with black and white inner — designed, as always, by Guy Featherstone.
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- 37 Minute Workout by Russell Haswell
9/10 Ant Staff review, 14 February 2014
Your Mam’s favourite racket peddler Russell Haswell is back, this time with some of his shenanigans pressed up by Diagonal who’ve managed to capture him in beat mode. As you’d expect from Haswell’s penchant for the fucked up distorted and harsh this basically means 37 mins of extreme rhythmic noise/ techno/ electro whatever. Imagine AFX in power electronics mode jammin’ with Pain Jerk and Dave Noyze. Beats collapse and tumble, fizz and squelch all over the place seemingly constantly mutating with near a whiff of any predictable loops. Whether this is hand twiddled or controlled by some algorithmic thing I’ve no idea but it’s pretty mental like.
One bit reminds me of a period about 1999 maybe, when my mate gave me a really old massive computer, it was huge like the Empire State building. So to give me the odd break from crying myself to sleep listening to Joy Division’s ‘Closer’ on headphones in bed, I used to like defragmenting the hard drive and listening to it chugging away like it was struggling along and it was ultra loud, like a proper old thing. It used to spew out these mental crunchy rhythms and I somehow found a sense of peace in the chaos. Not that I’m trying to sound hard or anything but I might make some nettle tea, get out some healing crystals, light up some incense, lie on the floor horizontally and play this as loud as I possibly can and see if I can get my head down for a few hours. Total electronic music deviance.
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