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Stefan Jaworzyn is a bit of a UK underground legend. Back in the day he played in Skullflower, Whitehouse, Ascension and Descension as well as running the Shock label which released gems by Coil, Nurse With Wound, Skullflower, Drunks With Guns to name but a few. He also ran an oldskool mail order list which is partly responsible for my musical tastes as my mate Jim used to buy records from it and ...

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Ltd LP on Trensmat (Whitehouse/ Skullflower/ Shock Records man).

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Principles of Inertia by Stefan Jaworzyn
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9/10 Ant Staff review, 24 April 2014

Stefan Jaworzyn is a bit of a UK underground legend. Back in the day he played in Skullflower, Whitehouse, Ascension and Descension as well as running the Shock label which released gems by Coil, Nurse With Wound, Skullflower, Drunks With Guns to name but a few. He also ran an oldskool mail order list which is partly responsible for my musical tastes as my mate Jim used to buy records from it and turned me onto some amazing stuff.

After an extended time-out it’s great that the man has re-emerged from the shadows and is now releasing music again. I’ve personally picked up everything he’s released recently and been loving it. The archive stuff has been a revelation; ‘Drained of Connotation’ LP on Blackest Ever Black and ‘Eaten Away By Shadows’ compilation CD on the now reactivated Shock label. Then the new material; a wickedly wild pair of 12”s on Shock, a killer LP on Kye and now the fantastic ‘Principles of Inertia’ record for Trensmat who can do no wrong at the minute. I’m very happy about the fact that loads of people are making techno these days. Of course you have to turn the shit filter on to get to the good stuff but I feel the world has finally realised that like free jazz before it, techno is possibly the only format that points towards the future of music and what music can be. Stefan’s approach is idiosyncratic to say the least.

‘Principles of Inertia’ kicks off with ‘Biorigged’ - sounding not unlike later period Meat Beat Manifesto but more deranged. A booming distorted breakbeat as it’s skeleton with flesh comprised of squirming modular synth bleeps, pulses and acidic squiggles wibbling, constantly on the move and evolving. ‘Festival of Lies’ dispenses with the fun and heads into blacker zones with tortured howls, unnerving arrhythmic beats, dissonant static and distorted gurgling bass. The man has clearly seen one too many horror flicks or is the victim of repeated night terrors.

On the flipside ‘Gland Collector’ is propelled by a tearing analogue synth riff which seems to warp, phase and filter. Meanwhile creepy, paranoid synth swirls give the impression some real bad shit is about to go off. ‘Apocalypse’ is all over the place, just as you try to grasp a sound or loop it just slips away, the drums are clattering like a drum machine infected by some evil virus while big widescreen icy synth swells push forward and retreat. As for the other synth bits, well they are just total and utter mayhem soundling like Animal from the muppets put down his sticks and started twiddling on his fresh Doepfer Euro Rack setup. Comes with a download which includes a bonus tune. Top action!


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