9/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 25 April 2014
Sd Laika of ‘Unknown Vectors’ fame has rematerialised! Triangle have managed to coerce this relatively reclusive artist back into the public eye with a collection of eleven tracks pillaged from the artists back catalog of unreleased recordings dating back to 2011/12, tracks the artist assumed would never see the light of day...but here they are in all their abrasive grime smashing glory.
I find ‘It’s Harakiri’ incredibly difficult to take seriously. Sure, it’s inventive, unique and, with that, totally baffling but to my ear it just sounds like experimentation for experimentations sake. Audio mashing is the order of the day and, taking the blueprint of grime as a starting, Sd Laika pummels a ton of strange samples and sounds into dark and foreboding shapes. At times the inherent humour of the music rears it’s head (as on the SIDchip daftness of ‘I Don’t’) and you remember ‘hey, this guy is just fucking with me right? He enjoys fucking with people...that’s what he does’ and that’s when you remember ‘hey, i don’t even have to do this, I don’t need to be challenged in this way and is really necessary for me to venture this far up someone elses posterior’ and it’s that point I feel free of the burden of the music, which is when it starts to get really good.
Amazing stuff! Go on, it’s like a musical ‘Challenge Anneka’. I’m assuming you know what Harakiri is.
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