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- Petit Cochon by Prostitutes
8/10 Mike Staff review, 08 May 2014
James "Prostitutes" Donadio returns this week with a fresh new full-length on Spectrum Spools. He's been making some waves over the last couple of years but his releases have previously evaded me in favour of someone more electronically minded so this is my first go at his finely balanced and heavily rhythmic soup of relentless looping beats, carefully placed samples and understated synth abuse.
It's an expertly crafted collection, with the tracks often running seamlessly into one another in a constantly shifting landscape of crispily repetitive hypno-beats and shuddering synths, ranging from almost ambient floatiness to a crunching intensity. The mood is consistently dark and ominous, somehow grimy and yet never crass, it's full of contradictions; solitary but kinetic, coldly robotic and yet full of personality, aggressively beat-driven and yet pointedly minimal.
It's a fascinating and hypnotic listen that seems to be over in a flash.
7/10 Jeffrey Dumn Brovinelli Customer review, 8th May 2014
The nom de music utilized here is definitely "wretched" in the good-old-fashioned sense of "a stupid band name aiming for shock value poor taste and succeeding without any flair", but the sounds contained within thankfully head more towards the definition of "wretched" as "grimy, destitute, and miserable." A clanking pseudo-dance LP that nevertheless provides ample opportunities to move if one sees fit, it's nearly as fine an example of decline-and-fall-of-Western Capitalism industrial as Container's fantastic "Adhesive."
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