‘Radical Zoo’ is the collaborative work of musicians and artists affiliated with the KlangundKrach and Red for The Colour Blind collectives in Prague. Known collectively as Lightning Glove, they made a name for themselves with their rough, menacing electro, casting abrasive, nightmarish soundscapes that would be at home on the darkest of David Lynch films.
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Ono Tesla follow the excellent Negra Branca LP with a mighty curveball from Lightning Glove who hail from the Czech Republic. First introduced to the world at large via a cassette on parent label Tesla Tapes, which is of course curated by the North of Englands sonic explorers GNOD. It’s not an easy task writing about this record, simply because it pretty much defies categorisation.
At it’s core it’s deep, raw electronic music taking in elements of techno, darkwave, electro industrial, punk and the weight of heavy digital dub. There’s a weighty additional dimension added into the mix via the vocals with a delivery that’s somewhere between Genesis P Orridge and Shaun Ryder. Folks in the office seem to be enjoying this reminding of everything from Factory Floor, MGUN, Public Image Limited and Urban Tribe
I’ve seen this record being labeled as “Cyberpunk” which seems pretty apt, as I imagine hallucinatory neon lit dystopian Eastern European landscapes of the future. Despite dropping a few loose comparisons, Lightning Glove have a rare original sound and ultimately don’t really sound like anyone else I can think of. You just get the feeling these guys are tucked away jamming, getting lost in their sounds constructing sonic utopias and dystopias that seem to exist simultaneously. It takes a couple of spins to get there but once you’re locked into ‘Radical Zoo’ it effortlessly carries you into their vision. I can totally imagine a scene in a sci-fi flick where these guys are playing a filthy cybergoth club.
Mastered by Stephen Bishop of Opal Tapes with wraparound risograph print by Michael Holland.
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