Hammer '86 by The SM Corporation

Vinyl 12" £5.99 SWS003

Ltd 12" on Shock World Service. Edition of 270 copies inc. JD Twitch (Optimo) and Great Lakes Mystery remixes.

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Hammer '86 by The SM Corporation
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9/10 Brian 25 July 2014

Every week there's one remarkable twelve inch unearthed from somebody's archives, be it some obscure italo treat or an old techno/house blinder rescued from collector scum obscurity. This amazing piece of wax went straight in my bag I tell you. To say this is the first time it's actually seen the light of day is bordering on the criminal.

The original 'Hammer '86' is a fabulous electro-tech-disco stomper with a deep, strident 80's female soul vocal and some real exotic and enticing effects that lend it a darkly sensual edge. Absolutely loving the beats on this. You could not keep still if you heard it in a club. Unless you're dead. Some gorgeous searching synths and it's shivers up the spine a-go-go. I feel gutted when it ends and put it on again twice. Apparently the band recorded the track using metal workshop implements, on a cheap Yamaha keyboard with an attached microphone.

The genius big yin of Glasgow club music, JD Twitch transforms the track into a more EBM/industrial-flavoured stomper, laying bare the SM Corps original influences such as Severed Heads and Skinny Puppy. Hear him disembodying the vocal slightly, reducing the exoskeleton of the song to a ghostly echo. It's like he's fed it a big line of ketamine and watched it fly.

Finally, the Great Lakes Mystery version of 'Hammer '86' is a very radical re-working with a quite different vocal in the mix, a graceful and darkly atmospheric piece of work. It's a stunning slice of ethereal electro pop that culminates in elegiac chamber strings and near-choral male vocals. Truly a classy re-imaging. Grand, celestial and ambitious, tinged with an epic sadness.

9/10 Jon 8th January 2015

Seems like there's A lot of great re-issues about at the moment & this one is no different - From a little known at the time Irish 80s synth pop/cold wave outfit (formerly a punk band too). Nitzer Ebb/SPK type basslines crossed with an unexpectedly pop vocal. Nice up to date remixes also, one from JD Twitch of Optimo in Glasgow that sounds like it could have made at the same time. More chilled out mix from Great Lakes Mystery that adds entirely new vocal and live instrumentation whilst keeping only the barest elements from the original track.



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