8 track selection of tunes from Detroit space-rock veterans Fuxa. All the songs appear on one side of the splattered/clear vinyl. Guests include members of Mazzy Star, Add N to (X), Dean and Britta and Spiritualized. Blissed out psych drone excellence. Tune in, drop off, freak out.
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Randall Niemann's long-running Detroit spacepop troupe Fuxa are back with a new album that's not really a new album, although none of these songs have made it onto vinyl before now. 'Dirty Frequencies' takes four tracks apiece from two digital-only albums from last year - the CD-only 'Dirty D' and download-only 'Frequencies for Physical, Mental and Spiritual Healing' - with each side taking you on a quick tour through the respective albums' best bits.
Despite both albums coming out last year, the two sides exhibit quite different approaches. Opening with 'Reverse', a mixture of Boards Of Canada-esque analogue flutter and the squealing lap steel of BJ Cole (I later realise this is side-closer 'Forward', but in reverse!) before 'Shout Out Loud' is a shivery bit of post-punk dronepop with some vibratoed Bryan Ferry-ish vocals hovering over a woozy swamp of synths and drum machine. 'Dirty D' follows in a plaintive late-night plod of coldly echoing drums and a simple, pretty chord sequence flowing sadly out of an organ and bass guitar before Cole turns up again on 'Reverse''s sister track 'Forward'.
Compared to the foggy layers of the first side, the offerings on side B are much clearer and simpler, with more of a new-age meditative feel, particularly on opener 'Mary' with its pulsing 'Chariots of Fire' bassline and uplifting organ melody, wavering and distorted with strange buzzes and overtones that seem to take on a life of their own. Then there's the clinical kraut-plod of the Beak>-meets-Suicide 'Dream (Don't Give Up)', sort of like the motivational music from Rocky slowed down by a dying VHS player with gothily mumbled vocals taking it into a sort of deconstructed Sisters of Mercy territory.
The darkness doesn't last long, though - 'Cool Breeze' comes next and is totally 'Place In The Sun', gentle modular synth bloops, acoustic guitar strums, cheeky wah details, "ooh-ooh" vocals with angelically droning back-ups, I feel like I should be in a tropical paradise sipping on a sugary cocktail. Closer 'Amen' is similarly heart-warming, if not quite so tropical, with distant echoey vocals and warm organs shuffling us along to the LP's conclusion. Very much a record of two halves, which makes perfect sense under the circumstances, and because the tracks have been cherry-picked from longer releases the quality is consistently high.
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