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Experimental duo Demdike Stare drop a pair of crunchy new cuts on their sixth limited 'Testpressing' 12". There are two tracks here, '40 Years Under The Cosh' and 'Frontin', the former looping broken beats and woozy, buzzing atmospherics, the second a more aggressive and noisy barrage of glitching distortion and twitchy minimal drums. Comes on transparent "aquatic" 12", insert art by Alex Colman.

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Limited repress 12" on Modern Love inc. original insert with artwork by Alex Solman. Edition of 200 copies in hand-stamped sleeves.

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Testpressing#006: 40 Years Under The Cosh / Frontin' by Demdike Stare
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8/10 Brian Staff review, 08 August 2014

Got to be honest. I have not kept up with these white label obscurities from one of my favourite Manchester acts. They sell out in a week; If you ain't around, they is all gone mister. Was hoping they'd get compiled digitally one day so I could enjoy the work as a continuous archive. A DJ mix would be even better so I can do the washing up in a better mood. Getting too old to try remotely keeping up with dubplate or DJ culture, me. Bit pricey consuming their music in this fashion too?

This is quite recognisable as the work of Canty & Whittaker but I believe this series/project concentrates on their more clubby material; an aspect of their wide-reaching sound that was rather subdued when I saw them in a chapel in London a couple of years back but apparently exploded into gurning acid madness when they played a decommissioned school hall in Shipley last Winter.

The white side I'm checking first is actually a bit of a throwback to the finest tech-laced post-dubstep that was emerging in the late 00's from the Headhunter and Peverelist camps. Check Techno Dread by 2562 as a reference as well. But of course it sounds bang up to date, carving its own niche with some of that thrilling dark sonic magick they always whip into the mix. I just got shivers up the nape of my neck. Black label side is more sparse and austere; it would do a dirty protest on the dancefloor. All insistent slow stalker suspense kicks, unnerving bad-trip digital ricochet and portentous atmosphere. A sonically arresting piece of soundsystem madness however.

These are housed with a thick stock paper insert printed with some esoteric B&W geometric design which adds to the collectible appeal. I wish I'd have caught them all now as this is nothing short of visionary back-room dance music: just where it needs to be right now.


Demdike Stare - 40 Years Under The Cosh - YouTube


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