Groovy power electronics, anyone? That's not exactly what Shit And Shine do, but listening to "PG 13", fixed with its dance beat, slick bassline and an onslaught of piercing screams, you'd be forgiven for thinking 'Powder Horn' was Pharmakon hanging with the Bee Gees. Similar to Astral Social Club's experiments in seeing if noise music can intersect with the sounds of your average nightclub, 'Powder Horn' brings together conventional funk and disco sounds with bursts of dissonant noise, the occasional slice of industrial percussion and tortured vocals. Rhythmic, smooth and terrifying all at the same time, the music of Shit & Shine makes for some brilliant contradictions.
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9/10 Mike Staff review, 28 August 2014
Irresistible repeato mavericks Shit and Shine are at it again this week with a brand new double-LP on Diagonal, and over the nine tracks of 'Powder Horn' they show themselves to be in as wildly creative and unpredictable form as ever.
Starting as they mean to go on, the two tracks on side A couldn't be more different - first we've got the spluttering groove rock of 'Astros Hat' with its unfeasibly buzzy, bassless guitar and lolloping groove reminding me of Battles' first couple of EPs, before 'Who's Your Waitress' throws us into unexpected acid-dub territory with some vocodered r'n'b vocals and soft '80s synths, there's a hint of Connan Mockasin's recent experiments with woozy soul-pop and twisted psychedelia.
Then on side B there's 'Pearl Drop' with its skittering electro loops, subtly shifting grooves and snotty, crackling vocal rantings before the hallucinogenic Eric Copeland-esque percussive samplescape of 'Bingo' with its queasily looping beats and madcap melodic details, that deconstructs into a strange minimal jazz-skronk passage with cartoonishly sped up speech samples.
And there's still a whole LP left to go! On disc two you've got deconstructed industro-clank boogie-noise, laser-blasting acid techno indulgences, squelchy underwater bleep-pop, splintered toytown speed-dub and wonky haunted bunker techno. Often wacky, stylistically all over the place, but held together by a restless sonic creativity and an unquenchable thirst for repetition. This is right up there with previous career highs like 'La Grand Larance Prix'. Heartily recommended.
5/10 Jon Customer review, 3rd September 2014
I won't ever play this cd againg. Not because of the music, that's everything the norman boys say, its the stupid packaging. Single slip case, no spine, just bigger than the cd. Like every other cd in such a case it is going get pushed back and vanish in between the other cds, never to be seen again. Why? Do these people not own physical music? Do they not know that cds in cases like this just disappear? Bloody annoying. £8 it cost! Right, looks like I'm down loading it and then trying to sell it to some sap on ebay. At least that way I might hear every now and again as the ipod pass through on shuffle.
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