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- PRTLS001 / Ltd marbled vinyl 12" in PVC screen-printed sleeve. Edition of 300 copies inc. Dadub and Kerridge remixes
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- Merkabah / S-nInYourHead by Shaddah Tuum
7/10 Brian Staff review, 18 September 2014
God almighty. This is dark shit. Trying to find some info on Shaddah Tuum and one can only ascertain they've remixed Bestial Mouths, an act so seemingly lugubrious I daren't listen to them for fear of my last remaining vestiges of soul being irreversibly corrupted/charred to black.
This bleak baby is four tracks long, hand numbered to the label and features a remix by Sam Kerridge. It's on inky marbled vinyl and the piece named 'Merkabah' is an ominous chunk of molten techno-noir replete with monotone bass throb, mid-paced kick drum and tons of hellish sounding industrial ephemera to proper get the girls kicking their shoes off on the dancefloor in ecstatic abandon. Not really. The other tune 'S-nInYourHead' begins sounding equally grim with a trans-dimensional Satanic whisper mingling with lava bursts of explosive digital nastiness leading to distorted juddering kicks and ultimately some burnt doomy guitar strides with a brief undercurrent of somebody summoning up gargled throat demons. This is really sinister stuff. I'm genuinely afraid.
Dadub's re-fit is far more rhythmical, floor friendly and satisfyingly volatile. An austere mechanised tribalist onslaught. I much prefer it to any of the other tracks to be fair. But the Aphex album has just hit the office so I gotta go. Buy this for the ace Dadub version if you like Ancient Methods, Vatican Shadow or the darker recesses of Function and Surgeon's oeuvre. Kerridge's interpretation is all dingy black metal riffage and splintered geological beats with volcanic distortion, comedic slow-mo intonations and filthy trails of turgid feedback. I dig the effect that sounds like an evil purring Kawasaki the most.
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