Craig "Shit And Shine" Clouse follows up the chameleonic repeato madness of 'Powder Horn', his recent double LP on Diagonal, with this more compact 12" on Gangsigns which sees him blast through six songs in half an hour, ranging from aggressive noise to looped funk and tweaked out techno. It's hard to know what to expect from Shit And Shine but it's fair to assume repetition will be involved and it'll probably be quite good.
LP £9.99 GS005
Ltd 180g vinyl mini LP on Gangsigns.
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It seems like just yesterday that I was reviewing Shit & Shine's most recent double-LP offering 'Powder Horn', and he's already got another mini-LP out. Okay, it was about six weeks ago, but you've got to admire Craig Clouse's workrate. This one's pretty compact with its six songs clocking in at around half an hour, but the quality remains high.
Opening with the chaotic and distorted acid-meets-big beat computer breakdown of 'Be Careful' with its robotised vocals and hard beats, we then find ourselves in the throbbing hallucinogenic techno swamps of 'Can't Be Trusted' which starts to introduce a kind of DJ Screw vibe by tinkering with the speed and pitch of some speech samples before the mogadon hip-hop of 'Cattapilllllarr' pushes this to its logical extreme, a glllittchy diggital take on chopping and screwing.
Overleaf we get a broken housey workout 'Greenskul' before the Screw influences come back hard on the woozy slow-jam 'Welly Too Far Away', but closer 'What's Wrong With Me' is probably the biggest surprise here, with Clouse digging into his bag of '80s production techniques for a bright bit of pop with a cheeky staccato bassline and white-funk guitars, weird wah tones and some indistinct vocal moans...are they backwards? It's a bit cheeseball and much more uplifting than anything I expected to find here - really slick Daft Punk/M83 sort of vibes but tempered by Shit & Shine's sideways approach to sound and repetition. He's been making music long enough that you should know what to expect from this guy - something that doesn't sound anything like you expected except that it's repetitive.
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