When it comes to acid-drenched techno, Dez Williams knows what he's doing. He's got a storied history in dystopian global funk, derelict industrial assaults and burbling squelchy electro, and he's going to school us in it with 'Strength In Numbers'. This is the soundtrack to a ride across UK's finest wastelands.
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- BDN003 / Ltd 180g vinyl 12" on Bedouin Records. Edition of 300 copies inc. Ekman and Bintus remixes
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 24 October 2014
Dez Williams (Cheap, SCSI, AI, Acruacree, Elektronik Religion etc. ) follows up his 12" for Sunil Sharpe's Earwiggle imprint with 'Strength In Numbers', an 180g vinyl slab on “vinyl-only label based in the desert” Bedouin Records.
A quick glance at the sleeve and it'd be easy to assume this was part of the current wave of dystopian/ apocalyptic gloomy industrial tinged techno doing the rounds, but as soon as the needle hits the grooves on 'Acid Bath' it's clear that's not the case. A snaking acid riff is underpinned by booming 808 kick and crisp snares, wriggling in the tradition of oldskool acid it's joined mid-way by a dreamy synth motif, the acid subtly mutating making for a track primed for the small hours.
Ekman (The Trilogy Tapes, Shipwrec, Berceuse Heroique, Panzerkreuz etc.) sounds like he retrieved the decaying master, buried in a reverse time capsule deep within some catacombs, and left all the filth intact before reworking into a nasty, filthy distorted remix where the acid is some grotty malfunctioning analogue synth and the dreamy synth is stretched out into some spooked atmospherics.
'Silvaphish' has chunky mid paced electro drums, bubbling and gurgling electronics and melodic chimes, then switches gear with a theremin like hovering synth and acid that recalls Underground Resistance's 'Final Frontier'.
Bintus does some damage, providing a stomping, tougher remix, barely recognizable from the source material and sounding like an old Cristian Vogel production from 1996 escaped his archives and hid inside a modern computer disguising itself as a contemporary production. Plenty of fun across all four tracks. Edition of 300 copies.
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