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Hard, dark Techno and tortured screams from the kind of people you’d expect to be involved in this kind of thing. Prurient’s Dom Fernow (also of Vatican Shadow) has been sinking deeper and deeper into Techno territory over the last few years, so it makes a lot of sense to see this collaboration emerge. As you’d expect, this stuff hits hard. Can’t quite spot the Ugandan influence though...
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This EP sounds pretty much how I imagined a collaboration between Ugandan Methods and Prurient would. By no means a bad thing. Ugandan Methods is of course Ancient Methods and Ugandan Speed Trails aka Karl O'Connor (Regis).
‘Call 1’ gets going with shuffling industrial tinged drums and Dominick Fernow’s distorted primal wails. Gradually sizzling electronic pulses, blasts of noise and crunched up electronics are introduced. It’s a fine sound but the intensity doesn’t fully pull me in. ‘Call 2’ is pretty much a dub version of ‘Call 1’ i.e the same track but omitting the Prurient vocal, no doubt intended for disc jockeys.
‘Call 3’ gets going with a thumping 4/4 kick and the crackling sound of pure voltage which kinda mutates into sounding like acid rain. The Prurient vocal more subdued in this case, reduced to subliminal whispers that’ll have drugged up dancers thinking their receiving a transmission from the spirit world. The loops building intensity and tension but never erupting into an all out climax. ‘Call 4’ has percussion that recalls previous Ugandan Methods and Regis material, particularly ‘In a Syrian Tongue’ and his CUB project. The track rolls and clanks along nicely and will certainly get bodies moving on the dancefloor. Again here the vocal is used sparingly adding an additional dimension of darkness to proceedings. No huge surprises but a solid collaboration nonetheless.
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