A new 12" in an ever-morphing series from Demdike Stare, Rathe / Patchwork continues to marry the dark, sonorous and mechanical side of the act with a more dance-oriented, good time approach. "Rathe" is one for your feet, a jungle-influenced cut that punches articulated rhythms and a strikingly emotive sound. Then that all goes to hell with "Patchwork", which is another one of Demdike Stare's reclusive, reproaching and chaotic pieces.
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The latest in Manc duo Demdike Stare’s testpressing series continues the melding of their nightmare dark ambient tones with some uptempo beats,
Side A ‘Rathe’ traverses a wailing world of screams lost in a wind of distortion, stretched, maimed and crushed like a whole year naked in the Scottish highlands. Their dexterity in mixing these elements with a minimal beat is firmly cemented in stone by now, until they let free the drum machines halfway through into a techno monster than is close to early Swamp 81 records that have been all scratched over. The waves of noise just keep on coming. If you played this one out, I think someone would combust. Moving shakily over to side B we encounter Demdike Stare’s idea of a ‘Patchwork’ - disparate and nasty sounds including some industrial whacks, grime bass and a decimated vocal combine to a whole that is reminiscent of the Bristol scene’s meeting point between techno, dirty house and dubstep/dark garage. I think she’s actually trying to say ‘in the air’ but they’re not really giving her much of a chance. It’s even ravier than the first side and less painted with white noise, so even more of a candidate for set annihilation. OH SHIT near the end there’s this extreme stutter section with all elements taking it in turns to barrage your poor ears. I want this!
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