Expect the unexpectedly expected from this new work from nightmare-inducing sound weirdo Squarepusher. On Warp on 21st April, Damogen Furies is the usual fare from this pioneering UK artist who blends analogue and digital to create monster-summoning tracks from the depths of his frankly terrifying psyche. On vinyl double LP or CD.
6/10 Laurie Staff review, 16 April 2015
Britain’s most adept purveyor of pure intensity is still at it. Still battering your ears with hyperglitch drum-n-ba- sorry, I mean DRILL-n-bass, whatever that is. Age hasn’t exactly matured the man, but rather amplified his ability to control a multitude of independently freaking out layers.
Damogen Furies finds Tom Jenkinson stubbornly staging a sit-in at that midpoint between jungle and ambient while patiently popping caffeine pills, stuttering out what seems like remixed F1 sounds when the peak hits. The melodies don’t sit still, the beats are all-or-nothing, the synths scream. It’s exactly what a diehard IDMer would want from a Squarepusher record.
But that’s precisely its problem - the maximal ‘IDM’ stutter frenzy has already accomplished what it needed to, and with so many different new directions to go in, why limit yourself to these past cornerstones? Even the downtempo tracks end up itching themselves scabby. We all know how glitchy electronic music can get, but that’s just a technique, an ability. When this ability gets used for good rather than nothing, we’ll get a great Squarepusher record. Until then, content yourselves with Tom’s classic records, or pay closer attention to his brother Ceephax (get Cro Magnox) for a great tale of applied madness.
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