1989 was originally released in 1989 as a cassette. The Ov in Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia should tip you off to the strong influence of Coil and Throbbing Gristle etc., but these are hammering dance tracks, and not even of the Industrial kind. Four tracks on limited edition silk-screened LP, from Sacred Summits.
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- 1989 by Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 17 September 2015
1989 is a record from 1989 that began life as a cassette before probably getting buried by the '90's and its insanely fast tempos and powders. This is an alternate strand of that early dance stuff, that didn’t centre around the synthesiser, boombox beats or the Amen Break. Instead, the Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia channel extremely primal rhythms, obscured syllabic sampling and pure darkness.
I’m amazed at the year that this was produced, I mean sure, the Throbbing Gristles of the time were dropping their mangled sonic overlays all over the underground of the time, but nothing quite as grim seemed to have made it into the dance world, especially with moods as fully formed and devoid of silliness as this. Like most early dance music, it’s straight to the point, but focuses on a sort of ritualistic sound, forward thinking but inspired by thinking far backwards, some of the percs sounding like giant deerskin drums and rocks banging together. Harbouring murky techno and war chants from a forgotten age, 1989 would go down extremely well in today’s club scene.
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