Dead Fader is the recording name of John Cohen. Most of his work has been for Robot Elephant Records, and he will be known for his collaboration with Sensational which spawned the Work It, No EP. He is now with the Touchin’ Bass label. Dosage EP eases you in before punching you in the chest and scrambling your senses with heavy bass and beats to match.
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Dead Fader aka John Cohen (formerly a duo with Barry Prendergast back in the early 3by3 days ) follows up a slew of releases -- mostly on Robot Elephant with his debut for Andrea Parker’s always on Point Touchin’ Bass label.
‘Booze Lair’ begins proceedings with a brief intro of hazy synth before gargantuan bass rumbles like a heavily stoned Mechagodzilla stomping through city streets. The lights in the city go out, the sky turns black and it’s time to run for the hills because this beast has the munchies, and ten thousand Bombay Badboy King Pot Noodles wouldn't even qualify as an appetizer. The drums stomp like a 600 foot smacked out Duracell bunny running on empty, pummeling a huge crater into the concrete. The addition of disorientating, narcotic strings enhancing the nightmarish audio induced hallucination.
‘Tired’ hits hard with mechanical drums; stumbling kicks and crunchy 909 claps lay beneath dense guitar and f/x like textures with semi-melodic edges. Mid-way the drums are amped up and erupt into volatile explosions of cranium smashing noise; retreating just before my head explodes in an unfortunate recreation of a scene from David Cronenberg’s Scanners.
The apocalyptic head wrecker ‘Dosage’ gets busy with metallic clanging and manic rhythms; then proceeds to suck us up into a hoover from hades spitting us out into fragments of splattered beats before ending with the serene sounds of the ensuing funeral.
‘Easy Sun’ closes the EP beautifully with elegiac, dirge like melodies coated in just the right amount of jagged distortion to remain mournful. Proper heavy EP this.
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