London-based producer Imaginary Forces moves away from his own Sleep Codes label for a release on Bedouin Records Inc. Fusing industrial leanings with dark ambient tendencies this expansive 12” is an ode to dystopian realms. Knowingly titled Shift Work it’s a nod to the grit and the grind of modern life. Out on 12” vinyl from Bedouin Records Inc.
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8/10 Laurie Staff review, 01 October 2015
Ok I’m really enjoying what Bedouin Records has to say at the moment - all sorts of leftfield, noise-tending technoish stuff is appearing on their wax slabs. This one tracks London’s industrialist techno man Imaginary Forces as he temporarily departs for his own Sleep Codes label to provide some off kilter rhythmic patterns and abrasive snarls for the Bedouin folks. There’s nothing straight about this one, so far on side A there are no 4x4 kicks or pumping hats, it’s the sort of slightly more irregular stuff that you’d hear on labels like Raster Noton, shoved through a distortion pedal and several feedback loops.
At times the beats struggle to even cut through the crush, competing for the limited sonic space, often losing. Luckily it’s not just a full-on noise fest throughout, with tracks gradually getting more saturated as they progress. The track on side B sounds like Tim Hecker shooting sofas with a machine gun. That’s a scary image.
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