The relentless and repetitive guitar, drum and bass build-ups of Nisennenmondai have been described as ‘organic techno’. On #N/A, the band’s tenth recording, and first with iconic dub label On-U Sound, they fully embrace this. Adrian Sherwood’s production brings out the rhythmic subtleties of their noisy, minimal stomp.
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Their job is being repetitive. It’s Nisennenmondai’s job to be repetitive. Their job. Nisennenmondai’s job is to be repetitive. Their job.
They play the guitar bit. The guitar bit is played. The drumbeat goes and goes and goes and goes and goes. It goes, and it also happens to go. There’s also that bass bit. There is a bass bit. You dance. Forever. For hours. You start sleeping and dancing at the same time.
This semi-legendary trio have been putting out this kinda record for over a decade now, and here they join forces with the dub label On-U Sound for pretty much the exact same thing. Little effort has been made to change the general pattern of their hypnotic sound, but it would be ludicrous to ask for anything else -- playing through their discography would be a day unto itself, one in which you’d lose all connection from the slight modulations of reality (no lunchbreaks allowed). The crew continue to make industrial dance outfits like Factory Floor look overstuffed with ideas, with only little ambient breakage polluting the exact parameters of their sound -- “2” detaches from “1” with some grainy, coffee-filtered noise, but after setting the tone the beat throbs back in, the cymbals hiss again and the trio are ejected from their launchpad.
After an hour or so of kickdrums, cymbal snapping and flatlining dance music, the record is upended with two dubified live tracks. You can hear the slight change-up in production, but the band remain tight as ever live. I seriously think this music is embedded in their DNA. It's impressive. It's so impressive. I am impressed. Their music is so self-explanatory I think they might be the Perd Hapley of dance music.
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