3 producers provide 3 different “experimental takes on ‘dead sounds’” such as drum & bass (their words not mine). Lots of drones and feedback-sounds land in the mix of these ostensibly dance-themed tracks from Aql Measure, Henry Gillett and Descent. The Engineering Of Consent is out on new label Algebra Of Need as a 12” white label, limited to 300 copies only.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 23 March 2016
Ransacked beats and atonal whirrings combine on this 12” on new label Algebra of Need that collects 3 tracks from Aql Measure and Henry Gillett. Rather than collaborate, they take it in turns to out-stare each other, broodingly and viciously.
Aql Measure’s 2 offerings cover mildly irregular beat patterns made from noisy fragments of something, while noisy, trundling fragments of other things scrape, creak and moan away in the background. It’s like an industrial disposal bay for disposing of industrial bays. One of them is a remix of Descent, but it’s just as mangled and bleak as Aql Measure’s original production. On to Henry Gillett’s tune (I’ve reviewed this backwards. It’s backwards music anyway) which begins with the low buried sounds of gongs before a distant funereal beat clacks it’s way to the grave. Is that a voice singing in the depths? Why isn’t it singing melodies? What is singing? Help?
So yes this is some dark, dark shit. It’s executed pretty well by our patrons, drawing you into their harsh sonic dreams without much regard for your current emotional state. Check it out if you don’t like cakes, butterflies or major chords.
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