Enigmatic, DIY machine music from The Assistant and the exciting Polytechnic Youth label/co-operative. The Gristleizer of the title might refer to the homemade synthesizer made famous by Throbbing Gristle, and this vinyl 12” shares much of the sound of that group; clanking rhythms competing with rough-edged drones.
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- Gristleizer by The Assistant
9/10 Jamie Staff review, 12 April 2016
News reaches us here at Norman's, in white vinyl 'super sound single' record form, of 'The Assistant'. A person, minus head on inspection of the sleeve, an enigma wrapped up in a warm overcoat. For those chilly avant-electronic-synth-wave days and the brutalist structures he haunts. It's veritably a sound which reflects the surroundings, arpeggiated drones tumbling out of the machines likes so much rain water spattering out of '60s concrete tower-block guttering.
The music consists of two long-form tracks -- the label gives scant details -- side A would appear to be the 'Gristleizer' of the title, and is a very nice situationist-kosmische ride which percolates and builds to trance inducing effect. Side 1, advises the little inlay card, contains 'Nothing On' with a spooky voice repeating "there's nothing on.... tv", like a commentary on the quality of BBC programming circa 1983, before the Throbbing Gristle like sounds build and unexpectedly give way to a pumping euro-techno beat and little squiggles of 303's.
A guaranteed dance-floor banger, I'd say. As the inlay note suggests, loud play advised at 45 rpm. All-righty-then.
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