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Russell Haswell here shares wax with an artist whose name decently describes Haswell’s own sound: Dungeon Acid. The Dungeon master lays out some deep and heavy acidic dancefloor material, while Haswell goes harsh and fierce with barely-contained, theoretically-danceable noise. 12” split on iDEAL Recordings, limited to 300 copies.
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Wait, Russell Haswell is on an acid 12”? I thought the guy just made obnoxious walls or horror-noise with little regard for such pedestrian things as rhythmic figures or hooks. That’s the impression painted for me by the NR staff, and judging by the level of strange that emanates from the NR stereo, it was a warning taken very seriously. I guess this is first contact, then.
Anyway, enough of him, who’s this Dungeon Acid folk then? I’m pretty sure this is the A side, and it contains a 12-minute drifty take on the all-too-familiar acid sound alongside a much more reasonable 6-minuter. ‘Acid Moments in Time and Space’ almost is entirely self-descriptive; the A1 tune feels relatively restrained but still full of drive, the polyrhythmic synth lines cycling forever before some Interstellar chords enter. One for the early stages of a set, this. A2 is much more banging, with a more distorted kick and more wild sound design.
Over to the Haswell. Wow, that’s exactly what I expected. Tssststshshshshhshhhh. But then, a 4x4 kick enters, and the formerly static noisewall comes to life, basically being the same pattern as Dungeon Acid’s but distorted to fuck. Help. B2 drops the beats entirely and it’s back to the Haswell that I thought he was gonna be. Just don’t play this side on the comedown.
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