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ダメ人間, which translates to ‘useless person’ in English, was apparently recorded live in one single take, with no after-the-fact overdubbing allowed. Mukqs (Max Allison of Good Willsmith) achieved this feat with a four-track and a some loop pedals, pulling all sorts of samples into the whirling mix. A pleasurably disorientating listen, released on cassette by Umor Rex in an edition of 105.

Tape £7.99 UR097

Hand-numbered cassette limited edition of 105 copies on pro-dubbed chrome tape. Packaged in a 100% recycled stock cardboard box with download coupon.

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ダメ人間 by Mukqs
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 08 March 2017

One third of the devilishly noisy and always tongue-in-cheek Good Willsmith, Max Allison has made his fair share of glitchy stand-up ambient in his time. From within the confines of his solo moniker Mukqs, he creates a record whose title translates into English as ‘Useless Person’, though the record largely seems to absorb the idea of being a human into the screen. On opener “My Baby-Tachi”, he sprinkles computer alert message sounds with that of a voice singing glitchy fragments of words, as if imagining what it’d be like to look out from a moving desktop screen into the world.

Allison wanted to make this record just sound dense with music, dripping from all corners with bits and bobs of his analog setup. He’s achieved his dream of making it just sound like he’s on Ableton stitching anything and everything together, because this record feels busy, and in the internet way: many of these tracks introduce beats that feel like they’re from songs accidentally opened on a separate Youtube tab from the video you were watching, while the noisy elements visit each other without ever quite matching up -- think Rene Hell when you listen to “Meat of Heaven”, or a techno tune stuck in the interim of an arm wrestle with a sound art piece on “Kodom Broiler”.

It’s chaos but done crystalline: I always kinda feel like I’m listening to something really pretty, even when Allison is just splattering alarming sounds and scrapped noise onto the walls -- it sounds like he’s both loading a computer by punching it on “Justaway”, but I can’t help but want to listen that little bit longer.


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