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The Don’t Drone Alone label makes a long-awaited return with their second release, an intriguing realisation of a Michael Pisaro score by sad_rave. Add Red mixes field recordings of club scenes with precisely tuned sine waves and plain synth interjections, knitting together an abstract sound-narrative that’ll entice and beguile. Limited edition of fifty cassettes on Don’t Drone Alone.

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Limited cassette tape on don't drone alone. Edition of 50 copies.

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Add Red by sad_rave
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8/10 Ant 20 April 2017

The second cassette release on fledgling label don’t drone alone comes from sad_rave who realises Michael Pisaro’s ‘Add Red’ score in somewhat unexpected fashion. Layering field recordings, sine waves and all manner of acousmatic sounds, this almost twenty two minute soundworld/collage is like poking your ear into the spaces between people and things. The droning waves feel something akin to having your head stuck inside an appliance, like some evil witch shrunk you for being naughty and banished you inside an air conditioning system, imprisoned and sharing a cell with Kevin Drumm and Machinefabriek. Just when you resign yourself to serving time, WANDA GROUP frees you, pops your micro self into his pocket and takes you along to a fucking rave! There you experience breakbeats and gurning chuntering through the lining of said persons trousers. Then into the gents where the Dyson Airblade sounds like a tornado and outside into the smoking area for some droning where the bass from the club reverberates walls and concrete. Then back home and into the droning fridge you go for a post club comedown...erm chill out.

‘One of Those Days (Sad_Red 3 Organ Mix)’ is a bizzaro, minimalist, deconstructed “partial” cover version of Seany Mac’s bassline house/garage cut of the same name. Sounds like it’s either been chopped and screwed or performed by a slug that’s spent the best part of a day hitting bongs as it eventually becomes consumed by static. Reminds me of one of Jason Lescalleet’s little tricks he does with the likes of Depeche Mode. Super weird tape.



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