First full-length album from Al Chem, whose take on dub music is filtered through many layers of hazy electronics to become something else. Weird Fiction feels woozy and pressurised, like the mix could seep apart at any moment, a vibe that makes for enticing listening. Deep atmosphere stuff, released by Art Yard.
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- Weird Fiction by Al Chem
This is a beautifully mysterious album of dubbed out electronic mantras that stretch over the course of the record like a mist. While 'No Hopper' is a tight piece of electro dub with typically smoked vocal by Ras Michael, 'Prophet' really is the A side killer here a meditative drone of dubby techno bubbles with a repetitive lollop that seems to sit somewhere between CV313 and Moondog. 'Baudeclaire' throws any sleepers off the trail with some lop-sided off kilter electronics but the remainder chills with the kind of driftings that sit between something like Deepchord and the bubble rock of To Rococo Rot. 'No Hopper' returning later on as an instrumental reveals itself to be even more fascinating without the vocal as you get to hear all the micro-clips hitherto hidden beneath. The closing 'Ladder of Perfection' utilised what I think is a sampled vocal over Basic Channel-like cuts. This is remarkably effective - the vocals sound like Johnny Cash after a long smoking session drifting over some Germanic repetition.
An excellent slow jam of a record which rarely takes you out of a mood of drifting soporific loveliness. Highly recommended.
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