Falling somewhere between Blackest Ever Black territory, Demdike Stare sampling pastiches, sound art, Black Dice experimentalism and multiple genre referencing. Assel makes his debut on the Where To Now? Label with This Will Not Stand, casting any allegiances to the side, morphing recognisable elements into something completely unknown.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 09 August 2017
Not sure who this Robin Asselman is, but they’ve sure got a weird take on beat-led electronic music. Their music sits somewhere between industrial, techno and dub music in an experimental cookpot where the beats sit alongside raspy layers and bizarrely mangled vocal samples.
The best example of this is A2 ‘16-16’ where sampled snatches of speech echo and repeat alongside low-slung dub/trap grooves with heavy ground noise droning over the top, making this an incredibly dense listening experience. A more shuffly, noodly take is ‘Fitness Talk’, the beats and samples becoming a bit busier before you flip over to a 4x4 techno bit with a car engine for a bassline and distant grit. One for the floors, right here. The last long track (B2) slows things right down, teasing you with sparseness before grumbling, breathing noises start to flex. :)
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