On Pure Expenditure, Hiro Kone, real name Nicky Mao, approaches electronic music with a brutal intent not heard since the earliest Factory Floor recordings. This all comes from Pure Expenditure's core theme, the non-utilitarian use of surplus energy. The album features the likes of group A and Little Annie, and was mixed by Teflon Tel Aviv's Josh Eustis.
Vinyl LP £18.49 DAIS121LPC
Clear vinyl LP on Dais. Mixed by Telefon Tel Aviv’s Josh Eustis, mastered and cut by Josh Bonati.
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Black vinyl LP on Dais. Mixed by Telefon Tel Aviv’s Josh Eustis, mastered and cut by Josh Bonati.
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Finally here after being delayed for a wee while is this magnificent record from the very talented Nicky Mao - who is not half of Telefon Tel Aviv as incorrectly stated in our recent weekly emails. We can assure you that the scribe responsible for that error is weeping in a pool of his own filth in our special “you got it wrong” staff dungeon. The album was however mixed by Telefon Tel Aviv’s Josh Eustis which is most likely the cause of confusion.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time inside ‘Pure Expenditure’ and still find it endlessly intriguing. Each time it’s like gently dancing through a maze of dark corridors catching partially obscured glimpses of what lies in the shadows. As we wander and wonder, the hypnotic snaking rhythms weave in and around and propel us through this arcane, futuristic environment. Each track is like entering a room within the labyrinth, some inhabited by strange holographic entities as heard on the title cut featuring group A and ‘Outside The Axiom’ where we meet Little Annie, whose vocals are received like some sort of profound meeting with a sage or Oracle.
This is a whole lot more than your average deep, dark, rhythmic, experimental techno record. For sure it’s dark but never oppressive - it's constantly inviting and luring as to what we’ll find around each twist and turn, and just a total pleasure to get lost inside. Highly recommended!!!
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