LP £12.99 TIPT026
LP on Tip Top featuring eye-popping artwork and inner comic by Zeke Clough.
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They say never judge a book by its cover, and often the same can be said for records, but this, THIS is pretty darn well on the money. Visionary artist Zeke Clough’s sleeve is practically shagging my eyeballs. To have that artwork 12”x12” is quite frankly worth the cost of the record alone. A bloody snip at £12.99 considering most LPs these days cost around the price of a small car. It’s a remarkably evocative image that really compliments and alludes to what lurks within the grooves of the record…
While listening to the ‘Electric Creeps’ album by CHXFX aka Nochexxx my weird-o-meter exploded. This is a fine indication that what we have here is a very weird record indeed - and I use that word as a very high compliment. There’s always the possibility that my weird-o-meter could have been incorrectly calibrated or malfunctioned, therefore what I do should such a thing occur, is to seek a second opinion from my beloved feline companion - my dear cat Xena. Her puzzled and bemused reaction trying to chase invisible entities around the room clarifies that this is indeed a high calibre hedfuq. Most electronic music you can stuff in a pigeonhole - whatever the latest daft new media created genre may be; power ambient, sinogrime, weightless, pubstep etc. but not this sucka. This ain't going in any pigeonhole mate. It simply exists totally outside of any current electronic music genre you could try and squeeze it into and don’t dare say “abstract” or I’ll come round and kick your face off.
This is the real deal, freaky, bizzarro, bold and adventurous gear that harks back to very early innovations in electronic music - as though composing an entirely new alien language in the spirit of explorers like Morton Subotnick for example. But this is no backwards looking retro pastiche. There’s lots of space in this record - each sound is given plenty of room to breath and morph - it really feels like it’s communicating, but it’s a language not of this earth. I kinda feel like I’ve been abducted by aliens and am aboard their vessel, hearing their technology at work and them chattering amongst themselves. I just hope they spare me the probe up the bottom thing they apparently do to humans. And what is this slime-like ooze substance bubbling away? I hope they’re not gonna vapourize me into a wibbling blob. This is serious electronic music in that it evokes all types of peculiar, futuristic, cosmic and hallucinatory visions - that is if your imagination isn’t just an empty void. But there’s also a playfulness and absurd sense of humour at work which is totally refreshing.
Dave Henson is a well-underrated artist - you should definitely check this and his other records out because 8 out of 10 cats prefer CHXFX.
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