Norman Records has a vast and rich history of its employees making music as well as packing it or writing about it. M-G Dysfunction is the latest and comes from someone we'll call Fred M-G who, initially it seems, is ashamed of this work but dig a little deeper behind his tough exterior and I'd bet you he is rather proud of it. It is a series of home recorded experiments that showcase a creative brain at work and has been compared to Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement and Carl Stone.
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I should probably mention that this tape was recorded by my colleague and friend Fred, and was released on label by two ex-colleagues and current friends Robin and Laurie. So I have done.
Fred, recording here as M-G Dysfunction, very much has the range. For years I only knew him as one of the members of ZoZo, Leeds’ greatest party band. He’s also a DJ and producer. ‘Complete Deletion’ is something else. I suppose that amount of good times and fun needs a counter weight. The press release makes it sound like some sort of exorcism. Some music you make for fun, some music you make to get it out your system.
What the Hell
Fred brings together drones and noise and loops and readings to build one of the heaviest things I’ve heard all year. ‘What Practical’ slowly builds into a maelstrom of white noise and sirens, which eventually peters out. Fred whispers “there is no evidence of the soul except in its soden absence” as it does.
The opening of ‘What the Hell’ sounds like someone’s fucked up a punk tune. That’s then blotted out by an enormous roar and cascading drums. A nightmarish hallucination of a track, vivid as anything. Intense as anything. This is drone for the metal kids, metal for the concrète nerds.
I care Fred. I really do.
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