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sand circles - Motor City
What's so great about Not Not Fun is that despite careful curation, the label has an anarchic attitude to its release schedule that seems a million miles removed from the meticulous, promotion-driven approach adapted by so many so called tastemaking labels these days. It imbues NNF with an almost disposable quality that seems to suggest that it's not really about playing the 'long game' and that life's too short to really think about how this or that record might sounds in a couple of decades or whether this or that blog is into it. It also means that the label has a relentless schedule that you'd be forgiven for failing to keep up with, and if you just happen to miss that diamond buried in amongst all the tapes, twelves and albums they release on NNF and their 100% Silk offshoot - oh well, chances are that a bigger label will license it at some point down the line anyway. Which brings us to this digital edition of a limited cassette recently released by the label from Martin Herterich’s Sand Circles project, his second for the label, now available on download formats, and a release you really shouldn't miss. After opening with a fairly unremarkable intro taking in Kosmische of the most airy, spiralling variety, second track 'White Sand' is a total revelation, sounding like Andy Stott fed through a kaleidoscope, full of sludgy beats and faded chords that in themselves sound like classic Boards of Canada. Further in, the album features slowed-down midnight pop a la Glass Candy/Chromatics, narcotic disco jams and treated Motor City strings - all bursting with that rich tape saturation. It's probably the NNF release we've enjoyed most since the Peaking Lights album last year and comes to you with a massive recommendation - especially if you're into that slowed down/sludgy Andy Stott sound, here deployed with added colour.