*Concentrated, Bendy Acid From Computer Rave Hooligans Evol, debuting their first release for Diagonal. RIYL: Belgian Techno, Licking Batteries, Coloured Plastic Discs!* "‘Flapper That’ sees Diagonal invite EVOL — arch propagators of “computer music for hooligans” — to their own, unique establishment for a proper headshrinker of a session. Since Diagonal’s incarnation, EVOL’s hardcore aesthetic and sense of absurdity has been a key influence on the label and Powell’s DJ sets. In effect, 'Flapper That' marks a knowing gurn of respect between these mutually advanced mentalists. The two-part, 20 … Read more
*Concentrated, Bendy Acid From Computer Rave Hooligans Evol, debuting their first release for Diagonal. Housed in an incredible sleeve by Guy Featherstone, mastered and cut by Matt ‘The Alchemist’ Colton at Alchemy. RIYL: Belgian Techno, Licking Batteries, Coloured Plastic Discs!* "‘Flapper That’ sees Diagonal invite EVOL — arch propagators of “computer music for hooligans” — to their own, unique establishment for a proper headshrinker of a session. Since Diagonal’s incarnation, EVOL’s hardcore aesthetic and sense of absurdity has been a key influence on the label and Powell’s DJ sets. In effect, … Read more
Wonderful album from ex-Cabaret Voltaire member and now full time natural history sound recorder. The weather has created and shaped all our habitats. Clearly it also has a profound and dynamic effect upon our lives and that of other animals. The three locations featured here all have moods and characters which are made tangible by the elements, and theseperiodic events are represented within by a form of time compression. This is Chris's first foray into composition using his location recordings of wildlife and habitats -- previously he has been concerned with describing and revealing… Read more
The foremost sound recordist of his generation, the very fact that Chris Watson is as familiar to viewers of Springwatch as he is to fans of the Touch label must surely confirm that this man has a singular talent in his field, able to capture and bring to life the natural world in the most vivid and vibrant details regardless of whether he's working on BBC nature documentaries or on his latest project as an artist in his own right. This latest collection of works sees a momentary departure from Touch, and finds Watson under commission by an Italian organisation, who've recruited him in or… Read more
Utterly filthy sludge noise and dark ambient from the one and only Wolf Eyes. Hi-pitched, rat-worrying tones and greyed industrial sonics slither under each other while detuned guitars groan like the hull of an ancient arctic ice breaker and strangulated vocals spew hot bile onto the surface. An intense, unnerving and compelling listen.
Originally released in 2005 as an 8" lathe cut, this typically terrifying transmission from the Wolf Eyes camp gets underway with a first part that's packed with lurching, half-rhythms and ghoulish tones, at certain points gleefully strangling reed sequences whilst clanking about with fearsome percussive noises, quasi-Exorcist-alike voicings and a breakdown of sorts that sounds like the Predator is having an asthma attack. Using many of these same elements the second half picks up with a more destroyed feel, crunching out isolated machine rasps and brassy groans. All good stuff, as us… Read more
Debut full length of bloodied noise deliverance from deep underground. Bruising, masticated and uttery disgusting. "Philosophies of war and love burn in the cauldron of mythology. Trade one power for another but be warned that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Includes tracks from Rumbala (Hospital 2007), the infamous cassette that started it all." For fans of Militia, Grey Wolves, Darius Danesh, Pal, Steps, Esplendor Geometrico.
The venerable Yasunao Tone leaves the skipping CDs aside to work with disrupted MP3 files on this visceral new work for Editions Mego. As an original member of Japan's Fluxus movement and the legendary Group Ongaku, besides more recent collaborations with Florian Hecker and Christian Marclay, Tone has spent a lifetime operating at the vanguard of experimental art and music, and it's fitting that he has now moved on from manipulating prepared CDs to dissecting and using corrupted MP3 files in his latest compositions. The results found on 'MP3 Deviation #8' are bracing and beautifully abs… Read more
Wolf Eyes howl into the abyss on a 2007 release. A mire of sepulchral tape sludge and slave wails in a slow motion inferno.
Russell Haswell is enjoying a purple patch at the moment: Factual is effectively his third album this year, following the recent 5" Vinyl Series LP on Downwards and the Scandinavian Parts live document for iDEAL, and is if that weren't enough he's soon to unveil Concrete Fence, a new collaborative project with one of modern techno's most revered figures. Haswell's stubbornly abrasive recordings, not to mention his live sets, are invariably hard-going for even the toughest and most adventurous ears, and so it may surprise some of you to learn that Factual is a diverse, dynamic and - by Haz… Read more
Last Foundation follow contrasting and excellent tapes from Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and Gábor Lázár/Russell Haswell with an automated emission from the machines of EVOL. Stephen Sharp and Roc Jiménez de Cisneros' 'Persisting Pinkness' was written "for virtually unattended digital synthesiser", and effectively documents said synth vaulting, morphing and chewing thru intricate convolutions. It's a proper wormholer, constantly in flux and with a squiggly, discombobulated momentum prone to spin less stable minds right off their axis. Let's be fair, this stuff is an acquired taste, you'll know what to do.
As inexhaustibly productive as Masami Akita is, I for one never fail to get at least mildly excited by the prospect of yet another album from the arch-noise-sculptor, and this latest enterprise - his 13 Japanese Birds project - finds Merzbow invigorated by the presence of drumming. Even if you're not wholeheartedly sold on the idea of jarringly 'normal' sounding percussion being cast into Akita's vicious miasma of feedback and oscillations, it undoubtedly adds a thrashy, energetic impulse, even if occasionally it struggles to be heard amongst the volcanic sound designs … Read more
**Digital Edition includes a bonus 17 minute track** 'Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera' presents a radical mashup of works by two probing, multidisciplinary artists among the most vital of their generation. First realised as part of a two day performance at Tate Modern called 'Push and Pull', it offers a mutant configuration of Leckey's vocal track from 'GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction' (the eerie inner monologue of a Samsung fridge, as heard on the B-side of his 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore' vinyl and viewable on youtube), scrambled, decomposed and modu… Read more
**Yellow vinyl with iDEAL acid smiley sticker in thick poly jacket** Invasive psychoacoustic acid killer from EVOL for the sympathetic freaks at Sweden's iDEAL. Continuing a pursuit of altered states induced by pure frequency manipulation, 'Purple Melters' is the fourth work in a series that started with 'Proper Headshrinker' (Editions Mego, 2013) and will also see release on Diagonal later this year. Essentially, it's acid house without the house, drilling down to the 303's micro phase variations and psychedelic sleight-of-mind conjuring a sense of movement from ostensibly static phrases. Grant… Read more
"A record of slowly evolving beauty that gradually unravels its meditative design. Recorded in Norwegian sculptor and painter Emanuel Vigeland' s (1875 -1948) mausoleum in Oslo in 2013. A recording space that is famous for its acoustics and its long and full-sounding reverb. These three tracks utilize both the delicacy and the power of acoustic instruments and human voice in relation to the unique recording space. This is a record that is otherworldly and eerie but also with a great primal expressive force. Performed by four artists from different backgrounds coming together to create this singular set of music."
"The mighty Merzbow presents four tracks of blistering music recorded and to be played at maximum volume. This leaves the also-rans at the gate and is full of psychedelic twists and turns, with one completely guitar-based track. Incredible stuff from Masami. It's also a benefit release for the Wildwood Trust in Kent. All proceeds from sales will go to them, toward the care of two rescued European brown bears. For more information about this wonderful organization, go to www.wildwoodtrust.org. Comes in beautiful reverse board digipak."