Burning Star Core's C. Spencer Yeh plays bass here, teaming up with drummer and electronics expert Ryan Jewell (of Psychedelic Horseshit and Pink Reason) alongside the flailing sax of Wasteland Jazz Unit. Despite the use of the word 'Jazz' in the line-up and any associations Yeh might have brought to this from his Paul Flaherty collaborations, it'd be wrong to thing of this as anything other than a freeform improv noise-fest, all handled with maximum abrasion in mind. The production keeps away from absolute sludge, permitting sax and furious drumming to peer over the heavily distorted mix (just about), but this is undoubtedly a punishing half-hour.
'Acid In The Style Of David Tudor' is Florian Hecker's first full length studio (as opposed to collections and commissions for art installations) album since 2003 when the groundbreaking 'Sun Pandamonium' was unleashed by Mego. Since then he has collaborated on audio projects with Yasunoa Tone, Russell Haswell (as Hecker and Haswell) and most recently in a live setting with the Aphex Twin as well as a myriad of sound Installation works, individually and with numerous artists worldwide. Florian is widely recognised as one of the most forward thinking operators working withi… Read more
Another grim offering from the demented minds over at Hospital Productions, this is a reissue of 2010’s ‘Cruel Science’ from sci-fi fixated death metallers Time Crypt. While science fiction and death metal aren’t the most obvious bedfellows, Time Crypt manage to give their Hellhammer-influenced grind just the kind of futuristic leaning it needs to stand out from the crowd. This is ear-pummeling, fingernail-pulling metal of the highest order, and just because it sounds like it was recorded on an Argos boombox from 1992 shouldn’t put you off. In fact that should probably be the main sellin… Read more
**Compelling solo guitar pieces recorded and "played as heard, no overdubs". RIYL Oren Ambarchi or Russell Haswell** "A new set by the coolest chap in New York City documenting the before-and-after development of a solo electric guitar piece that Alan Licht has been playing out for last four years. Revered for his work in the Blue Humans and Text of Light, and a key figure in his generation's pantheon of experimental solo guitar players (such as Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi), ‘Four Years Older’ is his debut Editions Mego release, representing another peak in a career of mining the r… Read more
Dark and sickly beat driven industrial music from Akatombo. To date, the Scottish Ex-pat now living in Japan, has released one album on Wire frontman Colin Newman's Swim label over 6 years ago, but returns with a set of oppressively dark and alluring cold-wave sounds attracting the attention of Mary-Anne Hobbs and Simon Reynolds. The sounds within are exotically urbane, from the Clubroot-alike opener 'Friend For Hire', to the sensuous darkness of 'Pragmatism' or Ben Frost styled industrial drone soul on 'Cypher', this is a sophisticated and immersive experience. For lovers of sinister Anime, Japanese Sci-fi and lonely noise.
Russell Haswell puts a donk on it for Diagonal in a compelling, combustible and personalised '37 Minute Workout' of fractured noise and techno deconstructions. Working under a title nodding to both the album's physicality and riffing on Paul Morley's idea that the perfect album length is 37 minutes long, it's a typically uncompromising session cocking a contrary view of the dancefloor. Rhythmically, it's by far the most "structured" album in Haswell's solo catalogue, consolidating the freeform, improvised approach and brutalist, visceral timbres of previous releases with an app… Read more
Florian Hecker's latest major work for Editions Mego investigates the serrated schism of nature and culture through a further focus on the unique timbral properties of the voice and our perceptions of language. "Articulação deepens Hecker’s collaboration with Reza Negarestani, author of the libretto created for Hinge . In two distinct renderings this piece articulates a complex scene in which the two obelisks of the script - one from the perspective of nature and one from the perspective of culture - are recited simultaneously in an informational yet dramatic style. Hinge* features the legenda… Read more
Now this is interesting - one of the most unusual projects to have emerged on Editions Mego for a while. Markus Schmickler is better known for his electronic output as Pluramon, while Julian Rohrhuber is a Professor of Music Informatics and Media Theory at the Robert-Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. Politken der Frequenz ('Politics of Frequency') draws on concepts from economics and advanced mathematics, including the work of contemporary philosopher Alain Badiou, for a literal sonification of cutting-edge theory and the abstractions of the modern world… Read more
Proper, technically-advanced brainfloss from two of the world's most fastidious n0!se provocateurs, Russell Haswell and Kohei Gomi (Pain Jerk, Incapacitants). Their long-awaited collaboration 'Electroacoustic Sludge Dither Transformation Smear Grind Decomposition n0!se File Exchange Mega Edit' has, in effect, been in-the-works since the duo first met at Tokyo's legendary 20000 Volts venue, back in 1997 and registered intent to work with each other. Fast forward 15 years to 2012 and the d… Read more