Boomkat Product Review:
Bill Laswell does a full side of churning acid trance, backed with a killer 15 minutes of dub pressure by Nicholas Bullen, former bass player and vocalist for Napalm Death.
Originally recorded and released in 1994/1995, with hindsight we can now say this is the kind of 12” that epitomised a certain area of the mid ‘90s leftfield, a no-mans-land where rock experimenters encountered rave and dub music and attempted to bend them to their own means.
Laswell’s side sounds like he’s just got back from Goa or a Herbal Tea Party and decided to impersonate PWOG. The result is a sort of acid trance workout swollen with proggy dub basslines and sounding a bt naff over 20 years later.
However, the one to check is Nicholas Bullen’s Nocturnal Crawl, where he clearly draws on time spent in Scorn with Mick Harris to deliver a cavernous dub workout right up there with Muslimgauze gear from that era.