Boomkat Product Review:
El mysterioso, Black Lodge pops the cork on a mad new collection of cut ’n paste dance music and other oddities with ‘Bitter Blood (A Collection of Archival Recordings)’ for the Disciples label
Cut and stitched from a dash ’n grab collection that's made entirely from analogue recordings and environmental ephemera similar to his trips with Mo Wax and The Trilogy Tapes, this, his first release since 2010, is peppered with cameos from Manchester nobility, erstwhile and otherwise, along with the sound of his shaking spray cans and sprained grooves snaffled from the lower racks of myriad charity shops and record emporia.
Nowadays he doesn’t make this kinda stuff because he sold all his gear to buy a gong, but he clearly saw fit for these ones to creep out of his notorious archive and make everyone feel a bit queer for 43 minutes in their otherwise boring lives.
The results range from Demdike Stare-esque library record abstractions such as A Cross Inverted, thru to bleary, brassy psychedelia in Bitter Blood and collage patchworks such as Ginny Spinner or the wheezing Jamais Vu, along with super pert synth-pop in Wodwo, and a Tony Conrad/VU-ish drone elegy named Withershins.