Boomkat Product Review:
Ur-technoid, obscure industrial experiments from France, 1981, reissued on vinyl for the first time
After cropping up on compilations, a Nosedrip mix, and the likes of the Mutant Sounds and Soundhead blogs in the past decade, Art & Technique’s ‘Clima-X’ is now coughed up in full by Spain’s B.F.E. Records to the joy of industrial diggers and archivists everywhere.
Splitting at the seams with spiky rhythms, martian melody and groggy electronics, the LP is evidently a standout of its fertile era, back when harder to please punk were picking up electronics and chasing their febrile dreams thru the wires.
Not shy on the tape hiss, ‘Clima-x’ slips into play with the spiralling chromatic wormhole of ‘Dérive’, which proves a perfect title for the album’s heavy-lidded drift between the gurgling electronics of ‘Nouveau Primitif’, the sloshing slant of ‘Acier’ and warped visions of uncertain futures in the spindly swagger of ‘Just’, and proper, unruly madness in the likes of ‘Tube’ and the polymetric swill of ‘Afrique’.
Not to be missed!