Boomkat Product Review:
Stunning official re-issue of this cult 80's album from Randomize. Much loved by Trevor Jackson & JD Twitch. An amazing record that was properly ahead of its time when first released.
Legit reissue of a superlative side from the Spanish industrial underground c. 1986, featuring Eugenio Munoz a.k.a. Randomize going solo in a deeply rugged and psychedelic style recalling his input, alongside Luis Delgado, on Mecánica Popular’s cult classic ¿Qué Sucede Con El Tiempo? (1984).
As a skilled sound engineer/keyboard player and half of cult outfit Mecánica Popular since the late ‘70s, Eugenio Munoz honed a distinctive approach to new wave and new age psychedelia which encompassed everything from rooted dub and Afro-latin musics to grinding industrial disco rhythms and shimmering ambient electronics in spacey, sultry, driven grooves which would soon find their way into the cosmic disco sets of Danielle Baldelli and Beppe Loda back then, and later as staples of Trevor Jackson and JD Twitch sets.
Now, thanks to the cultish fervour surrounding Andy Votel and Demdike Stare's reissue of the Mecánica Popular classic, which lead many heads deeper into their catalogue, and with some coercion from his pal, Damien Schwartz, Munoz has dug out the original tapes of his little known LP, ¿Como Se Divertirán Los Insectos? for this reissue, and we can’t praise him enough for it.
In terms of palette and sound design it’s effectively a Pt. II for the aforementioned album, operating at a bass-heavy, chugging pace and rent with heady, sparkling electronics that still sound incredibly, uncannily fresh over thirty years later. However, if there’s any difference, this one feels more tensile, sparse and perhaps defined by its updated hardware; evident in the sheer digital contours of Zero and the bolshy stabs of Brazil or the tumbling, Prince-like Linn funk of Radio Manila, whilst the infectious chug of Movilidad Incesante si a slow-mo anthem in waiting, and the ambient parts such as Subliminal and La Armonia De Las Esferas are weirdly prescient of ‘90s ambient styles.
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