Boomkat Product Review:
Mazy no-wave dub killers by Grim Lusk’s Dip Friso, committing a 4th session of sawn-off drums, atmospheres and edits to surrealist effect on their Real Landscape label.
Hashed out in Glasgow and resonating with the city’s fine, strange energy, ‘Crocodile or Real?’ stages a gloriously daydreamy sort of sojourn from reality that variously bends between aspects of illbient, DIY concrète cut-ups, post-punk and dub, proper, in order to limn a day-in-the-life feel to proceedings. The results comfortably sit next to records from the 12th Isle quadrant, edging on new age exotica realms, but blessed with a haptic oddness and unexpected detours towards more elusive pleasure centres.
Ruffcut in a way that’s too often forgetten in favour of so much surface sheen, the dozen tracks fracture and stumble to create an engaging mosaic with a brilliantly groggy logic, drifting from the lounge swirl of the title tune thru half-cut vignettes like ‘Bananas’ to Dilla-esque sample chops in ‘Good Morning’, and what sounds like Golden Teacher in miniature on ‘Zig Zag Serpentine’. The serrated edges of ’Seventh Dub’ meanwhile recall Yong Yong’s wonky oddities, and ‘ThatIs Ugly (Whats Going On-) sounds like it crept out of an NYC sewer circa 1980, before it starts to congeal into more hallucinatory measures of Nyabnghi-like whorl on ‘Danger waters’, and precipitates the BAT-like grog of ‘Storm Clouds’.
Strong, weird gear.