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Boomkat Product Review:
Basic House's Sähkö Recordings debut is a bleak, noisy voyage into greyscale industrial ambience. A fitting accompaniment to our troubled times, then. One for fans of Prurient/Hospital, Dilloway, Justin Broadrick et al.
Steven Bishop is usually busy heading up the Opal Tapes label, but found enough time in his day to bolt together a seething slice of industrial ambience for the legendary Finnish imprint. The result is his grimmest plate to date - "Crown Ever Remain" reminds of peak '80s DIY industrial tape culture, with half-heard vocal snips, crashing over-saturated bass and properly psychedelic synth whines.
'Mechanical Nudes' is our fave here, bringing to mind Sähkö's own dearly departed folk hero Mika Vainio with its heaving glitchy rhythm made from a bare, distorted bass womp. The record closes on 'Alphabet (Swallowing Gold)', inching windswept drones and cracking ambience over degraded answerphone messages that sound just mundane enough to be completely terrifying. Good stuff.