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Excitamente! M.E.S.H. resets the rhythm again with a wicked new batch under the juicily evocative title, Damaged Merc - the first release on PAN in 2016, recorded over the last few weeks, mastered by Jeremy Cox in the past week...as fresh as it gets...
Where his debut album Piteous Gate revolved complex concepts and sound-imagery, this one hems closer to the ‘floor, condensing those ideas into densely detailed, discrete rhythmic arrangements and dynamic spatial dimensions.
The title track is proper, contemporary body music; synching EBM bass arpeggios with pin-point percussion-as-acupuncture with a tech-step clarity and angularity, whereas Follow & Mute sounds like Marfox and Arca soundtracking a shoot-em-up.
Kritikal Thirst fixes wide-ass Fairlight-style bass jabs to tumbling Afro-Cuban percussion in blinding form, and by the end of Victim Lord - almost his concession to some sort of pop-wise arrangement thanks to a percolated vocal and restrained arrangement - we feel utterly exhausted but satisfied like we’ve just completed the nexx stage in a bloody tricky computer game.
If you like the new Æ album but want more danceable rhythms, M.E.S.H. is your go-to mutant!