Boomkat Product Review:
The second of three themed volumes, ‘Slang Blade’ is a no-wave special; a dubwise and aggy post-industrial fantasia that draws lines and parallels between the grot and mangled romance of urban undergrowths in NYC, Tokyo, London, Berlin and Manchester through a screwed spool of angular riffs x decayed soundsystem pressure.
An hour of absolute bullets that arc from the late 70’s through to the mid 80’s, ‘Slang Blade’ is simultaneously the moodiest and most spiky DDS session so far, bending the avant-garde spirit of the OG NYC No-Wavers thru an intercontinental prism that made use of the same bare components: primitive drum machines, jazz skronk, bass guitar, fritzed gear and detached, abrasive vocals.
In the OG spirit of refusing to recycle the same old aesthetic, those components are mostly rendered at their moodiest and most introspective, riding the rhythm into sections of morose and destroyed contemplation where the beat doesn’t so much lurch as pulse into the aether, cloaked in layers of delay. When the rhythm ramps up, it jerks in convulsive style, at once glamorous and full of bile, revelling in a stylistic anti-cohesion that in many respects has been the foundation stone of the whole DDS project.
Reel strong gear, probably the best thing we’ve heard in the whole decade-long run of demdike tapes.