Boomkat Product Review:
First product from the new Badawi and Dave Q-curated Index imprint is one of Raz Mesinai's finest, backed with a brilliantly gloomy Shackleton reinterpretation. In his Badawi guise, Mesinai has flirted with the dubstep scene via brilliant remix hook-ups with Kode 9 and that stupendous remix of Shackleton's 'The Rope Tightens' (a true Skull Disco essential!) on the limited 'Soundboy's Gravestone Gets Desecrated By Vandals' LP. With the Jodorowski referencing 'El Topo' Badawi creates a desolate scene with dry, emaciated percussion and hollow bass counting the time while towering, repetitive riffs cast an ominous shadow of psychedelic potential. Together with vocal partner Vengeance Tenfold, Shackleton crafts one of his more post-punk/industrial leaning productions on the flip, shaking skeletal percussion while acute atmospheric pressure systems precipitate an on-coming storm, brewing far in the distance. The storm never appears, but blackened, steely drones swirl and dissipate with a menacing tease while Vengeance utters cryptic rantings. Dark and brooding b*stards, your time!