Boomkat Product Review:
Skam’s rogue siblings at North Manc Beds deliver their first new session in 9 nine years, and it’s a good one.
Hailing from an area oilrich in seminal artists - Autechre, Muslimgauze, Shackleton, Demdike Stare - and where you’re also likely to see blokes tossing off to train commuters in the morning (happened to us a few weeks ago outside Rochdale, no lie), the anonymous NMB collective also draw from this Pennine spirit to create dark, crunching, rhythm-driven electronics.
Like previous volumes which variously referenced local bus routes (including used tickets), industry, and utilities, this one follows suit with the ’NWH2O’ EP to go nostalgic for British Gas North West in five tracks of lunky rhythm and sore electronics that patently resonate with the rest of the Skam cabal’s output. In that sense, ‘Moko’ sounds like a bit like a lost offcut from ‘Confield’, and the thrumming slow slam of ‘FRBounces’ could almost be from recent Æ batches, but also fringes on grey area-compatible styles, while the ruggedly barren scape of ‘Safebliss 53Cond P455’ recalls early Pendle Coven, however we’ve never heard any of them do pendulous dancehall rhythms quite like on the zinging ‘Jussbassoneandone’ and the churning bruxist chew of ‘Stelcore 2 (Nabz_& Cluff Version)’, which is strong examples of those crafty aspects to NMB that distinguishes them from the main Skam corpus.